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    AAMC Reporter: April Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 9:09 am
    The April issue of the AAMC Reporter is now available on-line. The issue includes a profile of Dr. David Link, a researcher with Cambridge Health Alliance who has reduced childhood asthma-related hospital admissions and ER visits by about 50 percent through an implementation science initiative. Another article details several ways in which hospitals and other health care facilities can improve their financial pictures by improving environmental sustainability. Go to to view the April issue.
  • Library
    My NCBI Redesigned Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011, 9:27 am
    The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is pleased to announce that an improved user interface has been released for My NCBI. The new interface is designed to eliminate complexities and provide a streamlined interface, robust performance, and intuitive navigation. The most visually significant enhancement is that all functions are viewed directly from the My NCBI homepage, where they are made readily accessible for set up and customization.  For more information and usage tips please visit the article published in the NLM Technical Bulletin at  For assistance please contact us at the library reference desk.
  • Training
    PubMed: Finding YOUR articles Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 8:49 am
    To ensure that others will find your articles in PubMed following the publication process it is helpful to keep in mind the process used for indexing the database.  The information sub-titled: As an author, how should I select keywords so that my article will appear in MEDLINE? provides the following advice:

    The National Library of Medicine does not use author-assigned keywords in the MEDLINE database. The only descriptors that are used are terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), a controlled vocabulary of more than 22,000 terms, most of which may be qualified with one or more of 83 MeSH subheadings. Even when authors consult the Medical Subject Headings, they may select terms that are general, whereas NLM's policy is to use the most specific terms possible. If authors wish to be able to retrieve their articles by their preferred terminology, they should ensure that these words appear in the title or abstract, where they will be retrievable as text words.

    There is more information about the Indexing process at and you can also visit about the Indexing process with Sandi, Dawn, Mary OR Karen.
  • E-Resources
    Epigenomics Posted Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 8:39 am
    "Epigenomics" provides links to resources related to epigenetics and epigenomics, scientific areas focused on changes in the regulation of gene activity and expression, which are not dependent on gene sequence. Visit this National Library of Medicine site at
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    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and XMRV Posted Monday, March 14, 2011, 8:53 am
    An article in Saturday's issue of the Wall Street Journal reviewed the clash between patients and researchers concerning chronic fatigue syndrome and the virus XMRV.
  • E-Resources
    Clinical Data & Health Learning Posted Monday, February 7, 2011, 10:17 am
    The Institute of Medicine has release a summary of their workshop, "Clinical Data as the Basic Staple for Health Learning."  According to the IOM, the workshop "participants explored the transformational prospects for large, interoperable clinical and administrative datasets to allow real-time discoveries in areas such as disease risk and personalized diagnosis and treatment. In addition, participants shared their views on the priorities for data stewardship if clinical data are to become a reliable resource for broad, systematic, and continuous improvement in health and health care." You can view the summary at
  • Training
    PubMed Phrase Searching Posted Monday, January 31, 2011, 9:05 am
    The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a Skill Kit for showing users the best way to search a phrase in PubMed. By using tools such as quote marks or search tags, users can work to retrieve a more accurate search than by simply entering a Google-like phrase into the PubMed search box. In addition, the Skill Set for Searching Phrases in PubMed gives you an idea of how to use the Search Details to find better search terms to complete a literature review.

    The Skill Set is available at
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    NCI Provocative Questions Project Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 5:22 pm
    The NCI recently launched the Provocative Questions website ( ) to engage the cancer research community in this important initiative. The project is intended to assemble a list of novel questions that will help guide the NCI and its scientific communities in efforts to control cancer through laboratory, clinical, and population sciences. The website allows individuals to submit questions, rank questions submitted by others, and participate in an online discussion of the initiative.

    Provocative Questions are inquiries addressed to important problems and paradoxes in cancer research considered to have received insufficient attention, for a variety of reasons. Some may be built on older, neglected observations that have never been adequately explored; some on more recent findings that are perplexing; and some on problems traditionally thought to be intractable but now might be vulnerable to attack with new methods. The questions are not intended to represent the full range of important questions that the NCI and its constituencies should be studying, but they should draw attention to significant under-appreciated opportunities for advancing our understanding of cancer and developing new prospects for controlling it.

    We encourage you to visit the website and participate in this community initiative.

    Harold Varmus, MD
    Director, National Cancer Institute
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    Health Disparities Report Posted Friday, January 14, 2011, 8:37 am
    The January 14th issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report features a supplement containing the CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report: United States, 2011. Health disparities are differences in health outcomes between groups that reflect social inequalities. Despite progress over the past 20 years in reducing this problem, racial/ethnic, economic and other social disparities in health still exists and need to be addressed. This report is the first in a periodic series examining health disparities in the United States.
  • E-Resources
    Environmental Health: Student Portal Posted Thursday, January 13, 2011, 8:24 am
    The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Specialized Information Services Division announces the launch of the Environmental Health Student Portal ( ). This Web site introduces middle school students to environmental health science within the context of current middle school science curriculum standards. This newest edition to the family of NLM resources for students is a FREE non-subscription- based Web site that contains links to government and other reviewed and selected sites and provides a safe and reliable environment for teachers and students to study the following topics and their impact on health:
    • water pollution
    • climate change
    • chemicals
    • air pollution (coming soon)

    Middle school teachers from school systems in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Maine, and the District of Columbia participated in focus groups to determine the need for an environmental health site, the content, including topics and sub-topics covered, and ways in which they can incorporate the use of the Web site into their classrooms. Topics and subtopics highlighted on the Web site come directly from the data collected during this research. The Environmental Health Student Portal allows students to conduct research, play games related to environmental health, locate science fair projects, and view videos. Teachers can use the site to locate links to relevant content and lesson plans from resources like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.
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