July 01, 2010

Pubmed--Changes to the Clinical Queries Page

The Clinical Queries page now lets you preview the first five citations of your search results for three research areas, Clinical Study Categories, Systematic Reviews, and Medical Genetics. Clinical Study Categories and Medical Genetics now have drop-down menus for Categories, Scope, and Topic. You can make changes to these menus at any time to modify the results of your search. To see all your results, use the "See all" links under each column.

For more information, follow this link.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj10/mj10_clin_query.html

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April 15, 2009

New Options in UM-MEDSEARCH

Recently, a new version of the UM-MEDSEARCH was released with some useful changes in search history, publication limits, and search fields.


Search History
When you do a search now, you’ll see a new option under Actions. If you click on More, you’ll get a menu that will let you easily delete, save, or create auto-alerts & RSS feeds directly from that search. If your search returns no results, Delete will automatically appear.

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Publication Year Limit
It’s now possible to limit your search results by “Last Year”, “Last 2 Years” and so on. Click on the Additional Limits button; you’ll find this new limit set at the bottom of the limits page.

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You’ll also notice that there's a box on the left marked Star Ranking. Star Ranking operates only in the Basic Search option and indicates how relevant a particular reference is to the search terms that you entered.


Links to PDFs of Full-text Articles in Citations
When full-text is available at no charge in the database, you’ll see a PDF symbol in the citation record. This is convenient, but don’t forget to click on the MGet It button when you don’t see the PDF symbol—we’ve paid for you to have access to many more journals than are available through the database, and you won’t see the PDF symbol for these articles.

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Customizable Search Fields
Now you can create a search using only the specific fields you want. Simply click on Search Fields tab and a new window opens. Choose the fields you want to search (the default is af or “all fields”) by mousing over the field you want to add. Plus/minus signs appear; click on + to add a field or to delete a field.

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I’ve checked 3 fields here, then entered search terms in the search box immediately above (osteonecrosis OR bone cancer AND 2000).


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Click on Search (immediately below the search box). Here are the search results, with the fields that I chose indicated in the search (sh, hw, yr).

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April 14, 2009

Capture Web Page Data for Your RefWorks Account with RefGrab-It

RefWorks now has a web browser bookmarklet that lets you capture web page data easily. RefGrab-It is installed in your browser, so that you can click on the icon while browsing the web to collect information. RefWorks identifies the title and the URL of web page you’re on, then, in a new window, gives you the option to import the record into your RefWorks account. If an ISBN number, PubMed ID or DOI exist on the web page, RefGrab-It will automatically search various web resources (behind the scenes) to get supplemental information that you can also import, including references and RSS feeds.
Here’s the RefGrab-It icon in my browser window.

RefGrab-It

Click on the RefGrab-It icon and another page appears.

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Click Import to put the record in your library.


Here's another web page. There are 2 tabs, because there’s more information than just that for the web page.

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On the Other Info tab, you can see that I can import both references & an RSS feed. Please note: When importing references (not just web page information), you'll only be able to import the same number of references as is selected on the Search Online Databases page in RefWorks (the default is 50 references; for this page, I increased the number to 500).

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RefGrab-It can be downloaded from the Tools menu in RefWorks.

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April 07, 2009

RefWorks tip

Important for everyone who uses RefWorks: with the new version of Write-n-Cite (W-N-C 3) you can no longer use this tool & the "One Line/Cite" method of entering citations & formatting bibliographies in the same document. Very bad things happen! So choose the tool you want to use & use it consistently.

Questions? Please contact me or email hslibraries@umich.edu.

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March 10, 2009

ADA's New Evidence Based Dentistry Site

Of interest to our entire community, the American Dental Association has just released their new website on evidence-based dentistry.

ADA: EBD: http://ebd.ada.org/

ADA: Evidence Based Dentistry

The site includes a useful set of resources and tools, including: systematic reviews, clinical synopses of the evidence, recommendations from the ADA, resources and tools, as well as a community space.

ADA Evidence Based Dentistry

The community space is not terribly well developed at this point, being a new service, but I am very excited that it was included and eagerly anticipate richer expansion of this section. I sent this and a few other thoughts and suggestions. I hope that you will also send your thoughts to the ADA to help develop this new and valuable community resource in directions of the greatest value to the profession.

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May 25, 2008

Bootcamp Podcasts Available in Open.Michigan

I just discovered that selections from the podcast series I've been doing for the School of Dentistry have been released as collection in the Open.Michigan initiative. Here is more information.

https://bezak.umms.med.umich.edu/blog/2008/05/20/it-bootcamp-podcasts/

Explore other entries in the above blog for more materials from the School of Dentistry. Some very cool resources being made available!

Open.Michigan iTunesU Bootcamp Collection

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April 28, 2008

Tooth Whitening and How to Find Out About It

We received a comment on this blog today.

"Found this website, when I was looking for tooth whitening dentists (albeit a cheap one). But my question is really do the tooth whitening thing works. Can get that hollywood smile."

This is a very common question these days, one that concerns a lot of folk. Now, since we're librarians and not dentists, I am going to talk mostly about how one could search for this topic of interest, just highlighting a few interesting tools and techniques.

Most folks would start with Google. The question is what would you search for? Whiter teeth? Hollywood smile? Teeth whiteners? Tooth whitening? One of the hardest parts of any question is the time spent finding the right lingo to get at the answer you really want. In this case, it turns out that the phrase used by most of the professional sites in "tooth whitening" or "teeth whitening". Using either of those two in Google will take you to this page by the American Dental Association.

Oral Health Topics: Tooth Whitening Treatments:
http://www.ada.org/public/topics/whitening_faq.asp

This is good stuff. A nice tight overview that touches on the most important issues. What if it isn't quite what you wanted to know? If you wanted to know a little more, or a different level of information?

One nifty search engine for getting deeper into the medical internet is MedStory.

