Duke Medical Center Library & Archives

Oral Bisphosphonate Is Cost Effective for 5 Years for All Women
Posted On: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 12:14 by Beverly Murphy

Cost-Effectiveness of Oral Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis at Different Ages and Levels of Life Expectancy.

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011 Aug 30. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03571.x. [Epub ahead of print]

Pham AN, Datta SK, Weber TJ, Walter LC, Colón-Emeric CS.

From the Divisions of Endocrinology, Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; Department of Endocrinology, Canberra Hospital, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia; Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center, Center for Health Services Research, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina; Division of Geriatrics, San...


Categories: From the Literature

The New and Improved RefWorks
Posted On: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 09:55 by Beverly Murphy

RefWorks has now switched over to version 2.0 offering a cleaner layout, making it easier to navigate and more visually appealing. Some of the major improvements include new navigation buttons and toolbars, lightbox technology to replace pop-up windows and the ability to create subfolders within your folders for better reference management.

This demo highlights all the new features.

If you have any questions, Ask a Librarian!

Is Prenatal SSRI Exposure Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children?
Posted On: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 08:35 by Beverly Murphy

From Journal Watch, August 31, 2011 - A single study suggests an association.

Use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy has been linked to increased risks for miscarriage, cardiac defects, and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn. In this population-based, case-control study, researchers examined fetal SSRI exposure in 298 children with medical-record diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and 1507 control children. Children whose mothers received at least one antidepressant prescription in the year before delivery were considered exposed (20 case mothers and 50 control mothers; 6.7% vs. 3.3%). Mothers' psychiatric diagnoses were obtained from medical records.

Mothers of... MORE

Posted On: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 09:59 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? An NCBI database that groups biomedical literature, small molecules, and sequence data in terms of biological relationships.

A biosystem, or biological system, is a group of molecules that interact in a biological system. For example, a biological pathway can consist of interacting genes, proteins, and small molecules. A disease biosystem, can involve components such as genes, biomarkers, and...


Tags: for researchers

Read It Later
Posted On: Monday, August 29, 2011 - 08:44 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? One reading list, everywhere you are.

Read It Later (http://readitlaterlist.com/) is an App that allows you to capture and save pages from the Web and read them later online or offline (without an Internet connection).

The App can be downloaded and added to your...


Categories: Explore Tools

Quality of Care and Patient Outcomes in Critical Access Rural Hospitals
Posted On: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 17:10 by Beverly Murphy

Context Critical access hospitals (CAHs) play a crucial role in the US rural safety net. Current policy efforts have focused primarily on helping these small, isolated hospitals remain financially viable to ensure access for individuals living in rural areas in the United States; however, little is known about the quality of care they provide or the outcomes their patients achieve.

Objectives To examine the quality of care and patient outcomes at CAHs and to understand why patterns of care might differ for CAHs vs non-CAHs.

Design, Setting, and Patients A retrospective analysis in 4738 US hospitals of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) (10 703 for...


Fund to Support Open AccessJournal Articles
Posted On: Friday, August 19, 2011 - 16:43 by Beverly Murphy

Duke School of Medicine has joined the Provost’s office and Perkins Library in creating a fund to help support authors who want to publish in Open Access (OA) journals. The fund was established when Duke joined other leading research institutions in signing the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity, known as COPE.

The Duke COPE fund helps to support author fees charged by OA journals for processing manuscripts. Eligible authors who do not have support through research grants can apply for reimbursement if they meet the eligibility requirements. The maximum reimbursement is $2,000 per article and $3,000 per year.

Eligible authors include any Duke faculty members, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate or professional students. Eligible journal articles... MORE

Tags: for researchers

Free Book & Audiovisual Delivery Servicefor PA and DPT Programs
Posted On: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 01:13 by Beverly Murphy

On August 1, the Library began a free, expedited book and audiovisual delivery service for the Physician Assistant and Doctor of Physical Therapy educational programs. This service expands the previously established free photocopy service for these students, who due to their off campus locations, cannot easily visit the Library.

