Duke Medical Center Library & Archives

The First FDA Approved App
Posted On: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 22:01 by Beverly Murphy

The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it had approved the first app that doctors can use to view medical images and make diagnoses using an iPhone or iPad.


Tags: smartphone, mobile apps

MyPlate Makes it Easier to Eat Right
Posted On: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 08:56 by Adrianne Leonardelli

In June, with support from First Lady Michelle Obama, the USDA launched MyPlate. The MyPlate icon replaces the MyPyramid Food Guidance System and presents consumers with an uncomplicated way to make healthier food choices. ... MORE

History of Medicine Moving!
Posted On: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 15:03 by Beverly Murphy

The History of Medicine Collections will be relocating to the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library in Perkins Library as of July 2011. The Collections will be closed at its current location from June 27 – July 22.

Services and access will be limited during this time. If you have a specific research need, please contact the Curator, Rachel Ingold, at rachel.ingold@duke.edu or 919.684.8549.

The Duke Authors collection, the Medicinal Herb Garden, and a small collection of print items, instruments, and artifacts... MORE

Breastfeeding Drug Database Now Available for Smartphones
Posted On: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 12:32 by Beverly Murphy

Need to know more about drugs and breastfeeding? The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) can help.

LactMed is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Its information covers maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider.

Now you can access LactMed with your mobile device. The LactMed App for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android can be downloaded at http://...


Categories: Databases

Television Viewing and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and All-Cause Mortality: A Meta-analysis
Grøntved A, Hu FB.
JAMA. 2011;305(23):2448-2455. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.812

Context Prolonged television (...


Body-Weight-Supported Treadmill Rehabilitation After Stroke
Posted On: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 14:35 by Beverly Murphy

Body-weight-supported treadmill rehabilitation after stroke.
N Engl J Med. 2011 May 26;364(21):2026-36.
Duncan PW, Sullivan KJ, Behrman AL, Azen SP, Wu SS, Nadeau SE, Dobkin BH, Rose DK, Tilson JK, Cen S, Hayden SK; LEAPS Investigative Team.

Department of Community and Family Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, Duke University, Durham, NC 27705, USA. pamela.duke@duke.edu

BACKGROUND: Locomotor training, including the use of body-weight support in treadmill stepping, is a physical therapy intervention used to improve recovery of the ability to walk after stroke. The  effectiveness and appropriate timing of this intervention have not been established.



Categories: From the Literature

NCBI’s Cn3D Viewer
Posted On: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 13:28 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? A free visualization tool for bimolecular structures, sequences, and sequence alignments.

With features that allow you to display, manipulate and label structures, sequences, and alignments, Cn3D Viewer from NCBI is a tool you need to take a look at!

What sets Cn3D apart from other software is its ability to correlate structure and sequence information. Cn3D displays structure-structure alignments along with their structure-based sequence alignments, to emphasize what regions of a group of related proteins are most conserved in structure and sequence. Also... MORE

Tags: for researchers

Posted On: Monday, June 13, 2011 - 13:26 by Beverly Murphy

What is it?  A free tool that lets you save webpages for reading later.Like most of us, you have probably spotted many an article, blog post, or web page that you want to read at some point, but perhaps not at the time you first came across it.
Enter Instapaper. This free web-based tool lets you easily add a bookmarklet to your browser that lets you click “Read later” whenever you find something that you want to return to at a later date.
Then just visit your account at... MORE

Curb Use of High-Dose Simvastatin, FDA Says
Posted On: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 08:30 by Beverly Murphy

Because of an increased myopathy risk, the FDA recommends limiting the use of simvastatin at the 80-mg level, the highest approved dose.

The FDA advises physicians to:

  • not start new patients at the 80-mg dose;
  • ...

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 ...


Tags: research

The Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC)
Posted On: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 15:02 by Beverly Murphy

The Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC) provides free access to the most recent resources on the nation’s health workforce in one easy-to-use online location. Resources available through HWIC’s Web site will help health providers, educators, researchers and policymakers around the nation develop strategies to meet future workforce demands.

Through HWIC, you can stay up-to-date with the latest health workforce news and events, and connect with experts and organizations across the country.

HWIC's online library can help you find the latest:
• Health workforce programs and funding sources
• Workforce data, research and policy
• Educational opportunities and models
• News and events

HIV/AIDS: Thirty Years Later
Posted On: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 11:50 by Beverly Murphy

Thirty years ago this week, researchers and clinicians were putting the finishing touches on an article intended for the June 5 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Titled "Pneumocystis Pneumonia -- - Los Angeles," the seven-paragraph report was the first dispatch from the front lines of humanity's remarkable war against a previously unknown virus. The war began with a complete lack of good news – the new disease was almost 100% fatal, often within weeks or months. No one knew what caused it or how it was transmitted. No one knew how to prevent it, to treat it, and certainly not how to cure it. Thirty years on, the HIV/AIDS pandemic is still raging, but the news from the front is more and more positive.--From MedPage... MORE

Long-term effects of intensive glucose lowering on cardiovascular outcomes
Posted On: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 13:06 by Adrianne Leonardelli

ACCORD Study Group, Gerstein HC, Miller ME, et al. N Engl J Med. 2011 Mar 3;364(9):818-28. PMID: 21366473

Expert commentary on this article available in ... MORE

NLM Contest: Show Off Your Apps
Posted On: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 12:06 by Beverly Murphy

The NLM Show Off Your Apps: Innovative Uses of NLM Information Challenge is an initiative of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This Challenge is open to individuals, teams of individuals, and organizations (collectively, "Entrants"). The purpose of this contest is to develop innovative software applications to further NLM’s mission of aiding the dissemination and exchange of scientific and other information pertinent to medicine and public health. Eligible software applications must make use of NLM’s vast collection of biomedical data including downloadable data sets, APIs (application programming interfaces), and/or software tools.

For more information and How to Enter the Contest see:...


Tags: smartphone, mobile apps

From the Literature: Autism Checklist at One-Year Well-Baby Visit Shows Promise
Posted On: Monday, May 2, 2011 - 12:13 by Beverly Murphy