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New Webinar Series: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data

On Wednesday, October 19, 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT, NLM will host the first session of a new Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data series of webinars, beginning with Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed. The webinar series will promote more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with an introduction to the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. The series is geared toward librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, and then move on to showing how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. The session will conclude by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully inspire you to get out and put these lessons to use!

University of Michigan Offers Live Streaming of NCBI Discovery Workshops October 4-6

Remote site registration is available for a series of three three-hour NCBI Discovery Workshops hosted by the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan on October 4-6, with instructors Peter Cooper, Ph.D., and Wayne Matten, Ph.D. The sessions will be streamed using BlueJeans. The workshops are:

  • Tuesday, 10/4, – Navigating NCBI Molecular Data Using the Integrated Entrez System and BLAST
  • Wednesday, 10/5, – A Practical Guide to NCBI BLAST
  • Thursday, 10/6, – EDirect: Command Line Access to NCBI’s Biomolecular Databases

Health Hotlines Database To Be Retired January 2017

Health Hotlines was developed by NLM as a community service to help the public locate health-related information from organizations with toll free numbers. NLM has decided it will no longer update the Health Hotlines database because most of the information is now readily available through web search engines and many of the organizations no longer have toll-free numbers. Health Hotlines will remain online until the end of January, 2017, at which time it will be retired.

Complementary Therapies and Traditional Healing Resources from NLM

Medical treatments not considered part of mainstream medicine are often called complementary, integrative, or alternative medicine. Examples include herbal supplements, acupuncture, meditation, and other forms of treatment. NLM’s Arctic Health portal defines traditional healing as treatment that focuses on the health and wellness of the individual in the context of culture and community, and it incorporates Native beliefs, practices, and traditional ecological knowledge. Traditional healing may be practiced by Native American communities across the U.S., including Alaska and the Arctic region. Resources for both complementary medicine and traditional healing are available through the National Library of Medicine for many different populations, including:

  • For the General Public – MedlinePlus provides an overview of various complementary and alternative therapy health topics, as well as reliable information on the health benefits and possible side effects for a long list of herbs and supplements.
  • For Older Adults – NIH Senior Health discusses a variety of topics on complementary health approaches, including information on natural products, mind and body practices, the safety of these complementary health approaches, and how to be an informed consumer with complementary health treatments.
  • For Native American Communities – The American Indian Health portal includes a list of traditional healing resources, with resources for community members, researchers, health professionals, educators, and the general public. The Traditional Healing section of the Arctic Health portal lists organizations and programs, stories, research and learning tools, and teaching tools for traditional healing practices of Native American communities in the Arctic region.

Retention of Ceased Abstracting and Indexing Publications Containing MEDLINE Citations

Does your collection include abstracting and indexing titles produced in cooperation with NLM, such as Hospital Literature Index and/or its successor Hospital and Health Administration Index, Index to Dental Literature, or International Nursing Index, all of which had ceased publication by the year 2000? In general, the NLM-derived citations in these publications are available in MEDLINE/PubMed. However, all of these publications also contained separate sections for monographic materials, which may not be available in the NLM collection. Therefore, NLM advises librarians that if access to the monographic materials in these tools are important at your institution, then retain these old print indexes in your collection. More details about each publication are available in this FAQ.

Resources for Teachers and Students from NLM

School is back in session, and NLM’s Specialized Information Services provides a variety of educational resources for students of all ages. Following are a few examples:

  • K-12 Science and Health Education: Browse through a list of useful links to lesson plans, projects, and webpages on many different science/health topics for K-12 students.
  • Environmental Health Student Portal: Information and activities for middle school students on environmental health topics like air pollution, chemicals, climate change, and water pollution. A section for teachers provides additional links to lesson plans.
  • GeneEd: Links to vetted genetic websites based on high school science curricula. A section with Teacher’s Resources provides a list of resources organized under various genetics topics, like bio-statistics, biotechnology, cell biology, and more.
  • ToxMystery: Interactive game for ages 7-11 on household chemical hazards, including a page with lesson plans for teachers.
  • ToxTown for Teachers: Lesson plans and links for educators to help them use the ToxTown page for teaching students about environmental health and toxic chemicals in everyday environments.

