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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.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Fall 2016 Issue Available Online!

Actress Kathy Bates on the cover of the fall issue of NIH MedlinePlus the MagazineThe Fall 2016 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features topics including the latest in cancer research, lymphedema, vasculitis, the opioid overdose epidemic, clinical trials, and healthy pregnancy. The cover features actress and director, Kathy Bates, who developed lymphedema following a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. Bates has been a strong advocate for those with the disease. A national spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network, she shares her story with NIH MedlinePlus magazine.

The issue also features an article about cancer research. In January 2016, President Obama announced the “Cancer Moonshot” initiative to double the pace of research. The initiative aims to make more therapies available to more patients sooner. It also seeks to improve the ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage. NIH MedlinePlus magazine sat down with Dinah Singer, PhD, one of the three co-chairs of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative’s Blue Ribbon Panel and Director of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Biology, to learn about its progress.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.

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.

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.

NLM Recruiting for 2017-18 Associate Fellowship Program!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its 2017-18 Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program designed for recent library science graduates and early-career librarians. All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2017 are eligible to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens. Applications and additional information are available on the NLM web site. The application deadline is January 27, 2017. Up to five candidates will be selected for the program.

The September through August program is a one-year residency program (with an optional second year) for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship, offering a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff. The program is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

The Associate Fellowship provides knowledge and skills in project work ranging from:

  • Data analysis of programs and services such as extramural grants, indexed journal articles, controlled vocabularies, datasets, and customer inquiries.
  • Creation of online tutorials and educational awareness videos.
  • Social media outreach.
  • And more, including legislative tracking, web site enhancement, disaster information outreach studies, and review of next generation discovery interfaces.

The Associate Fellowship financial support includes:

  • Annual stipend of $53,435.
  • Additional funding to support purchase of group health insurance.
  • Up to $1,500 in relocation support.
  • Funding to support attendance at local and national conferences.

For questions, contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator.

NLM Announces the Addition of the Louis Sokoloff Papers to Profiles in Science

Louis Sokoloff (1921-2015) was an American physician and neuroscientist whose innovative research methods and tools transformed the study of brain structure and function. During nearly six decades at the National Institute of Mental Health, he developed new experimental methods, combining techniques and mathematical descriptions from biochemistry, enzyme kinetics, and physiological studies to accurately measure cerebral blood flow and metabolism. Using radioactive 2-deoxyglucose tracers, he was able to make real-time images of living animal brains under various physiological conditions, showing which brain regions were most active at a given moment. This work, which definitively linked regional metabolic activity to particular brain functions, constituted a quantum leap for brain-mapping research. It was also rapidly adapted to positron emission tomography (PET) scanning technology, which soon became essential for studying and diagnosing brain disorders and many types of cancer. He received a Lasker Award in 1981 in recognition of this important “bench-to-bedside” translational research.

Now available from the National Library of Medicine is a selection from the papers of Dr. Sokoloff, on the National Library of Medicine’s Profiles in Science® Web site. Profiles in Science is a digital project of the Library that provides online access to archival collections of twentieth- and twenty-first century leaders in science, medicine, and public health. The Louis Sokoloff Papers Profiles in Science site features correspondence, published articles, interviews, and photographs from the Louis Sokoloff Papers held by NLM. Visitors to Profiles in Science can view, for example, photos from Sokoloff’s childhood and early career, correspondence with colleagues and students, and experimental brain images produced with the tracers he developed. An in-depth historical narrative leads to a wide range of primary source materials that provide a window into Sokoloff’s life and major contributions to neuroscience.  Visitors may also view a brief chronology of Sokoloff’s life, a glossary of terms specific to the collection, and a further readings page, as well as search and browse the collection.

DOCLINE Quarterly Statistical Reports Now Available!

NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for July-September 2016:

  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-1A, 1-11A, 1-1AT)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A, 1-22A)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
  • Resource Library Quarterly Report – Fill Rate (Report 2-14)
  • Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
  • Loansome Doc Throughput Report (Report 5-1B)

Please note: Reports 1-11A, 1-1AT, and 1-22A are only distributed to libraries that have entered requests in DOCLINE for other libraries. Report 2-14 is only distributed to resource libraries.

DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Request reports are not archived and should be saved quarterly by libraries who wish to have a historical record of statistics. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the “Request Reports” section of the online manual (click the Help link at the top of the DOCLINE screen) or in the Reports section of DOCLINE’s FAQ page.

Register Now for the Next “NN/LM Resource Picks” Webinar on November 30: AIDSource and AIDSinfo!

The next session of the collaborative webinar series NN/LM Resource Picks will be held on Wednesday, November 30, at 12:00 PM PST. Registration is required. The featured presentation is AIDSource and AIDSinfo , with guest speakers Andrew Plumer, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, and Alison McDougal, PMP, AIDSinfo Project Manager.

More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV. Having access to quality, current information is vital in helping to improve the research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Attend this webinar to learn more about two great information resources – AIDSource and AIDSinfo. These websites feature information from both federal and nonfederal sources, and include medical practice guidelines, clinical trials, statistics, mobile apps, and much more! The resources are useful for health professionals, researchers, educators, and the general public.

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.