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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.

NLM Training Resources for Accessing Reliable Health Information

The National Library of Medicine offers many training resources for teaching diverse populations about reliable health information. Following are a few of the training materials for teaching various audiences how to access and evaluate trustworthy online health information resources:

  • For the General Public (English language): MedlinePlus offers an online tutorial called Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine. This tutorial walks users through the evaluation process for checking whether website content should be considered reliable. The tutorial includes audio.
  • For Older Adults (English language): The training module Evaluating Health Websites (PDF, 5.77 MB) is part of a larger curriculum from NIHSeniorHealth to teach older adults how to search for health information online. The module includes an introduction and lesson plan for the trainer, as well as handouts for students. The course is meant to be taught in a live environment, with a PC with internet access for each student.
  • For Spanish Speakers: The Spanish-language publication Recursos de información de la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina sobre la infección por el VIH/SIDA (PDF, 4.4 MB) teaches readers how to access reliable health information, specifically on the topic of HIV/AIDS. The publication includes a general guide on how to search for quality health information on the internet in section 3 (Búsqueda de información de salud de calidad en Internet).

October 2016 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of 3 people in gray clothes and one in orange, representing 25% or the ratio 1 in 4Check out the October issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Understanding Health Risks: Improve Your Chances for Good Health
    “Understanding health risks is key to making your own health care decisions,” says Dr. William Elwood, a psychologist and behavioral scientist at NIH. “It gives you perspective on potential harms and benefits, so you can make smart choices based on facts and not fears.”
  • Depression Symptoms and Treatment
    Most adults with depression might not be receiving treatment, a new study suggests. And many who do undergo treatment might not have the disorder. These findings highlight the need to deliver appropriate care for depression.
  • Volunteers Needed for Cancer Study
    NIH is working to learn more about how to target cancer therapy to the specific tumors and genetic changes in each patient. Volunteers are needed for a nationwide clinical trial called NCI-MATCH (National Cancer Institute-Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice).
  • Featured Website: Voices of the NIH Community
    Listen to stories from patients, family members, doctors, and nurses who’ve been touched by NIH’s research and community. Through a partnership with StoryCorps, this website shares personal experiences of survival, loss, discovery, hope, and the profound impact of NIH-funded research.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

NLM Resource Guide Responds to Hurricane Matthew

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Health is responding to recent events with a Hurricane Matthew Health Related Resources Guide.

The guide includes links to:

  • Federal and state-specific resources
  • Social media for situational awareness
  • Situation reports
  • Maps
  • Public health information
  • General hurricane information and more

The guide will be updated as new information becomes available. You can also Follow the Hurricane Matthew Twitter list of reliable sources!

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
  5. Genetic Information: Learn about genetic causes for breast cancer at Genetics Home Reference.

NLM Launches New Traveling Exhibit: “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care”

The National Library of Medicine, in partnership with the Physician Assistant History Society, has launched Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care, a traveling banner exhibition now available for booking. This exhibition was curated by Loren Miller, PhD, an independent historian and curator. Beginning in November, 2016, it will travel to 50 sites across the country during the next four years. The online adaptation of the exhibtion offers resources for educators and students, including lesson plans for middle school and high school classrooms, a higher education module, and a robust selection of related links and suggested readings.

Collaboration has been the foundation of the Physician Assistant (PA) profession since the first three PAs graduated from Duke University’s training program in 1967. PAs practice medicine as a dynamic part of a team, alongside doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals; and work within diverse communities to treat patients and improve lives by addressing health care shortages. Originally focused on general practice, today’s PAs serve in a variety of medical specialties and settings. The field continues to widen, as PAs aid populations all over the world in times of need and training programs proliferate globally. Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care describes how the profession developed as a solution to meet the social and health care needs of the mid-20th century and continues to evolve today. The exhibition features stories of PAs in communities all over the world and on the front lines of health crises, like the recent Ebola epidemic. It also features PAs from the highest echelons of government, including Congresswoman Karen Bass from California and George McCullough, the first White House PA.

Report Citation Errors in PubMed Directly to Publishers

The PubMed Data Management System (PMDM), which allows publishers or their authorized representatives to update or correct nearly all elements of their citations, is now available. PubMed users should report basic citation errors in PubMed data directly to the publisher, including errors in author names, affiliations, or citation bibliographic information (such as date of publication, volume, issue, and page or e-location), typographical errors in titles or abstracts, and errors in grants or databanks. PMDM is a secure Web application for PubMed data providers to access and edit their PubMed citation data. Nearly all citation elements can be updated at any time after initial receipt of their records by PubMed. The vast majority of PubMed citations are supplied electronically by publishers or their representatives, and the PMDM was created to improve the ease and timeliness for publishers to update and correct their own citations. Changes made in the PMDM are reflected in PubMed within 24-48 hours.

With the implementation of PMDM, NLM is no longer routinely updating or correcting publisher-supplied citations. Users who report citation errors in PubMed to NLM will be directed to contact the publisher directly. NLM will continue to receive and investigate error reports about value-added data on the citations, for example, MeSH Headings and Subheadings, Supplementary Concepts, and Publication Types. Use the Contact Us form for these reports.

Recording Available for Inaugural Session of “NN/LM Resource Picks” Webinar Series

The archived recording of the first one-hour session for the new NN/LM collaborative webinar series, NN/LM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness! with presenter Siobhan Champ-Blackwell from NLM’s Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Participate in the Healthy People 2020 Public Comment Process October 6-27!

You are invited to participate in the upcoming Healthy People 2020 public comment process, which will be open from October 6 through October 27, 2016. The Healthy People team is seeking comments on an objective that is being considered as a potential addition to the HIV topic area. The proposed objective was developed by the HIV workgroup, which is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It has been reviewed by the Healthy People 2020 Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW), and is now being presented for public review and comment. All comments received will be carefully reviewed by the HIV workgroup, the Healthy People 2020 FIW, and other Healthy People 2020 stakeholders.

NLM Announces Important Dates for MEDLINE/PubMed 2017 Year-End Processing Activities

The National Library of Medicine is currently involved in MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. These include changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings and subheadings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemicals, protocols, and diseases that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include maintaining existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2017 version of MeSH, and other global changes.

Important Dates

  • November 15, 2016: NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. NLM will continue to add Publisher-supplied and in process citations.
  • Mid-December 2016: PubMed MEDLINE citations, translation tables, and the MeSH database will have been updated to reflect 2017 MeSH.

For details about the impact on searching from November 16 to mid-December, visit Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Impact on Searching During Fall 2016. For background information on the general kinds of changes made annually, visit Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Background Information.