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2011 Game Changers in Primary Care
Posted On: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 09:00 by Beverly Murphy

As we wrap up the year, let's review Medscape's top 10 game changing studies that were identified as research or events that had the potential to change practice in 2011.

10. ACP Issues VTE Prophylaxis Guidelines for Medical Inpatients
9. Probiotics for Acute Upper Respiratory Infections
8. Intensive Glucose Control & CV Risk in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes
7. An Aspirin a Day Keeps Cancer Away
6. Warnings on Simvastatin 80 mg
5. The NICE Hypertension Guidelines: A Monitoring Revolution
4. The Cancer Screening Issue: On the Negative Side
3. Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines: On...

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Govt. Research Funding on Chopping Block?
Posted On: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 09:55 by Adrianne Leonardelli

Who needs government-funded research on a cow’s stomach? We all do.
By Annalee Newitz, Published: November 4, The Washington Post

Dogs are man’s best friend. So the saying goes — and it’s even been studied scientifically. But should it have been?

The dog loyalty research was one of many studies funded by the National Science Foundation that Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) criticized this year in a report describing what he viewed as wasteful government spending on science.

It’s a common complaint: We spend too much money on... MORE

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Lung Cancer Rates Decline Nationwide
Posted On: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 09:25 by Adrianne Leonardelli

According to a recent press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rates of new lung cancer cases in the United States dropped among men in 35 states and among women in 6 states between 1999 and 2008.

For this report, researchers analyzed lung cancer data from the CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute′s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program. They estimated smoking behavior by state using the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Study findings include:

  • Among men, lung cancer rates continued to decrease nationwide.
  • From 1999 to 2008 lung cancer...
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Duke scientists create guidelines for use of genomics discoveries in clinical trials
Posted On: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 13:53 by Beverly Murphy

Researchers at Duke are attempting to draw lessons from the highly publicized missteps of one of their own. The scientists are creating pioneering guidelines for the use of genomics discoveries in clinical trials after concerns were raised by the work of discredited cancer researcher Dr. Anil Potti.

The ...

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What Meta-Analyses Don't Analyze
Posted On: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 11:38 by Beverly Murphy

Researchers report that among a group of meta-analyses of pharmacological treatments published in high-impact biomedical journals, information concerning primary study funding and author COIs for the included RCTs were only rarely reported. What else are we missing?
Although they synthesize many bits of information, meta-analyses often leave out a crucial piece -- financial conflicts in the studies they analyze, investigators found.

Pharmaceutical companies provide funding for a majority of trials included in meta-analyses, but only two of 29 literature reviews reported disclosures for the studies they assessed, Brett Thombs, PhD, of Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, and colleagues reported in the March 9 issue of the Journal of...

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Explore: Google Wonder Wheel
Posted On: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 14:42 by Beverly Murphy




What is it? Free visualization search tool

Google Wonder Wheel is a search tool that allows you to explore a concept visually. Wonder wheel can help you find the most relevant search terms for your topic. To the left of your results you should see the Wonder Wheel link. If you don't see this option, click on the "More search tools" link and then click on "Wonder wheel". (Note: Wonder wheel will not work if Google Instant is turned on.)

While it's pretty easy to get off track by clicking on different spokes, you can easily backtrack through your search steps by...

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Explore: Zotero
Posted On: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 09:30 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? Free citation manager!

Zotero is a free Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your bibliographic references right inside the browser. Zotero allows you to collect information on books, journal articles, and other resources easily with a single click. Doing more than just collecting research articles? No problem! You can save entire web pages, PDFs, images, and links in your library, and Zotero will automatically sense what type of material you are collecting. Zotero's interface allows you to quickly organize your research sources by dragging them into folders, taking notes, or tagging the content. When you are ready to use your data, simply drag and drop your bibliography anywhere. There is...

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Explore: CiteULike
Posted On: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 09:36 by Beverly Murphy

What is it?

CiteULike is a free service that allows you to store, organize, and share the scholarly papers you are reading or intend to read. It’s considered a social bookmarking site because your library can be shared with others so you can easily see who is reading the same thing. So far almost 4 million articles have been indexed! It’s a great way to connect with scholars near and far and organize your own scholarly adventures.

It’s pretty simple to get started. Once you set up a profile and install a "bookmarklet" you simply click on a button in your browser to have an article added to your library (all the citation details are extracted to save you time and effort). You can tag it with keywords, add graphics and PDFs, share it with a specific group of...

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The World Bank Opens Access to Data
Posted On: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 11:19 by Beverly Murphy

More free data at your fingertips! The World Bank now allows access to its global development... MORE

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Featured Resource: HealthPathNC
Posted On: Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 10:00 by Beverly Murphy

Public health–related documents are well represented within the State Library of North Carolina's digital collections. To provide a convenient access point to this information, and in preparation for future digitization efforts, they are introducing a new portal: HealthPathNC. Through this portal, you can access materials available in popular current collections like those on eugenics in North Carolina and the influenza epidemic of 1918– 1919. You can also more easily find groups of topically related public health documents. HealthPathNC includes multiple methods for accessing the public health collection, including keyword searching, browsing, and selecting from a variety of popular health topics. There is also a list of general resources... MORE

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CDC Releases County-Level Atlas of Heart Disease Hospitalizations
Posted On: Friday, March 5, 2010 - 11:53 by Beverly Murphy

The CDC recently released the 2010 Atlas of Heart Disease Hospitalizations Among Medicare Beneficiaries, its first atlas showing hospitalization rates for heart disease at the county level. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. These new maps chart wide disparities based on race/ethnicity and geographic location.

2010 Atlas of Heart Disease Hospitalizations Among Medicare Beneficiaries:
http://www.cdc.gov/DHDSP/library/heart_atlas/index.htm

Interactive Heart Disease & Stroke Maps:
http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/giscvh2/

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