Duke Medical Center Library & Archives

EXPLORE: Firefox Add-ons
Posted On: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 17:07 by Beverly Murphy

Browser Customization

Firefox has thousands of add-ons available to enhance, improve, and customize your browser experience. An add-on can be a time-saving toolbar button, security enhancements, a themed look, and more. For example, LeechBlock is a productivity tool designed to block web sites that can suck the life out of your working day. All you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them. If you work at more than one computer, check out Xmarks. This will keep...


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HPV Vaccine for Males
Posted On: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 08:00 by Beverly Murphy

Have you heard about the most recent research on vaccination for the human papillomavirus (HPV)?

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published new research findings indicating that quadrivalent HPV vaccine prevents infection for HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18 in males 16 - 26 years old:
Efficacy of quadrivalent HPV vaccine against HPV infection and disease in males.

FDA Approves Diagnostic Radiology App
Posted On: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 08:12 by Beverly Murphy

A new mobile radiology application that allows physicians to view images on iPhones and iPads was approved by the FDA on Friday. The app, called Mobile MIM, is the first approved for diagnosis based on CT, MRI, and nuclear medicine images.

The FDA cautions that the app is not meant to replace radiology workstations and is intended for use only when physicians cannot access a workstation.

The app is currently available in some 30 countries. The...


NEJM section on Health Policy and Reform
Posted On: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 10:47 by Beverly Murphy

For perspectives on the debate over health care reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, visit The New England Journal of Medicine’s special section “Health Policy and Reform: Remaking Health Care.” Topics include: Reform Implementation; Cost of Health Care; Medicare and Medicaid; Insurance Coverage; Health Care Delivery; Accountable Care Organizations; Politics of Health Care Reform; Health Information Technology; Drugs, Devices, and the FDA; Comparative Effectiveness; International; and Disparities.

Here is a sampling of articles from recent issues:

Jan. 26, 2011: The States’ Next Challenge – Securing Primary Care for Expanded Medicaid Populations
Jan. 19, 2011: Harnessing... MORE

NC failing at protecting citizens against tobacco related illnesses
Posted On: Monday, January 24, 2011 - 10:38 by Beverly Murphy

U.S. leaders took meaningful steps to reduce smoking over the past year, increasing treatment options and giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration new power to regulate tobacco, a major health group said on Thursday…States, on the other hand, "failed miserably" at protecting citizens from the burden of tobacco use, according to the American Lung Association, which issued its annual report card on U.S. tobacco control efforts.

"Despite collecting millions of dollars -- and in some cases billions -- in tobacco settlement dollars and excise taxes, most states are investing only pennies on the dollar to help smokers quit," [Charles Connor, president and chief executive of the American Lung Association] said.
--... MORE

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Introducing Healthy People 2020
Posted On: Monday, January 17, 2011 - 08:10 by Adrianne Leonardelli

On December 2, 2010, Healthy People 2020 launched its ambitious, yet achievable, 10-year agenda for improving the Nation’s health. Healthy People 2020 is the result of a multiyear process that reflects input from a diverse group of individuals and organizations.

Healthy People 2020 strives to:

  • Identify nationwide health improvement priorities.
  • Increase public awareness and understanding of the determinants of health, disease, and disability and the opportunities for progress.
  • Provide measurable objectives and goals that are applicable at the national, State, and local levels.
  • Engage multiple sectors to take actions to strengthen policies and improve...

Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals has been updated.
Posted On: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 10:38 by Beverly Murphy

A respected resource for decades, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals has been updated by a committee of experts, taking into consideration input from the scientific and laboratory animal communities and the public at large. The Guide incorporates new scientific information on common laboratory animals, including aquatic species, and includes extensive references. It provides a framework for the judgments required in the management of animal facilities. This updated and expanded resource of proven value will be important to scientists and researchers, veterinarians, animal care personnel, facilities managers, institutional administrators, policy makers involved in research issues, and animal welfare advocates.

The online version is available from the...


Top Stories of 2010!
Posted On: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 08:00 by Beverly Murphy

The Journal Watch editors and readers choose their favorite summaries from 2010 in a number of areas. Here are a few of the articles mentioned in their top picks!

Hospital Medicine Top Stories from Journal Watch

Chest-compression-only versus standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a meta-analysis.

