Friday, May 28, 2010

Bank Holiday Monday

The Library will be open from 9am till 6pm, Monday 31st May.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

follow up to "student beware"

Following on from the blog about student behaviour on Facebook if you use Facebook, even if you're not a sutdent, privacy is (or should be) a big issue.

You may find this BBC guide to adjusting your Facebook privacy settings and this overview of the issues useful.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

NLM's Pill Box - pill identification system

The National Library of Medicine has launched a (beta) service Pillbox to facilitate rapid identification of unknown pills.

"Pillbox was developed to aid in the identification of unknown solid dosage pharmaceuticals. The system combines high-resolution images of tablets and capsules with FDA-approved appearance information (imprint, shape, color, etc.) to enable users to visually search for and identify an unknown solid dosage pharmaceutical.
This system is designed for use by emergency physicians, first responders, other health care providers, Poison Control Center staff, and concerned citizens."

If you've ever used Epocrates, particularly the iPhone app, you'll recognised the easy way it allows you to pick the colour, shape, size and markings of the unknow pill before giving you pictures of the options to chose from.

There's a really good review here , you may find this overview useful:

or you could try it yourself -
Remeber it is still in beta phase.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

student beware....

Facebook and the professional behaviours of undergraduate medical students

Au: Jayne Garner and Helen O'Sullivan

The Clinical Teacher  Volume 7 Issue 2, Pages 112 - 115


Background: The rapid growth and accessibility of social networking websites has fundamentally changed the way people manage information about their personal and professional lives. In particular, it has been suggested that interaction in virtual communities erodes elements of responsibility, accountability and social trust that build traditionally meaningful communities. The purpose of this study was to investigate how undergraduate medical students use the social network website Facebook, and to identify any unprofessional behaviour displayed online.

Methods: A voluntary anonymous online survey was devised by the University of Liverpool, and emailed to students. Question topics included the use of Facebook, privacy settings, groups relating to the course and professional behaviours. Results were input to spss for analysis.

Results: The response rate was 31 per cent (n = 56). The majority of respondents did have a Facebook account and admitted there were photos they found embarrassing on the site. Over half of the respondents reported they had seen unprofessional behaviour by their colleagues on Facebook. Although students say that they are aware of the UK's General Medical Council (GMC) guidance, unprofessional behaviour is still demonstrated on the site.

Discussion: This research highlights the issue of social networking websites and professionalism amongst medical students. Further guidance from the GMC and medical schools should remind students that images and information placed on social networking sites is in the public domain, and could impact upon their professional reputation and identity.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Journal Watch

From the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine comes the latest issue of Richard Lehman's Journal Watch - "a personal comment on articles from the main medical journals selected for their interest to doctors (and a few others!)"

NHS Evidence Update: Kidney disorders

Proteinuria and estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate

from NHS Evidence - kidney diseases and male urogenital disorders

NHS Evidence - kidney diseases and male urogenital disorders presents its third Annual Evidence Update on Proteinuria and estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR). The 2010 Annual Evidence Update on Proteinuria and eGFR will provide an update with the highest-quality evidence on the following subtopics:

1. Basic science

2. Clinical aspects

3. Management.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Reference Management: so much to learn

Useful overview of various reference management systems is available on Martin Fenner's blog

If you'd like to discuss and have a "play" with some of the tools available (eg Zotero, Mendeley, Endnoteweb or Endnote X2, please contact Isla (phone: 336750 or  email)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

NHS Evidence Update: Oral Health

Oral health
from the NHS Evidence - oral health

To mark the start of National Smile Month 2010  NHS Evidence – oral health is presenting an Annual Evidence Update covering all aspects of oral health. The specialist collection team has systematically identified and appraised the best available evidence (systematic reviews) which is presented, along with recently published guidelines. The Update covers the range of oral health topics with commentaries from experts in the field.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Access to new journals

Science translational medicine

Science Translational Medicine Mission:
To promote human health by providing a forum for communication and cross-fertilization among basic, translational, and clinical research practitioners and trainees from all relevant established and emerging disciplines.
"... the creation of a redefined discipline of translational medicine will require the emergence of a new and vibrant community of dedicated scientists, collaborating to fill knowledge gaps and dissolve or circumvent barriers to improved clinical medicine." ~Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., Chief Scientific Advisor, Science Translational Medicine
Online only:-
You can access it via ejournals@cambridge ( , or Link to this record:
·URL : which includes the correct links, using the Library, or other University computers.
Users off-campus should log in using the links provided by the publisher on the web site marked "Institutional login", "Log in via your home institution" or "Shibboleth", and login with their RAVEN password.

Monday, May 10, 2010

NHS Evidence Updates: CAM for asthma, Rhinitis & Skin Cancer

CAM for asthma
 from NHS Evidence - complementary and alternative medicine

The NHS Evidence - complementary and alternative medicine specialist collection will present its 3rd Annual Evidence Update on CAM for Asthma from 4 May. This update will include a list of relevant systematic reviews published between March 2009 and April 2010 and an expert commentary.

from NHS Evidence - ENT and audiology

The Annual Evidence Update for rhinitis will present a concise collection of emerging research evidence from the past 12 months. Multiple databases have been searched to identify relevant guidelines and systematic reviews, which have undergone quality assessment prior to inclusion. Therapeutic uncertainties have also been updated to highlight priority research topics.

Skin cancer
from NHS Evidence - cancer and NHS Evidence - skin disorders

This is the third Annual Evidence Update on Skin Cancer run jointly by NHS Evidence – cancer and NHS Evidence – skin disorders and published to correspond with Sun Awareness Week. It presents the results of a search for new guidance and systematic reviews that have appeared since last year’s Annual Evidence Update. There will also be expert commentaries discussing the significance of the new evidence in a variety of topic areas. The update of the Annual Evidence Update on skin cancer provides an opportunity to present an up-to-date comprehensive collection of systematic reviews and guidance that have been published since May 2009 and have been subject to rigorous selection criteria. Information is organised by topic areas and links are provided within each topic to the relevant systematic reviews, guidelines and patient information.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Cambridge Postgraduates: Opportunity to win

Cambridge Postgraduates:  Opportunity to win another iPod Nano and more Amazon vouchers

As part of the Arcadia Programme based at the University Library, following successful focus group sessions, postgraduates are being asked to participate in a short follow-up survey answering brief questions about what support they might need developing information skills and using online tools.

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

Everyone who completes the survey before May 19th 2010 will be entered into another prize draw to win an iPod Nano and two runner-up prizes of £20 Amazon vouchers.

Go online now to take part.

Last time’s prize draw winners were:
*  iPod Nano: Hayley, Theoretical Chemistry, PhD Year 4
*  £20 Amazon voucher: Emily, Criminology Faculty 2009-10
*  £20 Amazon voucher: Tom, History Faculty 2009-10

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Sunday Opening

The Library will be open on Sundays in the run up to the Clinical Students exams:

Open from 2pm till 6pm on the following Sundays:  9th, 16th, 23th, 30th May, and 6th June 2010.
Best of luck to those with exams!