Nov 16

Medworm now outputs any search as a feed

Medworm, already a great resource for finding medical RSS feeds and searching their contents, just got better. Now with any search in Medworm, you can output the search results as an RSS feed.

If, for example, I wanted to have an RSS feed of medical news relating to Minneapolis, I can search for Minneapolis and just click on the appropriate RSS subscription button. Nice!

Nov 13

MedLib Blog Badge

Over in the sidebar of this blog is a new button that looks like this:

…which links to the masterlist of MedLib blogs at LISwiki.

I think we’ve started to see more of an interactive community among these blogs, so I thought it might be fun to have a button declaring one’s membership in that community. It’s also a nice way to encourage your readers to visit other MedLib blogs.

If you’d like to add it to your own blog, just copy and paste this code into your sidebar:

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(Button made with this neat generator.)

Nov 10

The Changing Library: What Clinicians Need to Know

I love this article from the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine:

The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine
Vol. 73(6) October 2006 pgs. 857-863.
“The Changing Library: What Clinicians Need to Know”
by Pauline S. Beam, Laura M. Schimming, Alan B. Drissoff and Lynn K. Morgan


Over the last two decades, changes in technology have allowed academic medical center libraries to bring the world of biomedical information to the physician’s computer desktop. Because digital libraries have grown so rapidly and in so many ways, some clinicians may be uncertain about the services and resources that are available to them. This article explains how clinical faculty can best utilize their library to support their research and patient care. It addresses some of the most common myths about the β€œnew” medical library, and it highlights innovations in library resources and services that can help physicians to better access, use and manage medical information.

Some of the myths featured include:

  • Myth #1: Everything Is Online
  • Myth #2: Everything Online is Free
  • Myth #3: MEDLINE is Difficult to Use
  • Myth #4: Google Can Replace MEDLINE Databases

There’s lots of great stuff here. Go read it.

(Ruth Lebowitz posted a note about this article to MEDLIB-L over a week ago, but I didn’t get to it until today. Thanks, Ruth!)

Nov 10

Google as a diagnostic tool

Dean Giustini points out this article from BMJ (PDF), and some of the articles from publications that are not medical journals that followed:

GPs should Google diagnosis: study
Ninemsn, Australia

Doctors use Google for diagnosis
Inquirer, UK

Google for a diagnosis

The West Australian, Australia

Baffled GPs urged to try diagnosis by Google
The Sunday Times, UK

Can Google Diagnose Illness Better Than Doctors?
Search Engine Roundtable

…and lots more: (Google News Search), ( search)

Dean writes:

It should come as no surprise to anyone that this week’s study in the British Medical Journal is indicative of just how large Google has become. 3-5 billion searchable medical pages, and 50 billion web pages in total. Used properly, the size, power and speed of Google is one of the fastest diagnostic tools in medicine.

I think it is important to emphasize that the operative phrase of this paragraph is “Used properly.”

Nov 09


Librarian Stewart Brower at the University of Buffalo announced on his blog a proposal (PDF) for an Open Access Drug Resource, PubDrug.

For the last several years, I’ve watched as the cost of drug resources has continued to escalate, reaching a point where even large-scale institutions like the University at Buffalo really cannot afford the licensing for the kinds of resources we need for our educational, clinical and research initiatives.

Interestingly, Brower is proposing this be done on a Wiki because (among other reasons) it “[a]llows significant editorial controls without inhibiting ‘viral’ expansion of content.”

A lot of ideas here in common with Dean Giustini’s Medizendium concept (mentioned here).

Sounds like an enormous and difficult undertaking filled with potential pitfalls…but I really admire the way Stewart is thinking really big.

Stewart invites those interested to contact him. The email address posted at his blog and in his slides is: sbrower[*at*]buffalo[*dot*]edu.

Nov 09

MN Medicine: Google, RSS, Podcasts, Oh My!

From Minnesota Medicine, an article with tips for clinicians on using web technology to stay up to date. Includes great introductions for beginners to some google tools, RSS, and social bookmarking.

Thanks to Melissa Rethlefsen for pointing this out! πŸ™‚

Nov 05

HELP – the Health Education Library for People

HELP, a non-profit organization started by Dr. Aniruddha Malpani and his wife Dr. Anjali Malpani, is the first health education resource centre in India.

Video Tour:

HELP – the Health Education Library for People, India’s first Consumer Health Education Resource Center , and one of the world’s largest consumer health libraries, as determined by the Medical Library Association , USA, aims to empower people by providing them with the information they need to promote their health, and prevent and treat medical problems in the family in partnership with their doctor. We are a registered charitable trust and a non-profit organisation. We believe that Information is the Best Prescription!

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