Each January brings an array of welcome changes…maybe you’re giving that whole Dry January thing a try (which might decrease alcohol consumption later in the year), or it’s a Whole30 for you, or maybe this is the year you run that marathon, since that new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows that those training for their first marathon may experience a reduction in vascular age.
But why do any of that when you can simply revel in the Medline Data Changes for 2020! Cheers!
So what sort of changes does 2020 bring to Medical Subject Headings?
97 terms were changed or deleted and replaced with current terminology (for example, Swaziland is now Eswatini, reflecting the official name change of the nation in 2018).
293 new MeSH headings and 2 new publication types joined the thesaurus this year as well. Some new headings of particular note to HHSL researchers include:
- Diet and nutrition terminology, such as Animal Proteins, Dietary, Artificially Sweetened Beverages, Edible Insects, Pork Meat, and Salads
- More granular indexing of complementary therapies, such as Cupping Therapy and Dry Needling
- New terms related to technology, such as Augmented Reality, Blockchain, Disruptive Technology, and Smart Materials
- More appropriate descriptors for groups of people, such as Indigenous Peoples, Intersex Persons, and Para-Athletes
You can review the full list here: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/2020/download/2020NewMeSHheadingsSingleColumn.pdf.
For more information about using MeSH, please visit our guide to Advanced Searching Techniques.
For those of you not already familiar, MeSH or Medical Subject Headings are the standard terms used to describe biomedical topics in PubMed. Basically, a staff person at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) tags each article with the appropriate MeSH based on what the article is about. The great thing is you don’t have to worry about spelling variations, conjugation, or even synonyms with MeSH. If the article is about the concept, the NLM staffer will tag it with the right MeSH, even if the exact words used in the text are different.
So what made the list of new MeSH for 2016? Well, a few were surprising, such as the term Grandparents. How was that not already in there? Considering Antelope has been a MeSH since 1991, why did it take this long to add Giraffe? And, is it really that often that Legendary Creatures comes up in the biomedical literature that it deserves its own heading?
Well, check the list out yourself. Just keep in mind, these MeSH are brand-spanking new, so don’t expect to get a lot of articles tagged with them just yet–most are not retroactive.
Post contributed by Judy Rabinowitz
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