NLM @ MLA'21: NLM Update
Millions of scientists, health professionals and the public use NLM’s products, programs and services every day. On May 27, 2021, during the Medical Library Association’s 2021 vConference, NLM leadership provided updates that highlight NLM’s available resources and changes to NLM over the past year.
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MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the NLM controlled vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for PubMed.Learn More
Program and Product Updates
- MedlinePlus has added several new pages in English and Spanish to help people find relevant information during the pandemic:
|What are mRNA vaccines and how do they work?||English||N/A|
|Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing||English||Spanish|
In the Multilingual Collection, links to 14 titles from CDC and FDA on COVID-19 (including emerging information about vaccines) in were added English and 40 other languages.
- MedlinePlus Genetics launched last fall to provide information about genetic conditions, genes, chromosomes, and more. Much of this information was formerly part of Genetics Home Reference. While most of the new pages are only available in English, we have begun translation basic genetic information into Spanish.
- A MedlinePlus Social Media Toolkit, including text and graphics, is now available to help share about MedlinePlus resources on Facebook and Twitter.
- MedlinePlus Connect celebrated its 10-year anniversary in November 2021.
- New code mappings were created to provide access to COVID-19 diagnosis, testing, and vaccine information via MedlinePlus Connect.
- Work began on adding a new terminology, CPT (Current Procedural Terminology), to MedlinePlus Connect. The addition of this terminology expands the scope of requests that Connect can respond to with MedlinePlus content. MedlinePlus Connect plans to accept CPT code requests starting in late 2021.
The 2020 MeSH vocabulary was released in November 2019. The new 2020 MeSH vocabulary contains 29,640 descriptors; 294 new descriptors were added and 5 were deleted. No new subheadings were added.
NLM Webinar: NLM and Support for Health Services Research: Assessing Current Needs and Planning for the Future
Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 12:00PM - 1:00PM (EST), NLM will host a webinar that will explore the critical issues that are driving the information needs of health services researchers. The discussion, with four health services researchers will focus on three strategic questions: 1. What services or resources that NLM currently offers in the areas of health services delivery or health services research do you use? 2. What tools, data, resources, or health services literature are the most critical for NLM to collect or support? 3. What health services research areas or policy topics are the most critical for NLM to support?
For more information and a registration link, visit: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja20/brief/ja20_nichsr_webinar.html
Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Updates
NIH CDE Repository Updates
Enhancements have been made to the NIH Common Data Elements (CDE) Repository based on the 2020 usability study recommendations. The NIH CDE Repository team is working closely with the new NIH CDE Governance Committee to improve the Repository platform, policies, and procedures, to better support their common goals. The first NIH-endorsed CDEs (a collection of COVID-19 CDEs) will be published in the Repository soon.
NIH Preprint Pilot Updates
On June 9, 2020, NLM launched a pilot project to test the viability of making preprints resulting from NIH-funded research available via PubMed Central (PMC). The primary goal of the NIH Preprint Pilot is to explore approaches to increasing the discoverability of early NIH research results. Following standard NLM practice, a citation for each preprint record in PMC will also be available in PubMed to further increase the discoverability of this content. The pilot will run for a minimum of 12 months. Quarterly updates will be posted to the NLM Technical Bulletin and lessons learned during the pilot will inform future NLM efforts with preprints.
The first phase of the pilot is focused on increasing the discoverability of preprints with NIH support that relate to the current COVID-19 pandemic. NLM is leveraging the iSearch COVID-19 Portfolio tool developed by the NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis to identify preprints reporting on COVID-19 research from eligible preprint servers. As of July 23, nearly 700 preprints meeting these criteria had been identified and made searchable in NLM's databases.
NLM Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP) Updates
Visit the Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP) page to learn more about grant programs at NLM. See below to learn more about grants and funding at NLM.
Grants are available for fundamental and applied research in biomedical informatics and data science. Areas of research interest include: representation, organization and retrieval of biomedical and biological data and images; enhancement of human intellectual capacities through virtual reality, dynamic modeling, artificial intelligence, and machine learning; medical decision-making; linguistic analyses for natural language processing and understanding; informatics topics relevant to public health and informatics for disaster management.
Resource grants are designed to improve the dissemination, management, and use of biomedical knowledge. Resource grants support the development and deployment of knowledge management tools, resources, and services that address identified, unmet needs for a broad audience.
Career Development Support
NLM offers an early career development award to help informatics trainees make the transition to a successful independent research career. A loan repayment program provides for the repayment of educational loan debt of qualified health professionals.
To assure an adequate national pool of informatics researchers and health information specialists, training is offered through formal programs and individual fellowships.
All applicants and grantees should register for the Electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons, where NIH extramural grantee organizations and grantees can receive and transmit information about their grants, including summary statements and progress reports. The ERA Commons is divided into both unrestricted and restricted portions that provide for public and confidential information, respectively. Visit the eRA Commons website for more information and user support.
The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) Grants page is the definitive site for finding application and progress report forms, grants news, and policy guidelines for the NIH.
NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine Updates
The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of NLM. Learn more about the fellowship and how to apply.
Profiles in Science Updates
Profiles in Science was relaunched in September 2019. Profiles in Science presents the lives and work of innovators in science, medicine, and public health through in-depth research, curation, and digitization of archival collection materials. Read this blog post to learn more about the relaunch.
RxNorm provides standardized names for clinical drugs and links its names to many of the drug vocabularies commonly used in pharmacy management software. Check out some highlights on how RxNorm improved its content this past year:
- COVID-19 vaccines and medications were added to RxNorm soon after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) granted Emergency Use Authorization
- To help differentiate look-alike drug names, the RxNorm September 2020 release included unique Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Tall Man Lettering (TML) names
- National Health Related Item Code (NHRIC), often used for drug devices, was separated from the National Drug Code (NDC) for the FDA Structured Product Labeling (MTHSPL) data source in the RxNorm dataset
- To help distinguish drugs for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), RxNorm added the Qualitative Distinction (QD) modifier "PMDD"
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MedlinePlus Connect is a free service from NLM. This service allows health organizations and health IT providers to link patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to MedlinePlus.
NLM Traveling Exhibitions present inspiring stories about history, society, and medicine drawn from the world-renowned collection of NLM.
NLM’s Traveling Exhibitions are provided for free to hundreds of libraries and cultural institutions across the United States and around the world. These displays help connect visitors to NLM’s trusted health information resources.
Last Reviewed: April 28, 2021