Taubman Librarian Acknowledged in American Heart Association Scientific Statement

In the August 5th issue of Circulation, the magazine of the American Heart Association, our very own Whitney Townsend was lauded for her contributions to the latest scientific statement from the American Heart Association: Patient Safety in the Cardiac Operating Room: Human Factors and Teamwork. Working in tandem with a team of librarians from a wide range … Continue reading Taubman Librarian Acknowledged in American Heart Association Scientific Statement

Resources: Affordable Care Act in Michigan

Michigan representative John Dingell has created a locally relevant guidebook on the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) and how it relates to Michigan residents. We've previously covered resources from the federal government, but Dingell's efforts focus on questions and information specifically tailored to Michigan residents. You can see the full list of questions here and … Continue reading Resources: Affordable Care Act in Michigan

All About Altmetrics: NISO’s Information Standards Quarterly

We've written quite a bit here on altmetrics, so I was quite thrilled to get an update (via my colleague and fellow altmetrics enthusiast Jean Song) that the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has just released a special themed issue of its Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) publication, focusing solely on altmetrics. An announcement on the Library and Information … Continue reading All About Altmetrics: NISO’s Information Standards Quarterly

The Speed of Innovation

A tip of the hat to my colleague Anna for sending this article along: The New Yorker recently ran a piece by Atul Gawande, surgeon and author of three bestsellers, including The Checklist Manifesto, examining why some innovations catch on and spread like wildfire, while others take decades to witness widespread adoption. His opening comparisons are between … Continue reading The Speed of Innovation

Pharma & Data Transparency

I absolutely adore those instances when my job and my degree dovetail, so reading about the pharmaceutical industry's latest proposal for more transparent data was quite interesting. The interplay between data transparency to validate the effectiveness of clinical trials and protecting the privacy of the patients involved in those trials is certainly proving to be … Continue reading Pharma & Data Transparency

Guidelines International Network Webinars

The Guidelines International Network North America (G-I-N NA) partners with Kaister Permanente to sponsor a monthly webinar series on topics of interest to the North American guideline community. Information on upcoming webinars, as well as audio files and slides from past webinars, is available on the G-I-N Web site. The above is posted from the AHRQ Weekly Digest bulletin, … Continue reading Guidelines International Network Webinars

The Myth of Supplements

Via The Atlantic's The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements : Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue. A bevy of … Continue reading The Myth of Supplements

New Report: The Global Burden of Disease & the State of US Health

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington has recently released a new report, The State of US Health: Innovations, Insights, and Recommendations from the Global Burden of Disease Study.  "The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) approach...is a systematic, scientific effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to … Continue reading New Report: The Global Burden of Disease & the State of US Health