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Archive for 2010

Report on Twitter Use

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reports on Twitter users. According to the report, 8% percent of the American adults who use the internet are Twitter users. Some of the groups who are notable for their relatively high levels of Twitter use include young adults, African-Americans and Latinos, and urbanites. See the full report at

Social Media and Disaster Response

The March 2010 TEDxNYED talk, “The New Volunteers: Social Media, Disaster Response And You,” was presented by Andy Carvin, Senior Strategist at NPR. In this talk, Andy gave an overview of the way the Internet and Social Media tools have changed over time to create a new set of tools and resources for responding to disasters. See

NLM Classification Updated, April 29, 2010

The online National Library of Medicine Classification, available at, has been issued in a newly revised edition as of April 29, 2010.

Twenty-two new class numbers were added and two class numbers were canceled. Eighty MeSH terms were added to the index, including thirty-four new to the MeSH vocabulary as of 2010; in addition, eighty-nine schedule records and five hundred and fourteen index entries were modified since the 2009 edition was published on April 23, 2009.

Contact NLM for further information, questions, or comments.

California HealthCare Foundation sites now available for the iPhone

California Healthline is a “daily digital digest of health care news, policy, and opinion”. Produced by the California Healthcare Foundation, California Healthline is available on the web, via RSS feeds, and as an app for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. The site’s contents includes news, feature articles, and special reports; it is updated Monday through Fridays at 9 am Pacific time. Covered topics include: children’s health coverage, chronic disease care, federal stimulus funding, health care costs, health care reform, health IT, mental health funding, patient safety, and 14 other topic areas.

December NIH News in Health Now Online

The December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now available!

In this edition:

NIH adds first images to major research database!

“The National Institutes of Health has expanded a genetic and clinical research database to give researchers access to the first digital study images. The National Eye Institute (NEI), in collaboration with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), has made available more than 72,000 lens photographs and fundus photographs of the back of the eye, collected from the participants of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). These images are now accessible to scientists through NCBI’s online database of Genotypes and Phenotypes, known as dbGaP, which archives data from studies that explore the relationship between genetic variations (genotype) and observable traits (phenotype).” Open-access AREDS data and a link to apply for controlled access to individual level data, including the new images, can be found on the NEI-AREDS study page.

“The availability of AREDS images through dbGaP may transform the way we conduct vision research,” said NEI director Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D…

View the NIH News article here.

New Look for Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness web site

The Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness has a new look and new web address! It is now a featured resource on the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) web site.

The Resource Guide was first developed by the New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2002, with funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR). The Guide is now jointly funded by NICHSR and DIMRC. The Guide continues to provide access to no-cost web materials on public health preparedness topics for the public health workforce.

Recently, this database and web site moved to NLM, while the content continues to be maintained by the New York Academy of Medicine Library. Previous web addresses will automatically take the user to the new web address. Comments and questions about the Resource Guide are welcome!

New Preparedness Resource for Tribal Cultural Heritage

Heritage Preservation has announced a new national initiative, Getting Ready in Indian Country: Emergency Preparedness and Response for Native American Cultural Resources. Developed with support from the National Park Service and the Office of Environmental Compliance of the Department of the Interior, Getting Ready in Indian Country is intended to advance emergency preparedness, stimulate discussion, and inspire new projects for the care and protection of tribal heritage.

The AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Glossary Free iPhone Application Is Now Available!

AIDSinfo recently released its first iPhone application, the AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Glossary! This follows the release of the mobile AIDSinfo site and furthers the effort to provide users with federally approved HIV/AIDS information optimized for mobile devices. The glossary application, along with all future AIDSinfo applications, will eventually be offered across several mobile platforms, including BlackBerry and Android-enabled phones. The glossary application is also listed on NLM’s Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites.

The AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Glossary application, designed specifically for iPhones, provides on-the-go access to the same HIV/AIDS terms found in the AIDSinfo Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms, which includes the following features:
• More than 850 HIV/AIDS-related terms clearly defined in both English and Spanish
• Toggle button to switch between the English and Spanish term and definition, allowing the application to function as a translation tool
• Multiple ways to search for terms

AIDSinfo welcomes feedback about the new glossary application. Feel free to send comments or questions!

MeSH First Edition Online

As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of MeSH, The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division has scanned the first edition volume and mounted it on the web. Anyone interested in the early history of MeSH may want to especially look at the original volume’s Preface by Frank B. Rogers, the director of the National Library of Medicine from 1948 to 1963.