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Experts Update Vitamin D Recommendations
Posted On: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 08:38 by Beverly Murphy

Experts Update Vitamin D and Calcium Recommendations, Say Most Americans Are Getting Enough
The Institute of Medicine has updated its guidance for vitamin D and calcium intake, providing new age- and sex-specific recommended dietary allowances and upper limits of intake. The IOM committee notes that while vitamin D and calcium play important functions in bone health, the scientific evidence does not support their use for other health concerns.
In addition, the committee concludes: "With a few exceptions, all North Americans are receiving enough calcium and vitamin D. Higher levels have not been shown to confer greater benefits, and in fact, they have been linked to other health problems, challenging the concept that 'more is better.'"

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Check out the new Natural Standard Website!
Posted On: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 15:18 by Beverly Murphy


The new Natural Standard 2.0 Website has been launched! The user interface was completely overhauled and accredited CE modules are now available to all users.

What is Natural Standard?

Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. For each therapy covered by Natural Standard,a research team systematically gathers scientific data and expert opinions. Validated rating scales are used to evaluate the quality of available evidence. Information is incorporated into comprehensive... MORE

Book Drive for Duke Children's Hospital a Success!
Posted On: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 14:13 by Adrianne Leonardelli


Thank you to all of the Duke students, faculty and staff who donated books to the Medical Center Library's National Medical Librarians Month Book Drive in October for Duke Children's Hospital! With the help of the Duke community, the Library was able to collect 475 books!

A special note of appreciation to The Regulator Bookshop (Durham) and Gothic Bookshop (Duke University Stores); both organizations were kind enough to donate books to our drive.

We would also like to thank the following Duke academic programs for collecting books on behalf of the Library: Physician Assistant Program and... MORE

College of Genomic Medicine, a free online physician training and accreditation program
Posted On: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 10:58 by Beverly Murphy

USA Today reported on Monday, "Since the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, the introduction of new genetic tests has far outpaced the ability of doctors — who typically have little training in genetics — to figure out what to do with them." Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, reports that "Scripps plans to launch the College of Genomic Medicine, a free online physician training and accreditation program, early next year...To become accredited, he says, doctors will spend five to eight hours reviewing materials developed by an international group of leaders in the field and then take a 'highly interactive' test."

More information at: http://tinyurl.com/26jnm6b

Get a Discount on Skyscape Apps
Posted On: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 16:55 by Beverly Murphy

Skyscape, a company that produces mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad and other smartphones, offers a 25% discount to all Duke students, faculty and staff.

Titles include the 5-Minute Clinical Consult, Harrison's Manual of Medicine, Surgical Recall, Pediatrics Recall, and Pocket Medicine, the MGH Handbook of Internal Medicine, and more.

To qualify for the discount, you must purchase apps through the Duke group page - http://www.skyscape.com/duke

Tags: smartphone, mobile apps

Explore: Duke WordPress
Posted On: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 14:59 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? Blog Tool and Publishing Platform

Duke is now hosting WordPress. WordPress is a popular web-publishing platform for creating blogs, web-based presentations, and even entire websites. This fall Duke WordPress can be used for formal courses; however beginning in the spring, this tool will be offered more widely. Faculty are encouraged to use this for courses, blogs, projects, etc.

Not sure how you can utilitze WordPress? Don’t worry, there are lots of uses mentioned, an entire example section, and tips and tricks to help you get started. See CIT’s blog post for more information and ideas. Ready to create a course?

Categories: Explore Tools

Tags: social networking, services, teaching

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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Tags: research

Explore: Prezi
Posted On: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 11:56 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? Free innovative slideshow software

Tired of bullet points and clicking through slides? Prezi offers a new way to present your ideas to a group or on the web. Set up like a giant canvas, Prezi zooms and spins around the “big picture” of your presentation to show the details, talking points, and images. The result is a dynamic presentation that feels more interactive.
Prezi is freely available on the web, though you must create an account to design and store your presentations. More features are available through paid accounts, including a Prezi Desktop editor that allows the offline creation of presentations. Significant help information is available online through the Prezi Help Manual....

