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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 (

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.


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.

2014 TRI Data added to TOXMAP

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Industries and businesses in the United States use tens of thousands of chemicals to make the products we depend on, such as pharmaceuticals, computers, paints, clothing, and automobiles. Although the majority of toxic chemicals are managed by industrial facilities to minimize releases of chemicals into the environment, releases do still occur.

It is your right to know what toxic chemicals are being used in your community, how they are managed, whether they are being released into the environment, the quantities of these releases, and whether such quantities are increasing or decreasing over time.

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is an EPA program that tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. This information is submitted by thousands of U.S. facilities on over 650 chemicals and chemical categories under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA).

An early holiday gift from the National Library of Medicine!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

SIS app Bohr Thru You may know that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a number of resources related to environmental health and toxicology, including the suite of databases which are included as a part of TOXNET. NLM also has a number of resources on these topics which are specifically designed for the K-12 audience and the teachers and parents who work with these students. NLM’s Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) is pleased to announce the launch of three interactive, educational iOS apps for middle and high school students studying biology, chemistry and environmental health.

These FREE, readily accessible resources assist students with grasping concepts such as DNA base pairing, the Bohr model of the atom and environmental conservation. Two of the iOS apps, Bohr Thru and Base Chase, were developed in collaboration with a high school educator and are easily usable within the biology/chemistry classroom setting. The third game, Run4Green, is a fun and informative learning tool that reinforces concepts relating to environmental conservation and can be used as an engagement extension activity.

Each of the three iOS games is iPhone, iPad and iPod touch compatible, and can be freely downloaded (with no in-game purchases) by visiting the iTunes App Store. Bohr Thru is a Candy Crush style game which requires players to collect and organize protons, neutrons, and electrons in order to form the Bohr Model of the first 18 elements in the Periodic Table. Base Chase allows players to grab bases of DNA in order to complete unique DNA stands for a variety of animals. This game compliments the GeneEd website. Run4Green is especially designed for grades 5-8 and reinforces environmental topics such as greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energies, and green product purchases.

REMM: New Design with Significant Content Updates

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Capture_REMM Update_Oct2015The Radiation Emergency Medical Management Team is proud to announce the first major redesign of its site since REMM was launched in 2007. The redesign includes a more modern banner, a new color palette and font style, and a new navigation system.

There are now six content groups on the new home page and an easy-to-use navigational menu has been added with sections for:
• Interactive Clinical Tools
• Diagnosis and Treatment
• Reference and Data
• Overview of REMM and
• Links to downloading the REMM app for various mobile devices
One of the most popular features, the Multimedia Library in carousel form, remains on the home page, with several categories of multimedia assets.

Many significant content updates have been added to the website, including: new references in several sections, updates to a number of pages, a new email update system, and more.

All prior URLs have been retained. Users who have previously visited REMM pages may need to refresh (reload) the page to see the new design.

REMM is included as one of the resources in the NTC modular course “Discovering TOXNET.”

Retrieve Chemical Info from HSDB while in PubMed

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Set up
1) If you don’t already have a free MyNCBI account, create one
2) At the bottom of the Filters window on your MyNCBI account page, click the “Manage filters” link
3) Click on LinkOut from the “Select Category” option
4) Type in HSDB and click on Search
5) Check the two boxes next to HSDB (filter and icon). This will save these options.

Run a search
1) While logged into your MyNCBI account
2) Run your search in PubMed
3) On the upper right side of the results page look for “Filter your results”
4) Click on the HSDB link. You are now viewing all citations with a link to the HSDB database
5) Click on a result
6) Click on the HSDB icon on the upper right. The link takes you to the HSDB record for chemical/s mentioned in the article.

NTC Tutorials & Recordings Anytime

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Did you know that you can view our tutorials and recordings at any time that’s convenient for you? If you have a few extra minutes, check out one of our self-paced tutorials or recorded webinars to learn something new or brush up on one of your most-used resources. Here are a few you might take a look at:


There’s a Permalink for That!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

TOXNET now includes a feature for many of the databases that are part of the TOXNET suite which allows you to share a permanent link to a particular record.

View a 49 second video to see a demo of the new feature.
To watch the video in HD, click on the gear that appears below the video once you start to watch and then choose the HD option.

Drawing a Chemical Structure

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

In the ChemIDplus Advanced search interface, you can draw a structure and search for similar substances. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use the drawing feature of ChemIDplus.

New LactMed Video

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

LactMed is part of the suite of TOXNET databases and provides information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. With the new TOXNET interface, it was also updated. Check out this updated video from the National Library of Medicine to learn more about LactMed.


Now Available in Wide Release: Searching the Hazardous Substances Data Bank

Monday, September 15th, 2014

A new how-to video called: Basics of Searching the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) has been released by SIS featuring the newly updated TOXNET interface.