MedStory: Tooth Whitening

MedStory: Tooth Whitening: http://www.medstory.com/app?service=external&page=Search
&tc=r1&q=tooth+whitening&s=Web&af=true&c
=false&i=

In MedStory you can zip right in to good info by doing your search, clicking on the research tab, and then click on research articles. Good stuff, right off the bat, really easily.

Now, if you REALLY want the BEST information, you are going to look for systematic reviews on a topic. There are a few good ways to do this. One is to go to Cochrane, the gods of systematic reviews. Another way is to go to PubMed, and search your topic with systematic review.

If you go to Cochrane.org, navigate to the Oral Health group and look for toothe whitening, you will find this.

Cochrane: Oral Health Group: http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/topics/84_reviews.html

Hasson H, Ismail AI, Neiva G. Home-based chemically-induced whitening of teeth in adults. http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab006202.html

If you go to Pubmed, to find systematic reviews, go to the bluebar on the left side, click on Clinical Queries, scroll down the screen to Systematic Reviews, and then add you search your topic. If you do that, you'll find this.

Hasson H, Ismail AI, Neiva G. Home-based chemically-induced whitening of teeth in adults. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=D
etailsSearch&Term=17054282%5Buid%5D

Assuming this is the best article on the topic (which it is, in my personal humble opinion), you can read the abstract and find that the evidence is not yet clear on this topic. It seems to work most of the time, but often causes pain to the teeth and gums. But don't trust me, go read the article. :)

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March 05, 2008

Chemical Blog Aggregator ... and More!

A comment on an earlier post brought to my attention this really interesting aggregator for the Chemical Blogspace, appropriately named "Chemical Blogspace".

Chemical Blogspace: http://cb.openmolecules.net/

"Chemical blogspace collects data from tens of scientific chemistry blogs and then does useful and interesting things with it.
With Chemical blogspace, you can:
* Find, read and subscribe to new science blogs
* Find out what scientists are saying about the latest books and papers
* Read mini-reviews, conference reports or even original research
* See the buzz surrounding different websites
* Browse different subject areas - chemoinformatics, organic chemistry, ... see the 'Explore' options on the top right hand side of the page for more. "

It is the "interesting things" part of this that intrigues me. It includes molecular models, and allows you to browse the blog posts by chemical structure. Not being a chemist, I clicked on a shape that looked interesting to me. It turned out to be hydrocodone, more popularly known as Vicodan.

Chemical blogspace - Molecules: hydrocodone: http://cb.openmolecules.net/inchi.php?id=282

This pulled up two interesting posts that would normally not have been juxtaposed - one about an celebrity overdose death and the other about Chinese traditional herbal remedies. Wow! Now, tell me how else you find that there was a relationships between those dissimilar postings? Very interesting, and I could see this being a real timewaster for someone really into chemistry, biochemistry, and/or pharmacy.

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July 16, 2007

PostGenomic Science Blog Aggregator

For those who enjoyed our podcast on science blogs, here is a newly discovered resource to help make it easier to follow the science blogosphere -- PostGenomic.

PostGenomic is an aggregator -- a source that compiles or aggregates information from a variety of sources. In this case, PostGenomic collects information from a variety of science blogs, and repackages in a way to make them more useful. It has several very nice features, including (my favorite) the option to track your favorite blog postings and see who is talking about them. It collects science blogs across domains, so is broad in scope, but I have yet to visit their main page without finding something of interest. A marvelous resource!

PostGenomic: http://www.postgenomic.com/

Staying Current with Science Blogs & Wikis: Slides ; Podcast (zipped)

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June 21, 2007

What are the Top Dental Journals?

According to the 2006 Journal Citation Reports, here are the top ranked journals in dentistry, oral surgery & oral medicine.

BY IMPACT FACTOR:
#1: Critical Reviews in Oral Biology & Medicine
#2: Journal of Dental Research
#3: Journal of Endodontics

BY TOTAL CITES:
#1: Journal of Dental Research
#2: Journal of Periodontology
#3: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology & Endodontics

BY IMMEDIACY:
#1: Periodontology 2000
#2: British Dental Journal
#3: Journal of Clinical Periodontology

BY CITED HALF LIFE:
#1: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
#2: American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
#3: Angle Orthodontics

BY CURRENT ARTICLES:
#1: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
#2: Journal of Periodontology
#3: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology & Endodontics

Want to find out about the rest? Here's how to check yourself.

1. Dentistry Library homepage, top section
2. Click on WebOfKnowledge
3. Click on Journal Citation Reports
4. In left column: Select JCR Science Edition + choose year
NOTE: I don't see 2007 available yet
5. In right column: View by Subject Category
6. SUBMIT
7. Scroll down the category list to Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine
8. Choose sort by Impact Factor.
9. SUBMIT

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May 16, 2007

New Nanotech EBook (WOWIO)

Thanks to Deena (SoD) for mentioning WOWIO, a source of free e-books on a variety of topics. WOWIO offers many books as PDFs, which work on a variety of devices from computers to PDAs. Many of the books included in WOWIO come from major publishers, with Oxford University Press as one major contributor. WOWIO makes copyrighted books available for download with registration, but free of charge, both through partnerships and as a publisher in their own right.

One title they are currently highlighting is from Eric Drexler, who might be familiar as the co-author (with Marvin Minsky) of Engines of Creation, in addition to Nanosystems and Unbounding the Future: The Nanotechnology Revolution. WOWIO has published a 20th anniversary edition of Engines of Creation with new material included.

K. Eric Drexler: http://e-drexler.com/

WOWIO: http://www.wowio.com/

Drexler, K. Eric. Engines of Creation 2.0: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology - Updated and Expanded. WOWIO Books; ISBN: DREX-00001. 646 pages (February 2007). http://www.wowio.com/users/product.asp?bookid=503

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May 15, 2007

MI-Info: Public Health Informatics

MI-Info is an NIH grant funded project to bring core information and informatics skills to the public health workforce in Michigan through skills building tutorials and highlighted resources. Major tutorial topics include:

* Evidence Based Public Health
* Finding Health Statistics Online
* Searching the Internet
* Searching the Public Health Literature
* Staying Informed
* Health Education Resources

While the primary focus is on the public health workforce, these clear and easy-to-follow tutorials cover information skills much need by all health care workers and highlight both free resources as well as those limited to residents of the state Michigan. Highly recommended.

