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NLM’s TOXMAP beta now includes a Native Lands map layer that shows geographic areas of certain native populations, including American Indian Reservations and Off-Reservation Trust Lands, Alaska Native Village Statistical Areas, and Hawaiian Home Lands, as defined by the US Census. This layer can be toggled on and off via the Map Contents side panel (refer to the TOXMAP and Native American Populations page). Many of these areas can be zoomed to via the “Zoom To” Location window located on the toolbar. In addition, a set of new classroom exercises has been developed by Thomas R. Mueller, Ph.D., GISP Professor at the California University of Pennsylvania and his graduate students. The exercises are available on the TOXMAP teachers’ page.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Summer 2016 Issue Available Online!

Padma Lakshmi on the cover of Medlineplus Magazine summer issueThe Summer 2016 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features topics including the Zika virus, alcohol-medicines interactions, oral health and aging, colorectal cancer, precision medicine, age-related macular degeneration, and endometriosis. The cover features Padma Lakshmi, author, actress, model, and Emmy-nominated host and executive producer of the hit TV show Top Chef, who endured a 23-year struggle to find relief from endometriosis. The condition occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside a woman’s uterus grows outside the uterus, and can cause pain, infertility, and very heavy periods. Padma recently revealed to NIH MedlinePlus magazine how the experience shaped her advocacy efforts for those with the condition.

The issue also features an article about the Zika virus. Discovered in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947, the mosquito-borne virus has very recently become a public health concern in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. NIH MedlinePlus magazine spoke about Zika with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Dr. Fauci answers questions regarding the risks to the American public and pregnant women and current efforts in developing a vaccine.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.

DOCLINE Quarterly & Yearly Statistical Reports Now Available!

NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for April-June 2016. It’s important to note that request reports are not archived and should be saved quarterly by libraries who wish to have a historical record of statistics. The reports include:

  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-1A, 1-11A, 1-1AT)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A, 1-22A)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
  • Resource Library Quarterly Report – Fill Rate (Report 2-14)
  • Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
  • Loansome Doc Summary Statistics Report (Report 5-1B)

NLM has also released the following DOCLINE yearly statistical reports for July 2015 – June 2016:

  • Ranked List of Serial Titles – Borrower (Report 1-8A)
  • Ranked List of Serial Titles – Lender (Report 1-8C)

Please note: Reports 1-11A, 1-1AT, and 1-22A are only distributed to libraries that have entered requests in DOCLINE for other libraries. Report 2-14 is only distributed to resource libraries.

DOCLINE statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the “Request Reports” section of the online manual (click the Help link at the top of the DOCLINE screen) or in the Reports section of DOCLINE’s FAQ page.

July Midday at the Oasis Recording Now Available!

On July 20, NN/LM PSR presented EPAs? Entrustable Professional Activities for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Rikke Ogawa, Team Leader for Research, Instruction, and Collection Services, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, provided an overview of EPAs and discussed opportunities for medical librarians in pursuing engagement with the medical education community. You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis Archives page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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2016 DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop on September 27

The National Library of Medicine is hosting the fourth annual DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop on Tuesday, September 27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT. Speakers from the Federal government, industry, pharmacy standards groups, and others will present. The emphasis is on practical and novel ways to use and understand free drug information, which is produced and consumed by a number of Federal agencies.

The Jamboree is a free public meeting, but registration is required. The proceedings will be Webcast and archived.

New Jersey High School Seniors Win Inaugural NLM History of Medicine Award

Five high school seniors from Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ, have won the 2016 National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Award for the production of the website, Henrietta Lacks: Ordinary Woman with Extraordinary Cells. Ms. Lack’s case of cervical cancer led to the discovery of the first immortal human cell line, HeLa cells. The award was announced on June 16 by National History Day (NHD) during its annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Washington, DC. NHD is a year-long history competition among students from around the United States and its territories. It began in October 2015 and culminated in a nationwide event on June 2016. With this award, NLM joined other federal partners such as the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Department of Agriculture, in supporting middle and high school students’ competitive historical research. Specifically, NLM supported National History Day by providing guides and pointers to NLM resources to students in junior and senior high school.

The NHD is a non-profit organization headquartered in College Park, MD, and the national competition is held on the University of Maryland campus every summer. For the students, the experience is a full-year event that begins in the fall with county and regional contents. Winners at this initial level progress to their state’s history day competition held in the spring. State finalists are invited to College Park to compete in the national competition. Each year nearly 3,000 students, parents, and teachers gather for the week-long NHD event.

Redesigned National Guideline Clearinghouse Coming Soon!

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is redesigning the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) Web site for release this summer! Responsive Web Design (RWD) techniques will provide a better viewing experience across a wide range of devices, from desktop and laptop computers, to tablets and mobile phones. In addition to the new design, NGC will feature updated searching capabilities by using filters and facets for refining your search results, and updated browsing capabilities for the Browse by Topic and Browse by Organization pages.

The redesigned NGC Web site will be more intuitive, with an improved, new look and feel, but will maintain the same great content that has defined NGC for many years. For more information and to preview screen shots of the changes, visit Notice to Our Users – Redesigned National Guideline Clearinghouse.

NCBI Web Pages Will Transition to HTTPS Protocol on September 30, 2016

To comply with new government-wide security standards, all NCBI Web pages and API services will switch to the secure HTTPS protocol on September 30. At that time, when you visit NCBI web pages, you will see a green lock and https:// in the address bar instead of http://. This lets you know that you are really on an NCBI page; that the server identity is confirmed and that communication with the server is encrypted and private. General users of NCBI web pages need not update or change anything. You don’t need to clear your cache or update any links to NCBI pages that you’ve put on your own webpages or shared with anyone. All pages will automatically redirect to https://.

To help users transition smoothly with this change, registration is available for the 15-minute NCBI Minute webinar Important Changes to NCBI Web Protocols, on Wednesday, July 27, at 9:00 AM PDT. The session will cover details about how this change will affect access to NCBI pages and services. After the live presentation, the webinar will be archived on the NCBI YouTube channel for future viewing.

NN/LM Training Office Offers Free Online Modular TOXNET Class September 12 through October 14

Register now for a free online class to discover TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine environmental health databases, offered by the NN/LM Training Office (NTO). The class is taught online using the Moodle platform in thirteen independent modules over a 4-week period from September 12 through October 14. You will work at your own pace over the four-week period to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules, covering 12 databases, are optional. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises.

This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules. For questions, contact the NTO.

Domain of MedlinePlus URLs Updated to “Medlineplus.gov”

On Tuesday, July 12, the MedlinePlus team updated the domain to “medlineplus.gov” for all page URLs on the English and Spanish MedlinePlus sites, including health topic pages, drug descriptions, and encyclopedia articles. For example, the URL for the English health topic page “Asthma” changed from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/asthma.html to https://medlineplus.gov/asthma.html; and the URL for the Spanish health topic page “Asthma” changed from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/asthma.html to https://medlineplus.gov/spanish/asthma.html.

The old URLs on MedlinePlus will automatically redirect to the new URLs for the foreseeable future. This update did not involve changes to the site contents or design.