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NIH Images: A Database Of Images In Biomedical Literature

The National Library of Medicine, part of NIH, recently released the Images database, consisting of approximately 3 million images from biomedical literature deposited in full text resources at the NCBI. Images is one of the many resources listed on the Public Health Library's Public Health/Medical Images Resources web page.

The Images database enables users to search images based on keywords and a variety of other parameters, such as author and publication date. Images and data can be easily saved to users' collections and shared with others through the use of My NCBI, a feature that allows users of NCBI resources (such as PubMed) to customize their search and display preferences, save and share searches, build bibliographies, and perform a variety of other functions.

Images are previewable in PubMed abstract display. Thumbnails of the first seven images will be displayed, with the option to see all (see below). Mousing over an image in the image strip will generate a preview display of the image with its figure caption.

Dec 03, 2010 | Categories: News, New Resources | msholinb

Wiley E-Book Series in Probability & Statistics online

The library recently purchased the Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics on the Wiley Online Library. This provides access to all the e-books currently available from this popular book series, approximately 170 titles covering the years 1973 to 2010. Links to individual books will eventually be loaded into our catalog so you can find them in OskiCat and the NextGen Melvyl Pilot; in the meantime, you can access them directly from the Book Series home page.

Some of the titles in this series are:

  • Bayesian Analysis for the Social Sciences
  • Discrete Distributions: Applications in the Health Sciences
  • Biostatistics: A Methodology for the Health Sciences
  • Statistical Methods for Comparative Studies: Techniques for Bias Reduction
  • Statistical Meta-Analysis with Applications
  • Survey Errors and Survey Costs
  • Biostatistical Methods: The Assessment of Relative Risks
  • Applied Spatial Statistics for Public Health Data

New titles will be considered for purchase as they are made available. If you have any questions or comments about these online books, please contact Brian Quigley, Head Librarian at the Mathematics Statistics Library.

Dec 02, 2010 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

New Public Health E-Books: Oxford Scholarship Online

We have recently acquired access to the Public Health and Epidemiology collections of Oxford Scholarship Online: dozens of full-text electronic books covering many subjects within Public Health and Epidemiology

Selected titles include:

  • Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis - Modeling Change and Event Occurrence
    Judith D. Singer, John B. Willett, 2003
  • Epidemiological Methods in Life Course Research
    Andrew Pickles (Editor), Barbara Maughan (Editor), Michael Wadsworth (Editor), 2007
  • Evaluating Health Promotion - Practice and Methods
    Margaret Thorogood (Editor), Yolande Coombes (Editor), Second Edition, 2004
  • A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    Diana Kuh (Editor), Yoav Ben Shlomo (Editor), Susser Ezra (Editor), Second Edition, 2004
  • Making Sense of Data - A Self-Instruction Manual on the Interpretation of Epidemiological Data
    J. H. Abramson, Z. H. Abramson, Third Edition, 2001
  • Measuring Health - A guide to rating scales and questionnaires
    Ian McDowell, Third Edition, 2006
  • Neighborhoods and Health
    Ichiro Kawachi (Editor), Lisa F. Berkman (Editor), 2003
  • Spatial Epidemiology - Methods and Applications
    Paul Elliott (Editor), Jon Wakefield (Editor), Nicola Best (Editor), David Briggs (Editor), 2001
  • Social Marketing and Public Health - Theory and practice
    Jeff French (Editor), Clive Blair-Stevens (Editor), Dominic McVey (Editor), Rowena Merritt (Editor), 2009

OS LogoOxford Scholarship Online is a cross-searchable library containing the full text of over 750 books in the areas of Law, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion/Theology, Public Health and Epidemiology, and Physics. At least 200 new and recently-published books added each year.

Oxford Scholarship Online, and many other e-book collections, may be found on the Public Health Library's Electronic Books web page.

Nov 15, 2010 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

Happy 50th Birthday to MeSH!

November 2010 marks the 50th birthday of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) controlled vocabulary thesaurus, consisting of sets of terms naming descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits searching at various levels of specificity. PubMed searchers use MeSH for a more relevant retrieval of citations from the nearly 5,500 journals indexed by NLM.

In celebration of this event, the first edition of MeSH was scanned and is available online. From the Preface, "We conceive of subject headings ... as pointers, which say, in effect, "There it is, right there." The intersect of two or more such pointers will define a very specific subject; in many cases the natural language, rich as it is, is not rich enough to provide a single word or phrase adequate for the purpose."

A web page, Celebrating MeSH: 50 years of Medical Subject Headings, was created in observation of this milestone. It includes history of MeSH and more. More information on the MeSH's 50th anniversary may be found in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Nov 15, 2010 | Categories: News | msholinb

Ghostwriting in the medical literature

PLoS Medicine published an article recently that sheds light on the ghostwriting practices of the pharmaceutical industry that the journal has helped uncover.

Adriane Fugh Berman of Georgetown University examined the Wyeth Ghostwriting Archive ? a collection of documents uncovered during recent litigation brought against Wyeth (now owned by Pfizer) by thousands of women who developed breast cancer while taking hormones manufactured by the company. PLoS Medicine and The New York Times intervened in this litigation, which resulted in 1500 documents being unsealed and thus available for scrutiny by the public, journalists, and academics.

This is the first academic analysis of the documents. Dr Fugh Berman found that Wyeth worked with a medical communication company called DesignWrite to produce ghostwritten reviews and commentaries that were then placed in medical journals and journal supplements to over-promote the benefits and downplay the harms of their menopausal hormone therapy.

On a related note, UCSF now houses the Drug Industry Document Archive, which contains thousands of documents and resources about pharmaceutical industry clinical trials, publication of study results, pricing, marketing, relations with physicians and involvement in continuing medical education. Most of these previously secret internal documents were made public as a result of lawsuits against a number of pharmaceutical companies including: Merck & Co., Parke-Davis, Warner-Lambert, Wyeth, and Pfizer.

This post originally appeared on the PLoS Blog and has been slightly modified here. Used by permission of the author.

Nov 10, 2010 | Categories: News, Scholarly Communication | msholinb

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