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PubMed Update

Announcement, News, Special Event

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has been developing an updated version of PubMed which will replace the current interface sometime in early 2020.

New features will include enhanced search results and a responsive design for mobile devices.

The new site is currently available to preview and use at

Be sure to click on the green “Feedback” button in the lower right corner of the page to let NLM know what you think, or if you encounter any problems.

To help you get ready for this change, the Health Sciences Librarians will be hosting PubMed demonstration & help sessions in December (at the Health Sciences Library) and January (in the Faculty Café).

New PubMed demo drop-in sessions,
Held at the Health Sciences Library conference room:

Monday, December 2……….12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, December 3……….12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday, December 5……..3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, December 10……..11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, December 12……12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Friday, December 13…………9:00 am – 11:00 am
Monday, December 16……..10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday, December 18..12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

New PubMed demo drop-in sessions,
Held at the Faculty Café:

Thursday, January 9…………8:30 am – 10:30 am
Friday, January 10……………8:30 am – 10:30 am
Wednesday, January 15……11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday, January 23……….2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Not ready to make the switch? You can still access full-text articles through the current version of PubMed by using UH Libraries’ custom link,

Please stop by one of our upcoming sessions, or contact the Health Sciences Library with any questions.

Rachel Helbing,, 713-743-5462

Stefanie Lapka,, 713-743-8334

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Apologies for the inconvenience caused by this outage.

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The Health Sciences Library main desk phone lines are currently down. We are working with campus IT to solve this problem. In the meantime, please call Jessica (713-743-7870), Rachel (713-743-5462), or Stefanie (713-743-8334) directly for assistance.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

American Diabetes Month

Health Observance

November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes occurs when the body either does not produce insulin (Type 1), or does not produce or use insulin very well (Type 2). In both instances, the result is high blood sugar levels.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 15% of adults age 20 and over have diabetes. This is a disease that affects many members of the University of Houston community, whether directly or indirectly. It can be helpful to know where to find information that is geared toward multiple audiences on health topics like these.

To find trustworthy information about diabetes written for laypeople, visit This is a website produced by the National Library of Medicine which helps to take some of the guesswork out of searching for health information online.

Laptop next to notebook and pen on desktop.
Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay

Those of you who are researchers, clinicians, or health sciences students may want to delve into the journal literature. We have the complete run of the journal Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association available online. You can also try searching PubMed with the MeSH term Diabetes Mellitus to find studies from a wide range of journals.

Be sure to visit our blog each month for new health observance summaries.