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The NLM to archive the health-related blogs and web sites

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Press release from the NLM:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a Web content collecting initiative. The Library is selecting Web content as part of its mission to collect, preserve, and make accessible the scholarly biomedical literature as well as resources that illustrate a diversity of philosophical and cultural perspectives not found in the technical literature.

New forms of publication on the Web, such as blogs authored by doctors and patients, illuminate healthcare thought and practice in the 21st century. In launching this initiative, the Library is capturing and providing a unique resource for future scholarship.

The collection can be accessed from

With this initiative NLM has taken a major new step in its mission to collect pertinent healthcare information of today for the benefit of research in the future. Increasingly, that information is found on the Web, which is a rapidly changing environment where valuable and interesting materials can surface and then quickly disappear. The Library is working to ensure it can effectively collect new material in a Web environment, and guarantee the material’s permanence and availability to current and future patrons.

Further info on the project:

Written by hbasset

November 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Posted in Web 2.0

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Semantic MEDLINE: the next PubMed?

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The NLM works on a new interface for PubMed, including latest advances of semantic search (NLP and connected graphs).

Semantic MEDLINE is a prototype Web application that summarizes MEDLINE citations returned by a PubMed search. Natural language processing is used to analyze salient content in titles and abstracts. This information is then presented in a graph that has links to the MEDLINE text processed.

Currently, the results from 35 PubMed searches (including a variety of disorders and drugs) are available to be processed. The 500 most recent citations (from the date of the search) are available for further processing by Semantic MEDLINE”.

The prototype can be tested at:

See also this article:

Rindflesch, T.C., Kilicoglu, H., Fiszman, M., Rosemblat, G., Shin, D. Semantic MEDLINE: An advanced information management application for biomedicine. Information Services and Use,  Volume 31, Issue 1-2, 2011, Pages 15-21

Written by hbasset

September 24, 2011 at 10:01 am

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PubMedCentral: a new look

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PubMed Central (PMC), the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) digital archive for life sciences and biomedical literature, has reportedly undergone an “interface”-lift.

The aim is to not only enhance its overall look and feel but also provide users with easier access to PMC resources and information.

Specific improvements include

  • a revamped homepage,
  • redesigned Advanced Search and Limits pages
  • an updated search results format
  • direct access to images in PMC articles
  • and a new organisation and updated appearance for PMC’s informational pages, including drop-down menus for navigation links.

Written by hbasset

July 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm

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NLM communicates on Twitter

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The National Library of Medicine invites public and media to follow science news on Twitter.

The public, and journalists in particular, are turning to outlets such as Twitter as gateways to understanding and further exploration” says a spokesman.

NLM fuels new research discoveries, informs patient care decisions, helps people exert control over their health and health care, and aids disaster preparedness and response.

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Written by hbasset

April 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Posted in 01: Gathering, Tools

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the Drug Information Portal by the NLM

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DRUG INFORMATION PORTAL, is a good portal to know. It gives healthcare professionals and researchers a gateway to current, accurate and understandable drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies (MedlinePlus, Drugs@FDA,, Toxline, etc.).
More than 12,000 drug records are available for searching:

My Opinion: the delivered information is not as completed as some paid tools (Scopus, Pharmapendium, TrialTrove, etc.) but it is a very good start page to get a first overview for a drug: Usage, Indications, adverse effects , FDA documents (doesn’t link to EMEA approvals documents), clinical trials, toxicity extensive bibliography, etc.


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March 18, 2009 at 7:51 pm

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