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NLM Technical Bulletin, NLM Technical Bulletin – January – February 2018 Issue Complete

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NLM Mourns the Loss of H. Kenneth Walker, MD, MACP, FAAN, Former Chair of the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents

H. Kenneth Walker, MD, MACP, FAAN, died on February 23, 2018, at the age of 81.
Dr. Walker was a member of the NLM Board of Regents from 1991–1994 & served as chair from 1994–1995. He then served as a consultant to the Board throughout succeeding decades, last attending a Board meeting in September 2017.
A champion for medical libraries & public access to medical information, Dr. Walker brought an expert clinician’s perspective to assessing the utility of NLM products & services and a deep understanding of their current & potential impact for the underserved in the US & in the developing globe.
As a Board member and consultant, he led influential assessments of the Library’s toxicology information services, contributed substantially to strategic planning efforts, AND demonstrated his legendary acumen & diplomacy as chair of site visit teams during re-competitions of the Regional Medical Libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Dr. Walker was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine.
Dr. Walker was a professor of medicine & neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, a professor of global health in Rollins School of Public Health, AND an assistant chief of medicine at Grady Health System, where he pioneered the electronic medical system. In honor of his more than 40 years of leadership & service to the internal medicine residency program, a Walker Resident Education Fund was established at Emory.
He also led the Atlanta-Tbilisi Partnership, a collaboration between educational & health care institutions in…

Genetics Home Reference: schizoaffective disorder

Cardno AG, Owen MJ. Genetic relationships between schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, & schizoaffective disorder. Schizophr Bull. 2014 May;40(3):504-15. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbu016. Epub 2014 Feb 24. Review.
Craddock N, Jones L, Jones IR, Kirov G, Green EK, Grozeva D, Moskvina V, Nikolov I will am will, Hamshere ML, Vukcevic D, Caesar S, Gordon-Smith K, Fraser C, Russell E, Norton N, Breen G, St Clair D, Collier DA, Young AH, Ferrier IN, Farmer A, McGuffin P, Holmans PA; Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium (WTCCC), Donnelly P, Owen MJ, O’Donovan MC. Strong genetic evidence for a selective influence of GABAA receptors on a component of the bipolar disorder phenotype. Mol Psychiatry. 2010 Feb;15(2):146-53. doi: 10.1038/mp.2008.66. Epub 2008 Jul 1. Erratum in: Mol Psychiatry. 2010 Nov;15(11):1121.

Green EK, Grozeva D, Moskvina V, Hamshere ML, Jones IR, Jones L, Forty L, Caesar S, Gordon-Smith K, Fraser C, Russell E, St Clair D, Young AH, Ferrier N, Farmer A, McGuffin P, Holmans PA, Owen MJ, O’Donovan MC, Craddock N. Variation at the GABAA receptor gene, Rho 1 (GABRR1) associated with susceptibility to bipolar schizoaffective disorder. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2010 Oct 5;153B(7):1347-9. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.b.31108.

Laursen TM, Labouriau R, Licht RW, Bertelsen A, Munk-Olsen T, Mortensen PB. Family history of psychiatric illness as a risk factor for schizoaffective disorder: a Danish register-based cohort study. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005 Aug;62(8):841-8.

Mansour HA, Talkowski ME, Wood J, Chowdari KV, McClain L, Prasad K, Montrose D, Fagiolini A, Friedman ES, Allen MH, Bowden CL, Calabrese J, El-Mallakh RS, Escamilla M, Faraone…

February 27, 2018: Former President of Houston-Based Drug Company Convicted in $50 Million Drug Diversion Scheme


