MedlinePlus celebrates its 1,000th health topic

MedlinePlus.gov Reaches 1,000th Topic Milestone!

With the addition of “eye health” and “tonsillitis,” NIH’s website for patients, families, and consumers now covers 1,000 topics. Created and maintained by the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus.gov provides reliable, up-to-date health information on conditions, symptoms, diseases, and medications. Each health topic page provides a description of a condition or issue and directs users…

MEDLINE 45th Anniversary, 1971-2016

MEDLINE Marks Its 45th Year

We’ve gone from 22 users to 601 million and from thousands to billions of searches. Check out what else has changed over the last 45 years. Notable MEDLINE Events, 1971-2016 1971 2006 (Fiscal Year 2005 Statistics) 2016 (Fiscal Year 2015 Statistics) 236 indexed journals 1,222 indexed journals by September 1972 4,928 indexed journals 5,618 indexed…

Four men stand shoulder to shoulder

OSIRIS Prolonging Life

A software tool named after the god of the dead in Egyptian mythology and that began as a way to identify the dead is now, ironically, helping to prolong life. In the NIH Clinical Center, OSIRIS, or the Open Source Independent Review and Interpretation System, is being used to computationally assess the quality of DNA…

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PubMed Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

PubMed was first released two decades ago in January 1996 as an experimental database under the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) retrieval system. The word “experimental” was dropped from the website in April 1997, and on June 26, 1997, a Capitol Hill press conference officially announced free MEDLINE access via PubMed. See an outline of the…