The Medical Section of the SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

2007 News

December 16 , 2007
Forget mistletoe - what about DNA?
From The Scientist: A new dating service that launched this week for Boston-area singles, claims that it can get the chemistry right when fixing up potential mates -- literally. uses DNA samples from customers to match them with others who have different alleles for major histocompatibility complex genes.
November 19, 2007
New Look for Clinical
November 19, 2007
MU professor offers solution: just stand up! ...Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia say a new model regarding physical activity recommendations is emerging. New research shows that what people do in the other 15 and a half hours of their waking day is just as important, or more so, than the time they spend actively exercising...

... Some common non-exercise physical activities that people can do instead of sitting include performing household chores, shopping, typing while standing and even fidgeting while standing. Given the work of muscles necessary to hold the body’s weight upright, standing can double the metabolic rate. Hamilton believes that scientists and the public have underestimated common activities because they are intermittent and do not take as much effort as a heavy workout...
November 16, 2007
A team of researchers, Mark Otto Baerlocher, Marshall Newton, Tina Gautam, George Tomlinson, Allan S. Detsky, from Toronto, Ontario has devised a “method by which author responsibility and accountability can be clarified” and published their results in the Journal of Investigative Medicine, Volume 55, Issue 04, May 2007, Pages 174-180, PMID: 17651671
November 1, 2007
MCH Library releases the new Knowledge Path: Children and Adolescents with Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges
This electronic resource guide taps into the health, education, social services, and juvenile justice literature to present current, high-quality resources on the topic. The knowledge path was produced by the MCH Library to complement Knowledge Path: Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents. The new path identifies tools for staying abreast of new developments in mental health care and for conducting further research. Separate sections contain resources for families and schools and resources about specific emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges.
View the knowledge path online at
Knowledge paths on other maternal and child health topics are available at
October 26, 2007
Web Resources on California Wildfires from the National Library of Medicine (NLM)
The National Library of Medicine has released a new resource focused on the health effects from wildfires (

The California Wildfires Web page includes information on the health effects from fires and exposure to smoke; links to air quality resources, environmental clean-up following fires, and animals in disasters. In addition, resources for emergency responders and information in Spanish are included. Searches of NLM databases, such as MedlinePlus, PubMed, TOXLINE, Tox Town, and Haz-Map (occupational health) are included for additional health information.

The page also provides the locations of facilities reporting to the EPA Toxics Release Inventory and Superfund sites in and around San Diego (TOXMAP).

This web page is designed to help emergency responders, health care providers, public health workers, and the general public find authoritative and timely information about key health concerns from wildfires. Links to other federal government web sites, including, FEMA, and the Department of Health and Human Services are included..

October 25, 2007
National Library of Medicine Resource Update: Dietary Supplements Labels Database
The National Library of Medicine has released a new resource focused on dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplements Labels Database includes information from the labels of over 2,000 brands of dietary supplements in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements.
October 22, 2007
The History of Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of a new website featuring historical literature on cholera:
October 22, 2007
Landmark Framingham Heart Study Forms Foundation of New Understanding of Diseases and Disorders. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) - the nation's medical research agency - is launching one of the most extensive collections of genetic and clinical data ever made freely available to researchers worldwide. Called SHARe (SNP Health Association Resource), the Web-based dataset enables qualified researchers to access a wealth of data from large population-based studies, starting with the landmark Framingham Heart Study.
October 11, 2007
The National Library of Medicine announced the publication of Citing Medicine: the NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, available free of charge on the NCBI Bookshelf. Citing Medicine provides guidance for citing 26 types of published and unpublished material, ranging from print books and journal articles to blogs and wikis.
October 8 , 2007
October Is NMLM!!
MLA created National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM) to raise awareness of the important role of the health information professional. Posters and other materials are available from
September 27, 2007
Knowledge management session announcement: Midwest session

Knowledge Management in Hospitals: the Librarians Role

This 6-hour workshop will explore how the concepts of knowledge management as applied in the corporate environment could be realized in a hospital/health system. Participants will work together to craft a foundational strategy for adoption of an expanded role for librarians in hospital knowledge sharing efforts to support the clinical environment and its provision of high-quality care.

Audience: This session is primarily designed for hospital librarians. It will also interest corporate librarians, knowledge managers and hospital personnel with an interest in doing creative work to contribute to an understanding of how knowledge management can be applied in the acute care setting through modeling hospital corporate culture.

