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Month: April 2018

NLM Technical Bulletin, Mar-Apr 2018, NCBI Webinar: Using NCBI's MedGen in Clinical Practice on May 2, 2018

NCBI Webinar: Using NCBI’s MedGen in Clinical Practice on May 2, 2018. NLM Tech Bull. 2018 Mar-Apr;(421):b10.
2018 April 25 [posted]
On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, join National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) staff for a Webinar on MedGen, the NCBI portal to clinical genetics. We will show you how to find information in MedGen on genetic phenotypes, clinical features of disorders, & more. You will also learn how to retrieve actionable information such as practice guidelines for a condition, get a list of available genetic tests in GTR (Genetic Test Registry), and easily access resources such as GeneReviews, OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man), ClinicalTrials.gov, the Genetic & Rare Diseases Information Center, & MedlinePlus.
Date & time: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 12:00 PM—12:30 PM EDT
Register here: https://bit.ly/2J9DxLZ
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the Webinar. After the live presentation, the Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. You can learn about future Webinars on the Webinars and Courses page. …

NLM Technical Bulletin, Mar-Apr 2018, NLM Technical Bulletin Print This Issue Feature and PDFs Discontinued

Table of Contents: 2018 MARCH–APRIL No. 421
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NLM Technical Bulletin Print This Issue Feature and PDFs Discontinued. NLM Tech Bull. 2018 Mar-Apr;(421):b9.
2018 April 25 [posted]
Effective with the March – April 2018 issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin, the “Print this issue” feature will be removed from the issue cover homepage. NLM will continue to produce the HTML version of the NLM Technical Bulletin but will no longer produce a PDF file of each closed issue.
PDF files for May 1969 through January-February 2018 will still be available on the Previous Issues page.

Genetics Home Reference turns 15!

We’re celebrating a decade and a half of bringing quality, understandable information about human genetics to patients, their families, & the public.
The Genetics Home Reference website was first launched on April 25, 2003, at NLM’s Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications. The creation of Genetics Home Reference coincided with the completion of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year international effort to map the entire human genome.
A growing resource
Genetics Home Reference was designed to provide a bridge between the public’s interest in human genetics and the rich technical data that has emerged from the Human Genome Project & subsequent genomic research. The site began with 19 health condition summaries & 16 gene summaries. Fifteen years later, it offer summaries of more than 1,200 genetic conditions, 1,450 genes, all of the human chromosomes, & mitochondrial DNA. The information is written by NLM staff and reviewed by experts in the field.
Making improvements
In 2016, we redesigned the website to give it a more modern look and feel, better navigation, & more educational images. We also improved usability for our mobile & tablet users.
Still going strong
Genetics Home Reference continues to be an important & useful source of health information, with an average of 1.8 million users & 3.5 million page views per month.
New information & updates are added regularly. Recent & upcoming content includes:
New pages on a variety of health conditions, particularly common, complex diseases with a genetic component (such as diabetes, mental illnesses, and hair loss)
Q&As about the genetics of normal traits, such as…

Labrada Nutrition Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in “Leanpro8” Protein Powder

Labrada Nutrition of Houston, TX, is recalling specific lots of its “LeanPro8” Protein Powder because they may contain undeclared egg protein. People who have allergies to egg protein run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The recalled “LeanPro8” was distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.
The product comes in a 2.2 lb & 5 lb tub marked on the bottom of the tubs with the following lot numbers:

Lean Pro 8 Vanilla 2,268g (5lb) Tub (UPC # 710779112834)
Lot# 073437
Lean Pro 8 Vanilla 2,268g (5lb) Tub
Lot# 073447
Lean Pro 8 Vanilla 2,268g (5lb) Tub
Lot# 073457
Lean Pro 8 Vanilla 2,268g (5lb) Tub
Lot# 073467
Lean Pro 8 Vanilla 2,268g (5lb) Tub
Lot# 073477
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268g (5lb) Tub (UPC# 710779112841)
Lot# 083747
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268g (5lb) Tub
Lot# 083757
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268g (5lb) Tub
Lot# 083767
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268g (5lb) Tub
Lot# 083777
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268g (5lb) Tub
Lot# 038748
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 2,268 g (5lb) Tub
Lot# 038758
Lean Pro 8 Chocolate 1,000g (2.2lb) Tub (UPC# 710779113411)
Lot# 017598
Lean Pro 8 Cookies & Cream 1,000g (2.2lb) Tub (UPC# 710779113435)
Lot# 083707

