Web 2.0 tools for medicine

Dean Giustini at University of British Columbia’s UBC Academic Search – Google Scholar Blog has posted Top Web 2.0 services for Medicine 2008 – a list of 75 tools most often mentioned by bloggers or traditional media.  Categories of tools include:

  • Academic science (social networking)
  • Bookmarking & info management
  • Consumer health (social networking)
  • Medicine (social networking)
  • Microblogging, aggregation, searching
  • Open knowledge-sharing sites
  • Personal life & genetics tracking
  • Search tools
  • Slide & video sharing

via ScienceRoll

5/21/2011 Dean Guistini’s The Search Principle blog has moved to this address: http://blogs.ubc.ca/dean/


Marketing ideas from Gale

Gale’s blog, The Sizzle, offers 10 ways to help you drive usage, a Powerpoint presentation (in PDF format) of marketing suggestions.  Many of the “rules” have application beyond promoting Gale databases.

For example, “Rule #1: Unleash your databases with widgets.”   A few widgets to consider adding to your library webpage:

Michigan libraries, including hospital libraries, can access Gale databases such as the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Health Reference Center Academic, and Health and Wellness Resource Center through Michigan eLibrary. Contact  Michigan Library Consortium for assistance in setting up your library’s access.

Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs for 2008

Time magazine has published its 2008 top 10 lists online.

Medical breakthroughs:

  • First Neurons Created from ALS Patients
  • Inflammation vs. Cholesterol
  • Scarless Surgery
  • Genomes for the Masses
  • New Genes for Alzheimer’s
  • A Five-in-One Vaccine
  • Gene Screens for Breast Cancer
  • Blood Test for Down Syndrome
  • Seasick Patch for Cancer Patients
  • Stem-Cell Trachea Transplant

via ScienceRoll

Health Sciences Online (HSO)

Health Sciences Online (http://hso.info) is a new information portal for health professionals.  The search engine currently links to more than 50,000 free resources including courses, lectures, guidelines, handbooks, open access articles, ebooks, image galleries,  and more.  The goal is to facilitate access to authoritative, comprehensive, free, ad-free health knowledge sources for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals worldwide.  Information sources include top-ranked universities, medical specialty societies, government agencies,  and accredited continuing education organizations.

Check out this YouTube video on the new service.

From Open Education News

Online Drug Information: Wikipedia vs. Medscape

A study in this month’s Annals of Pharmacotherapy compares freely available drug information in two Internet resources: user-edited Wikipedia and the “traditionally edited pharmacy-practice-specific” Medscape Drug Reference. While the information in Wikipedia was generally accurate, researchers report serious “errors of omission” in safety-related areas such as drug interactions, risks related to pregnancy, and adverse drug events.  The authors cite a recent report that “the same group of 18- to 44-year-old individuals who consult resources like Wikipedia has recently been identified as the most likely to borrow and share prescription drugs without medical oversight or disclosure.”

Clausen KA, Polen HH, Boulos MN, Dzenowagis JH. Scope, completeness, and accuracy of drug information in Wikipedia. Ann Pharmacother. 2008 Dec;42(12):1814-21. PMID 19017825Fulltext free at the publisher’s website.

via JMLA Case Studies in Health Sciences Librarianship

New edition of Jablonski’s Dictionary of Medical Acronyms

Teton Data announces that the 6th edition of Jablonski’s Dictionary of Medical Acronyms & Abbreviations is now available in STAT!Ref. Formerly titled  Dictionary of Medical Acronyms, this reference now provides an expanded symbols section, which makes it easier to identify seldom-used symbols.

Many MHSLA members participate in a group purchase of STAT!Ref, coordinated by MHSLA’s Group Purchasing committee and Michigan Library Consortium.  For information about the group purchase, contact Michigan Library Consortium. This group purchase is restricted to Michigan libraries.

Tables of Contents in your feed reader

Organization Monkey alerts us to ticTOCs Journal Tables of Contents Service, which promises an easy way to scan tables of contents from your choice of over 11,000 scholarly journals from 414 publishers.  According to the ticTOC site:

The ticTOCs Journal Tables of Contents service makes it easy for academics, researchers, students and anyone else to keep up-to-date with newly published scholarly material by enabling them to find, display, store, combine and reuse thousands of journal tables of contents from multiple publishers. With ticTOCs, it only takes a tick or two to keep up to date.

Available journals may be searched by title words, publisher or subject; a sample title search for “medicine” returned 270 items.

Users may view the tables of contents in a free ticTOC MyTOCs account or may export their selections to a feed reader.

The ticTOCs Consortium includes the University of Liverpool Library (lead), Heriot-Watt University, CrossRef, ProQuest, Emerald, RefWorks, MIMAS, Cranfield University, Institute of Physics, SAGE Publishers, Inderscience Publishers, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Open J-Gate, and Intute, and is funded under the JISC Users & Innovation program.