December 17, 2017

University of Rochester Launches Online Exhibit of Largest Collection of AIDS Posters

From a U. of Rochester Announcement: When Edward Atwater, M.D.,’50 boarded a subway car on Boston’s Red Line in the early 90s he found himself staring at a poster unlike any he had seen before. It showed two hands, a condom wrapper, and text reading Prevent AIDS. Use One. Intrigued by what he saw, Atwater […]

New Resource: NLM and Department of Veterans Affairs Launch Online Registry of Biomedical Informatics Tools (ORBIT)

From the National Library of Medicine: The widespread adoption of electronic medical records makes it possible to more effectively learn from and improve clinical care. A significant challenge is the development and wide spread diffusion of tools that make it possible to aggregate, structure, and analyze medical record data. The National Library of Medicine (NLM), […]

Local Databases: U.S.: "New Illinois Doctor Database Launches Online" (Physician Profiles)

From the Chicago Tribune: Illinois patients can now research their doctors using an online database the state launched Wednesday. The idea is to take the guesswork out of choosing a doctor by allowing easier access to information about the state’s 46,000 licensed physicians and surgeons. The database can be accessed through the Department of Financial […]

Twitter Data Used to Track Vaccination Rates and Attitudes

Twitter Data Used to Track Vaccination Rates and Attitudes A unique and innovative analysis of how social media can affect the spread of a disease has been designed and implemented by a scientist at Penn State University studying attitudes toward the H1N1 vaccine. Marcel Salathé, an assistant professor of biology, studied how users of Twitter […]

"European Medicines Agency Launches Database Of Clinical Studies in Children Completed Before 2007"

From the European Medicines Agency: The European Medicines Agency has published a new database containing information on studies of medicines authorised in the European Union that were carried out in children and completed before the Paediatric Regulation came into force in 2007. The Article 45 paediatric studies database allows users to search for information on […]

AIRNow: A New Real-Time Air Quality App From the EPA (iOS Only)

From the iTunes App Store: The AIRNow iPhone application will provide an increasingly mobile public with real-time air quality information that people can use to protect their health when planning their daily activities The app will allow users to get location-specific reports on current air quality and air quality forecasts for both ozone and fine […]

Freebie Alert: 22 Emerald Health and Social Care journals in Free Access for World Mental Health Day

From Emerald: In support of World Mental Health Day, held annually on 10 October to raise public awareness about mental health issues worldwide, Emerald Group Publishing is providing free access to its complete collection of health and social care journals. In total, 22 journals can be read online from 10 October for a period of […]

HHS Announces Text4Health Task Force Recommendations and Global Partnership

HHS announces Text4Health task force recommendations and global partnership Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new recommendations to support health text messaging and mobile health (mHealth) programs. The department has been actively exploring means to capitalize on the rapid proliferation of mobile phone technology and platforms, such as text messaging, […]

Reference: New NLM Enviro-Health Links Page: Developing and Using Medicines for Children

From the National Library of Medicine Technical Bulletin: The National Library of Medicine Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) has released an Enviro-Health Links page on Developing and Using Medicines for Children. In regards to medications, it is important to remember that children are not small adults. Developing and Using Medicines for Children provides links […]

Jeopardy Champion "Watson" (from IBM) Gets Hired To Assist Medical Professionals

Watson Gets A Job! From the IBM Web Site: WellPoint, Inc. and IBM announced an agreement today to create the first commercial applications of the IBM Watson technology. Under the agreement, WellPoint will develop and launch Watson-based solutions to help improve patient care through the delivery of up-to-date, evidence-based health care for millions of Americans. […]