Pressing the Open Access Button

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on November 21, 2013 - 15:43

The world of open information is so new and humming with ideas that it’s hard to divine what’s likely to stick. This is a good place to check out some of the newest initiatives.

Here’s one:

The end of antibiotics, period?

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on November 7, 2013 - 22:27

Twenty years ago, I wrote a paper for my high school biology class on the not-much-discussed topic of antibiotic resistance. What I learned seemed like science fiction; due to overuse and improper use of antibiotics, we faced a return to the dark ages before penicillin, when a chance infection could easily spell death and doctors were largely helpless in the face of them.

Media release: Trends in HIV prevalence, new diagnoses, and mortality in Ontario

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on October 23, 2013 - 22:30

Open Medicine

A peer-reviewed, independent, open-access journal.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Trends in HIV prevalence, new HIV diagnoses, and mortality among adults with HIV who entered care in Ontario,1996/1997 to 2009/2010: a population-based study

About Science and open access

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on October 23, 2013 - 22:26
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In a clever sting operation, Science magazine revealed recently that many of the open access science journals that have proliferated in the last few years are not what they ought to be.

As you can read in much more detail here, the magazine worked with researchers to create a sham article, convincing in many ways but fundamentally flawed both ethically and in experimental design. Any competent peer reviewer should have caught the problems and rejected the article.

Dr. Loubani released from detention at last; still in Cairo

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on October 8, 2013 - 21:34
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We'd like to thank our readers who joined the tens of thousands of others who petitioned the Canadian government, called the Egyptian embassy and showed their support for our colleague, Dr. Tarek Loubani. As you will have heard by now, Tarek and filmmaker John Greyson (who was travelling with him on a medical mission to Gaza when the pair were arrested in Cairo) were released from prison on Sunday morning after fifty days in detention without charges.

On physician compensation

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on September 27, 2013 - 13:38
Today's Globe and Mail does put it neatly: "Canada has more doctors, making more money than ever". Although it really needs a much closer and sensitive look.

Yesterday, at the rally outside the Egyptian consulate in Montreal....

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on September 25, 2013 - 10:51

Outside the tallest skyscraper in Montreal, the mood was somber. Tuesday, September 24 marked the thirty-ninth day since two Canadians were arrested and arbitrarily imprisoned in Cairo on their way to the Gaza strip. Friends, family, colleagues and supporters of Tarek Loubani and John Greyson filled the corner of De la Gauchetière and Mansfield, under the shadow of the tower that houses the Egyptian consulate. They rallied for the immediate release of the two men, promising never to forget them.

Media release: Defining hospitalist physicians using clinical practice data

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on September 17, 2013 - 16:29

Open Medicine

A peer-reviewed, independent, open-access journal.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Defining hospitalist physicians using clinical practice data: a systems level pilot study of Ontario physicians.

Opening medicine

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on September 3, 2013 - 15:08
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If you’re on our Facebook group (and if you’re not, you should get on right away), or following this blog, or even if you ever read the daily newspaper, you’ll have heard about Tarek Loubani. Dr. Loubani is a London, Ontario emergency physician and humanitarian. He’s also Open Medicine’s technical advisor (he get our articles up on the web, and manages pretty much all other technical aspects of our bold venture into open access medical publishing).

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