December 1, 2021

PLoS Currents Has a New Publishing Platform

From a PLOS Blog Post: We are pleased to announce that PLoS Currents has moved to a new publishing platform, offering easier interaction to all users. This innovative, online publication channel for the rapid communication of new scientific research and ideas aims to minimize delays between the generation and publication of new research [Clip] For […]

Health Information Online: “Researchers Tune In to the Internet Buzz” (NLM Funded Research)

From The Wall St. Journal: Looking for medical information on Internet message boards can be risky for consumers. Some of it is confusing, misleading or downright wrong. But for medical researchers, all that chatter can yield some valuable insights. Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania, for example, are mining message boards and Twitter feeds to […]

Reference: Healthcare: AdAge Map Shows Where People Get Sick, Dataset Also Available

The map shows prevalence of major illnesses by county. The dataset used to create the map also available as an XLS file. From the Article and Map via AdAge: As grim as it is to say this, for health-care marketers, knowing where people are sick is a useful data point. As part of the American […]

New Online Database from NIH: Genetic Testing Registry, Video Tutorials Available

From Science Magazine: [NIH recently] unveiled a new database that lists thousands of tests voluntarily submitted by companies and non-profit labs. Genetic tests now exist for some 2500 diseases, from cystic fibrosis to APOE, which raises the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. NIH created the Genetic Testing Registry for physicians, patients, and researchers after experts suggested […]

American Heart Association Launches Peer-Reviewed and Open Access Journal

From the American Heart Association: The American Heart Association has launched the online-only open-access Journal of the American Heart Association: Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease (JAHA)— packed with free peer-reviewed research on heart disease and stroke. “We envision JAHA as a forum for high quality original articles that cover the full range of cardiovascular science, including […]

Ovid Will Become Exclusive Medical Research Aggregator Providing Access to Current, Non-Embargoed New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Content

From a Wolters-Kluwer News Release: Wolters Kluwer Health today announced it has entered into an expanded distribution agreement with the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Under the terms of the agreement, Ovid, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, will be the only medical research aggregator to distribute current, non-embargoed NEJM content to institutions and their […]

Recently Launched: Interactive Access to CDC’s HIV and STD Data

From the Blog: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new interactive web tool—the NCHHSTP Atlas—that allows users to create maps, charts, and tables using HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease (STD) data collected by CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). [Clip] Many public health […]

National Library of Medicine Announces Latest Release of Its “History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium”

From NLM: The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the latest release of its History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium (, a search-and-discovery tool for archival resources in the health sciences that are described by finding aids and held by various institutions throughout the United States. […]

EPA Releases Comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Online Database and Dataset Available

From the EPA: For the first time, comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) data reported directly from large facilities and suppliers across the country are now easily accessible to the public through EPA’s GHG Reporting Program. The 2010 GHG data released today includes public information from facilities in nine industry groups that directly emit large quantities of […]

Just Released: Reference Desk: Top 15 Causes of Death in the United States (2010)

For the first time in 45 years homicide is not on the the Top 15 list. From the AP (1/11/2012): The CDC’s latest annual report on deaths contained several nuggets of good news: —The infant mortality rate dropped to an all-time low of 6.14 deaths per 1,000 births in 2010. It was 6.39 the year […]