Every year, the U.S. National Library of Medicine updates its list of Medical Subject Headings, also known as MeSH descriptors. These descriptors are used to categorize articles in the MEDLINE database, which can be accessed through PubMed. This year, 304 terms were added, 40 were updated, and 8 were removed. Of the 304 terms added, one stands out for its potential usefulness and relevance to our field of research: “Pediatric Obesity”[MeSH]. Research continues to show a link between media use and issues with BMI:
When searching MEDLINE, it is important to note that “typically, NLM does not retrospectively re-index MEDLINE citations with new MeSH Heading concepts.” NLM suggests using PubMed’s Automatic Term Mapping to help find more relevant citations, or using the MeSH Browser to see how the concept (in this case, Pediatric Obesity) was indexed before it was introduced.