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Archive for June, 2010

Tools for LinkOut for Libraries

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

LinkOut for Libraries now has a Training and Educational Resources page to assist librarians using LinkOut. It has a number of Quick Tours on using the Library Submission Utility and other LinkOut techniques. The latest Quick Tour is on managing Outside Tools.

See the May-June 2010 NLM Technical Bulletin for more information:

Frost E. LinkOut® for Libraries Training and Educational Resources Web Site. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 May-Jun; (374):e13.

Frost E. New LinkOut®  for Libraries Quick Tour. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 May-Jun; (374):e14.

PubMed Improvements

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

From the May-June 2010 issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin:

SCR CONNECTions Webinar: Mobile Applications, Resources and Devices

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Mobile access is growing. New devices and new operating systems are sweeping the mobile market. Libraries and health professionals are looking for the best mobile resources for their users.  Join us for the next SCR CONNECTions webinar: “Mobile Applications, Resources and Devices” on June 16, 2010 from 10:30am – 11:30am CT.

This webinar will cover new trends in mobile technology. From Android smartphones to the iPad new innovations are changing the way health professionals and librarians access information.  Mobile resources freely available from the National Library of Medicine and popular applications available for download through the Android Marketplace and iTunes Store will be discussed.

Webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar using the following URL: Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone. Test your connection before joining with Adobe using the following URL:

PubMed Class in Houston

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR will be offering the following class at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library on Friday, July 9, 2010.

July 9, 2010
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Keeping Up with NLM’s PubMed

With a hands-on approach, this class will show attendees how to use the features of PubMed effectively. Attendees will be able to describe the contents of PubMed; formulate basic search strategies; display, print, and save results in various formats; revise and refine searches; and use special features such as Limits and Advanced Search.

To register for the class, go to:

If you have any questions, please contact Re Mishra at or 713-799-7880.

CAM Focus on Research and Care Now Online

Monday, June 7th, 2010

A new issue of “Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Focus on Research and Care” is now available. Read this issue online at

In this issue:

The Art and Science of Natural Products
Natural products are the among the most popular CAM approaches used by Americans. What does the science say so far about three—fish oil, cranberry, and probiotics?

Ginkgo Study Yields Insights for Treatment and Research
One of NCCAM’s first large clinical trials sheds light on health issues in older adults and on conducting research on supplements.

An Interview with Craig Hopp, Ph.D.
An NCCAM staff member who specializes in medicinal uses of plants shares his perspective.

Download a PDF for printing.

June NIH News in Health Now Online

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The June issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now available at our new, improved website! In this edition:

Fun Summer Days: Eating Better, Getting Active
The warmer weather brings lots of new opportunities to improve your health: plenty of fresh, local produce and more choices for outside activities. Here’s how to make the most of the summer months.

Too Young for Hot Flashes?: When Menopause-Like Symptoms Come Too Soon
If the familiar symptoms of menopause—like night sweats and loss of regular menstrual periods—arise before age 40, it’s a sign that something’s wrong. It might be a condition called primary ovarian insufficiency.

Health Capsules:
•    Patient’s Genome Reveals Medical Risks
•    Learn About Chronic Kidney Disease
•    Featured Web Site: Turning Discovery Into Health

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Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-435-7489 for more information.

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Office of the Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison

NLM’s Theater Presentations at MLA Now Online

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

NLM has posted their MLA 2010 Theater Presentations on their Distance Education Program Resources website Scroll down to where it says Medical Library Association 2010 Annual Meeting Theater Presentations.

The presentations shown are :

  • Update
  • DailyMed
  • Health Services Research & Public Health Update
  • History of Medicine Update
  • Introduction to NCBI Molecular Databases
  • MedlinePlus Update
  • MyMedicationList and RxNorm
  • PubMed Review
  • Resources for Disaster Planning and Response
  • Toxicology & Environmental Health Update
  • UMLS Update
  • Using My Bibliography to Manage Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy

Data and Innovation Work Together to Improve Health

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Institute of Medicine President Harvey Fineberg today launched a national initiative to share a wealth of new community health data that will drive innovation and lead to the creation of new applications and tools to improve the health of Americans.  

The Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI) is turning to Web application developers, mobile phone applications, social media, and other cutting-edge information technologies in a widespread effort to help consumers, healthcare providers, and policy makers use this data to improve health and the value of health care. In the words of organizer Todd Park, HHS wants “to make health data as useful and available as weather data.” 


Hurricane Season Begins June 1

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

June 1 marks the beginning of Hurricane Season. Is your community prepared? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has added new resources to its web page Tools and Resources to Help Communities Prepare for Hurricane Season to help communities prepare for and respond to hurricane events and other natural disasters.

New additions this year include:

  • Disaster Alternate Care Facilities: A report and interactive tools to select alternate care facilities and decide which patients to send to them.
  • Hospital Evacuation Decision Guide: Know what factors to consider before making the decision to evacuate a facility, shelter in place or reassess as the situation unfolds.
  • Hospital Assessment and Recovery Guide: A guide and checklist to assess hospital infrastructure to determine if it is safe for staff and patients to return to a facility.
  • The Essentials: Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources: Know the essential elements to consider when providing pre-hospital, hospital, alternative, and palliative care with scarce resources.

Other tools featured on the web page offer assistance with issues such as caring for children, transporting patients from one facility to another, nursing home needs, reopening shuttered hospitals to meet surge demand and using community call centers for crisis support. Access the newly updated web page at

There’s an app for that

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) is now available as a free iPhone/iPod touch App. It can be downloaded from iTunes.

For details, see NLM® Resource Update: REMM Now Available as a Free iPhone®/iPod touch® App. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 May-Jun;(374):e12.