What’s in PubMed?

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are part of PubMed. However, since not all PubMed articles are indexed (the Medline portion below), it is a good idea to include searching by words and phrases. (http://mulford.utoledo.edu/mblog/?p=5119).
“Future MEDLINE” are articles (mostly recent) awaiting subject headings.
“Other” are those articles outside of the scope of MEDLINE, and will never have subject headings.
Please do not hesitate to consult with a Mulford librarian when searching for information, PubMed or elsewhere!


[ Image from NIH workshop - Pubmed for Clinicians. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/home/coursesandwebinars.shtml)]

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Library Hours – Friday, Dec 9th to Saturday, Dec 31st

Here are the Library hours for Exam Week, break, and the holidays.
We wish you the best on your exams and relaxation during the break and holidays.

Friday, Dec 9              7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday, Dec 10        8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday, Dec 11          8:00 am –   1:00 am

Monday, Dec 12th       7:30 am –  1:00 am
Thursday Dec 15

Friday, Dec 16            7:30 am –  7:00 pm
Saturday, Dec 17        9:00 am –  5:00 pm
Sunday, Dec 18          9:00 am  – 5:00 pm

Monday, Dec 19         7:30 am –  7:00 pm
Thursday, Dec 22

Friday, Dec 23           CLOSED
Monday, Dec 26

Tuesday, Dec 17        7:30 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, Dec 30

Friday, Dec 31           9:00 am – 5:00 pm


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Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice – now on AccessMedicine

This clinically relevant, non-technical resource teaches how genomic medicine can and should be practiced.

acmprecisionmedLearn more about this title at the Thursday, December 8th Acccess Medicine Webinar (3:00 PM EDT) Register

From Interview the Authors (RealNurseGuide.com)

Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice is a comprehensive, yet succinct overview of the practice of genomic medicine. It is written for general healthcare practitioners, specialists, and trainees with the goal of providing detailed guidance on how to incorporate genomic medicine into daily practice.  To be as clinically relevant as possible, the book intentionally avoids excessive technical content and consistently emphasizes real-life patient care and decision support.

Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice follows the course of a human life, beginning before conception through pregnancy, childhood, and adulthood, discussing the current and future applications of genomics and precision medicine at each stage. This organization allows healthcare providers to easily find the information relevant to their practice. Throughout, the authors highlight common pitfalls – technical and ethical – that might complicate the delivery of quality genomic healthcare. The book is enhanced by eleven valuable appendices that cover important topics ranging from the basics of genetics to ethical issues to regulation and reimbursement. If you are searching for a clinically relevant, non-technical resource that will teach you how genomic medicine can and should be practiced in your specific field of interest, Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice belongs on your desk.

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PubMed MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) changes and how to find MeSH headings

Want to use a powerful way to search PubMed that includes synonyms for your terms?
Wondering what new terms PubMed is using? (and will be retroactively applied to older articles?)
Here’s some tips

Selective 2017 MeSH heading changes as outlined at the NIH page Introduction to MeSH

New Headings  Two Column PDF   One Column PDF

A few of the more interesting 400+ new terms include

*Fitness Trackers      *Vaping
*Chocolate                *Counselors
*Work-life Balance     *Sexual Minorities
*Morgue                    *Distracted Driving
*Fitness Trackers       *Kefir
*Life History Traits     *Sentinel Species
*Study Guide (publication type)
*Pharmaceutical Research, Pharmacy Research & Public Health Systems

Terms moving from one descriptor to another
A few include
*Cacao to Chocolate
*Brain Injury, Chronic to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
*Gait to Stair Climbing
*Motor Activity to Locomotion

Luckily, all terms (including new) can be searched through the dropdown menu (MeSH) to the left of the PubMed search box.
They can be searched through the MeSH browser




Background – MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is a controlled vocabulary for searching biomedical and health-related information and documents. It is part of PubMed, allowing one to use specific terms (subject headings) without the need to also search for synonyms.

For example the MeSH term Zika Virus Infection includes the synonyms (entry terms) Zika Fever and Zika Virus Disease. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/2011257). One need not enter the above synonyms, they will be included in the results.

Caveat – It is usually best to at least do a separate search for articles within the last year of so without MeSH. It usually takes a while for MeSH headings to be assigned to an article.