Michigan Informatics (MI-Info): informatics for the public health workforce: http://www.sph.umich.edu/mi-info/

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May 09, 2007

Quick Answers to Quick Questions: FactBites, Answers.com, and more

Sometimes you don't need or want a big Web search for your question -- all you want are a few statistics or a quick definition. At those times, you might be better off not using Yahoo or Google or any of the other big search engines. Instead go right to one of the many quick reference tools available online.

You've probably all heard of Wikipedia already, so I won't talk much about that. Answers.com partners with Wikipedia, Thesaurus.com, and several other online reference tools to combine these various resources in one place. Do a search at Answers.com, and find encyclopedia articles, dictionary definitions, translations, thesaurus terms, and more. Another quick option is FactBites. Personally, I enjoy FactBites when I want a collection of stats and definitions without a lot of digging. They give you the information, bulleted and easy to read, with a link and reference to the original source. Very tidy and easy to use.

Answers: answers.com
FactBites: factbites.com
Wikipedia: www.wikipedia.com

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May 02, 2007

FAQ: Why Aren't My Articles Listed?

Q:

I just browsed the mblog entry for the dental faculty publication list, but my recent publications are not listed. One is not even on the PubMed yet! What should I do?

A:

First off, let me describe how these lists are generated.

The Library has automatic searches that run everytime the OVID Medline database is updated. We have two searches, because we found that there was no methodology for one search that was truly inclusive of all our faculty. Both search strategies retrieve very different lists of articles.

The first search looks through all the dental literature published, and limits it to that with primary author addresses in Ann Arbor Michigan. Those are skimmed by the librarian to ensure that the address or names are for people in the School of Dentistry. Since many of our faculty have joint appointments with other schools on campus, we did not want to limit to just publications listed the School of Dentistry for their address. The flaw of this search is that it may include articles by people no longer at the School, but who listed this address before they left, and it will not include articles by faculty who are not listed as first authors.

The second search is a list of faculty names limited to addresses in Michigan. The School of Dentistry provided the Dentistry Library with a list of faculty associated with the School. This was a large search, and obviously can become dated as soon as people leave the school or new people arrive. If you are a new faculty member, please introduce yourself and we will try to add you to this search. The flaw of this search strategy, aside from datedness, is that many faculty names are similar or identical to names of other authors from other institutions. Because of authoring partnerships that cross institutional boundaries is not always possible to verify that two authors with the same last name and initials are or are not different people. Thus some articles might be listed that are by authors not from the School of Dentistry, or articles may not be listed that are from the School of Dentistry.

If you skim the dates of the articles that are listed, you may notice that many of them are a bit older than you might expect. This is because I wait to post them until they appear on Medline.

OVID Medline is often a month behind PubMed, and articles will appear on PubMed first. For dental articles, PubMed can range from immediate listing to up to 18 months post-publication. This depends in part on how busy things are at NLM, and in another part on the prestige and publication practices of the journal.

Basically, some journals provide pre-publication data to PubMed. Those articles will be listed in PubMed almost immediately, and will reach OVID Medline when they are fully cataloged. I don't know for certain, but I suspect that the catalogers might do these sooner since they have partial data and might be faster to complete. For those dental journals that do not provide pre-publication data to NLM, they will not appear in PubMed until after they have been fully cataloged. This can take several months. Some years ago, information available suggested you might wait 18 months before really worrying, but this may have changed since then. In any case, this delay is an excellent justification for hand searching when doing a systematic review.

What can you do about it? At the level of the individual article, you can't do much at all. While PubMed does have a way to contact them, this is useful primarily for reporting errors of the database content -- when there is a typo that is different than what was actually published in the journal, or when the cataloging doesn't match that for other similar articles. More information on how to contact NLM about PubMed is here.

PubMed: Contact the Help Desk: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/contacts/contact_pubmed.html

The most useful action you can take is to encourage the journals in which you publish and the professional associations of which you are a member to provide their pre-publication data to NLM for PubMed.

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April 26, 2007

The Google Books Project & the Dental Profession

While I was at the IADR meeting last month, I found myself having a number of conversations about the Google Books Project and the potential impact on the profession of dentistry.

Basically, here's the idea.

Based on the holdings in this library, I would estimate that approximately 4/5s of the professonal literature in dentistry is in journals. More and more of the journals are electronic, which is just dandy for those who have access to the Internet. Right? Well, yes, as long as what you want is in those electronic journals.

What sort of dental information is not in the journals? The basics and the cutting edge. What do I mean by basics? Standard clinical practice that has been being done the same way for so long that no one writes new articles about it. Research standards and methodologies. Information that would be in books, especially textbooks or reference books. For the cutting edge, this would include proceedings from meetings and technical reports from corporations, especially work on new materials, adverse events that did not get written up as case reports, and similar bits of information that tend to fall through the cracks. In the library profession would call that type of cutting edge material Grey Literature.

Increasingly, much of the grey literature is being made available via the Internet, so you can find many of those with a well-crafted search in a good search engine (such as Google and Yahoo) or in specialty databases (such as MAUDE from the FDA). It takes some digging, but you can get it.

But what about the classics and basics? Books are still more likely than not to be print only. Then came Google. Google is working through scanning the collections of the University of Michigan and many other libraries. Here, this is called the Michigan Digitization Project.

I'm going to skip the whole philosophical context for now, and just focus on the practical applications.

Google Books does not provide the fulltext of a book unless it is copyright-free or the copyright owner has given permission. Most of what would be useful and interesting to dentists is new stuff under copyright. For those items, all Google shows is a snippet from the page where it found the search phrase. (Again, please see the MDP page or About Google Books for the full description of what happens.)

