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MeSH update for 2021: new subject headings of interest to LSHTM users

Every year the National Library of Medicine updates its MeSH index for Medline and PubMed. This adds new terms to catch up with changes in the research. Details of the update are published on the NLM website and will be incorporated into papers added to Medline/PubMed from 2021. Be aware that the new MeSH terms are not retrospectively added to papers, so any papers already included in the database will not be re-indexed.

New MeSH terms associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

Unsurprisingly, a number of new MeSH terms have been added to index papers associated with SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Coronavirus 3C proteases
  • Coronavirus Papain-like proteases
  • Coronavirus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase
  • Coronavirus envelope proteins
  • Coronavirus M proteins
  • Coronavirus nucleocapsid proteins
  • Receptors, coronavirus
  • COVID-19 vaccines
  • Coronavirus protease inhibitors
  • COVID-19 nucleic acid testing
  • COVID-19 serological testing
  • COVID-19 testing
  • N95 respirators
  • Physical distancing

Other new MeSH terms of interest to LSHTM researchers

I have picked out some other terms which may be of interest to LSHTM researchers.

  • Service animals
  • Therapy animals
  • Working dogs
  • Human-animal interaction
  • Bacterial Zoonoses
  • Viral Zoonoses
  • Blood-Borne Infections
  • Latent infection
  • Chain of infection
  • Disease hotspot
  • Reinfection
  • Opiate overdose
  • Recreational drug use
  • HIV testing
  • Self testing
  • Quick diagnosis units
  • Diagnostic reference levels
  • Sanitary surveys, water supply
  • User-centered design
  • Caregiver burden
  • Compulsive exercise
  • Team sports
  • Financial stress
  • Economic factors
  • Gender equity
  • Gender role
  • Internet addiction disorder
  • Psychosocial functioning
  • Social comparison
  • Social cognition
  • Social defeat
  • Social evolution
  • Social factors
  • Social inclusion
  • Social interaction
  • Social network analysis
  • Digital technology
  • Internet use
  • Teleworking
  • Deportation
  • Freedom of movement
  • Freedom of religion
  • Pseudoscience
  • Emotional abuse
  • Test anxiety
  • Soil erosion
  • Water insecurity
  • Food deserts
  • Food insecurity
  • Food security
  • Supermarkets
  • Sustenance
  • Interprofessional education
  • Return to school

Contact us in the Library if you would like to discuss how to update your searches or incorporate these new terms into your searches.

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