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered during a state inspection that the egg-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of egg. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an incorrect version of the formula being used during production.
Production of the product has been suspended until FDA & the company are certain that the…

NLM Technical Bulletin, Mar-Apr 2018, Data Filters in PMC & PubMed

Data Filters in PMC & PubMed. NLM Tech Bull. 2018 Mar-Apr;(421):b8.
2018 April 24 [posted]
[Editor’s Note: This is a reprint of an announcement from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). To automatically receive the latest news & announcements regarding major changes & updates to PubMed Central (PMC), please see the subscribe page.]
Looking for journal articles with associated data sets? New search filters in in PubMed Central (PMC) & PubMed aim to increase the discoverability of articles & citations with associated data information.
PubMed CentralUsers can now search on or append searches with filters to discover articles with specific types of associated data.
Use has suppdata[filter] to find articles with associated supplementary material.
Use has data avail[filter] to find articles that include a data availability or data accessibility statement.
Use has data citations[filter] to find articles that include data citation(s).
Alternatively, use has associated data[filter] to find all articles with any type of data section described above.
PubMedUsers can search on or append searches with data[filter] to find citations with related data links in either the Secondary Source ID field or the LinkOut – Other Literature Resources field (both located below the abstract). These data links may be to records in other NLM databases (e.g., GenBank) or external data repositories (e.g., figshare, Dryad). …

NLM Technical Bulletin, Mar-Apr 2018, NLM @ MLA – 2018 [Editor's Note Added]

NLM @ MLA – 2018. NLM Tech Bull. 2018 Mar-Apr;(421):e2.
The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 19-23, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia. Attendees are invited to visit the National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit booth 145 (May 19-21) to meet NLM staff & see NLM Web products & services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations & tutorials on a wide variety of topics. All presentations are recorded & made available on the NLM Web site shortly after the meeting.
NLM Update
Tuesday, May 22 (11:00 am – 11:55 am)Location: Centennial Ballroom (Atrium Tower, Ballroom Level)Speakers:     Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director National Library of Medicine     Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations     Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office
NLM Theater Schedule
A PDF version of the schedule is available.
Sunday, May 20

MEDLINE, PMC Journals, Author Manuscripts, Oh My! Understanding What Content Is in PubMed
12:30 pm
What’s New in Public Access, PMC, & NIHMS
1:00 pm
PHPartners: Same Great Information, New Look
1:30 pm
History to Go: New Initiatives in Accessibility & Archiving from HMD
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
PubMed Labs & PubMed Update
3:00 pm
Getting the Full Picture with ClinicalTrials.gov: Why & How to Take Advantage of Transparency in Your Research
3:30 pm
How You Can Be a Part of NNLM’s All of Us Partnership: Q&A
4:00 pm
Specialized Information from a Distance
4:30 pm
Librarians as Information Responders
5:00 pm
My NCBI: Updates to Grant Applications & Reporting

Monday, May 21
10:00 am
Come talk to the NLM staff about our training resources & opportunities!
10:30 am
11:00 am
PHPartners: Same Great Information, New Look
11:30 am

Voluntary Recall Notice of Happy Harvest Canned Spinach Due to Potential Undeclared Peanut Allergen from Product Mislabeling

McCall Farms, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of cases of Happy Harvest Spinach in 13.5 oz cans as a precautionary measure due to the potential presence of peanuts resulting from product mislabeling. This product may cause an allergic reaction in customers who have a peanut allergy.
In cooperation with ALDI, all affected product has been removed from its stores. ALDI is the only retailer with this product. The product was packaged in 13.5 oz cans with the lot code of A23IX. The best-by date is January 2021. The UPC code is 041498131289.
The product was available for purchase in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, & West Virginia.
The product was also available for purchase to ALDI customers in the Atlanta & Chicago areas through the company’s partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery service.
To date, no illnesses related to this product have been reported. No other ALDI or McCall Farms products are affected by this recall.
McCall Farms takes the safety & integrity of all its products very seriously. If consumers have product affected by this voluntary recall, they should discard it immediately or return it to the local ALDI store for a full refund.
Customers who have questions may contact McCall Farms consumer services at customerservice@mccallfarms.com or 1-800-277-2012.
McCall Farms sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience or concerns this voluntary recall may cause.
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Eataly USA Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Walnuts in Artichoke Spread

