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NLM Launches New Traveling Exhibit, “Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America!”

The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine has announced its newest traveling banner exhibition, Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America, now available free of charge to cultural institutions across the country. It will travel to 50 sites over the next four years. This exhibition looks at the Chesapeake region during the early colonial era, where European settlers survived by relying upon indentured servants, Native Americans, and African slave labor for life-saving knowledge of farming and food acquisition. Without this knowledge, Europeans suffered poor nutrition, in addition to widespread illness caused by the lack of medical care. Despite their perilous position, the colonists used human resources, the natural environment, and maritime trade to gain economic prosperity. With a focus on life at George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation, we learn about the ways that meals transcend taste and sustenance. To book the exhibit, visit the Traveling Exhibition Services web site. Use the “Book Now” button beside preferred dates and include two alternate booking periods in the message box. NLM will strive to find the booking period which works best for host institutions.

The online adaptation of Fire and Freedom incorporates a Digital Gallery of 18th-century materials on food, botany, health, and housekeeping from the NLM collection. Education resources are also featured in the online exhibition, including K-12 lesson plans, a higher education module; an online activity and a robust selection of resources, including K-12 suggested readings. In addition, the Related Resources at NLM feature includes a selection of 18th-century items from the NLM collection on disease in colonial North America, digitized public health posters about nutrition and food, and journal articles that discuss foodways, race, medicine, and health disparities, available through PubMed Central.

The guest curator of Fire and Freedom, Psyche Williams-Forson, PhD, delivered a lecture to coincide with the opening of the new exhibition on Thursday, November 3, which was live-streamed globally and subsequently archived for future viewing. Dr. Williams-Forson discussed the process of curating the exhibition; the triumphs and challenges of telling this story when the information about the history of American slavery is limited in scope and very often narrowly focused, primarily on the 19th century. She tied this larger discussion into using foodways; the intersection of food, culture, and economics, as a lens through which to talk about the lives of African Americans during enslavement. More importantly, Dr. Williams-Forson illustrated why this narrative remains important today.

Apply by December 5 for 2017 Spring and Fall NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Courses!

The National Library of Medicine, in partnership with Augusta University, has announced that the application period for the 2017 NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course is now open. The Biomedical Informatics course offers participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics taught by experts in the field. The course guides participants through topics including biomedical informatics methods, clinical informatics, big data and imaging, genomics, consumer health informatics, mathematical modeling, and telemedicine and telehealth. The course will be held at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris, GA. Costs for attending this course including travel, housing, and meals are fully funded for attendees. If admitted, participants are expected to attend the entire week (all sessions and activities). No family members or guests are permitted.

There is one application for both the Spring (April 2-8) and Fall (September 10-16) courses. The application period closes on December 5, 2016. For questions, contact GABIOMED@augusta.edu. In addition, a special informational webinar about the course is being hosted by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region on October 25, from 10:00-11:00 AM PDT.

MEDLINE Marks Its 45th Year!

October 2016 marks the 45th anniversary of MEDLINE! The NLM Technical Bulletin has published an article with a timeline chart showing notable MEDLINE and current events occurring in 1971, 2006, and the present day. Also included is an infographic presentation of some of the information in the chart. Much has changed since 1971, when MEDLINE included 236 indexed journals and operated on an IBM 360/50 mainframe computer. Today it includes 5,618 indexed journals and PubMed runs on approximately 62 standard Linux servers! In 1971 The French Connection won the Best Picture Academy Award and Joy to the World by Three Dog Night was the #1 song according to Billboard Magazine. In 2016, the final videocassette recorder was manufactured by the Japanese company Funai and in January Adele’s Hello was the #1 song.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer impacts one in eight women sometime during their lives. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, check out the National Library of Medicine’s wide variety of reliable breast cancer information resources, ranging from genetic information to multilingual resources. The following list is a sampling of NLM resources that provide different kinds of information on breast cancer:

  1. Information for Older Adults: Learn about risk factors, tests/diagnosis, treatment, latest research, and more on breast cancer at NIH Senior Health.
  2. Consumer Health Information: MedlinePlus provides a summary on breast cancer for the general public, plus numerous links to reliable sites with research, health check tools, videos and tutorials, journal articles, and more.
  3. Multilingual Resources: Find information on breast cancer in over 15 languages on MedlinePlus, and check HealthReach for multilingual handouts, video, and audio.
  4. Clinical Trials: Search for open studies related to breast cancer at ClinicalTrials.gov.
  5. Genetic Information: Learn about genetic causes for breast cancer at Genetics Home Reference.

NCBI Web Site Permanent Redirect to HTTPS Begins November 9

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To improve security and privacy, and to comply with a Federal government mandate, NCBI is moving all of its Web sites and services, including Web APIs, to HTTPS only by September 30, 2016, which was subsequently extended to November 9. At that point, HTTP traffic for GET and HEAD requests will be redirected. All other requests will be rejected. This change will provide users with greatly increased privacy and security on the NCBI site. To prepare for this change, NCBI ran a series of tests, which are now completed.

Psoriasis Awareness Month

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. According to NLM’s MedlinePlus, psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick red skin with silvery scales. The condition may be hard to diagnose, since it has similar symptoms to other skin diseases. Following is a short list of resources related to psoriasis available from National Library of Medicine databases:

Celebrate Go4Life Month in September!

The National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active, including sample exercises, an exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, and even tools for setting goals and tracking progress. The information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+. The NIH Go4Life exercise and physical activity campaign provides strategies to encourage seniors about ways to incorporate exercise into their daily lives. Seniors can also get activity ideas and sign up to receive free e-mail exercise tips and weekly motivation from Go4Life virtual coaches. Also, join the celebration of Go4Life Month during September. This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, and walk the dog; all of which are important activities to older adults!

NLM Conference on Best Practices to Achieve Reproducible Research Now Available Online!

Proceedings of the two-day Best Practices of Biomedical Research: Improving Reproducibility and Transparency of Preclinical Research conference, held June 9-10, 2016, are now available for viewing through the NIH VideoCasting site:

Reproducibility of biomedical research, which is the ability to conduct projects that lead to the same results multiple times, was the focus of this conference featuring the nation’s leading experts, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, and Research!America. Discussions included insights from Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf, as well as presentations by John Ioannidis, MD, Professor of Medicine and Health Research and Policy, Stanford University; Christopher Austin, MD, Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH; and Jon R. Lorsch, PhD, Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH.

Topics covered in the conference include:

  • The challenge of reproducibility
  • Due diligence in acquiring science
  • Ethics and institutional responsibility
  • Open science and data sharing
  • Scientific rigor and open science
  • Best strategies for reproducible research
  • Best practices of reproducible research

NLM Resources for National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and both healthcare professionals and expectant/new mothers can use resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to locate reliable health information about breastfeeding. NLM resources related to lactation and breastfeeding include:

  • LactMed – The LactMed® database contains information on drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant.
  • Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding – Through the Medical Encyclopedia on MedlinePlus, learn about the benefits of breastfeeding for both infant and mother’s health, how to prepare for breastfeeding, how breastfeeding works, health and safety issues that may be experienced during breastfeeding, and how to bottle feed a baby. An article is also available on overcoming breastfeeding problems.
  • Breastfeeding on MedlinePlus – Find a summary about breastfeeding, along with a variety of useful links to research and resources related to breastfeeding. Health information on breastfeeding is available in 15 languages on MedlinePlus.

Locate additional multilingual resources related to women’s health and pregnancy through HealthReach. HealthReach offers easy access to quality health information to individuals for whom English is not the primary language. It is also an important resource for health professionals as well as public health administrators.

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 are archived on NIH Videocasting.