Data mining in medicine

Submitted by Dean Giustini on October 30, 2007 - 02:47

Medicine is an information-intensive profession. There are patient charts and histories, research literature and evidence. Data mining should integrate epidemiological and patient information with the best in EBM. In a sense, data mining is part of the systematic review process, and meta-analyses but there may be a significant portion that we, as information professionals, are missing out on.

From Global to Local Health - Vancouver Sun Series

Submitted by Dean Giustini on October 27, 2007 - 12:36

It's called glocalization, and is summed up by the phrase Think globally and act locally. In the context of managing your own health issues, what matters is being a responsible global citizen with local context. Understanding how your personal health is related to global health issues, even if they do not affect you or your family directly - such as global warming and infectious disease - is also key to your own health promotion and well-being.

Profile - UofT Med Student, Brodie Ramin, on Global Health

Submitted by Dean Giustini on October 20, 2007 - 15:58

[img_assist|nid=106|title=Brodie in Tanzania|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=142|height=152]Profile of a University of Toronto Medical Student - Brodie Ramin

Global health issue October 22nd, 2007

Submitted by Dean Giustini on October 18, 2007 - 23:27

On October 22nd, 2007 Open Medicine will join more than 230 scientific journals from around the world to publish articles devoted to global health. Some of the most important health issues that we are facing globally include the implications of war and civil unrest, the spread of HIV/AIDS, infectious disease, physician brain drain from developing countries, climate change and children's/ women's health.

Meta-analysis of point-of-care devices - today's article on OM

Submitted by Dean Giustini on October 16, 2007 - 21:11

The editors at Open medicine have been busy working on a meeting in Toronto, planning for the future of the journal and publishing. I think today's article is especially useful. I also appreciate, from my perspective as a medical librarian, the structured abstract for the meta-analysis. Enjoy!

"Safety and effectiveness of point-of-care monitoring devices in patients on oral anticoagulant therapy: a meta-analysis."

Citing Medicine - the NLM Style Guide for Editors & Authors

Submitted by Dean Giustini on October 14, 2007 - 02:59

The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) 2007 edition of its style guide Citing Medicine for authors, editors and publishers has just been published. There are 26 chapters, each one representing bibliographic formats ranging from print publications such as books and journals to blogs and wikis. Both published and unpublished materials are included, and print and digital content.

MedFriendly Blog Explores 'Unfriendly' Doctor Visits

Submitted by Dean Giustini on October 13, 2007 - 14:53

Dominic Carone, a neuropsychologist, is the founder of MedFriendly blog and (Perhaps I should do a critique later of his website?)

Carone lists 5 things he doesn't like about seeing doctors (see below), followed by a list about seeing dentists.  Are we having fun, yet? Perhaps we should devise a list of 5 things we don't like about seeing psychologists!

Five Things I Can't Stand About Going to the Doctor

Open access is a new world

Submitted by Dean Giustini on October 13, 2007 - 14:33

The University of Ottawa recently hosted a workshop entitled Open Access: the New World of Research Communication. I'd like to point out that two presentations are available: