Swine Flu Information Widget

The Swine Flu information widget (resembling the green box on the PubMed start page) is available at the HHS Website’s Image & Icon library: http://www.hhs.gov/web/library/index.html#HHSWidgets. Sorry, I can’t post a copy here, WordPress doesn’t allow javascript.

Looking for more ways to spread the word?  Check out this post in the Cornflower: Using social software to deliver Swine Flu information


Firefox enhancements for Google

I’m restricted to Internet Explorer on the job, but I love being able to customize Firefox at home.

Dennis O’Reilly at the Worker’s Edge passes on some hints for optimizing Google searching with his post Three Firefox add-ons enhance Google.  The add-ons:

  • GoogleEnhancer, which  pulls some of the Advanced Search options into drop-down boxes next to the Google Search box and offers ways to customize the Google results screen
  • Googlepedia, to run your Google search in Wikipedia and display the results on the right side of your Google results screen
  • Search Cloudlet, providing tag clouds for Google results

UpToDate, and Twitter

Laika’s MedLibLog posts an article summarizing a blog-and-twitter discussion of  UpToDate in How Evidence Based Is UpToDate really?

The post presents a variety of opinions, as well as taking a brief look, from an evidence-based point of view, at a study cited on UpToDate’s webpage relating improved patient outcomes to hospitals’ use or non-use of UpToDate. (Laika gives it a grade C: retrospective, observation based, half of the authors are from UpToDate.)

I found the use of Twitter almost as interesting as the topic of the post;  a resource that seems to be more “main-stream” every day. In my town, one can follow the weather and news reporters’ tweets as another stream of information.

via The Krafty Librarian

Mayo Clinic Library’s PubMed Tutorial

Mayo Clinic Library has posted an online tutorial for PubMed Advanced. It can be embedded in a web page or blog, like this:

via davidrothman.net