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December 24, 2006

Avian Influenza Resources

The Health Sciences Libraries (Dentistry, Taubman Medical, and Public Health) have partnered to provide the following collection of online resources about avian flu and pandemic response / preparedness.

Health Sciences Libraries: Guides: Avian Influenza Resources: http://www.lib.umich.edu/hsl/guides/avianflu.html

The links on the page above take you to sections within a collection of resources in del.icio.us -- a free bookmarking and productivity tool. The main sections we are highlighting for you are these:

- Major Avian Flu Portals
- Overviews of Avian Flu
- Disaster Planning
- Personal and Family Planning
- Local Michigan Information
- News and Travel Information
- Research

You can either go directly to one of those sections and browse the links available there, or you can browse the entire collection of over 40 recommended links. Each link includes a brief note describing why the resource is useful as well as terms (called "tags" in Del.icio.us) that you might think of as subject headings. The tags or subject headings describe the resource in a little more detail, and help you decide if you want to visit that site.

There is additional information on how to use Del.icio.us at their help page.

Del.icio.us: http://del.icio.us/

Del.icio.us: Help: http://del.icio.us/help/

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December 22, 2006

Health Care and Web 2.0

You've probably heard the new tech buzzword Web 2.0. What is it really? Here is an article from Wikipedia that describes it:

Wikipedia: Web 2.0: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2

Wikipedia is itself an example of the basic Web 2.0 concepts -- dynamic, flexible information resources shaped and constructed by the communities that desire, need and use them.

The profession of dentistry is particularly well-positioned to benefit from Web 2.0. Many years ago, when I was applying for my job here, it was obvious that the profession was on the cusp of major change both in its practice, educational methods, and information infrastructure. Much of this was (and is) driven by economic factors. Eight years later, much has changed in publishing methods, many major journals have switched to more economic publishing models (such as online only), but this will only be the beginning.

Web 2.0 is known for empowering the little and enabling the "long tail". In other words, even if there isn't much of a market for whatever you're selling, with effective use of Web 2.0 tools, you have a darn good chance of maximising whatever market there is. Dentistry is a small profession in comparison to the large academic medical centers and large research hospitals. A dentist once told me that the profession is full of cowboys and lone rangers -- independent free thinkers. Well, on the Internet frontier, those are exactly the type of folks who make the most out of Web 2.0, but they do it by collaborating with each other.

Dean Giustini is well known as a blogger on medical libraries and search engines. Tomorrow's issue of BMJ includes an editorial by Dean about trends in medical information as impacted by the Web 2.0 interactive applications. An interesting essay and worth a quick read.

D. Giustini. "How Web 2.0 is changing medicine -- Is a medical wikipedia the next step?" BMJ 2006;333:1283-1284 (23 December):

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December 19, 2006

Update: Access to the Cochrane Library of EBM Databases in 2007

The Health Sciences Libraries (Taubman Medical, Dentistry, Public Health) have provided two methods of access to the Cochrane Library for a number of years. Due to budgetary constraints, the Wiley Interscience version will no longer be available after December 31, 2006.

The Cochrane Library will continue to be available via the EBM Reviews databases in UM-Medsearch (http://www.lib.umich.edu/medsearch).

The staff of the Health Sciences Libraries can provide personalized consultation on searching Cochrane as well as offer assistance at the Information Desk, by phone or via email:

* Dentistry Library: (734) 764-1526 or dentistry.library@umich.edu.
* Public Health Library and Informatics: (734) 763-5109 or sph.reference@umich.edu.
* Taubman Medical Library: (734) 763-3071 or medical.library@umich.edu.

We appreciate your understanding as we continually review and make difficult decisions about our electronic resources.

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December 18, 2006

NIH Electronic Grant Submission Workshop Series

The Health Sciences Libraries are offering a symposium series to assist grant applicants with the electronic submission of NIH grants. The workshops will be at the Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB) Auditorium, 109 Zina Pitcher Place on the Medical School Campus.

NIH Electronic Submission and Deep Blue
- January 11, 2007 from 9 – 11 am
- Merle Rosenzweig Health Sciences Libraries and Department of Human Genetics
- Jim Ottaviani, Coordinator, Deep Blue

Deep Blue and Intellectual Property (Copyright)
- January 18, 2007 from 9 – 11 am
- Paul Newman, University Library Intellectual Property Office

NIH Electronic Submission Process
- January 25, 2007 from 9 – 11 am
- Bob Beattie, Managing Senior Project Representative, Division of Research Development & Administration (DRDA)

More information, registration, directions, and updates will be posted at the following link.

NIH Electronic Grant Submission and How Deep Blue Can Help You: http://www.lib.umich.edu/taubman/grants0612/GrantWorkshopSeries.html

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December 09, 2006

NIDCR/CDC Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data Resource Center

For those of you not aware of this resource, it is worth checking out. The NIDCR/CDC DOCDRC contains a large amount of collated data on topics of interest, including:

- Dental Caries
- Dental Visits
- Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers
- Self-Assessed Oral Health Status
- Periodontal Assessment/Disease
- Usual Source of Dental Care
- Sealants
- Orofacial Pain
- Smokeless Tobacco Lesions
- Tobacco Use
- Tooth Loss
- Dental Insurance

They also include test instruments, a search engine to locate specific queries or data sets, and links to recommended resources. One example of these useful links is this new report from MMWR.