NCBI to Retire Leiden Open Variation Database (LOVD) on September 30

NCBI is retiring the Leiden Open Variation Database (LOVD) on September 30, 2016. LOVD has been used to capture information about novel human variants. Past submitters of human genetic variations to LOVD are encouraged to transfer their information to the ClinVar database. To add new human variation data, please review the instructions on submitting to ClinVar. The submission wizard may ease the process. While the LOVD site will be retired on September 30, an FTP archive will continue to store LOVD data for download after this date.

September is National Preparedness Month

The theme for 2016 National Preparedness Month is Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Ready.gov and CDC suggest weekly themes as reminders to take different types of action toward preparedness. NLM Disaster Health has paired some of its best preparedness resources with the weekly themes:

Week 2: Preparing Family & Friends
The Community and Personal Preparedness page is relevant throughout the month and year. Don’t forget your furry, feathered, and scaly friends when you prepare. Meanwhile, this week the CDC focuses on the critical role of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).

Week 3: Preparing Through Service
This week, focus on serving your larger community. Think about what your community can do to help prepare the very young, the very old, the disabled, and others with special needs. Meanwhile, the CDC suggests we learn more about what state and local health departments can do to be prepared.

Week 4: Individual Preparedness
Ready.gov suggests downloading disaster apps to your mobile devices. This would be a good week to check out the list of Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag. The CDC proposes studying what resilient communities have in common.

Week 5: Lead up to America’s PrepareAthon
As National Preparedness Month draws to a close, Ready.gov suggests you “be counted and register your preparedness event.” Consider listening to an archived NLM Disaster Health webinar in which librarians and other information specialists discuss their roles in the disaster life cycle. The CDC reminds us this week to prepare ourselves; just in time for America’s PrepareAthon on Friday, September 30!

Major Content Update for NLM’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Resource

Since the last major content and design update to the National Library of Medicine’s REMM resource in September 2015, significant content updates have occurred, including the following highlights:

  1. New York City Department of Health gave REMM permission to host and publish their Field Guide for Health and Safety Officers: Radiological Incidents. This is an extraordinary asset for local planners and first responders.
  2. Major update to the Myeloid Cytokines page reflecting FDA approval of a new drug for neutropenia. This was accompanied by required changes to:
  3. Significant updates to the Protective Actions Guides (PAGs) page reflecting the ongoing updates to the EPA guidance.
  4. Inclusion of link to important new video explaining Operational tactics for the first 100 minutes after an outdoor explosive Radiological Dispersal Device.
  5. Major update to the Potassium Iodide page, reflecting FDA guidance on liquid countermeasures for children and other prescribing information.
  6. Major addition to the multimedia assets content with tools created by CDC.
  7. Major update to the content on the Nuclear Power Plant page.
  8. Complete redrafting of the radiation Labels and Placards page, with key, new graphics.
  9. Major update to the Planners page, including reorganized references to the National Response Framework.
  10. Link to important new document about Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is included on the REMM nuclear detonation page.
  11. Link to very important new reference from HHS (Coleman CN, Koerner JF) about using biodosimetry following a large scale radiation incident is included on the REMM biodosimetry references page.
  12. Update to the retrospective assessment of dose information on the software tools page.
  13. Update of HHS information including TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange).
  14. New links to complete set of IOM (National Academies) monographs on Crisis Standards of Care, (volumes 1-7). Links are on the REMM Crisis Standards of Care page.

NLM’s ChemIDplus Now Includes New Internet Locator Link for EPA Chemical Safety for Sustainability CompTox

A new internet locator link, CompTox, has been added to the National Library of Medicine’s ChemIDplus resource. The link connects ChemIDplus users to over 155,000 chemicals in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chemical Safety for Sustainability CompTox. The interactive CompTox dashboard is part of a suite of databases and web applications developed by the EPA interactive Chemical Safety for Sustainability (iCSS) Research Program. These databases, dashboards, and apps support EPA’s computational toxicology research efforts to develop innovative methods to change how chemicals are currently evaluated for potential health risks. Information for over 720,000 chemicals is accessible in CompTox. Other locators recently added to ChemIDplus include DrugBank and European Medicines Agency (EMA).

ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures). ChemIDplus includes links to NLM and other databases and resources, including links to federal, state and international agencies. ChemIDplus Lite is designed for simple searching on name or registry. ChemIDplus Advanced helps users draw their own structures and perform similarity and substructure searches.