How much is the snippet? Well, it looks a lot like the Google web search results -- just a couple lines of text. What use is that? Aha, well, it might be more useful than you think. No, the Google Book search won't just give you the whole text. However, right now one of the biggest challenges in finding that critical piece of information you need in one of the dental books is figuring out which book, which edition, which page, etcetera. That is the power of Google Books.

If you want to know what was the standard of clinical practice for third molar extraction in the 1960s (for example), you can find out -- without a trip to the Library! Here's how.

First, do a search in Google Books on third molar extraction.

Google Books: "third molar" extraction

You can find full text for books describing the older methods, such as these two.

Black, GV (Greene Vardiman).
Descriptive Anatomy of the Human Teeth
1897 (1902)

Brophy, Truman William.
Oral Surgery: A Treatise on the Diseases, Injuries and Malformations of the Mouth and Associated ...
1915

Let's say you'd really rather have something more current. Here is one example.

Koerner, Karl R. Manual of Minor Oral Surgery for the General Dentist. 2006.

Google Books will tell you that extraction of third molars is discussed on page 73. When you look at that page, available as a limited preview, you see a couple diagrams, a few paragraphs, and find that the title of the chapter is called, "Surgical Management of Impacted Third Molar Teeth." It gives you an index page showing third molar impactions being discussed on pages 48, 58, and 71. You check the Table of Contents, and find that the chapter goes from pages 49-80. Now that you know what you are looking for, it is a relatively simple matter to either purchase a copy of the book, request that the book be held for you or your secretary to pick up at the library, request the chapter via Interlibrary Loan if it isn't on campus, or phone/visit the library to see the book yourself.

Take home message? Think of Google Books as a way to discover just which book is the one you really want, then go get that book.

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January 30, 2007

Need Pics for Powerpoint? Check out Flickr -- History, Art, Pathology, Implants, and Much More

There are a lot of sources for images that you could use in your teaching, presentations, and research. You have probably already tried Google Images, which is one of the very finest image search engines. So, if Google Images is so cool, why do I want to talk about Flickr?

In Google Images, you do a search just like for web pages, by typing in keywords that describe what you want. Google finds images that have that word near the image. Sometimes the image is right on target, sometimes it is really strange. In Google Image searches there is also the question of licensing, how to find out who owns the image, is it copyrighted, and can you get permission to use it. Answering those questions can take a lot of work.

In Flickr, you can search, just like in Google, but that isn't the best feature. What makes Flickr so powerful are three main factors.

First, currency. People tend to be loading new images every day of events right around them. This has made Flickr a popular source of images for low end or local news media.

Second, groups. People with similar interests will add their images to a shared collection. Find the collection or group that matches, and you have a much better chance of finding an image that meets your need. This also puts you in touch with people who are creating the type of images you want and find useful, and you can follow that person's new work, if you wish. Flickr will even let you search for pictures just in a group.

For example, the Dentistry Library and Sindecuse Museum are both adding images to a Flickr group for images on the history and art of dentistry. You can go to that group and search for "GV Black" or "Jonathan Taft" or Michigan or bitemark or ... well, you get the idea. If you search in "dentalhistory" for "Michigan", what you find will be more connected with dentistry in Michigan than if you searched "Michigan" in either all of Flickr or Google.

Flickr: History & Art of Dentistry: http://www.flickr.com/groups/dentalhistory/

Third, licensing. In Flickr, the authors are allowed to define the level of access and licensing they wish attached to their images. As soon as you find an image, you can check to see what is expected and what you can or cannot do with the image. Now, this has its good parts and less good parts. Some people choose to block their images from showing to anyone who does not have a Flickr account. Just remember, that if you want to see everything, you might want to consider joining Flickr -- it's free! If you have a Flickr account, you can send messages to someone to ask permission to use one of their images, even if you don't know their e-mail address, so that is another advantage.

Here are some other dental-themed Flickr groups.

Dental Photography: http://flickr.com/groups/12745983@N00/

Street Dentistry: http://flickr.com/groups/streetdentistry/

Dentistry: http://flickr.com/groups/88473280@N00/

The Dentistry Library is planning to have a class on Flickr in the Bootcamp series, so please stay tuned!

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January 29, 2007

Head's Up: Glucosamine links Atherosclerosis, Diabetes, Arthritis

Glucosamine is a popular over the counter treatment to allieve joint pain in arthritis. Glucosamine has also been receiving increasing attention in the research literature as a potential cause of diabetes. It is also linked to atherosclerosis. Glucosamine has been proposed as an ingredient in a 'vitamin cocktail' for treating Ehlers-Dahlos patients. Might it be possible that this could be another factor connecting this cluster of systemic diseases often associated with periodontitis?

Here is a recent article from UM researchers on this topic, stating that for now it is considered safe for diabetics to use glucosamine.


Stumpf JL (jlstumpf@umich.edu), Lin SW.
Effect of glucosamine on glucose control.
Ann Pharmacother. 2006 Apr;40(4):694-8. Epub 2006 Mar 28.
PMID: 16569816 [Requires UM login]

"Small, short-term studies suggest that glucosamine may be used in selected patients without affecting glucose control; however, data in patients with diabetes mellitus are limited, and close monitoring for potential changes in glucose control is recommended."

Here are just a couple examples of the literature debating this relatively new topic.

Robertson LA, Kim AJ, Werstuck GH.
Mechanisms linking diabetes mellitus to the development of atherosclerosis: a role for endoplasmic reticulum stress and glycogen synthase kinase-3.
Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2006 Jan;84(1):39-48.
PMID: 16845889 [Requires UM Login]

"We hypothesize that the accumulation of intracellular glucosamine observed in conditions of chronic hyperglycaemia may promote atherogenesis via a mechanism involving dysregulated protein folding, activation of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, and increased glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3 activity."

Buse MG. Hexosamines, insulin resistance, and the complications of diabetes: current status.
Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Jan;290(1):E1-E8. Review.
PMID: 16339923 [Free]

"There are numerous papers showing a correlation between increased flux through HBP and insulin resistance; however, the causal relationship has not been established. More recent experiments in mice overexpressing GFAT in muscle and adipose tissue or exclusively in fat cells suggest that the latter develop in vivo insulin resistance via cross talk between fat cells and muscle. Although the relationship between HBP and insulin resistance may be quite complex, it clearly deserves further study in concert with its role in the complications of diabetes."

