Codename 'Weaver' - Here comes Google Health

Submitted by Dean Giustini on August 17, 2007 - 22:47

That Google would eventually venture into health-related Web searching was no surprise to medical librarians. We encouraged it, so this week's leak is confirmation of the search giant's direction on Google health - codename "Weaver" - and that its release may be close. However, news that digitization of patient records is part of the project is news to many.

Regional differences in Canadian patients with BRCA1 or 2 - Metcalfe et al

Submitted by Dean Giustini on August 15, 2007 - 00:22
The editors at Open Medicine are pleased to announce the publication of the following study of 672 Canadian women with either BRCA1 or BRCA2.
"Variation in rates of uptake of preventive options by Canadian women carrying the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation" [pdf file]

Reporting of clinical trials - CONSORT

Submitted by Dean Giustini on August 8, 2007 - 10:35

One way to counteract falsehoods and lack of transparency in medical research is to use the new CONSORT statement.

The Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) comprises a number of initiatives developed by the CONSORT Group. Their raison d'etre is to alleviate the problems arising from inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

iPhone to gPhone - Google must go mobile

Submitted by Dean Giustini on August 5, 2007 - 19:06

the gPhoneAnything technology-oriented on the Open Medicine blog gets lots o' buzz (see the Top Ten Technology post from last week). What say you all about the possibility of a Google Phone? Would a gPhone stir up your techno-lust?

Guest blogpost - Thailand physician

Submitted by Dean Giustini on July 31, 2007 - 23:22

The problem of accessing literature in Thai rural hospitals  - by Weekitt Kittisupamongkol


Top Ten (10) Tech Tools for Information Management

Submitted by Dean Giustini on July 28, 2007 - 17:37

Top Ten (10) Information Technology Tools

1. Movable Type - UBC faculty can use this excellent publishing platform for their blogging, which is an important aspect of my online learning. I use as well, and like it.

New information portal for developing world

Submitted by Dean Giustini on July 24, 2007 - 14:24

As a health librarian, I argue that providing open access to the literature has a direct linkage to improved patient care. In developing countries, open accessibility takes on an even greater importance, in my view, one similar to access to care itself - a matter of life and death.

The Retracted Article In MEDLINE

Submitted by Dean Giustini on July 21, 2007 - 18:04

[img_assist|nid=53|title=Retractions|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=100|height=75]Recent scandals in medicine - the Wakefield controversy, the VIGOR trial and the Hwang stem cell debacle - have made it necessary for all physicians and librarians to be vigilant about how formerly reliable, seminal research permeates the medical literature, and especially how it can easily be found (and/or encountered serendipitously) in P