  Food & Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations  

Jerrod Nichols Smith, 48, of Houston, Texas, the former president of Houston-based pharmaceutical company, Cumberland Distribution, Inc. (“Cumberland”), was convicted yesterday by a federal jury in Nashville of conspiracy, 15 counts of mail fraud & one count of making false statements to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced Donald Q. Cochran, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
The charges stemmed from an indictment in January 2013, alleging a 32-month, $50-million-dollar drug diversion scheme.  The convictions came after a five-day trial before visiting United States District Judge Billy Wilson.  Smith’s co-defendants, Charles Jeffrey Edwards, 56, & Brenda Elise Edwards, 47, both of Houston, previously pleaded guilty to related charges & will be sentenced at a later date.   
The evidence at trial established that, from December 2006 through August 2009, Smith & Jeff Edwards purchased millions of dollars of prescription drugs from unlicensed suppliers who had previously purchased the drugs from patients in & around New York & Miami.  In most instances, Smith had these drugs shipped to Cumberland’s Nashville warehouse where they were cleaned, sorted, re-packaged, & shipped to independent pharmacies around the country.  Generally, the diverted drugs included drugs used to combat HIV/AIDS; antipsychotic medications; anti-depressants; blood pressure medications; diabetes medications and others.
Smith and Jeff Edwards also had drugs shipped from their unlicensed suppliers to shell companies in Louisiana and Arkansas.  Although these companies were licensed to sell drugs, Smith and Jeff Edwards used them as pass-through companies to…

NLM Technical Bulletin, Jan-Feb 2018, PubMed Subject Filter Strategies Updated for 2018

Table of Contents: 2018 JANUARY–FEBRUARY No. 420
PubMed Subject Filter Strategies Updated for 2018. NLM Tech Bull. 2018 Jan-Feb;(420):b10.
2018 February 27 [posted]
PubMed subject filter strategies are reviewed each year to determine if modifications are necessary. Modifications may include revisions due to changes in Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) vocabulary or MEDLINE journals, adding or deleting terms, and changing parts of a strategy to optimize retrieval. The following subset strategies were recently revised:
Complementary Medicine
Dietary Supplements
Veterinary Science
A new subject filter was added this year: Developmental & Reproductive Toxicology (DART). This filter was created to facilitate searching for subjects in the area of teratology & other aspects of developmental AND reproductive toxicology.

NLM Lends Rare Books to New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient Worldwide

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to have eleven items from its early manuscript collection included in a new exhibition, Romance & Reason: Islamic Transformations of the Classical Past, which runs February 14, 2018 through May 13, 2018 at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW).
This is the largest and most significant loan of collection material by NLM to a cultural institution for exhibition.
Romance and Reason brings together an exceptional group of rare manuscripts that testify to the fertile relationship between medieval Islam and the classical world. With material ranging from lavishly—and superbly—illuminated romances, to eye-opening medical & scientific treatises, the exhibition provides an engrossing visual record of how, over the course of centuries, scholars, scientists, doctors, artists, & others in the Islamic globe transformed Ancient Greek material for their own day. As the Institute explains on its exhibition website, “The story of antiquity reads as an endless cycle of expansion, conflict, and conquest. Yet despite the divisions that existed among peoples & nations, the exchange AND appropriation of ideas, images, & heroic figures across cultures knew no boundaries, with the Classical Globe retaining a particular appeal across countries & beliefs.”
Among the NLM collection items featured in Romance AND Reason are: The Comprehensive Book on Medicine (Al­Kitab al-hawi fi al-tibb), a treatise by Abu Bakr Razi that is dated to 1094 & is the oldest novel in the NLM collection (NLM Catalog record; view PDF); a 15th century copy of Avicenna’s Canon of…

Progressive Laboratories, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Product

Progressive Laboratories, Inc., located at 3131 Story Road West, Irving, Texas 75038, USA, is voluntarily recalling Testosterzone, Thyroid Resilience, Xenesta Nuvive Men’s, & Xenesta Nuvive Women’s, because it may contain an undeclared allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
These products were distributed nationwide through health care professions, through mail orders & authorized website customers.
No illnesses or complaints have been reported to date.
Testosterzone 180 count bottle is in an amber plastic bottle with black cap, Lot # 2072237. Thyroid Resilience 120 count bottle is in an amber plastic bottle with black cap, Lot # 2114667 & 2061167. Xenesta Nuvive Men’s is in a white plastic bottle with white cap, Lot # 2071887. Xenesta Nuvive Women’s is in a white plastic bottle with white cap, Lot # 2071957 and 2082387. These lot codes can be found on the bottom of the bottles.
The recall was initiated after an FDA inspection discovered that the raw material supplier changed their allergen statement from may contain remnants of milk constituents to contains milk.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-572-9512 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm CST.
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Lotte Int’l America Corp Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut In “Kancho Choco Biscuit”