WANT MORE?

PubMed Search: glucosamine diabetes etiology

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January 08, 2007

Upcoming Classes: Omics Databases

The Health Sciences Libraries and the Shapiro Science Library are offering a series of four workshops entitled Introduction to NCBI Resources. Sessions will cover Entrez, Blast, Genes, Genomes, and Proteins databases and will be held over the noon-hour in 2802 Med Sci II.

Introduction to NCBI Resources: Overview and Entrez -- March 8, 2006
Introduction to NCBI Resources: BLAST -- March 15, 2006
Introduction to NCBI Resources: Genes and Genomes -- March 22, 2006
Introduction to NCBI Resources: Proteins -- March 29, 2006

For complete descriptions and registration, please see Winter workshops on the Taubman Library website at http://www.lib.umich.edu/taubman/

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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 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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November 28, 2006

Dentists Seeking Information via Google

Here is a very interesting study about dentists and how they use Google (and other information resources), right on the heels of the recent BMJ study of doctors using Google for diagnosing difficult cases.

Landry, Carol Fay. Work roles, tasks, and the information behavior of dentists. JASIST December 2006 57(14):1896-1908.
Link for UM patrons

"Developing an information framework is one technique dentists have applied to their seeking strategies. ... Google was favored by study participants as the means to develop this type of framework."

"Textbooks were the preferred source for the patient management/service provider task, professional associations were favored for CDE/student and patient education/educator tasks, vendors and sales representatives were first for the practice management/administrator task, and colleagues and journals were chosen for the research task."

"Although dentists continue to rely on traditional sources for their authority and accessibility, the Internet has emerged as an important adjunct in the information process because of its convenience and accessibility and the belief in the currency of found information. ... However, despite its ability to provide information quickly and conveniently, the Internet is not considered by dentists to be without flaws. Irrelevant, promotional, and questionable information flourish online. Recognizing these limitations allows one to consider the Internet a tool to augment rather than replace traditional information sources. Cross-referencing and framework building illustrate these findings. Still, the Internet is not embraced by all. An underlying current suggests that maintaining a personal connection with people remains important to a segment of this population and should not be ignored."

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Today's Students & Critical Thinking Skills

As a follow-up to Sharon Grayden's excellent presentation last week in the School's Bootcamp series ("Preparing for a New Generation of Learners"), here are some new reports and data from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) about the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary students.

ETS: College Students Fall Short in Demonstrating the ICT Literacy Skills Necessary for Success in College and the Workplace
PDF [60KB]: http://www.ets.org/Media/Products/ICT_Literacy/pdf/2006_Preliminary_Findings.pdf

"Despite the assumption that today's college students are tech savvy and ICT literate, preliminary research released by ETS today shows that many students lack the critical thinking skills to perform the kinds of information management and research tasks necessary for academic success."

Also of potential interest, the ETS Education Issues 2007 publication.

ETS: Education Issues 2007
PDF [1.3 MB]: http://www.ets.org/Media/Education_Topics/pdf/candbrief2007.pdf

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November 21, 2006

SlideShare.net: Ready, Set, Present!

Dr. X. Pertise agreed to speak to a university group at a meeting that is coming up in two days, on a broad topic peripherally related to his own research, but for which he doesn't have appropriate slides. Dr. P. thought there would be plenty of time to just put together something quick, but something unexpected has gone haywire in the lab at the last minute. He doesn't have time to make presentation slides, so he logs onto SlideShare and looks to see if there is a presentation by anyone he knows on this topic, that he could repurpose for this talk, with appropriate attribution to the original author. A few quick keyword searches, and he has found one presentation that has some good images, another presentation with a good conceptual outline, and some recommended resources that he can easily enrich. He knows the authors, so he contacts them to request a copy of their slides. In the meantime, he sends the links to his assistant, and asks them to start assembling new presentation slides that incorporate these bits. Later, he will quickly reorganize the information the way he wants it for the presentation.

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Does this sound too good to be true? Pie-in-the-sky futuring? Well, tah-dah! The future has arrived. SlideShare.net allows people to share their slide presentations. It does not allow people to download the slides, only view them online, but that still can be very useful when assembling ideas in a time-dependent situation. SlideShare is a new service, so the content is still very much growing. Some of the best content is from organizations and government institutions that provide free information as advocates for a specific topic.

Still, you might be surprised what you can find. Examples include presentations on HIPAA and e-mail, four-handed dentistry, medical ethics, professionalism and education, bioinformatics, genomics, the semantic web, craniofacial anomalies, tissue engineering, drug development, and more.

The search interface is particularly sloppy, so you have to do a fair amount of digging once you get to the results. The more specific language is more useful in this circumstance. Like any of the Web 2.0 tools, the quality of what is findable will depend on people who are willing to share their content. If this would be a useful resource to have in the future, consider if it is worth sharing something of yours to make it more useful now.

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November 10, 2006

Googling for a Diagnosis?

This new article from BMJ has some possibly surprising findings. Previous understanding of web search engines were that simply entering a list of symptoms was as likely to come back with the wrong diagnosis as anything else. Evidently the knowledgebase and results rankings have improved to the point where this is not necessarily the case for a searcher with a strong medical background.

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Hangwi Tang & Jennifer Hwee Kwoon Ng
Googling for a diagnosis--use of Google as a diagnostic aid: internet based study.
BMJ, doi:10.1136/bmj.39003.640567.AE (published 10 November 2006)
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/bmj.39003.640567.AEv1

Objective: To determine how often searching with Google (the most popular search engine on the world wide web) leads doctors to the correct diagnosis.

Results: Google searches revealed the correct diagnosis in 15 (58%, 95% confidence interval 38% to 77%) cases.

