Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Science has now published an editorial retraction of the two papers that they published
>>>Read more in the Journal of Infection (Athens authentication required off campus).
This follows the discovery that an author failed to declare that he held shares in a company whose product came out well in a trial of inteventions for atrial fibrillation. The author concerned did declare that he had had grants from the company, but did not disclose the 18000 shares that he owned.
>>>Read more in the BMJ
>>>Read more in the Guardian.
>>>Read about the report on the AMS website (has link to the report itself).
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
The editors are now maintaining the Virtual Pediatric Hospital, at http://www.virtualpediatrichospital.org/
There is a support group, Group B Strep Support, based in Haywards Heath, whose website is at http://www.gbss.org.uk/.
Some other things:
The Times of the 12th January reports a study by Maplecroft, a risk consultancy, using WHO data, that Britain is at greatest risk from an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of the virus. The report includes an interactive map.
Nature, on 12th January, looks at the debate around whether the H5N1 virus will jump to humans.
Archives of Internal Medicine published a study recently that argued that the virus is being transmitted to humans more frequently that originally thought, but not causing any severe symptoms. This is discussed in a Science and Development Network news article. The abstract of the study is at http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/166/1/119 and I have the University's password for full text access.
Guidance includes restrictions on the use of broad spectrum antibiotics and the isolation of cases into a ward set aside for that purpose. There is concern that the bacterium is mutating. Statistics suggest that C. difficile kills more people per year in the UK that MRSA, although it infects more people. The BMJ report is at http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/332/7532/10-e?etoc
Read the full news item at http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060102/full/060102-1.html
Read the paper itself at http://www.arxiv.org/abs/physics/0512143
I came across a report in the Times about routine screening of men over 65 for abdominal aortic aneurysm. That newspaper said (from a report in Pulse) that the NSC was going to recommend routine screening. There was nothing obvious on the NSC website at that time, and there still is not, as far as I can see.
The journal is now open access, so everything is free to read. The contents page of this issue is at http://nar.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol34/suppl_1/index.dtl
The current copy of the Nursing Times (sorry, no online access!) has a summary (102(3): 6).
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
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Print friendly format. In PubMed you can now send selected references to the printer. This opens a new window, with a Print button, and the references are printed without all the side bars and boxes that are on the standard PubMed screen. Click the Send to... box to see the Printer option.
There's something on the Clipboard. Once you have sent some references to the Clipboard (the Send to... box again), an asterisk appears on the Clipboard tab, so you know that there is something there.
Training materials. I may have mentioned this before, but I will mention it again. There is a lot of training material for PubMed, including a new version of the online tutorial, at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmed.html.
Read more in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
If you would like to know more about searching Medline or PubMed using MeSH headings, please contact me. MeSH enables you to search very specifically.
The editorial has a summary of the UK guidelines and links to the other things mentioned.
NEW: The guidelines themselves are also online.
If you can read Turkish (I can't) you can find links to Turkey's newspapers through PaperBoy. Use the Newspapers by Country drop down box at the top of the screen, and you will get a list of links to 34 different Turkish papers.
The Lancet is carrying a paper on the first confirmed human case of avian influenza in China. (You will need Athens authentication off campus).
The Science and Development Network is carrying news of a UN plan to have an alert system for North Africa.