2007 JULY–AUGUST; 357
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Quick Tour on Editing Collections in My NCBI

July 20, 2007 [posted]

A four-minute Quick Tour, Editing Collections in My NCBI, is now available on the PubMed Online Training page (from the Tutorials link on the PubMed sidebar) and on the Distance Education Program Resources page. This Quick Tour demonstrates how to append to, delete items from, and rename collections of PubMed® citations in My NCBI.

PubMed Central® Hits One Million Article Mark

July 30, 2007 [posted]

During the week of June 18, 2007, the number of articles in PubMed Central, the NLM® free digital archive of fulltext biomedical and life sciences journal literature, surpassed one million. See the press release for additional information.

WISER® 3.1 Now Available

July 30, 2007 [posted]

[Editor's Note: This Technical Note is a reprint of an announcement published on NLM-Tox-Enviro-Health-L, an e-mail announcement list available from the NLM® Division of Specialized Information Services. To subscribe to this list, please see the NLM-TOX-ENVIRO-HEALTH-L Join, Leave, or Change Options page.]

WISER 3.1 is now available from the National Library of Medicine®. This release applies to WISER for Windows, WISER for Pocket PC, and WebWISER.

WISER 3.1 includes an enhanced substance printing capability in WISER for Windows. When printing WISER substance data, a wizard now provides the option of printing all or any combination of the data for a substance.

The following additional capabilities are planned for future releases:

User feedback is important to the future direction of WISER. Please submit any comments, suggestions, ideas, etc. in the feedback page of the WISER Web site.

IUPAC "Glossary of Terms Used in Toxicology" Added to NLM® Web Site

August 09, 2007 [posted]

[Editor's Note: This Technical Note is a reprint of an announcement published on NLM-Tox-Enviro-Health-L, an e-mail announcement list available from the NLM Division of Specialized Information Services. To subscribe to this list, please see the NLM-TOX-ENVIRO-HEALTH-L Join, Leave, or Change Options page.]

The Second Edition of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) "Glossary of Terms Used in Toxicology" has been added to the National Library of Medicine® (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) Web site.

The Second Edition glossary contains definitions and explanatory notes for terms frequently used in the multidisciplinary field of toxicology. It also contains a list of abbreviations and acronyms used in toxicology, a list of abbreviations and acronyms used by international bodies and by legislation relevant to toxicology and chemical safety, and a listing of the classifications of carcinogenicity according to the weight of evidence available.

Papers of Pioneering Molecular Biologist Sol Spiegelman Added to Profiles in Science®

August 17, 2007 [posted]

The National Library of Medicine® announces the release of an extensive selection from the papers of Sol Spiegelman (1914-1983), a pioneering molecular biologist whose discoveries helped reveal the mechanisms of gene action and laid the foundations of recombinant DNA technology, on the Library's Profiles in Science Web site.

"Sol Spiegelman was an extraordinarily creative scientist; his achievements include the first test-tube synthesis of an infective virus RNA and the development of RNA-DNA hybridization, an essential technique in molecular biology," said Donald A. B. Lindberg, M.D., director of the National Library of Medicine.

Born and raised in New York City, Spiegelman pursued his early scientific studies at City College. Summer work at hospital research labs sparked his interest in bacterial mutations. His Ph.D. research — begun at Columbia University, and finished in 1944 at Washington University in St. Louis — verified earlier observations that bacteria could sometimes adapt to the presence of novel nutrient substances by producing the enzymes necessary to digest them, without undergoing a genetic mutation. He later showed that genes for making various enzymes could be turned off and on by the presence of different nutrients. This technique, enzyme induction, became a powerful tool for understanding how the genetic information encoded in DNA is transcribed to produce enzymes that help direct cellular life processes.

With this addition, the number of prominent researchers, public health officials, and promoters of medical research whose personal and professional records are presented on Profiles has grown to twenty-three.

New Enviro-Health Link on the Hazards of Arts and Crafts Materials

August 22, 2007 [posted]

[Editor's Note: This Technical Note is a reprint of an announcement published on NLM-Tox-Enviro-Health-L, an e-mail announcement list available from the NLM Division of Specialized Information Services. To subscribe to this list, please see the NLM-TOX-ENVIRO-HEALTH-L Join, Leave, or Change Options page.]

A new Web page that addresses the hazards of arts and crafts materials has been added to the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) Enviro-Health Links.

Keeping the Artist Safe: Hazards of Arts and Crafts Materials

Artists, craftspeople, and hobbyists use potentially hazardous substances. Learn more about the hazards and how to protect yourself from unnecessary exposures at: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/arthazards.html

NLM also offers other Enviro-Health Links on topics such as:

Children's Environmental Health
Indoor Air Pollution
Outdoor Air Pollution
Lead
Arsenic
NLM Enviro-Health Links

AHRQ Evidence Reports Added to NCBI Bookshelf

August 23, 2007 [posted]

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has recently added six new AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Evidence Reports to the HSTAT collection on the Bookshelf. HSTAT, Health Services/ Technology Assessment Text, is a free, Web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health care decision making.

146. [This link was removed because it is no longer valid] Testing for Cytochrome P450 Polymorphisms in Adults With Non-Psychotic Depression Treated With Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

134. [This link was removed because it is no longer valid] B Vitamins and Berries and Age-Related Neurodegenerative Disorders

133. [This link was removed because it was no longer valid] Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request

118. Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Child and Maternal Health: Summary

117. Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Eye Health: Summary

116. Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Mental Health: Summary

The books in Bookshelf may be searched directly from the Bookshelf site, via links from the Links pull-down menu from relevant PubMed® citations, or through the Entrez cross-database search page.

New Books Added to NCBI Bookshelf

August 23, 2007 [posted]

Two new books have been added to the Bookshelf:

Dynamics of Cancer.
Frank, Steven A.
Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press; c2007
Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=dyncan.TOC

Immunology and Evolution of Infectious Disease.
Frank, Steven A.
Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press; c2007
Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=infdis.TOC

The books in Bookshelf may be searched directly from the Bookshelf site, via links from the Links pull-down menu from relevant PubMed® citations, or through the Entrez cross-database search page.

Search Clinic: Chemicals & Drugs in PubMed®

August 30, 2007 [posted]

An hour-long online search clinic was presented by the NLM® and the National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) via Adobe® Connect on August 23, 2007 (2pm EDT). The presentation covered NLM MeSH® vocabulary and how best to describe substance concepts and effectively search PubMed for relevant citations to articles.

The recorded clinic offers an opportunity to view, review, and share the clinic with others. View the recorded clinic or read the transcript at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/clinics/chem.html.

Comments and suggestions are welcome via the evaluation. Your suggestions will be invaluable in planning future online search clinics.

After consultation with NLM experts, answers to specific questions posed during and after the live clinic will be posted on the Search Clinic Web site in the next few weeks.

The overall response to this clinic and online distance education has been very positive. We are pleased to continue with our initiative to offer online training to enhance your use of NLM resources.

For more training opportunities, see the National Training Center and Clearinghouse Web site and the NLM Distance Education page. Watch for announcements of new training resources here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

The PubMed® Tutorial has Moved

August 30, 2007 [posted]

Please update your links and bookmarks to the PubMed Tutorial, now residing at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmedtutorial/. The tutorial was moved and files renamed to facilitate future updates and changes. Links to specific pages at the old address will be redirected to the tutorial's main page.

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