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October 25, 2006

Bisphosphonates and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

In support of yesterday's excellent and well attended presentation by Dr. Joseph Helman, we would like to offer the following selected resources on bisphosphonates and osteonecrosis of the jaw. Sections below include information for patients, for practitioners, and articles from the professional literature.

Please note that while links to articles and abstracts are provided as possible, to get access to the full article you may need to navigate to the article from a UM Library service. One way to do this would be to enter PubMed from a UM web page, log in if off campus, and then enter the PMID number. Go to the bottom of the resulting page, and click on the block-M.

For those who would like more information, custom searches in PubMed are provided.


* INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS

ADA: Oral Health Topics: Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: http://www.ada.org/public/topics/osteonecrosis.asp

AGD: Treatment drug may cause jaw bone to die: http://www.agd.org/media/2006/june/treatment.asp

NIAMS: Oral Health and Bone Disease: http://www.niams.nih.gov/bone/hi/oralhealth_bone.htm


* INFORMATION FOR PROFESSIONALS

ADA: A-Z Topics: Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: http://www.ada.org/prof/resources/topics/osteonecrosis.asp

ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. Expert Panel Recommendations: Dental Management of Patients on Oral Bisphosphonate Therapy. June 2006. [PDF, 159K]

Migliorati CA, Casiglia J, Epstein J, Jacobsen PL, Siegel MA, Woo SB. Managing the care of patients with bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis: an American Academy of Oral Medicine position paper. Abstract.
J Am Dent Assoc. 2005 Dec;136(12):1658-68. Review. Erratum in: J Am Dent Assoc. 2006 Jan;137(1):26.
PMID: 16383047

NIDCR: Oral Care Provider's Reference Guide for Oncology Patients: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/HealthInformation/DiseasesAndConditions/CancerTreatmentAndOralHealth/Oral%20Care%20Providers%20Reference%20Guide%20for%20Oncology%20Patients.htm


* ARTICLES

Badros A, Weikel D, Salama A, Goloubeva O, Schneider A, Rapoport A, Fenton R, Gahres N, Sausville E, Ord R, Meiller T.
Osteonecrosis of the jaw in multiple myeloma patients: clinical features and risk factors. Abstract.
J Clin Oncol. 2006 Feb 20;24(6):945-52.
PMID: 16484704

Lacy MQ, Dispenzieri A, Gertz MA, Greipp PR, Gollbach KL, Hayman SR, Kumar S, Lust JA, Rajkumar SV, Russell SJ, Witzig TE, Zeldenrust SR, Dingli D, Bergsagel PL, Fonseca R, Reeder CB, Stewart AK, Roy V, Dalton RJ, Carr AB, Kademani D, Keller EE, Viozzi CF, Kyle RA.
Mayo clinic consensus statement for the use of bisphosphonates in multiple myeloma.
Mayo Clin Proc. 2006 Aug;81(8):1047-53. Review.
PMID: 16901028

Marx RE, Sawatari Y, Fortin M, Broumand V.
Bisphosphonate-induced exposed bone (osteonecrosis/osteopetrosis) of the jaws: risk factors, recognition, prevention, and treatment. Abstract.
J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2005 Nov;63(11):1567-75.
PMID: 16243172

Nase JB, Suzuki JB.
Osteonecrosis of the jaw and oral bisphosphonate treatment. Abstract.
J Am Dent Assoc. 2006 Aug;137(8):1115-9; quiz 1169-70.
PMID: 16873327

Ruggiero SL, Mehrotra B, Rosenberg TJ, Engroff SL.
Osteonecrosis of the jaws associated with the use of bisphosphonates: a review of 63 cases.Abstract.
J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2004 May;62(5):527-34.
PMID: 15122554

Scully C, Madrid C, Bagan J.
Dental endosseous implants in patients on bisphosphonate therapy. Abstract.
Implant Dent. 2006 Sep;15(3):212-8.
PMID: 16966893


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Pubmed Search: Bisphosphonates and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

Pubmed Search (Free Full Text Only): Bisphosphonates and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

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September 27, 2006

Help Submitting Manuscripts to NIH

From NIH, NLM and the NIH Manuscript Submission System, there is a new online help system and user's guide to assist Principal Investigators and others in the online NIH submission process.

The NIHMS System User's Guide to Submitting a Manuscript: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=helpnihms.chapter.users

"This user's guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to submit and approve manuscripts so that they may be placed in PMC for permanent archiving."

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July 19, 2006

Omics E-Books (Omics Series, 8)

Genomics, as a discipline or research field, is more mature than either proteomics or nanotechnology. This, combined with the observation that books usually represent a later stage in the life of an idea, justifies why most of the online or free e-books are about genomics. For this reason, today's selections are not organized in the three groups we have used in the other blog entries of this series. Instead, you will find a list of selected recent electronic books on a variety of Omics topics and other matters of interest to Omics researchers. As this is a small sampling, at the end of this entry are suggested tools and techniques for discovering additional books available online.


Ensuring an Infectious Disease Workforce: Education and Training Needs for the 21st Century - Workshop Summary. 2006. http://www.nap.edu/books/0309100100/html/51.html

GeneReviews. Pagon, Roberta A., Editor-in-chief; Cassidy, Suzanne B.; Bird, Thomas C.; Dinulos, Mary Beth; Feldman, Gerald L.; Smith, Richard J.H.; Dolan, Cynthia R.; Associate editors; Baskin, Patricia K., Technical editor. Seattle (WA): University of Washington; c1993-2006. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=gene.TOC

Genes and Disease. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US), NCBI. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=gnd.TOC&depth=2

Genetic Landscape of Diabetes. Dean, Laura; McEntyre, J.R. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US), NCBI; 2004 Jun. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=diabetes.TOC&depth=1

Genomes 2nd ed. Brown, T.A. New York and London: Garland Science; c2002. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=genomes.TOC&depth=2

Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics. Edited by: Edward R. Dougherty, Ilya Shmulevich, Jie Chen, and Z. Jane Wang. 2005. http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN9775945070&id=0YGlW6Oo2kMC&printsec=frontcover