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Thanksgiving Hours

We will be closing Wednesday, November 23rd at 5:00 pm, then remain closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

On Saturday, we will be open from noon until 8:00 pm. On Sunday, we resume our regular hours.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday! We are thankful for you!

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Get Smart About Antbiotics Week – November 14-20 2016



Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, held November 14-20, 2016, is an annual observance to raise awareness about the importance of saving antibiotics through improved prescribing and use, practices that are collectively called, “antibiotic stewardship.” This week is an important part of CDC’s efforts to improve antibiotic use in healthcare facilities, and on farms. During Get Smart about Antibiotics Week, as well as all year round, CDC works closely with state programs, nonprofit partners, and for-profit partners to spread critical messages about saving antibiotics.

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.

The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in human medicine. However, up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not prescribed correctly. In addition, antibiotics are commonly to speed up growth of healthy food animals, one type of use that is not necessary.


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Veteran’s Day Reminder: Mulford Open Regular Hours

On Friday, November 11, Mulford Library will be open regular hours, 7:30 am – 9:00 pm.

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iCITE analyzes defined PubMed journal articles, including a citation-based measure of scientific influence

From the NIH iCite page

iCite is a tool to access a dashboard of bibliometrics for papers associated with a portfolio. Users upload the PubMed IDs of articles of interest (from SPIRES or PubMed), optionally grouping them for comparison. iCite then displays the number of articles, articles per year, citations per year, and Relative Citation Ratio (a field-normalized metric that shows the citation impact of one or more articles relative to the average NIH-funded paper). A range of years can be selected, as well as article type (all, or only research articles), and individual articles can be toggled on and off. Users can download a report table with the article-level detail for later use or further visualization. Read about how the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) is calculated at PLOS Biology.
Launch iCite

From the NIH iCite Help page

  • Gives step by step instructions to search for papers in a topic area or for individual authors, starting with this step at PubMed@UT
    On the left sidebar, find “Publication dates” and choose “Custom range”
    Publication Dates, Custom range
  • Furnishes a template for loading data into iCite, starting with these steps
    • Go to iCite‘s New Analysis page.
    • For analyzing a single group of papers, either:
      • Paste the PMIDs into the text box,
        Paste PMIDs that you have copied from another program into the text box.
      • or upload your single-column file with the list of PMIDs to be analyzed.
  • Explains how to analyze a single group with iCite
  • Explains how to analyze two or more groups with iCite
    • and more



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Unique analysis of #VaccinationDebate language use and perceived risks

Unique analysis of #VaccinationDebate language use and perceived risks via a Mark Zuckerberg post analysis
The related Elsevier news release may be found here –> https://www.elsevier.com/…/high-profile-facebook-post-provi…


  • In January 2016, however, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself holding his baby daughter with the caption “Doctor’s visit – time for vaccines!” With his undeniable reach and the ability of anyone to comment, the post represented a unique opportunity to analyze the language used to express pro- vaccination and anti-vaccination viewpoints and understand how people on both sides of the debate perceive the risks of vaccination.
  • Researchers analyzed approximately 1,400 comments on the Zuckerberg post using the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) text analysis program. The software sorts words into psychologically meaningful categories and then outputs a percentage of words belonging to each category. They found that while the anti-vaccine viewpoint is often seen as highly anxious about the issue, it was the pro-vaccination comments that expressed greater anxiety – especially around family and broader social processes (e.g. herd immunity). In contrast, the anti-vaccination comments were more logically structured, and tended to emphasize topics related to health and biology, as well as talking about research and science.

  • “The findings from this research suggest that providing better information about how vaccinations work and how they improve health, as well as increasing public understanding of science and the scientific process, may be particularly important when encouraging vaccination,” added Leslie R. Martin, PhD, Department of Psychology, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA.|
  • Dr. Faasse concluded that this [analysis] is particularly useful because “greater insight about the specific worries people have about vaccination and decisions not to vaccinate can help us provide accurate information to better address these concerns.”

The peer reviewed article may be found here –> http://www.sciencedirect.com/…/article/pii/S0264410X16308428

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Veteran’s Day : Mulford Library Hours

On Friday, November 11,  Mulford Library will be open regular hours, 7:30 am – 9pm.

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