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Bringing Health Information to the Community

Have you subscribed to the BHIC blog? The “Bringing Health Information to the Community”(BHIC) blog  has been a medium to share resources with underserved and underrepresented communities since 2004. A collaboration of five different NN/LM Regions, the BHIC blog offers links to free resources, updated webpages and toolkits, free or low-cost conferences, webinars and training, and funding opportunities. It’s a valuable source to those who work with vulnerable populations, including public and academic libraries, healthcare entities, community-based organizations, social workers, healthcare providers and students. Read the BHIC, which is updated on a regular basis, at:  or subscribe to receive a daily email digest here:


Call for Public Feedback for bioCADDIE DataMed DDI Prototype

NIH is pleased to announce an opportunity to evaluate and provide feedback on a prototype biomedical Data Discovery Index (DDI) called DataMed (  Developed through the BD2K biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery Indexing Ecosystem project (bioCADDIE,, the prototype allows users to find and access biomedical data sets from multiple sources based on key attributes.  DataMed is an element of the NIH BD2K Commons, the vision for an interconnected digital ecosystem of resources around data and other research digital objects. This opportunity to shape the prototype in a direction that will benefit all intended users is an exciting point in the evolution of the DataMed Index and an essential ingredient is participation by a broad group of users.

The bioCADDIE development team welcomes your feedback here to increase their understanding of how the website is perceived and experienced by visitors like you.  Please send your feedback on any problems, issues, or suggestions for improving DataMed through the following ways:

  1. Contact Form (no login required)
  2. Questionnaire (no login required)
  3. Report an Issue on GitHub (GitHub account is required)

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MedlinePlus changes

On Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, the MedlinePlus team will update the domain to “” for all page URLs on the English and Spanish MedlinePlus sites, including health topic pages, drug monographs and encyclopedia articles.

For example, the URL for the English health topic page “Asthma” will change from



The URL for the Spanish health topic page “Asthma” will change from


The old URLs will automatically redirect to the new URLs for the foreseeable future. However, we suggest updating your pages to point to and concurrent with this update.

This update does not change the site contents or design.

Contact MedlinePlus for questions about this update at

Call for Applications: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, 2016-2017

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 22, 2016. The Leadership Fellows Program has been remarkably successful in helping to move well prepared leaders into AAHSL directors’ positions. Seventy-two fellows and 59 different mentors have participated in the program from 2002-2016. To date, 28 fellows have received director appointments and over 50% have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged. Learn more about this leadership program and how to apply at 

Summer Safety

hikers Summer is often the time of year most people enjoy. It is more relaxing, a chance to enjoy outdoor activities, take vacations, and spend time with friends and family. However, many may also find it a time to take more precautions with sunburn, mosquito bites, and accidents. While not all accidents and health issues can be eliminated steps can be put in place to help prevent such concerns.

Sunlight provides health benefits including vitamin D which helps absorb calcium. It is also thought to boost mental health and cognitive function. But too much sun can lead to health problems one of which is Melanoma which is the most serious type of skin cancer which affect primarily adults but has also been diagnosed in children and teens. How to stay safe in the sun and which sunblock to use? Check out these resources:

Many are concerned about mosquitoes and not just their annoying itchy bites but concerns about Zika and other related illnesses. Though the Northwest may not have as much concern as warmer and more humid parts of the US it is good to consider using mosquito repellent. Which ones are safe and effective to use? Check these resources:

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PubMed Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

PubMed logoPubMed was first released two decades ago in January 1996 as an experimental database under the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) retrieval system. The word “experimental” was dropped from the Web site in April 1997, and on June 26, 1997, a Capitol Hill Press conference officially announced free MEDLINE access via PubMed. PubMed continued to evolve and improve over the years and in the future has plans that include a new PubMed data management system that will streamline data submission for publishers and provide an interface for immediate correction of citation errors. Read more about PubMed’s timeline and milestones in the May-June, 2016 issues of the NLM Technical Bulletin