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 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.
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!
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:
- 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.
- Major update to the Myeloid Cytokines page reflecting FDA approval of a new drug for neutropenia. This was accompanied by required changes to:
- Significant updates to the Protective Actions Guides (PAGs) page reflecting the ongoing updates to the EPA guidance.
- Inclusion of link to important new video explaining Operational tactics for the first 100 minutes after an outdoor explosive Radiological Dispersal Device.
- Major update to the Potassium Iodide page, reflecting FDA guidance on liquid countermeasures for children and other prescribing information.
- Major addition to the multimedia assets content with tools created by CDC.
- Major update to the content on the Nuclear Power Plant page.
- Complete redrafting of the radiation Labels and Placards page, with key, new graphics.
- Major update to the Planners page, including reorganized references to the National Response Framework.
- Link to important new document about Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is included on the REMM nuclear detonation page.
- 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.
- Update to the retrospective assessment of dose information on the software tools page.
- Update of HHS information including TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange).
- 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.
On September 20 at 11:00 AM PDT, Brett Bobley, Director of the Office of Digital Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), gave the one-hour presentation International Big Data Research in the Humanities & Social Sciences: Collaboration, Opportunity, and Outcomes. The lecture was archived by NIH VideoCasting. The session provided an overview of the NEH Digging into Data program and its intersections with medical research, joint activities with the National Library of Medicine, and other digital humanities endeavors at the NEH. Digging into Data is an international big data research competition that started in 2009, which currently involves research agencies from 11 nations, and funds big data projects in the humanities and social sciences that are exploring new computational methods for large-scale research. For additional background information, visit this Circulating Now blog posting.
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.
Following the latest biomedical literature can be a challenge, but NCBI’s new PubMed Journals resource will help you keep up-to-date.
Use PubMed Journals to:
- Easily find and follow journals of interest.
- Browse new articles in your favorite journal(s).
- Keep up-to-date with a Journal News Feed containing new arrivals, news links, trending articles, and important article updates (retractions and more!).
To follow a journal, you’ll need to be logged in to your NCBI account. PubMed Journals is an experiment of PubMed Labs, NCBI’s product incubator for delivering new features and capabilities to NCBI end users.
The National Library of Medicine has just issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Institutions with demonstrated commitment to the needs of health disparity communities (including Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and other institutions in rural and socially disadvantaged areas) are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is December 16, 2016.
NLM expects to commit $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2017 to fund up to five awards. The earliest expected project start date is July, 2017. Applicants may request up to three years for the project period. Budgets up to $100,000 for one year, $200,000 over two years or $300,000 over 3 years, in direct costs, may be requested. The total amount requested need not be the same in each year for a multiple year project, but needs to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. Facilities and administrative (F&A) costs, also called overhead or indirect costs, are not covered by this FOA.
The tropical storm moving up the East coast, the recent severe flooding in Louisiana, and the near miss of two storms in Hawaii are reminders about the devastation and health consequences that wind and rain can bring to communities. To help you prepare and/or respond with authoritative health information resources, NLM’s Disaster Information Resource Management Center has updated its Hurricanes and Floods Information Guides. It’s also possible to embed the content from one or both of these pages on your own website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront so that when any of the pages are updated, your pages will be automatically updated as well.
Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events
On Wednesday, September 7, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) will host a 30-minute webinar briefly describing future plans for the E-utilities API in a time where GI (GenInfo Identifier) numbers are no longer used as the primary identifiers for sequence records. You will learn how to convert GI numbers to accession.version identifiers and how to quickly determine the most recent version of an accession. You’ll also learn about a new E-utility parameter, to be released this fall, that allows these tools to work only with accession.version identifiers.
Date and time: Wednesday, September 7, 9:00 AM PDT
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also learn about future webinars on this page.