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Resources on Precision Medicine through National Library of Medicine

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Resources on Precision Medicine through National Library of Medicine

The new Director of National Library of Medicine (NLM) Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD puts a strong focus on precision medicine in the vision she describes for NLM:

I believe the National Library of Medicine has an important role to play in the Precision Medicine Initiative…and I believe that role’s going to be showing up in a number of the existing services already seen in the Library…

National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines precision medicine is “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.”

You can learn more about precision medicine and how NIH is already playing an important role in the Precision Medicine Initiative through a number of NLM resources:


BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

We wish to cordially invite you, your students, staff, and colleagues to a weekly webinar-based lecture series entitled the BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science. This is a series of high-level didactic overviews across the range of topics important for data science, intended to provide a general biomedical audience with an appreciation of the elemental issues related to data science research and applications.

The series will be held each Friday at noon Eastern Time (9am Pacific) beginning September 9th, 2016. Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

 You may also dial in using your phone.

  • United States : +1 (872) 240-3311
  • Access Code: 786-506-213

Registration is not required. Bookmark the webinar link for easy access to our weekly event!

Our initial set of confirmed data science lecturers includes: Mark Musen (Stanford), William Hersh (Oregon Health Sciences), Lucila Ohno-Machado (UCSD), Michel Dumontier (Stanford), Zachary Ives (Penn), Suzanne Sansone (Oxford), Chaitan Baru (NSF), Brian Caffo (Johns Hopkins), and Naomi Elhadad (Columbia).

This series is sponsored by the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science, the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Training Coordination Center, and the BD2K Centers Coordination Center. A dedicated webpage with additional information, the complete schedule of speakers, and a collection of all the recorded lectures is forthcoming and will be available shortly. In the meantime, the data science topics to be covered by our incredible set of speakers are as follows:


Introduction to big data and the data lifecycle

Section 1: Data Management Overview

  • Finding and accessing datasets, Indexing and Identifiers
  • Data curation and Version control
  • Ontologies
  • Metadata standards
  • Provenance

Section 2: Data Representation Overview

  • Databases and data warehouses, Data: structures, types, integrations
  • Social networking data
  • Data wrangling, normalization, preprocessing
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Natural Language Processing

Section 3: Computing Overview

  • Workflows/pipelines
  • Programming and software engineering; API; optimization
  • Cloud, Parallel, Distributed Computing, and High Performance Computing
  • Commons: lessons learned, current state

Section 4: Data Modeling and Inference Overview

  • Smoothing, Unsupervised Learning/Clustering/Density Estimation
  • Supervised Learning/prediction/Machine Learning, dimensionality reduction
  • Algorithms and their Optimization
  • Multiple hypothesis testing, False Discovery Rate
  • Data issues: Bias, Confounding, and Missing data
  • Causal inference
  • Data Visualization tools and communication
  • Modeling Synthesis

Section 5: Additional topics

  • Open science
  • Data sharing (including social obstacles)
  • Ethical Issues
  • Extra considerations/limitations for clinical data
  • Reproducibility
  • SUMMARY and NIH context

Section 6: Specific examples

We hope that you will enjoy this exciting and informative series of lectures on data science. Again, please instruct your students, staff, and colleagues to tune in. Share this announcement with others, too. We look forward to having you!

Information and News – Zika Update

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

On Friday, August 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico in response to the Zika outbreak. According to the Puerto Rico Department of Health, as of August 12 there have been 10,690 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika in Puerto Rico, including 1,035 pregnant women.

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center continues to update the Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide. This guide includes links to information for healthcare professionals from US Federal agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

Also included in the Guide are PubMed and Disaster Lit® searches on topics related to Zika and microcephaly, pregnancy, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, sexual transmission, and more. Patient education material in multiple languages and health resources for the public are also included.

Remember that you can embed the content of the Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide on your own web page. When the NLM Guide is updated, your page will be automatically updated as well. It’s easy to get an account on the HHS Syndication Storefront. Follow the instructions here on how to add content to your website. (More on content syndication.)

See a list of HHS Public Health Emergency Declarations since 2005.


NLM Resources for Nurses

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Does your library serve nurses or nursing students?

If so, then check out the latest videos from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). In less than four minutes learn about 15 different resources – all free, reliable, and online – to support nursing research and promote quality health outcomes.

Additionally, NLM has resources for nurses to help with patient education. In less than 3 minutes, learn about 11 different resources – all free, reliable, and online – to help patients and their families learn more about diseases, disorders, conditions, and treatments.

Once you’ve watched it, please share these videos to nurses and nursing students. Information like this wants to be shared!

Want more videos on quality health resources? Subscribe to the NLM YouTube Channel.


August NIH News in Health Now Available

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

NIH News in Health: A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services





Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research: To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark

What Your Nose Knows
Sense of Smell and Your Health

Your ability to smell plays a key role in your health, including your diet and nutrition, physical well-being, and everyday safety. Read more about your sense of smell.






Spotlight on Psoriasis
Preventing Patches of Itchy, Sore Skin

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that’s usually recognized by itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. There’s currently no cure, but treatment often helps. Read more about psoriasis.







Health Capsules

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Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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