Date and time: Friday, November 16th, 2007 -- 10am to 4pm.
Cost: $20 (to cover working lunch and refreshments for the day).
Payment will be collected on site. Checks should be made out to: Resurrection Health Care. Location: Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, 7th floor conference center 5645 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60634 Free parking available

To RSVP by November 5th contact: Beth Carlin, MALS, AHIP, Manager, Library Services
The session will be limited to 30 participants to facilitate effective small group work.
For questions contact: Lorri Zipperer, Cybrarian /

September 14, 2007
New WikiHealthCare application
Joint Commission-sponsored has launched a new wiki application, WikiHealthCare. The purpose of this wiki is to foster collaboration among health care professionals. The site is brand new, so there isn't a whole lot of material out there yet.
September 28, 2007
Failed AcerMed Leaves Some Customers Scrambling
Ambulatory EMR vendor AcerMed (Irvine, Calif.) has gone out of business, leaving its customers, mostly independent, small to medium-sized medical practices - scrambling to find a new records provider. See story for more details
September 5 , 2007
NLM released the "What's New on MedlinePlus"
The "What’s New on MedlinePlus" page is a new service of NLM. Stay up to date on MedlinePlus topics, podcasts, featured sites and issues of the NIH MedlinePlus Magazine. "What’s New" items will display for three weeks. You can also subscribe to the "What’s New" RSS feed.
September 5 , 2007
Call for Posters
DBIO invites submissions for the Seattle Conference in June 15-18, 2008.
August 22, 2007
Call for Papers -- Deadline fast approaching
DBIO invites submissions for the Seattle Conference in June 15-18, 2008.
August 6, 2007
Papers of molecular biologist Sol Spiegelman added to the National Library of Medicine’s Web site
The NLM 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.

Spiegelman is perhaps best known for developing the formidable technique of DNA-RNA hybridization. This technique takes advantage of the fact that the four nitrogenous bases of DNA always pair up in the same way: adenine with thymine (or uracil in the case of RNA), and cytosine with guanine. If a given length of double-stranded DNA is "unzipped" into its single strands, and then exposed to a strand of RNA whose sequence of bases is complementary to it, the RNA will bond to one of the strands of the DNA. Such hybridization will occur only between genetic sequences that are nearly identical, allowing researchers to connect up related sequences of DNA and RNA, and even to identify DNA sequences that constitute individual genes.

Molecular hybridization has been an essential tool for studying the organization of the genome and has made possible recombinant DNA technology. Spiegelman received the 1975 Lasker Award for basic medical research in recognition of both this work and his synthesis of viral RNA.

Profiles in Science features correspondence, published articles, and photographs from the Sol Spiegelman Papers at the National Library of Medicine. Visitors to the site can view, for example, letters exchanged between Spiegelman and Joshua Lederberg, Francis Crick, Jacques Monod, Seymour Cohen, Tracy Sonneborn, and other pioneers in genetics and molecular biology.
August 1, 2007
New name, increased number of issues reflect public interest in addiction science
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health announced today that it is changing the name of its scientific journal Perspectives to The Journal of Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, beginning with the November issue. The new title is designed to better reflect the journal’s commitment to covering the exchange of ideas between researchers, clinicians, and others in the field of addiction science. NIDA will also increase the number of issues per year from once to twice a year, to accommodate the sizeable portfolio of scientific literature being produced in the growing field of drug abuse and addiction research. The peer-reviewed NIDA publication is the most widely distributed journal on addiction science.

Past issues, subscription information, and instructions for author submissions can be found online at
July 27, 2007
Exhibition: "Medicine and Magic in Harry Potter" through Nov 30, 2007
Visit the exhibit "Medicine and Magic in Harry Potter" inside the History of Medicine Division Reading Room, first floor, NLM, Building 38, NIH campus, Bethesda, Maryland.

There is more to the Harry Potter series than a child hero or a fantasy adventure—many characters, plants, and creatures are based in history, medicine, and magical lore. Ms Rowling has drawn on important works of alchemy and herbology in shaping her stories. In a special temporary exhibition, the History of Medicine Division showcases seven of the beautiful, centuries-old treasures in its collection that are mentioned in Harry Potter.

For directions, parking and security information, campus maps, etc., go to or call 301.496.5405.
June 21, 2007
Papers of medical philanthropist Mary Lasker added to the National Library of Medicine’s Web site
The National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, announces the release of an extensive selection from the papers of Mary Lasker (1899–1994), a noted patron of science, medical research advocate, and health promoter, on the Library's Profiles in Science Web site. For more details, read the complete press release.
June 18, 2007
PubMed Central hits one million article mark
PubMed Central (PMC), the National Library of Medicine's free digital archive of full-text journal articles, reached the one million-article mark the week of June 18. The millionth article reportedly came from the American Journal of Pathology. Now in its seventh year, PMC is enhanced each week with articles from over 350 important life sciences journals whose publishers have agreed to deposit current issues. All of the content submitted to PMC is converted to a normalized electronic format for long-term storage and display on the web. For more details, read the complete press release.
June 15, 2007
Free, unlimited access to 2000 years of mankind and medicine in pictures
Launched on June 15, Wellcome Images is the world's leading source of images on the history of medicine, modern biomedical science and clinical medicine. All content has been made available under a Creative Commons Licence, which allows users to copy, distribute and display the image, provided the source is fully attributed and it is used for non-commercial purposes.

Rev. April 2008