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NLM’s Asian American Health Portal To Be Retired November 21, 2016

The National Library of Medicine will be retiring the Asian American Health portal on November 21, 2016, to concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials. NLM encourages using Healthreach for patient education materials in multiple languages, and for provider materials for those working with diverse lingual communities.

In 2013, NLM worked with New York University’s Center for the Studies on Asian American Health to identify the needs of Asian American health information for professionals and consumers. Many things were revealed in the study but two things were highlighted: the need for disaggregated population data at subpopulation level and, the need for accurate, quality, culturally relevant and tested patient education materials. Granular population data is a request from several ethnic populations and the Department of Health and Human Services, Census, and Office of Management and Budget of the U.S. federal government are taking the lead to address this need. A Federal Register Notice was recently issued.

In 2017, the HealthReach team will begin working with community based organizations and stakeholders to examine the current HealthReach collection and expand it to include more Asian language patient education materials. Also, MedlinePlus and HealthReach are working to harmonize the multilingual patient education materials collections into one set. MedlinePlus will continue to offer materials through their consumer interface and, HealthReach will continue to provide the database search interface that offers metadata about the patient materials.

2017 MeSH Headings Available in the MeSH Browser

The Introduction to MeSH 2017 is now available, including information on its use and structure, as well as recent updates and availability of data. For now, the default year in the MeSH Browser remains 2016 MeSH and the alternate link provides access to 2017 MeSH. Access to two years of MeSH vocabulary is always available in the MeSH Browser, the current year and an alternate year. Sometime in November or December, the default year will change to 2017 MeSH and the alternate link will provide access to the 2016 MeSH.

Download 2017 MeSH in XML and ASCII formats. Also available for 2017 from the same MeSH download page are:

  • Pharmacologic Actions (Forthcoming)
  • New Headings with Scope Notes
  • MeSH Replaced Headings (Fate of Deleted Descriptors)
  • MeSH MN (tree number) changes
  • 2017 MeSH in MARC format

Your Feedback Needed for NN/LM Resource Picks Webinar About NLM Traveling Exhibit Program!

On March 29, 2017, the NN/LM Resource Picks webinar series will feature the NLM Traveling Exhibition Program. To provide the most beneficial and informative presentation, staff at the Traveling Exhibition Program have asked potential attendees to complete a very short, five-question survey by November 18, 2016.

New One-Hour NN/LM Webinar, “ALTBIB: What, Why and How” on December 8

The NN/LM Training Office has announced that registration is available for a new one-hour webinar on the NLM database ALTBIB: Resources for Alternatives to the Use of Live Vertebrates in Biomedical Research and Testing, on Thursday, December 8, 10:00-11:00 AM PST. The session will describe the scope of ALTBIB, briefly explain the history of the database and why it exists, identify key people who work on ALTBIB, and demonstrate features of the resource. Participants will gain hands-on experience with practice exercises, and leave the webinar with a sense of what ALTBIB can and cannot do for animal alternative searches. Stephanie Publicker from NLM’s Specialized Information Services will be on hand to answer questions. The webinar is accredited for one MLA continuing education credit.

Redesign for NLM’s Online Toxicology Tutorial, ToxTutor

The National Library of Medicine has updated its online toxicology tutorial, ToxTutor, a self-paced guide covering key principles of toxicology. For almost 20 years, students and others have used ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. Written in plain language and including helpful illustrations, the tutorial provides users of toxicology resources, including the NLM chemical and toxicological databases, with a basic understanding of the subject. ToxTutor introduces toxicology by covering dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure standards and guidelines. Additional topics will be included in future updates. A certificate of completion option is expected to be released next year. ToxTutor is produced by the NLM Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP).

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.

New NN/LM Online Class on November 10: Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities Using NLM Resources

Registration is available for the new NN/LM online class, Locating Information on Developmental Disabilities Using NLM Resources. The class is designed to provide an introduction to developmental disabilities, tools to evaluate quality websites and learn about NLM resources to answer health related needs, caregiver information, ideas for programming, as well as ways to provide awareness to the community regarding developmental disabilities. The class consists of a one-hour webinar on November 10, 12:00-1:00 PM PST, with optional pre-class reading and class exercises. One (1) MLA CE credit is available for attending the webinar only, and three (3) MLA CE credits are offered for anyone completing the pre-class reading, webinar, and class exercises, which are due by November 23. The class is also eligible for the Consumer Health Information Specialization accreditation offered by MLA. All registrants will receive a link to the pre-class reading material. The webinar will be archived and made available to anyone not able to attend the live session.

Three Ways to Find Health Twitter Chats!

Twitter chats are a great way for healthcare professionals to learn about resources related to specific health topics, raise public awareness of heath issues, and share their organization’s resources with other professionals and the general public. During a Twitter chat, one or more accounts hosting the chat will pose questions through their tweets, and attendees of the chat will answer the questions through tweets that include a hashtag specific to the chat, e.g., #HIVAgingChat. Following are three ways to locate Twitter chats related to health and wellness topics, which healthcare professionals on Twitter may wish to attend:

  • Follow NLM Twitter Handles: If you follow NLM_OSP, the Twitter account for the National Library of Medicine Outreach and Special Populations Branch, then you’ll often see announcements on upcoming Twitter chats related to health awareness and outreach topics. There are currently 18 Twitter accounts maintained by NLM, and many of the accounts promote and participate in health-related Twitter chats on a regular basis.
  • Check FYI Weekly Health Resources Newsletter: The Office of Minority Health publishes a weekly email bulletin called FYI: Weekly Health Resources, which lists information on grants, fellowships/scholarships, program resources, and more, including upcoming Twitter chats related to minority health.
  • Check the Twitter Chat Schedule on Symplur: The website Symplur tracks popular healthcare-related hashtags and also includes a weekly schedule of healthcare Twitter chats, with a list of upcoming one-time and irregularly scheduled chat sessions.

October Midday at the Oasis Recording Now Available!

On October 19, NN/LM PSR presented NLM Drug Information Services for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Patrick McLaughlin, from MEDLARS Management, covered a wealth of NLM websites. He covered MedlinePlus, PubMed Health, DailyMed, Dietary Supplement Label Database, Pillbox, RxImage, TOXNET’s HSDB and LactMed, and PubChem. For terminologies, he showed RxNorm, RxNav, RxClass, and UMLS. Last but not least, the Drug Information Portal was highlighted! 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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New Online Class in PubMed® for Librarians Series: Using Evidence-Based Search Features!

Registration is available for the new 90-minute instructional webinar PubMed® for Librarians: Using Evidence-Based Search Features, on Wednesday, November 16, from 10:00-11:30 AM PST. It is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises. The session will explore Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design and how they work in PubMed, introduce three PubMed products that facilitate evidence based searching, and demonstrate how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types. It is an expansion of the popular PubMed for Librarians series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO).

PubMed for Librarians is made up of six 90-minute sessions, which are presented via WebEx and recorded for archival access. Each session is meant to be a stand-alone module designed for each user to determine how many and in what sequence they attend. Each session is certified for 1.5 MLA (Medical Library Association) CE (Continuing Education) hours. CE credit is not available for viewing recordings.