Duke Medical Center Library & Archives

Qualtrics: Your Duke Survey Tool
Posted On: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 15:34 by Beverly Murphy

The Qualtrics online survey tool is available for Duke users through a university-wide site license. Create an account using your NetID. Whether you are new to creating surveys or just new to Qualtrics, you’ll find many helpful features including customizable templates, question banks, and a survey builder guide. While a NetID is required to create surveys, the sharing of surveys with non-Duke users is allowed. You can put graphics into a survey, pipe text in, force validation for answers (like for emails, zip codes, phone numbers), and more. When you are ready to review, you can easily download the results in a variety of formats, cross...


Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: statistics, for researchers

Adobe Photoshop Express for the iPad
Posted On: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 13:52 by Beverly Murphy

Photoshop Express lets you choose from a variety of one-touch effects, or simply drag your finger across the screen to crop, rotate, or adjust color. You can add artistic filters like Soft Focus or Sketch. You can undo and redo changes until you get just the look you want—a copy of your original file is always saved.

Top editing features include:


Tags: mobile apps

U.S. Drug Shortage Problem Concentrated
Posted On: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 16:11 by Beverly Murphy

(Reuters) A shortage of medicines in the United States that recently gained the attention of President Barack Obama is worst among about 75 products while supplies of other scarce drugs are either stable or have improved, according to a report released on Monday,

Researchers at the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics took 168 drugs officially reported in shortage as of October 7 and combined that list with IMS Health sales data to find that the problem is more concentrated than overall figures suggest...


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

Tags: for researchers, research

HINARI Training Available
Posted On: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 17:14 by Beverly Murphy

The Medical Center Library worked with the Duke Global Health Institute to create training for users of HINARI, an online digital library of scientific and health journals, books and databases available to low-income countries around the world. To read more about this project, see the DGHI story.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Megan von Isenburg, Associate Director of Public Services and co-creator of...


Clinical Alert: Commonly Used Three-drug Regimen for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Found Harmful
Posted On: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 16:08 by Beverly Murphy

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has stopped one arm of a three arm multi-center, clinical trial studying treatments for the lung-scarring disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) for safety concerns. The trial found that people with IPF receiving a currently used triple-drug therapy consisting of prednisone, azathioprine, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) had worse outcomes than those who received placebos or inactive substances.

"These findings underscore why treatments must be evaluated in a rigorous manner," said Susan B. Shurin, M.D., acting director of the NHLBI. "This combination therapy is widely used in patients with IPF, but has not previously been studied in direct comparison to a placebo for all three...


“Teaching as a Competency”: Competencies for Medical Educators
Posted On: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 11:55 by Beverly Murphy

Most medical faculty receive little or no training about how to be effective teachers, even when they assume major educational leadership roles. To identify the competencies required of an effective teacher in medical education, the authors developed a comprehensive conceptual model. After conducting a literature search, the authors met at a two-day conference (2006) with 16 medical and nonmedical educators from 10 different U.S. and Canadian... MORE

Tags: teaching

USPSTF To Recommend Against Routine PSA Testing
Posted On: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 10:41 by Beverly Murphy

Various newspapers have reported that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force will be releasing a draft recommendation next week that advises against routine PSA testing for healthy men under 75 without symptoms of prostate cancer. Following only two years after the controversial recommendations against mammograms for women in their 40s, this draft recommendation is sure to generate discussion about the value of screening tests and how results from studies are used to form policy.

To follow the story, see the New York Times and Los Angeles Times coverage of the issue. The draft report is expected on Tuesday, October 11.... MORE

PubMed Health - NEW Resource for Clinical Effectiveness
Posted On: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 10:09 by Beverly Murphy

PubMed Health is based on systematic reviews of clinical trials. These clinical effectiveness reviews can show what treatments and prevention methods have been proven to work—and what remains unknown.

Growing from around 200 items based on systematic reviews to over 5,000, PubMed Health has also begun a collection focused on helping people understand systematic reviews and their results. PubMed Health goals are: helping users find the evidence that could answer their questions about effects of health care and helping them understand what they find.PubMed Health provides summaries and full texts of selected systematic reviews in one place. The reviews were generally published or updated from 2003. There is also information for... MORE

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...

Tags: statistics, research

Event: Doing Science in the Open, Oct. 4th
Posted On: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 16:47 by Beverly Murphy

Michael Nielsen Talks About Open Science

When: Tuesday, October 4, 4 p.m.
Where: Love Auditorium, Levine Science Research Center (LSRC B101) (Map)

The internet is causing a radical change in how science is done. In this talk, Michael Nielsen will describe how mass online collaborations are being used to prove mathematical theorems; how online markets are allowing scientific problems to be outsourced; and how online citizen science projects are enabling...


Tags: for researchers

NIH Alert - Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes Trial - Stopped Early
Posted On: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 15:43 by Beverly Murphy

Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes Trial: NINDS Stops Treatment with Combination Antiplatelet Therapy (Clopidogrel plus Aspirin) Due to Higher Risk of Major Hemorrhage and Death.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has stopped the combination antiplatelet intervention in the Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical Strokes (SPS3) trial. The SPS3 trial is a randomized, multicenter clinical trial being conducted throughout North America, Latin America and Spain, to learn about preventing a second stroke in patients who had a subcortical stroke and to learn how to prevent cognitive problems after a stroke. A subcortical stroke, also known as lacunar stroke, causes...


A large-scale trial finds that apixaban, a new anticoagulant drug, is superior to the standard drug warfarin for preventing...


Analysis of Informed Consent Document Utilization in a Minimal-Risk Genetic Study
Posted On: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 15:06 by Beverly Murphy

Background: The signed informed consent document certifies that the process of informed consent has taken place and provides research participants with comprehensive information about their role in the study. Despite efforts to optimize the informed consent document, only limited data are available about the actual use of consent documents by participants in biomedical research.

Objective: To examine the use of online consent documents in a minimal-risk genetic study....


Tags: for researchers