Requests for delivery of books and audiovisuals can be easily initiated through the Duke Library Catalog using the “Get this Title (place request)... MORE

Tags: services

New Nursing Tools Guide
Posted On: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 10:16 by Adrianne Leonardelli

The Nursing Tools page has been updated to look more like the other Medical Center Library guides. Please visit the new Nursing Tools guide, and let us know what you think!

If you have questions about the new Nursing Tools Guide, or can’t find what you need, Ask a Librarian!

Tags: nursing, guide

Mistakes in Scientific Studies Surge
Posted On: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 10:11 by Beverly Murphy

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal, Mistakes in Scientific Studies Surge, discusses the increase in scientific publishing and retraction rates. According to data compiled for The Wall Street Journal by Thomson Reuters, "since 2001, while the number of papers published in research journals has risen 44%, the number retracted has leapt more than 15-fold.” The article went on to add that "retractions related to fraud showed a more than sevenfold increase between 2004 and 2009, exceeding the twofold rise in retractions related to mere error, according to an analysis published in the Journal of Medical Ethics."

For full-text of The Wall Street Journal article (Duke users only), click...


Tags: for researchers

New Guideline for Stable COPD
Posted On: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 10:53 by Beverly Murphy

From the Annals of Internal Medicine: Diagnosis and Management of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Clinical Practice Guideline Update from the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, and European Respiratory Society

Description: This guideline is an official statement of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society (ATS), and European Respiratory Society (ERS). It represents an update of the 2007 ACP...


New Copiers Available!
Posted On: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 14:58 by Beverly Murphy

The Library has gotten some new swanky copiers! You now have the option to copy your document or scan it to a flash drive. No longer will you need to use the single flatbed scanner on the Mezzanine Level to scan books and journals.

All the new copiers have the ability to scan in black and white or in color and are designed to accommodate book bindings.

Copiers are located on both sides of the First Stack Level and also on the Mezzanine Level. All copiers will accept Medical Center Library copy cards. The copier located at the end of the book stacks on the First Stack Level will also... MORE

Does This Patient Have Medical Decision-Making Capacity?
Posted On: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 08:15 by Beverly Murphy

From the Rational Clinical Examination series: 
Does This Patient Have Medical Decision-Making Capacity?

Objective: To determine the prevalence of incapacity and assessment accuracy in adult medicine patients without severe mental illnesses.

Context: Evaluation of the capacity of a patient to make medical decisions should occur in the context of specific medical decisions when incapacity is considered.

Data Sources: MEDLINE and EMBASE (from their inception through April 2011) and bibliographies of retrieved articles.

Study Selection: We included high-quality prospective studies (n = 43) of instruments that evaluated medical decision-making capacity for treatment decisions.

Data Extraction: Two authors independently appraised... MORE

We've Shifted!
Posted On: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 23:06 by Beverly Murphy

The Library’s print book and journal collections have been shifted!

The majority of the books are now located on the Lower Level in Room 102. Selected older volumes (most books before 2000) are also shelved in Room 102 in the Onsite Storage Stacks.

The journals have been shifted to the other side of the First Stack Level to the area previously used for the book collection.

If you need assistance in locating materials, please stop by the ...

Time to Update Your Patient's Cancer History?
Posted On: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 11:29 by Beverly Murphy

From MedPage Today: Cancer History Needs Regular Updating
Doctors should revise their patients' cancer family histories every five or 10 years, researchers recommended.

That's because changes in family history that would alter screening recommendations are common in adults ages 30 to 50, according to Sharon Plon, MD, PhD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues.

The finding comes from an analysis of more than 11,000 participants in the Cancer Genetics Network, a registry of thousands of people with a personal or family history of cancer, Plon and colleagues reported in the July 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.Read more...
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