December 18, 2017

USDA Launches New Online Nutrition SuperTracker

From the USDA News Release: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released USDA’s new nutrition SuperTracker. The SuperTracker is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art resource available at ChooseMyPlate.gov designed to assist individuals as they make changes in their life to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight. [Clip] Consumers can access this free, on-line […]

UCSF’s Legacy Tobacco Documents Library to Receive $6.25M for Document Indexing and Access

From the UCSF Web Site: The U.S. Department of Justice filed a proposed consent order today with a federal district court that finalizes requirements for three major tobacco companies to make internal documents public in accordance with an earlier ruling that the companies violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The documents will be […]

New from National Library of Medicine: Learn About Toxic Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing

From the NLM Tech Bulletin: The National Library of Medicine TOXMAP now provides information on the toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Companies involved in hydraulic fracturing are not currently required to report to the US EPA Toxics Release Inventory Program and so are not represented in TOXMAP. However, TOXMAP provides information on many of […]

CRD Announces New Partnership with PubMed Health + PubMed Health Now Live on Twitter

From the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination: A new partnership between the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York and PubMed Health is launched today. PubMed Health is a new online service provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) – the […]

Health Information: AIDSinfo and infoSIDA Redesigned

From the National Library of Medicine Technical Bulletin: To mark World AIDS Day 2011 (December 1), a redesigned AIDSinfo Web site has been released, along with the Spanish-language infoSIDA. These sister sites offer federally approved information on HIV treatment and research to health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the public. Resources include […]

Scholarly Publishing: Journal of Visualized Experiments Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary

Happy Anniversary and Congrats to the Entire JOVE Team! Via Newswise: In the 10 billion dollar academic publishing industry producing over 25,000 scholarly journals, there is only one peer reviewed science video journal. This month, the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) celebrates the fifth anniversary of its first issue. The journal is the brainchild of […]

Research Tools: Federal Government Enhances Resource to Assist Small Businesses in Finding Health Insurance Plans

From HHS: A greatly expanded website to give small business owners an unprecedented detailed review of their health insurance plan choices was announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This powerful new tool allows small business owners to compare the benefits and costs of health plans and choose those that are […]

Feds Reopen Malpractice Database, With Caveats

UPDATE: “How Complaints From a Single Doctor Caused the Gov’t to Take Down a Public Database” (via ProPublica) Via Reuters: The federal government reopened public access to a database of malpractice claims and damages paid by doctors, with new restrictions that would prohibit using it in any way to identify the physicians. Consumer advocates and […]

Cool Award Winning Apps! Winners of National Library of Medicine Software Development Challenge Announced

Congrats and kudos to the winners and those receiving an honorable mention. From the Official NLM Announcement: The library’s software development challenge, Show off Your Apps: Innovative Uses of NLM Information, solicited applications that used the library’s data to develop innovative ways for people to obtain and share scientific and medical information. Entrants could create […]

"How to Use PLoS’s Advanced Search Function" by Michael Morris

From a PLOS Blogs Post by Michael Morris: At PLoS, we’re dedicated to the tenet of Open Access, making academic literature widely available on the web. However, with an ever-growing pool of scientific literature, our goals have to consider not only making content available, but also accessible. With the breadth of articles we aggregate, you […]