Hüpfl M, Selig HF, Nagele P.
Lancet. 2010 Nov 6;376(9752):1552-7. Epub 2010 Oct 14.
PubMed Abstract: PMID 20951422...


According to the American Heart Association, atrial fibrillation (AF) is estimated to affect more than 2.6 million Americans. Warfarin is widely prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke in AF, though food and drug interactions, the inconvenience of INR monitoring, difficulties of maintaining INR in a therapeutic range, and risk of hemorrhage are disadvantages to its use. Finding a safe, effective, and convenient alternative to warfarin for stroke prophylaxis is thus of considerable interest. In the multinational RE-LY trial (Randomized Evaluation of Long-term Anticoagulation Therapy), two fixed doses of dabigatran etexilate, an oral direct thrombin inhibitor, were compared with INR-adjusted warfarin for risk... MORE

Posted On: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 16:47 by Beverly Murphy

Free Current Awareness Tool

Have you heard that RSS is dead, or do you even know what RSS is? Many assumed RSS was finished after Bloglines, the first popular RSS reader, was slated to be discontinued. With so many other ways to keep current (like Twitter), you may not use RSS to keep up with your favorite journals, news sources, and personal interests. If you would like to have one place to go to see the latest NEJM articles, view what’s happening in the world via New York Times, or check if there are any iPads for sale on Craigslist, you can. And all with one click!

Make RSS do the work for you! You can set up a Google Reader account...


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Explore: Doodle
Posted On: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 16:43 by Beverly Murphy

Free Meeting Scheduling!

Having trouble finding a time when everyone on your team can meet? Is half your team on Exchange while others remain on Lotus Notes? Are you tired of sending out multiple emails to find a time when everyone is free? Doodle to the rescue!

This free online scheduler (basically just a quick Web form) allows you to create an event and set up options for meeting times. You can then send the link to the form that Doodle creates to others to complete, indicating when they are free. You can even choose to get emails when...


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Explore: EverNote
Posted On: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 16:41 by Beverly Murphy

Free digital note-taking!
If you’re swimming in a pile of sticky notes, EverNote will provide a whole new way to help you organize various types of information from several different sources. You can create notes of text and photos, clip Web pages, snag screen shots and images,and in some cases, take audio notes. Instead of just saving a bookmarked Web address, Evernote allows you to save the HTML on the Web page as a note, with just the click of a button. This Web Clipper...


Livestock, Transcellular Cell Migration, and Bullying, Oh My!
Posted On: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 09:55 by Beverly Murphy

What do Livestock, Carbon Footprint and Bloodless Medical and Surgical Procedures have in common? They are all new MeSH terms for 2011! At this time every year, the National Library of Medicine releases the current Medical Subject Headings - or MeSH terms -that are used to index new articles in the MEDLINE database, which contains millions of articles from medical and scientific journals. The list of available terms changes each year to reflect trends in medicine and science, as well as structures in health systems, government programs and laws. For example, other new MeSH terms include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as health care reform, and Bullying, a controversial topic in the news, the legislatures, and in schools.

Generally, NLM does not...


Rothwell PM, Wilson M, Elwin CE, Norrving B, Algra A, Warlow CP, Meade TW. Lancet. 2010 Nov 20;376(9754):1741-50. PMID: 20970847.

BACKGROUND: High-dose aspirin (≥500 mg daily) reduces long-term incidence of colorectal cancer, but adverse effects might limit its potential for long-term prevention. The long-term effectiveness of lower doses (75-300 mg daily) is unknown. We assessed the effects of aspirin on incidence and mortality due to colorectal cancer in relation to dose, duration of treatment, and site of tumour.

METHODS: We followed up four randomised trials of aspirin versus control in primary (Thrombosis Prevention Trial, British Doctors Aspirin Trial) and...


Check out the new Health Literacy LibGuide!
Posted On: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 14:07 by Adrianne Leonardelli

Health literacy is the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions (Healthy People 2010).

An estimated one in three Americans has limited health literacy. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this can impact an individual's ability to manage a chronic disease, care for themselves and understand instructions for taking medications.

This Health Literacy LibGuide contains information about health literacy, as well as plain language, Latino health and cultural and linguistic competency.

This guide is intended...


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