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NLM's List of Serials Indexed for Online Users 2007 and List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE® 2007 are Now Available

March 21, 2007 [posted]

The List of Serials Indexed for Online Users 2007 (LSIOU) and [link removed] List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE 2007 (LJI) are now available.

The LSIOU is available in PDF and XML formats. The Document Type Definition (DTD) associated with the serials XML data is available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
databases/dtd/nlmserials_070101.dtd
. This edition contains 12,493 serial titles, including 5,164 titles currently indexed for MEDLINE. The LSIOU includes titles that ceased, changed titles, or were deselected.

The LJI is available in PDF format and lists the 5,164 journals currently indexed for MEDLINE as of January 2007.

You must agree to the Terms and Conditions of use to download NLM serials data for both the LSIOU and the LJI. Downloading the data indicates acceptance of the stated Terms and Conditions.

Journals recently accepted for inclusion in MEDLINE are announced on a separate Web page. For additional journal information see the MEDLINE/PubMed Resources Guide.

Enhanced ToxSeek® Meta-Search Engine and Clustering Tool Now Available

March 21, 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.]

An updated version of ToxSeek is now available. ToxSeek is an NLM metasearch engine and clustering tool that enables the simultaneous searching of many different toxicology and environmental health information databases and Web sites.

ToxSeek enhancements include:

ToxSeek is available at ToxSeek

Questions and comments can be sent to tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov

For additional environmental health and toxicology resources from NLM, visit http://tox.nlm.nih.gov.

HHS Launches Web Site for Medical Responses to Radiation Emergencies

March 21, 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 Department of Health and Human Services has developed its first comprehensive Web site to assist health care professionals, primarily physicians, who may have to provide medical care during a radiation mass casualty incident.
[link removed] http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/20070308.html

Radiation Event Medical Management (REMM) provides easy to follow algorithms for diagnosis and management of radiation contamination and exposure, guidance for the use of radiation countermeasures, and a variety of other features to facilitate medical responses.

Guidance on diagnosis and treatment will help health care providers by describing:

Critical information is presented in a format that will quickly and efficiently orient and guide health care providers during a potential mass casualty radiation event. Federal, state and local medical response teams will be able to download REMM files to computers so that the documents are available without internet access. Users can also register for automatic e-mail updates whenever key material is changed or added to REMM.

Future plans include formatting REMM for use on Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) devices, additional multimedia graphics, and more topic areas such as follow-up patient care.

Subject matter experts from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated on the content for REMM. HHS teamed with NLM's Division of Specialized Information Services to develop the site.

Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) Expanded

March 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.]

The National Library of Medicine® Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) has added fifty-one substances, including fourteen topical antibacterial and antifungal agents, thirteen X-ray and eight MRI contrast agents, eight acne/skin care agents, and eight other drugs. Thirty-six records have been updated.

More specific information about this update can be found by selecting the "LactMed 3/2007" link at http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/html/toxnet_update.html

LactMed is part of the NLM Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®). It is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. LactMed includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. It provides statements of the American Academy of Pediatrics concerning a drug's compatibility with breastfeeding and suggested therapeutic alternatives to those drugs where appropriate.

More information about LactMed can be found at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/lactmedfs.html. Questions and comments may be sent to tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov

DIRLINE Offers A to Z List of Health Organizations

April 02, 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 National Library of Medicine's DIRLINE (Directory of Health Organizations) now offers an A to Z list of 8,500+ organizations concerned with health and biomedicine: http://dirline.nlm.nih.gov/help/dirline/a2z_A.html

DIRLINE can also be searched for specific topics: http://dirline.nlm.nih.gov/

2005 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Now Available on TOXNET

April 04, 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 2005 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) was released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 22, 2007 and on the NLM database TOXNET on March 23, 2007. TRI 2005 contains 89,325 records.

TRI provides information on the releases of over 600 specific chemicals into the environment as reported annually by industrial facilities in the United States and it's territories (Puerto Rico and Guam).

