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July 24, 2009


The Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Michigan are excited to offer the following new or returning databases for researchers, students, and health care professionals.

DynaMed (http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/V?func=native-link&resource=UMI06355) is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use primarily at the 'point-of-care'. It contains clinically organized summaries for more than 3,000 topics using evidence-based medicine. Unlike UpToDate, remote access (i.e., off-campus) is available.
Pediatric Care Online
Pediatric Care Online (http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/V?func=native-link&resource=UMI06353) is another point-of-care resource which integrates multiple pediatric resources including the new AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, Bright Futures (comprehensive health supervision guidelines), AAP Red Book information on over 200 childhood infectious diseases, a Signs & Symptoms Search, and hundreds of patient handouts with easy to read explanations for many conditions and procedures.
Dentistry and Oral Science Sources
Dentistry & Oral Science Sources
(http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/V?func=native-link&resource=UMI06357) covers all facets relating to the areas of dentistry including dental public health, endodontics, facial pain & surgery, odontology, oral & maxillofacial pathology/surgery/radiology, orthodontology, pediatric dentistry, periodontology, and prosthodontics. This database includes full-text.
EMBASE (http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/V?func=native-link&resource=UMI02345) is a biomedical and pharmacological bibliographic database, which provides access to citations and abstracts from biomedical and drug literature via EMBASE and Medline. It contains over 19 million indexed records from 7,000+ peer-reviewed journals, covering 1947 to date, with more than 600,000 additions annually.
ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
The ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source (http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/V?func=native-link&resource=UMI06141) database provides full text journals, evidence based resources, and dissertations to support the study of the many aspects of nursing or the allied health professions, including physical therapy, radiography, dietetics, dental hygiene, and the clinical laboratory sciences.
Scopus (http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/V?func=native-link&resource=UMI02035) is an abstract and citation database that provides access to nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals, 435 million scientific web pages, 23 million patent records, and "Articles-in-Press" from over 3,000 journals.
JAMAevidence (http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/V?func=native-link&resource=UMI05794) integrates available evidence with clinical experience. It includes Users' Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice (2nd edition) and The Rational Clinical Examination: Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis. This resource is jointly offered with financial support from the University of Michigan’s Office of Graduate Medical Education.
R2 Digital Library
R2 Digital Library (http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/V?func=native-link&resource=UMI06354) offers full-text access to over 120 premier health science ebooks in medicine, nursing, and dentistry.

For more information or assistance with using these databases, please contact the Health Sciences Libraries at hslibraries@umich.edu or call us at (734) 763-3071.

Posted by mchaffee at 11:02 AM | Comments (0)

July 21, 2009

Mendeley for Research Article & Citation Management

As part of our Bootcamp series and collaboration with the School of Dentistry, Carol Shannon recently presented on Mendeley as a tool for managing research article collections and citation. Slides are below, and the podcast version is available at the Bootcamp website as well as in iTunes. Continuing this series, we have Marisa Conte presenting on Zotero this Wednesday.

School of Dentistry Bootcamps: http://www.dent.umich.edu/informatics/bootcamp/

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July 06, 2009

Responding to cardiac arrest

"Disco Tune Saves Man's Life"

The one-minute PSA from the American Heart Association instructed listeners, in the event of cardiac arrest, to perform chest compressions very hard to the beat of the 1970s Bee Gees song "Stayin' Alive." When someone suffers cardiac arrest, as pop singer Michael Jackson did last week, the heart stops functioning completely, and brain death begins within four to six minutes if the victim doesn't receive help.
Many people are under the misconception they need formal training to help someone in cardiac arrest, says Allyson Perron, advocacy director for the American Heart Association in Massachusetts. She says while it's best to take a CPR class (they last about three and a half hours), just doing chest compressions can get a person's heart going again.

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July 03, 2009

Pandemic Influenza Storybook from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control has released a wonderful Flash online storybook providing personal stories and recollections from survivors of the 1918 and 1957 pandemics.

Pandemic Flu Storybook

Pandemic Influenza Storybook: http://www.cdc.gov/about/panflu/

Sections of the Flash-based storybook include:
- Courage and unbearable loss
- Where there's a will ...
- Sickness comes in hate ...
- 1957 Pandemic Flu

New stories are being added all the time, and people are invited to add stories from their families. One example, the story of Jennie O'Neal Givens tells the story of a teenager who, not understanding the situation, defies her mother to attend a dance during quarantine, which is followed by her mother dying of the flu.

The "Where there's a will" section tells stories of people making ends meet, making creative use of local resources to preserve health and promote survival. The section "Sickness comes in haste" describe the longterm personal impact of the pandemic, how people's lives were shaped, the memories that never left them, how these stories were passed on to their children and grandchildren.

This wonderful resource brings the issues to life, puts a human face on them. It is one of the best ways for people to visualize the implications and possible outcomes of the current pandemic, why the interventions are significant and what has worked best in the past.

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