Thursday, March 25, 2010

New CONSORT guidelines for RCTs

"New guidance to improve the reporting of trial findings is published simultaneously today (24 March 2010) by nine leading journals around the world "“ BMJ, Annals of Internal Medicine, BMC Medicine, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Lancet, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Open Medicine, PLoS Medicine, and Trials.

Full and transparent reporting of trials is crucial to ensure that decisions about health care are based on the best available evidence. "

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Easter Holiday reminder

Library members are reminded that the
Medical Library will be shut on
Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Monday 5th April 2010.

Cambridge Postgraduates: you can win!

Cambridge Postgraduates: Win an iPod Nano and 2 x £20 Amazon vouchers

As part of the Arcadia Programme based at the University Library, postgraduates are being ask to participate in a short 3 minute online survey to answer brief questions about where they seek help developing their information search and management strategies and their awareness of online tools.

Please get involved in this unique survey which will inform future support provided to postgraduates.

Everyone who completes the survey before April 9th 2010 will be entered into a prize draw to win an iPod Nano and two runner-up prizes of £20 Amazon vouchers.

Go online now to take part:

Thank you.

Monday, March 22, 2010

NHS Evidence Update: Inflammatory bowel disease & TB

Inflammatory bowel disease (NHS Evidence – gastroenterology and liver diseases)

This will be an update of last year’s AEU on inflammatory bowel disease.

Tuberculosis - on the move against TB (NHS Evidence – infections)

The update has been timed to coincide with World TB Day on the 24th of March.

This update will include the key guidance, systematic reviews and reports on tuberculosis that have been published in the last 12 months, along with expert commentaries and useful websites.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Library Wireless - bad news & good news

Sorry to say, our wireless network is not currently available owing to a power problem to the server last weekend (14th March). This lack of wifi is likely to continue for at least another week or so. We're sorry about the inconvenience this may cause.

But on the up side, we're getting an new and improved wireless network, which is why it's taking slightly longer to get back up and running.

We're sure the improved network will be worth the wait.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Evening access to the Medical Library

As from Monday 15th March 2010, evening access into the Clinical School will be controlled by a security door.

Access is gained by swiping an Addenbrooke's ID card.

The custodians will be available to let in visitors to the library who don't have an Addenbrooke's card.

Regular visitors can request a card from the Clinical School receptionists.

To get out, they can be opened by pressing the green wall-mounted release buttons located on either side of the doors.

The doors will normally be in use 7pm-10pm each evening, Monday-Friday (but not on Saturdays).

NHS Evidence Update: Multiple Sclerosis and Prostate Cancer

Multiple sclerosis (NHS Evidence – neurological conditions)

The Neurological Conditions Specialist Collection Project Team has carried out a systematic literature search on Multiple Sclerosis to identify all high level evidence published since the date of the last Multiple Sclerosis AEU in 2008, including guidelines, systematic reviews, health technology assessments and economic evaluations. Leading MS experts from around the UK have read and appraised these for their validity and relevance to the busy clinician. A list of the papers deemed worthy of inclusion, along with expert commentaries by our reviewers is freely available.

This year we have also begun to identify uncertainties in research to contribute to the DUETs project (see for more details).

Prostate cancer (NHS Evidence – cancer)
This will be the third annual evidence update on prostrate cancer prepared by NHS Evidence – cancer. It includes the systematic reviews and guidance that have been published since March 2009.

Easter Holiday

The Medical Library will be shut
Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Monday 5th April 2010.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

learn how to make use of the library widget!

check and renew your library loans with ease!

click the "library account and renewals" button on the Medical Library homepage.

The Cambridge Libraries Widget is a unified interface for Cambridge library users, drawing together search facilities, your library profile, loans and requests in one easy-to-manage application.

Whether you access it in CamTools, Facebook and iGoogle, or embed it in your own web page, it allows you to run your library life wherever you spend time online. Watch the video to see how easy it is to use.

Instructions on how to install the widget are available at :

Monday, March 01, 2010

NHS Evidence Update: Dermatology & Women's Health

Acne Vulgaris from the NHS Evidence Specialist Collection: Skin Disorders)

This is our fourth Annual Evidence Update on Acne Vulgaris. It includes the results of our search for new guidance and systematic reviews published since the last Annual Evidence Update in March 2009, and an overview of "what's new" by Professor Hywel Williams and Dr Emma Smith.

Dysmenorrhoea and Endometriosis from the NHS Evidence Specialist Collection: Women’s Health

NHS Evidence - women's health is launching two Annual Evidence Updates (AEUs) on Monday 1st March: our fourth Annual Evidence Update on Endometriosis and our second Annual Evidence Update on Dysmenorrhoea. Focusing on the investigation and management of both conditions these evidence updates aim to provide clinicians with up-to-date summaries of the latest evidence. "We know that it is very difficult for busy clinicians to keep up-to-date with the huge volume of literature that is published each year and so NHS Evidence - women's health does this for you so that you don't have to! Please visit the website home page to access these AEUs."