Eataly USA of New York City, New York is recalling Eataly Artichoke Spread, because it may contain undeclared walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Eataly Artichoke Spread was distributed in New York City sold at Eataly Flatiron, located at 200 5th Avenue, New York, 10010.
The product us packed in a plastic container & has a front & back label. The front label says “Eataly artichoke spread” nt wt.7 oz. 200g, UPC: 612067. The back label lists the ingredients & mentions the expiration date of 05.12.
The problem was found by a costumer who is allergic to nuts. He did not encounter any illness, but had a light allergic reaction. The customer declined to fill out the Eataly incident form & just wanted to bring the seriousness of what happened to our attention. Subsequent inquiry indicates that the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the packaging process.
Consumer who have purchased the product need to be aware that it contains walnuts as an ingredient. For customer who are not allergic to walnuts, the product is totally safe.
Consumers who have purchased Eataly Artichoke Spread are urged to return it to the Eataly NYC Flatiron. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-201-875-0606, Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm.
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April 13, 2018: Canadian Drug Firm Admits Selling Counterfeit & Misbranded Prescription Drugs Throughout the United States


  Food & Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations  

Missoula — Kristjan Thorkelson, a resident of Manitoba, Canada, together with several Canadian companies associated with Thorkelson, including Canada Drugs, Rockley Ventures, & River East Supplies, admitted today to widespread illegal sales of misbranded & counterfeit prescription drugs in the United States. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen sentenced the Canadian companies to forfeit $29,000,000 of the proceeds of their illegal scheme, to pay a fine of $5,000,000, & to five years of probation. The court sentenced Thorkelson individually to pay a fine of $250,000 & to five years of probation with the first six months in home confinement. Thorkelson and the associated companies were also ordered to permanently cease their illegal operations, surrender to the United States all domain names & websites from their businesses, & cooperate with the United States Justice Dept. & the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in any further criminal investigations. 
In 2010, it came to the attention of the FDA that Canada Drugs was shipping to health care providers in the United States prescription drugs that were unapproved in the United States, labelled with foreign languages, & that lacked adequate instructions for use.  During this time, Thorkelson was CEO of Canada Drugs. Further investigation revealed that various entities affiliated with Canada Drugs were smuggling unapproved & misbranded drugs intended for sale in foreign countries into the United States, including for sale to providers in Montana. To facilitate its sales, Canada Drugs purchased other companies engaged in this…

April 12, 2018: Chinese Citizen Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud Related to Dietary Supplement Scheme


  Food & Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations  

Zhang Xiao Dong (a.k.a. Mark Zhang), of Shanghai, China, pleaded guilty in Dallas to committing mail fraud in connection with a scheme to sell mislabeled dietary supplements, the Department of Justice announced today.  
Zhang was the sales manager for Genabolix USA Inc. & Shanghai Yongyi Biotechnology Co. Ltd., Chinese firms that sell raw ingredients for use in dietary supplements. In pleading guilty, Zhang admitted that he agreed to help sell synthetic stimulant ingredients, including the substance known as 1,4-DMAA, to a purported dietary supplement manufacturer in the United States. According to an indictment returned in October 2017, Zhang and two co-defendants agreed with a confidential government informant to either mislabel the synthetic ingredients or otherwise help to hide the true nature of a proposed dietary supplement from retailers. Zhang admitted that he knew major American dietary supplement retailers would refuse to carry supplements known to contain certain stimulants, such as DMAA.  
“Americans should be able to trust the products they consume are safe,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “We will continue to investigate & prosecute those who enable the sale of mislabeled and potentially unsafe dietary supplements.”
Zhang pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Horan of the Northern District of Texas. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years of imprisonment. The Court set sentencing for Oct. 15.
“U.S. consumers trust that their dietary supplements are safe & contain appropriate labeling. When unscrupulous…

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