LOTTE Int’l is recalling its 1.48-ounce packages of “Kancho Choco Biscuit” manufactured by LOTTE Confectionery Co. Ltd. Korea because of findings of small amounts of peanut in the product AND no peanut declaration. The product varies in three different packages: Kancho 42g, Kancho Cup 95g, & Kancho Multi 168g.
LOTTE Int’l America Corp discovered this fact through lab test result done by CFIA & notified manufacturer & all customers right away about this discovery.
Since LOTTE Int’l America Corp. is very well aware of the severe consequences of allergen reaction to peanuts, we voluntarily initiated recall procedure right after discovery of the problem. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life- threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. LOTTE Int’l America Corp is sending out the letter to all the customers including wholesalers, distributors, retailers who carries ‘Kancho Choco Biscuit’ to stop selling & recall all the products.
“Kancho Choco Biscuit ” were distributed nationwide and Canada, mostly in ethnic retail stores & online stores.
The product comes in a 1.48-ounce, plastic wrap package within a paper carton package marked with UPC Code # 8801062 144815 on the side.
Production of the product has been suspended until FDA & the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.
LOTTE Int’l America Corp is working fully in partnership with FDA to fully investigate the matter & comply with all necessary recall procedures. The Company is also taking the necessary steps to address this issue & apologizes…

La Pasta Inc/Heinen’s. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Product Heinen’s Potato Gnocchi UPC# 02060141062

La Pasta Inc. of Silver Spring, Maryland is recalling the private label Potato Gnocchi manufactured for Heinen’s supermarkets because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
Product was distributed throughout Heinen’s stores in OH & IL.
Heinen’s Potato Gnocchi is sold in 9 oz. clear film plastic trays with the label shown below (see pictures in page 2). Product tray measures 8 x 6 x 1 ¾ inches.
Product LOT# is composed of a four digit number & can be found on the side of the tray printed in black ink. LOT codes involved in this recall are:
1119-1120 / 1121-1122 / 1132-1133 / 2016-2017 / 2027-2028 / 2034-2035 / 2038-2039 / 2130-2131 / 2139-2140 / 2221-2222 / 2231-2232
This voluntary recall was initiated due to a consumer reporting feeling ill after consuming the Heinen’s Potato Gnocchi. Company officials compared packaging with approved recipe & confirmed that product did contain MILK as part of the recipe formula but was not declared on the label.
Affected product was immediately removed from all stores & it will be replaced with a corrected label version that includes all allergens in the formula.
Consumers who have purchased the HEINEN’S POTATO GNOCCHI 9 oz pack UPC# 02060141062 are urged to return it to your nearest store for a full refund.
Should you have any questions regarding the nature of this recall please call 301-588-1111 Ext. 102 Monday-Friday 9:00am to 5:00PM ET.

Seggiano USA, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Tree Nuts

Seggiano USA, Inc. of Cheyenne, WY is voluntarily recalling Tuscan Kale Pesto mislabeled with Artichoke & Garlic labels because the labels do not declare tree nuts (cashews).  Individuals who have allergies to tree nuts run the risk of a serious life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the Tuscan Kale Pesto product.  No incidents have been reported to date in connection with this issue.
The products were distributed between 01/10/18 and 02/15/18 to retail stores in the states of  NY, CT, NJ, MN, VT, NH, MA, PA, OH, Vets Affairs, MD, WV, KY, DC, FL, MT, ID, WY, UT, CO, KS, NM, HI, AZ, NV, ND, SD, MN, WI, MI, IN, IL, IA, MS, NB.
Seggiano USA Inc. is recalling the following product:

Item Description
Size / UOM
UPC Code
Batch / LOT
Best By Date
Tuscan Kale Pesto (with Artichoke & Garlic label)
7.1 oz
326 -17/3

The Tuscan Kale Pesto comes in a glass jar, & the Lot Code is found on the gold tamper proof sticker connected to the lid AND the jar.
The recall was initiated after Seggiano USA, Inc. was notified of a mislabeled product by a sales agent who saw the product on a retail shelf.  See image below.  Seggiano USA, Inc. immediately responded to this issue & has already taken action to stop sales & distribution of the affected product.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-804-501-6699, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM PST…

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