TOXNET is a group of databases on hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

NLM Resource Update: Haz-Map®

April 09, 2007 [posted]

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Haz-Map has been updated. Two hundred twenty-six new agents in the categories of metals, solvents, pesticides, mineral dusts, toxic gases and vapors, plastics and rubber, nitrogen compounds, and other compounds were added.

Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms.

More information is available from the Haz-Map fact sheet.

TOXMAP® Now Includes 2005 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Data

April 18, 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 National Library of Medicine® (NLM) TOXMAP now includes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s 2005 Toxics Release Inventory data (TRI).

The 2005 TRI was released by the EPA on March 22, 2007. TRI 2005 contains 89,325 records. TOXMAP maps the TRI chemicals reported to the EPA, as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

A complete list of TRI chemicals required to be reported to the EPA can be found at http://www.epa.gov/tri/index.htm.

PubMed®: 17 Million and Growing

April 20, 2007 [posted]

On April 20, 2007, the number of citations in PubMed surpassed 17 million.

NLM® Becomes Charter Member of New International SNOMED SDO®

April 26, 2007 [posted]

On April 26, 2007, Mike Leavitt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), [link removed] announced that HHS is one of nine charter members of the new International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO® or SNOMED SDO), which has acquired SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). NLM represents HHS and the U.S. in the new organization and will continue to distribute SNOMED CT through its Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS®) Metathesaurus®. NLM will also make SNOMED CT available in its native format as required by the IHTSDO. Uniform international license terms for SNOMED CT will replace the U.S.-wide license terms NLM negotiated with the CAP in 2003, giving U.S. users broader rights to distribute derivative products internationally. The new license terms have been incorporated into the License for Use of the UMLS Metathesaurus. Existing UMLS licensees MUST review and accept the revised UMLS license online by May 15, 2007 in order to retain uninterrupted access to the UMLS Knowledge Source Server and related resources. Obtaining a UMLS license provides access to the UMLS Metathesaurus and other vocabulary resources including SNOMED CT files in their native format (effective May 15, 2007), RxNorm files in their native format, mapping files, UMLS-enriched subsets of specific vocabularies, etc.

Impact on MEDLINE®/PubMed® from the PubMed Central® Back Issue Digitization Project

April 27, 2007 [posted]

As of April 2007 under the PubMed Central Back Issue Digitization Project, the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) has digitized nearly 40 journals back to the first volume for each title and has deposited the full text contents in PubMed Central (PMC). Publishers of those titles continue to deposit full text content for current material. This project, funded in part by the Wellcome Trust in the United Kingdom, has yielded the creation of over 70,000 "new" citations, including author abstracts when available, all of which have now been added to PubMed. About 38,000 are from issues that predate 1966 as the date of publication; some date to the late 1800's (e.g., Journal of Anatomy and Physiology). About 32,000 are from issues published from 1966 forward. These consist of issues that predate when the title was selected for indexing (e.g., Texas Heart Institute Journal) as well as those that belong to journals which were or are selectively indexed for MEDLINE (e.g., Plant Physiology, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

These 70,000 citations were derived from the PMC data which underwent quality control review. The citations were then moved to the internal Data Creation and Maintenance System (DCMS) which is used by NLM for the MEDLINE citation workflow and from which NLM exports the information to PubMed and journal citation data licensees. These citations are not indexed with MeSH. At the completion of this project, all added citations will carry the citation status label of [PubMed]. While the project is on-going, some post-1965 citations may be held for further review to ensure that the data entry conventions are in line with the general MEDLINE format. These citations would have either [PubMed — in process] or [PubMed — as supplied by publisher], until processing is completed.

Another aspect of this digitization project is adding author abstracts from articles where the equivalent, previously existing MEDLINE/PubMed citation does not have an author abstract. An author abstract is one written by the author(s) and published as part of the article. Approximately 41,000 new abstracts have been added from the group of PMC journals for which full back issues have been completed. These additional abstracts increase text word access points especially for citations originally created for MEDLINE prior to 1975 when abstracts were not routinely included.

This process of supplementing PubMed with both new citations and new author abstracts is now a standard procedure when a PMC journal's back issue digitization is completed.

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