Globalization, Biosecurity, and the Future of the Life Sciences. 2006. http://www.nap.edu/openbook/0309100321/html/index.html

Human ATP-Binding Cassette (ABC) Transporter Superfamily. Dean, Michael. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US), NCBI; 2002 Nov. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=mono_001.TOC&depth=2

Human Molecular Genetics 2, 2nd ed. Strachan, Tom and Read, Andrew P. New York and London: Garland Science; c1999. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=hmg.TOC&depth=2

Implications of Nanotechnology for Environmental Health Research. 2005. http://www.nap.edu/openbook/0309095778/html/index.html

Informing the Future: Critical Issues in Health, Third Edition. 2005. http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11469.html

Introduction to Genetic Analysis, 7th ed. Griffiths, Anthony J.F.; Miller, Jeffrey H.; Suzuki, David T.; Lewontin, Richard C.; Gelbart, William M. New York: W. H. Freeman & Co.; c1999. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=iga.TOC

KEGG: Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes. http://www.genome.jp/kegg/

KEGG2: Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes, 2nd edition. http://www.genome.jp/kegg/kegg2.html

KIR Gene Cluster. Carrington, Mary; Norman, Paul. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US), NCBI; 2003. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=mono_003.TOC&depth=2

Making Babies: reproductive decisions and genetic technologies, 31 January 2006. http://www.hgc.gov.uk/Client/document.asp?DocId=112&CAtegoryId=8

Mapping Protein/DNA Interactions by Cross-Linking. Paris: Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM); c2001. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=inserm.TOC

Medical Biotechnology: Achievements, Prospects and Perceptions. By Albert Sasson. http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN9280811142&id=WjC_e27xgUEC&printsec=titlepage

Modern Genetic Analysis. Griffiths, Anthony J.F.; Gelbart, William M.; Miller, Jeffrey H.; Lewontin, Richard C. New York: W. H. Freeman & Co.; c1999. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=mga.TOC

Molecular Imaging and Contrast Agent Database. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US), NCBI; 2004-2005. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=micad.TOC

Nanotechnology for the Intelligence Community. 2005. http://www.nap.edu/openbook/0309096650/html/index.html

National Academies: Keck Futures Initiative. Designing Nanostructures at the Interface between Biomedical and Physical Systems: Conference Focus Group Summaries. 2005. http://www.nap.edu/openbook/0309096685/html/index.html

National Academies: Keck Futures Initiative. The Genomic Revolution -- Implications for Treatment and Control of Infectious Disease: Working Group Summaries. 2006. http://www.nap.edu/openbook/0309101093/html/index.html

Proceedings from the Workshop on Biomedical Materials at the Edge: Challenges in the Convergence of Technologies. 2006. http://www.nap.edu/openbook/030910209X/html/index.html

Reaping the Benefits of Genomic and Proteomic Research: Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation, and Public Health. 2006. Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP); Science, Technology, and Law (STL). http://www.nap.edu/openbook/0309100674/html/index.html

Regenerative Medicine (Sackler NAS Colloquium). PNAS September 30, 2003; 100 (Suppl. 1). http://www.pnas.org/content/vol100/suppl_1/

Sequence - Evolution - Function: Computational Approaches in Comparative Genomics. Koonin, Eugene V; Galperin, Michael Y. Norwell (MA): Kluwer Academic Publishers; c2003. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?call=bv.View..ShowTOC&rid=sef.TOC&depth=1

Small Wonders, Endless Frontiers: A Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative. 2002. http://www.nap.edu/openbook/0309084547/html/index.html

Utilization of genomic information for tropical disease drug and vaccine discovery. Report of a WHO/TDR Scientific Working Group, Geneva, 18-20 February 1998. http://www.who.int/tdr/publications/publications/genomic.htm

* WANT MORE?

Today's selections primarily highlight resources available free to the world via the Internet. There are many other excellent electronic books that are included in the collections of our libraries. To discover these, go into Mirlyn, click on "Command Language", then copy and paste in the following search string.

( WRD=( omics OR genomics OR proteomics OR nanotechnology ) ) and WTP=( CF | CE ) and WTP=BK


To discover additional free electronic books, try first browsing the collections available via the National Academies Press and the PubMed Bookshelf. Those include only peer-reviewed materials, usually of exceptional quality. It is also possible to search Google or WikiBooks to discover fulltext books online in various topics. Example searches are included below.

National Academies Press: http://www.nap.edu/

NCBI: PubMed: Bookshelf: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=Books&itool=toolbar

Google Books: Genomics: http://books.google.com/books?q=genomics&btnG=Search+Books&as_brr=1

Google Books: Proteomics: http://books.google.com/books?q=proteomics&btnG=Search+Books&as_brr=1

WikiBooks: Proteomics: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Proteomics

WikiBooks: Proteomics and Drug Discovery: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Proteomics/Proteomics_and_Drug_Discovery

Google Books: Nanotechnology: http://books.google.com/books?q=nanotechnology&btnG=Search+Books&as_brr=1

Wikibooks: Nanotechnology: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Nanotechnology

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June 30, 2006

New in PubMed: Related Articles Enhanced

Are you one of the many people using PubMed as your preferred source for Medline searching? Patrons who choose PubMed over OVID for MEDLINE access have told me there are two favorite features of PubMed that contribute to this choice. One is the "Single Citation Matcher" and the other is the "Related Articles" option. Well, the "Related Articles" option has just been improved.

Previously, you would do a search, and then select an article you wanted to look at, such as this one by Laurie McCauley.

McCauley LK, Tozum TF, Kozloff KM, Koh-Paige AJ, Chen C, Demashkieh M, Cronovich H, Richard V, Keller ET, Rosol TJ, Goldstein SA.
Transgenic models of metabolic bone disease: impact of estrogen receptor deficiency on skeletal metabolism.
Connect Tissue Res. 2003;44 Suppl 1:250-63.
PMID: 12952206

In the listing of articles, beside the author names, you would see the words "Related Articles, Links" as active links. If you clicked on "Related Articles", you would then receive a new list of articles that begins with the article you selected. This list is usually very long. For example, today, using the McCauley article above as the jumping-off point, there are 646 related articles.