Surveillance for Dental Caries, Dental Sealants, Tooth Retention, Edentulism, and Enamel Fluorosis -- United States 1988-1994 and 1999-2002. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5403a1.htm

You may have previously encountered this useful resources as:

National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse: The Oral health database at the no longer functional URL of

This was a subsection of the Combined Health Information Database, which was discontinued September 2006.

We recently received notice that there is a new location for this, so please update your bookmarks!

The NIDCR/CDC Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data Resource Center (DRC) is moving to a new server!

During the transition to the new server, people attempting to access the DRC Web site may receive an error message, instead of being redirected to the new Web address.

Please update your bookmarks for the DRC's new URL -- http://drc.hhs.gov/ .

For more information please contact:
Pamela Martinez, MLS
Senior Research Librarian
NIDCR/CDC Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data Resource Center
2101 Gaither Rd., Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20850

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December 06, 2006

Neanderthal's Molars, Future Genius, Scientific Fraud, & Diagnosis in Diversity: Article Highlights from Science Journals

Interesting articles selected from new issues of Nature and Science. NOTE: You must be a UM patron to have access to these. If you are a UM patron and have trouble accessing the articles linked below, try using on on-campus computer, or accessing the articles from the Electronic Journals page.

Scientific American: Oral and Whole Body Health:

"It's a first step on the journey as we work together to uncover the most important and factual information there is regarding the important role good oral health can play in achieving whole body wellness."

How Neanderthal molar teeth grew
Roberto Macchiarelli et al.
Abstract: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v444/n7120/abs/nature05314.html

"Here we show that the timing of molar crown and root completion in Neanderthals matches those known for modern humans but that a more complex enamel–dentine junction morphology and a late peak in root extension rate sets them apart."

Futures: Awakening the genius within, Revolution in the head.
Daniel Gregory

"Teetering on the knife-edge, the humans struggled against the Inspiron and the talent that it could give them."

The right tools can save lives
Effective diagnosis, paired with treatment, for developing-world
diseases can have far-reaching impacts, says the Global Health
Diagnostics Forum.

"The Forum has defined the need and impact of diagnostics for six devastating disease groups. Now we challenge scientists, technology developers, funding agencies, policy-makers, international governmental and aid organizations, investors and diagnostic companies to work together to take this forward. A coordinated approach is needed so that appropriate diagnostics can achieve the promised impact."

Donald Kennedy
Responding to Fraud
Science 1 December 2006

"The committee was asked to make a thorough and unsparing analysis of Science's handling of both papers and to make recommendations for changes in procedure that might protect both the journal and the scientific community from further unfortunate outcomes of this kind.

The report, and a short response from Science, are available at www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/314/5804/1353/DC1."

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December 05, 2006

Health Statistics and More: NationMaster / StateMaster

Did you know that West Virginia ranks #1 of 52 for totally edentulous residents(43%), but 47 of 52 for residents who've had at least one visit to the dentist per calendar year?* The StateMaster website will give you not only that information, but will also provide supporting bar graphs and colored map plots to illustrate both concepts. StateMaster will even look for correlations between one data set and selected other datasets, such as number of dentists per state and the amount of education funding per state.

NationMaster is a similar tool that works with data from different countries. This means you can see that the United States ranks 29th of 30 for daily smokers (Austria is 1st) but 9th overall for deaths from cancer (with Austria a distant 13th). Obviously there is more to cancer than just smoking, eh? NationMaster appears to exclude data from South America, African, Middle East, East Asia, China, and Russia, at least for the topics I was checking. It seems to mostly compare data for 1st World countries. StateMaster includes all the American states and territories, and is more complete for scope, at this point in time. NationMaster has 168 health statistics topics and StateMaster has 262 (of 3,435 stats on other topics).

In addition to the data, charts, graphs, maps, and correlations, both these tools bring the information to you, not just making you go find what you want. Each page has at the top interesting tidbits or factoids. Examples included that nursing homes are better in Wisconsin and Alaska spends the most on education.

All in all, worth checking out!

NationMaster: http://www.nationmaster.com/

StateMaster: http://www.statemaster.com/

NationMaster: Health Statistics: http://www.nationmaster.com/cat/hea-health

StateMaster: Health Statistics: http://www.statemaster.com/cat/hea-health

* By the way, Michigan ranks #8 on annual dental visits and #39 on edentulous residents, with 17%. Michigan also ranks #18 for number of dentists per capita with 0.597 per 1,000 people, but #8 overall for the total number of dentists with 6,039.

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December 01, 2006

AIDS Day Posters

World AIDS Day is a time for awareness of how this disease has changed all of our lives, whether we know someone with AIDS, someone who died of AIDS or not.

Today's highlight is a collection of public health posters from the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library from UCLA.

UCLA: Darling Biomedical Library: AIDS Posters: http://digital.library.ucla.edu/aidsposters/

Here are some other interesting resources from libraries about AIDS & HIV.

UCSF Library: Galen: AIDS History Project: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collres/archives/ahp/

BUMC Medical Library: Boston AIDS Information Outreach Project: Finding HIV/AIDS Information on the Web Tutorial: http://med-libwww.bu.edu/library/tutorial/index.html

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