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Open Access -- NIH Style
Posted On: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 09:10 by Beverly Murphy

The NIH Public Access Policy was conceived as a way to ensure the public’s access to published research results and increase the research impact of NIH funding. With the increasing costs of journal subscriptions, many researchers, as well as patients and members of the general public were finding it more and more difficult to have access to articles on cutting edge research in medicine and science. The Public Access policy requires that NIH research-results, funded with tax payer dollars are available to clinicians, researchers, patients, and others across the United States and the globe.

So what is the difference between open access and public access? Public access primarily focuses on information and publications funded with tax-payers’ dollars by local, state and national...

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What are the Effects of Vaccines Against Influenza?
Posted On: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 10:53 by Adrianne Leonardelli

Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults.
Jefferson T, Di Pietrantonj C, Rivetti A, Bawazeer GA, Al-Ansary LA, Ferroni E. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010 Jul 7;(7): CD001269. PMID: 20614424.

Update of: Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007;(2):CD001269.

Plain Language Summary:
Over 200 viruses cause influenza and influenza-like illness which produce the same symptoms (fever, headache, aches and pains, cough and runny noses). Without laboratory tests, doctors cannot tell the two illnesses apart. Both last for...

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Personalized Health Planning and Health Care Reform
Posted On: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11:28 by Beverly Murphy

Commentary: Personalized Health Planning and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: An Opportunity for Academic Medicine to Lead Health Care Reform.
Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2010 Sep 14. [Epub ahead of print, but available online through the Medical Center Library's E-Journal collection.]


Authors: Michaela A Dinan, research associate, Center for Research on Prospective Health Care, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. Leigh Ann Simmons, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and senior research fellow, Center for Research on Prospective Health Care, Duke...

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What is Open Access?
Posted On: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11:08 by Beverly Murphy

Duke will be celebrating Open Access (OA) Week Oct. 18 through 24!

So what is OA?

Open access (OA) in its purest sense is making literature freely online without any fees or restrictions due to copyright or licenses. The overview and timeline on his Web site.

While the OA movement initially focused on journal literature, it is now being applied across the realm of scholarly communication including books, learning objects, repositories of various documents, and data sets. In all its permutations, its goal is to ensure free access to information to support academic, research and personal pursuits of knowledge and promote innovation and discovery on a global as well as local level.

The OA movement has had...

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Study Shows Correlation Between Investing in University Libraries and Grant Awards
Posted On: Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 14:27 by Beverly Murphy

Elsevier, the commercial international publishing company, has published a study finding a correlation between investment in university libraries and grant awards. According to Elsevier, the study "demonstrates the value of the academic library to the institution in improving grant proposal and report writing and in helping researchers attract grant income. Of the 8 institutions participating from around the globe, 6 demonstrated a greater than one-to-one (1:1) return in grant funding, with results ranging from 15.54:1 to 0.64:1. Equally significant is the result that 2 institutions showed a significant positive correlation between an increase in library investment over time and an increase in grant funding to the...

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Alteplase Is Effective Up to 4.5 Hours After Onset of Ischemic Stroke
Posted On: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 08:51 by Beverly Murphy

From: Physician's First Watch for August 31, 2010:

On the basis of reports published in September 2008 from two large international studies, professional stroke organizations extended the recommended time between symptom onset and administration of alteplase from 3 to 4.5 hours (JW Emerg Med Sep 24 2008 and JW Emerg Med Sep 15 2008). To assess implementation of the wider treatment window and its effects, investigators analyzed data for nearly 24,000 patients who were included in one of the study's stroke registry from 2002 to 2010.

Overall, 2376 patients received alteplase between 3 and 4.5 hours after symptom onset; the proportion of patients who were treated within this window...

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Changes to CINAHL!
Posted On: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 14:40 by Beverly Murphy

CINAHL looks a little bit different after some recent changes to the search interface:

After you do a search, the limiting features (aka "refining" features or "search options") now show up on the left of the results. To see the full range of limiting options, however, you have to click on See More >> (in very small font) below the "Refine your results" section. You can also change limits by editing your results in the Search History.

More changes have been made to the appearance of the CINAHL Headings section. It used to be that only explodable terms (terms that have a narrower concept listed underneat them) had a box in the Explode column. Now there's a box next to every heading, but the box looks different if the term is explodable. Subheadings don't...

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