So, what has changed? Let's say you don't want 646 related articles, at least not to start with. You have an article of interest, perhaps you might think of it as a target article. From the list, you would normally click on the authors for the target article, and this will put you in to the Abstract Display (including citation, PMID, contact information and abstract). Above the article citation, is a menu with a variety of options to customize your display. There is a new option in the "Display" menu -- "AbstractPlus". With this choice, the display gives you a blend of the "Abstract" display and the "Related Articles" -- you will see the top 5 related articles displayed beside the abstract. For the McCauley article that is our target article, these are shown like this:

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Related Links

Effects of sex steroid receptor specificity in the regulation of skeletal metabolism. [Calcif Tissue Int. 2004] PMID: 15037970
Estrogen receptor specificity in the regulation of the skeleton in female mice. [J Endocrinol. 2001] PMID: 11691642
Female estrogen receptor beta-/- mice are partially protected against age-related trabecular bone loss. [J Bone Miner Res. 2001] PMID: 11499861
Effect of osteoblast-targeted expression of bcl-2 in bone: differential response in male and female mice. [J Bone Miner Res. 2005] PMID: 16007339
Estrogen responsiveness of bone formation in vitro and altered bone phenotype in aged estrogen receptor-alpha-deficient male and female mice. [Eur J Endocrinol. 2005] PMID: 15745940

See all Related Articles...
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A nice feature! Try it out ...

Posted by pfa at 08:16 AM | Comments (0)

New in PubMed: Related Articles Enhanced

Are you one of the many people using PubMed as your preferred source for Medline searching? Patrons who choose PubMed over OVID for MEDLINE access have told me there are two favorite features of PubMed that contribute to this choice. One is the "Single Citation Matcher" and the other is the "Related Articles" option. Well, the "Related Articles" option has just been improved.

Previously, you would do a search, and then select an article you wanted to look at, such as this one by Laurie McCauley.

McCauley LK, Tozum TF, Kozloff KM, Koh-Paige AJ, Chen C, Demashkieh M, Cronovich H, Richard V, Keller ET, Rosol TJ, Goldstein SA.
Transgenic models of metabolic bone disease: impact of estrogen receptor deficiency on skeletal metabolism.
Connect Tissue Res. 2003;44 Suppl 1:250-63.
PMID: 12952206

In the listing of articles, beside the author names, you would see the words "Related Articles, Links" as active links. If you clicked on "Related Articles", you would then receive a new list of articles that begins with the article you selected. This list is usually very long. For example, today, using the McCauley article above as the jumping-off point, there are 646 related articles.

So, what has changed? Let's say you don't want 646 related articles, at least not to start with. You have an article of interest, perhaps you might think of it as a target article. From the list, you would normally click on the authors for the target article, and this will put you in to the Abstract Display (including citation, PMID, contact information and abstract). Above the article citation, is a menu with a variety of options to customize your display. There is a new option in the "Display" menu -- "AbstractPlus". With this choice, the display gives you a blend of the "Abstract" display and the "Related Articles" -- you will see the top 5 related articles displayed beside the abstract. For the McCauley article that is our target article, these are shown like this:

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Related Links

Effects of sex steroid receptor specificity in the regulation of skeletal metabolism. [Calcif Tissue Int. 2004] PMID: 15037970
Estrogen receptor specificity in the regulation of the skeleton in female mice. [J Endocrinol. 2001] PMID: 11691642
Female estrogen receptor beta-/- mice are partially protected against age-related trabecular bone loss. [J Bone Miner Res. 2001] PMID: 11499861
Effect of osteoblast-targeted expression of bcl-2 in bone: differential response in male and female mice. [J Bone Miner Res. 2005] PMID: 16007339
Estrogen responsiveness of bone formation in vitro and altered bone phenotype in aged estrogen receptor-alpha-deficient male and female mice. [Eur J Endocrinol. 2005] PMID: 15745940

See all Related Articles...
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A nice feature! Try it out ...

Posted by pfa at 08:16 AM | Comments (0)

June 09, 2006

ISI Web Of Knowledge Update

The Web of Knowledge / Web of Science resource from ISI has again dramatically expanded their historical searching capability. A few years ago, they shifted their earliest date to 1945, and we were impressed with that. Now they have shifted it back to 1900, an absolutely astonishing feat. In the database you would select for searching:

Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)--1900-present

This will dramatically improve access to formative research, and is a very exciting resource for those tracking the intellectual heritage of their research concepts. Obviously, this is an absolute must for scientific historians of any sort.

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May 23, 2006

Rollyo: Search Like an Expert

I have been playing with a new-to-me folksonomy tool. Rollyo stands for "roll your own search engine." The idea, as I understand it, is that an expert in any area quickly finds that they are going to the same sites over and over again. Rollyo allows you to collect a group of sites that are your favorites for a specific type of task, and then search them all at once. It limits you to 25 sites in a list.

Here are a few examples I've put together. The first one selected reputable consumer health information sources to search for information for dental patients. The second one searches vendors selling historic and out-of-print medical and dental books. The third one searches free fulltext books online for the word, phrase, or concept of your choosing. I use this to find curious quotes to enliven my professional presentations and publications.

Rollyo: pfa: Dental Consumer Health Search Engine: http://rollyo.com/pfa/dental_consumer_health/

Rollyo: pfa: Antiquarian Medical Books: http://rollyo.com/pfa/antiquarian_medical_books/

Rollyo: pfa: Do-It-Yourself Quotations from Original Sources: http://rollyo.com/pfa/diy_quotes_from_sources/

Just imagine what you could do! I promise you, I'll be doing more of these, and will share those relevant to the dental community.

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April 10, 2006

NLM Resource on Finding Grants

The National Library of Medicine has a new resource for persons hunting information about available grants.

NLM: FAQ: Grant Information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/grant_info.html

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