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Archive for February, 2010

PubMed Changes

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Today, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) made some changes to PubMed.


  • There is a link to a Limits page from the PubMed homepage.
  • The Limits have been separated from the rest of the Advanced Search page into a page of its own.
  • Limiting by dates is possible from the Limits page.
  • On the Results page, the Limit Activated message in yellow is more prominently displayed.

Advanced Search

  • The Advanced Search page now has a Search Builder section. This replaces the Search by Author, Journal, Publication Date and more section. The Search Builder allows users to construct a search using different fields and Boolean operators.
  • Instructions on how to use the Search Builder are also accessible on this page.

Emailing Results

  • A larger number of citations can now can be sent using the Send to Email option. The Start from citation field allows users to send the results in batches of up to 200 at a time.


  • Within My Bibliography, users can download citations in the MEDLINE format.
  • Preferences now includes an option to turn off Details. The default is to have it turned on.
  • eRA Commons users can now use My Bibliography to manage their compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

For more information see the following NLM Technical Bulletin articles:

Canese K. PubMed® Advanced Search, Limits, and Homepage Revised. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Jan-Feb;(372):e7.

Hutcherson L. My NCBI: Managing Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy Using My Bibliography. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Jan-Feb;(372):e8.

Hutcherson L. My NCBI Enhancements. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Jan-Feb;(372):e9.

Nahin AM. Easy E-mailing of Large Search Results Restored in PubMed®. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Jan-Feb;(372):e11.

National Children’s Dental Health Resource

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

In time for National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., in collaboration with the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) has released a new edition of the knowledge path about oral health for infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant women. The knowledge path is available at .

This electronic guide points to resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to and the quality of oral health care. The knowledge path contains sections with resources for professionals, resources for consumers, and resources on specific aspects of oral health. Topics include child care and Head Start, dental caries, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, K-12 education, pregnancy, school-based care, and special health care needs.

Health Resources Widget for Haiti

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

A new widget available at can be added to any web page to link users to the Haiti Earthquake page from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The widget is available in two different sizes, and the code for both sizes is provided. The widget will then link users to the web page of Haiti earthquake health information links created by The Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services Division (SIS), of NLM.

Health Resources for Haiti Widget

Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information Award Recipients

Monday, February 1st, 2010

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Year 04 Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information Award.

Cancer Services of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Principal Investigator: Blaire Larson
Project Title: Cancer Services of New Mexico’s Legal, Insurance & Paperwork Assistance (LIPA) Website
Brief description: Cancer Services of New Mexico will develop a website that facilitates access to information on cancer-related legal, insurance, and paperwork issues as well as increasing access to information on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus Go Local. Major activities will include development of a website that facilitates access to information on these issues; training the program manager and volunteers on how to use the website to assist clients, and developing a plan for promoting the website to cancer services providers and cancer patients/survivors statewide.

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Wyandotte, OK
Principal Investigator: Dr. Bob Murray
Project Title: Eastern Shawnee Consumer Health Information Project (CHIP)
Brief description: The primary emphasis of this project is to provide a computer lab that has access to National Library of Medicine and other health websites, and to provide training to tribal members, especially elderly tribal members, to be knowledgeable about health information searching on the Internet. The computer lab will be placed in the Wellness Center and will provide valuable information to the Registered Nurse and all participants in the new Eastern Shawnee Diabetes Program.

City of Houston, Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, TX
Principal Investigator: Dr. Janice Paul
Project Title: Gulf Coast Aging and Disability Consumer Health Information Initiative
Brief description: Computers with Internet access and assisted technologies software will be placed in a central location of three locations of the Gulf Coast Aging and Disability Resource Center for the purpose of searching for health information using the many user-friendly features of MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. This yearlong initiative will feature quarterly training and educational workshops at the various multi-service centers in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties.

Greater Houston Area Health Education Center
Bellaire, TX
Principal Investigator: Dana S. Smith, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA
Project Title: Operation CLICKS (Computer Literacy: Increasing Consumer Knowledge for Seniors)
Brief description: Operation CLICKS is a computer literacy program that provides education on basic computer and Internet usage skills for senior citizens in the Harris County, Texas area. The program will allow this population to gain vital computer and Internet abilities which in turn will increase each participant’s independence and overall health. The program curriculum will incorporate modules covering usage of MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth websites for electronic health information retrieval and education.

Congratulations to Cancer Services of New Mexico, Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services, and Greater Houston Area Health Education Center!