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All about the new MeSH browser

Monday, November 21st, 2016

If you’ve spent any time among medical librarians, you’ve probably heard the term MeSH tossed about. MeSH stands for medical subject headings, the National Library of Medicine’s controlled vocabulary thesaurus. In PubMed, MeSH is used to describe research articles. Likewise, you can use the MeSH database in PubMed to build very specific searches. But there is another, separate resource called The MeSH Browser – and it has been totally rebuilt with a design upgrade that enhances term discovery and, in general, is easier on the eyes.

First, a moment of silence for the MeSH Browsers of old:

Mesh Browser ca. 2002

Mesh Browser ca. 2002

 

MeSH browser ca. 2015

MeSH browser ca. 2015

 

Here’s what’s new:

A: Top navigation bar on every page

B: Search box

C: Search options for FullWord (looks for complete words only) or SubString (searches for a string of characters that are a complete term or are within a sentence or within another word)

D: Sort by Relevance or Alphabetically

E: Display many results or just a few

Want to know more? The NLM Technical Bulletin from Nov-Dec 2016 has extensive details.

Link to MeSH Browser

The National Library of Medicine welcomes feedback on the new MeSH browser. Submit here.

Mental health texts from @medlineplus

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on holiday mental health issues : Anxiety, Depression, and Stress. 

Users that sign-up for the campaign will receive 3 text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support, such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

Users can subscribe by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online: http://bit.ly/2eDe91j

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Band Name or MeSH Term? A game based on the 2017 Medical Subject Headings

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Seeing the Unseen Poster

Image from NLM collections

The 2017 MeSH terms have been revealed and among them are molecules, philosophies and vices. Some of us here at the NTO geek out more than a little about the annual list of added and redacted medical subject headings, and this year we’d like to share that geekery with a game we’re calling: Band Name or MeSH Term?

Band Name or MeSH Term? 2017 edition

Is the following a medical subject heading, a band or both? Answers after the jump

  1. Sexual Minorities
  2. Tetralogy of Fallot
  3. Anthrax
  4. Cancer
  5. Morgue
  6. Spinal Tap
  7. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  8. Morphine
  9. Wolfiporia

(more…)

NLM Releases TOXinvaders, a Mobile Game about Chemistry, the Environment and Health

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, available from the Apple Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8).

TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, environment and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus web sites.

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The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about its chemicals in order to unlock the next one. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology, either from the game’s chemical information sheet, or from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a departure point for classroom discussions, as well as Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.

Systematic Reviews and PubMed Health

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

PubMed Health logo

Are you interested in clinical effectiveness? Do you have a desire or need to keep up-to-date on information related to the prevention and treatment of diseases or conditions? Have you taken a look at PubMed Health recently?

PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports for researchers and clinicians. To state it simply, clinical effectiveness research seeks to answer the question, “What works?” in medical and health care.

PubMed Health is a service provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at NLM, in partnership with a number of other institutions including AHRQ, Cochrane, NHLBI and NCI at NIH. In addition to the great information on health topics from A-Z, drugs from A-Z, and more, PubMed Health offers ways to stay informed on the news with two RSS feeds: Featured Reviews and Behind the Headlines.

If you’d like to learn more about this fantastic resource and using it to find systematic reviews, register for the upcoming webinar on Friday, June 10. This free 30-minute webinar is provided by the NLM Training Office.

Online Training Opportunity: PubMed for Librarians Series

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

PML_slide_imageJoin the National Library of Medicine and the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) for the free online class “PubMed for Librarians.” Classes in June 2016 are now open for registration.

The PubMed for Librarians class is divided into five segments (90 minutes each). Each segment is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises and is worth 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit. Participants can choose any or all of the 5 segments that interest them.

The segments are as follows:

Introduction to PubMed: Learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a PubMed search, assess your search retrieval, analyze search details, employ three ways to search for a known citation, and how to customize with My NCBI.

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings): Learn about the NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. Explore the four different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search. Investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Automatic Term Mapping (ATM): Learn about Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – the process that maps keywords from your PubMed search to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn why searching with keywords in PubMed can be an effective approach to searching. Look at the explosion feature, what is and is not included in search details, and explore how PubMed processes phrases.

Building and Refining Your Search: Use some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. Explore the filters sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries. Use History, tools in the NLM Catalog, and the Advanced Search Builder to build searches and explore topics.

Customization – My NCBI: Learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating your My NCBI page content, locating and identifying available filters on PubMed’s filter sidebar, selecting and setting up to fifteen filters, and creating a custom filter.

Class space is limited, so register now at http://nnlm.gov/training-schedule/all/NTC

 

NLM Awards Cooperative Agreements for 2016-2021

Friday, April 1st, 2016

The University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Cooperative Agreement by the National Library of Medicine to serve as the National Training Office (NTO) for the 2016-2021 contract period, beginning May 1, 2016.

On April 1, 2016, the National Library of Medicine awarded five-year cooperative agreements to eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and five National Coordinating Offices in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The agreements begin May 1, 2016. The Network consists of the eight RMLs, five National Coordinating Offices, nearly 112 resource libraries (primarily at medical schools), over 2,200 local health science libraries (primarily at hospitals), and more than 1,300 public libraries and community-based organizations.

We are pleased to continue to serve the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in the coming five years. For more information and the full list of awards, see the full announcement.

Breaking News: Zika Virus MeSH Terms Just Added

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Every few years or so an emerging, important topic necessitates MeSH changes outside of Year End Processing. It is happening this year with the addition of  Zika virus. On Monday January 25, 2016 the MeSH Section at the National Library of Medicine added 2 new MeSH Headings to the current 2016 MeSH.

mosquito

Mosquito in biting position

The 2 new MeSH Headings are:
1)      Zika Virus Infection (with an Entry Term of Zika Fever)
2)      Zika Virus

Remember that the terms won’t retrieve any citations until they are applied to MEDLINE records by indexers, but NLM WILL be doing some retrospective indexing, which highly unusual —  ONLY done in these types of situations. The Index Section will review citations indexed in the past to see if any of these citations need to be re-indexed to include the new terms.

Read the NLM Technical Bulletin article here:
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/jf16/jf16_zika.html

View materials about the virus: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

MeSH Webinar Recording: 2016 MeSH Highlights

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

On January 20, 2016, NLM staff provided a highlights tour of the 2016 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 30-minute presentation featured a MeSH tree clean-up project; a new Clinical Study publication type; changes to the trees for diet, food and nutrition; restructuring in pharmacology and toxicology; and new terms in psychology and health care. Following the presentation, Indexing, MeSH, and PubMed searching experts answered user questions.

You can find the recording here: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/clinics/mesh_2016.html

MeSH Highlights

For more information about 2016 MeSH, see What’s New for 2016 MeSH and the Introduction to MeSH – 2016.

MedlinePlus Now on Facebook

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine has launched MedlinePlus Facebook pages. You can find them at https://facebook.com/mplus.gov (English) and https://facebook.com/medlineplusenespanol (Spanish).

MedlinePlus on Facebook