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Health Information Outreach Funding Opportunities from NLM and NIH

Do you know where to find grant and funding opportunities from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) related to health information outreach? The Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) of the National Library of Medicine provides a webpage with links for locating Information Outreach Funding Opportunities from NLM, NIH, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). Some examples of funding search resources include:

  • NLM Grants and Funding – Browse grants and funding opportunities under a number of categories, such as “Research Grants,” “Awards Supporting Career Development and Training,” “Support for Outreach Initiatives to Improve Access and Eliminate Health Disparities,” and “Trans NIH Programs and Initiatives Supported by NLM.”
  • NN/LM Funding Opportunities – Browse by region for funding opportunities from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
  • NIH Funding Sources – Search or browse funding opportunities (published daily) from NIH, learn how to apply for grants, and explore previous NIH-funded research through NIH RePORT.

NLM Resources on Precision Medicine

The new Director of the National Library of Medicine, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, puts a strong focus on precision medicine in the vision she describes for NLM: “I believe the National Library of Medicine has an important role to play in the Precision Medicine Initiative…and I believe that role’s going to be showing up in a number of the existing services already seen in the Library…” The National Institutes of Health defines precision medicine as “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.” To learn more about precision medicine and how NIH is already playing an important role in the Precision Medicine Initiative, visit the following NLM resources:

August Midday at the Oasis Recording Now Available!

On August 17, NN/LM PSR presented Mapping Your Community’s Health for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Colette Hochstein, D.M.D., MLS and Jennifer Rewolinski, B.S. Community Health, National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Service, were the presenters. Colette talked about the Community Health Maps blog for information on low cost mapping tools for community-based organizations. Jennifer covered a case study on mapping curb ramp accessibility for an assisted living facility as an example of community maps. 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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PMC Updates: New Search Result Filters and Updated Reference List Display

As of August 2016, PMC is now home to four million articles! A few updates have been implemented to make this full-text content easier to navigate:

Search Result Filters
On all search results pages, you will now see filters (similar to PubMed’s filters) on the left-hand side that allow you to filter your results by article attributes, publication date, research funder, and search fields. These filters replace the Limits page and allow you to more readily:

You can now also quickly add articles that are under a 12-month or less embargo in PMC to your search results by selecting the “Include embargoed articles” filter option under Text Availability. More information about these filters is available in the PMC User Guide and a sample screen shot is available from the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Reference List Display
Using related article data available in PMC, articles that cite papers that have been either retracted or named in a Findings of Research Misconduct issued by the HHS Office of Research Integrity and not yet retracted will now include a red hyperlink to the relevant notice directly from the article’s reference list. This update will help users more easily identify post-publication updates to existing research.

PMC Retraction Flag Screenshot

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Biographical Sketch Format Now Available for SciENcv Profiles

SciENcv users can now create biosketches in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) biographical sketch format which can be used to apply for IES funding. In addition, users can also export their citations from the IES Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) database to My Bibliography. This newly added biosketch format is available to download in PDF, MS Word or XML, and users are able to share their SciENcv IES biosketches through a public URL.

The IES biographical sketch consists of five sections:

Creating SciENcv Profiles Using the IES Biographical Sketch Format
There are three ways to create a SciENcv profile in the IES biographical sketch format: entering information manually, copying information from an existing SciENcv biosketch, or using an external data source to populate a biosketch. Further details are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

July NLM Express Recording Now Available!

On July 7, NN/LM PSR presented Saving Time with PubMed Subject-Specific Queries! for the NLM Express webinar series. Kate Flewelling, Health Professions Coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, provided some tips and tricks for preformulated PubMed searches on drugs, health information technology, public health and other topics.You can view the webinar by visiting our Distance Learning page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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PMC Announces FTP Service Update

PMC has reorganized its FTP Service site for users interested in accessing the Text Mining Collections, which include the original Open Access (OA) Subset. New top-level FTP directories help users quickly locate the content available for bulk download that best suits their research needs. These directories include:

To make it easier for users to identify and comply with the different licenses that apply to OA articles, new file lists have been created and the file lists for individual OA articles now include a “license-type” field for each article. Similarly, the bulk packages of OA article text have been divided into two sets. One set comprises articles that may be used for commercial purposes (the Commercial Use Collection); the other contains articles that can be used only for non-commercial purposes. Visit the Open Access Subset page for details.

To allow regular users to transition to the new arrangement, the previous arrangement of files and directories will be maintained in parallel at least through the end of August.

Connecting to NLM’s Hazardous Substances Data Bank Using PubMed and LinkOut

The National Library of Medicine’s LinkOut filters feature provides PubMed users with connections to web-accessible resources, including full-text articles, consumer health information, and supplementary data related to a PubMed citation. PubMed users can access information for over 5,700 Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) chemical substances via LinkOut. HSDB focuses on the toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals.

To set up LinkOut to retrieve HSDB information:

  • If you don’t already have a free MyNCBI account, create one;
  • In the Filters box on your MyNCBI account page, click the “Manage filters” link;
  • Click on LinkOut from the “Select Category” option;
  • Click on the + next to the Chemical Information option;
  • Then click on the + next to the Toxicology option;
  • Check the two boxes next to HSDB–this saves these options.

Then run a search:

  • Log into your MyNCBI account and go to PubMed;
  • Run your search;
  • On the upper right side of the results page find “Filter your results;”
  • Click on the HSDB link;
  • Then click on a result;
  • Click on the HSDB icon. The link takes you to the HSDB record for chemical(s) mentioned in the article.

Please note that LinkOut is not available for citations marked as “In process.”

Redesigned FTP Site for MeSH Downloads

The Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) FTP download site has been updated to include separate directories for each release year of MeSH. The FTP directories include:

  • A single directory for earlier files from 1999-2010.
  • The yearly release directories from 2011 to the latest full release which occurs in November of the preceding year.
  • The directory “MESH_FILES” with the latest release files that are updated every morning Monday – Friday.
  • File names ending with .nt and .ttl extensions that are for the MeSH RDF format.

Hopefully making these archive copies more readily available to the public will be useful for anyone interested in studying the history of MeSH terminology as it has progressed over the years. Distributed MeSH files are freely available to the public with agreement to NLM’s Memorandum of Understanding. For further information and illustrations, refer to the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Images from NLM’s History of Medicine Now Available in NLM Digital Collections

Beginning today, Images from the History Medicine (IHM), the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division’s (HMD) online database of historical images, will be decommissioned from its current Luna Imaging platform, and formally launched in its new home in NLM’s Digital Collections, the Library’s free online resource of over 16,000 biomedical books and moving images. IHM is a collection of historical portraits, photographs, fine prints, caricatures, posters, and other graphic art that illustrates the social and historical aspects of medicine from the Middle Ages to the present. The collection covers subjects ranging from medieval medical practice to 19th century slum conditions to World War I hospitals to the international fight against drug abuse and AIDS. Now this entire image collection is more easily searchable, alongside digitized books and videos, and images can be downloaded more seamlessly. For more details, visit NLM’s Circulating Now blog.