Local Innovation & #MCubed – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of October 13, 2014)

MCubed Symposium 2014: http://mcubed.umich.edu/mcubed_2014/index.html Last week saw the second annual MCubed Symposium. For those who aren't aware of MCubed already, here is a little background about this fabulously creative approach to funding and fostering innovation and collaboration at the University of Michigan. MCubed - The University of Michigan's revolutionary new way to fund research http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akBGSlFn9nQContinue reading Local Innovation & #MCubed – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of October 13, 2014)

BioRxiv: A Preprint Archive for the Life Sciences

I just found out that some of my friends had not yet heard about BioRxiv, the preprint archive for the biological and life science which was launched by Cold Spring Harbor Press last November. And we are live! The non-profit preprint server for biology from Cold Spring Harbor Lab http://t.co/euzSeKlPae— bioRxiv (@biorxivpreprint) November 12, 2013 … Continue reading BioRxiv: A Preprint Archive for the Life Sciences

H-Index: Google Scholar vs. Scopus vs. Web of Science

Wondering the best way to calculate an H-Index? You're not alone! There was some recent chatter on a medical librarian listserv about methods and inclusion differences between Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science. It was some new information for me, so I thought I'd share.First, what exactly is an h-index? It's a calculation of … Continue reading H-Index: Google Scholar vs. Scopus vs. Web of Science

#AccessToResearch & More! — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of February 3, 2014)

I was pretty excited to see the announcement of the UK Access to Research initiative, a partnership of publishers and libraries across the United Kingdom, which will hopefully extend open access research in ways that may serve as a model for other countries. They made some interesting choices, including requiring people to visit their local … Continue reading #AccessToResearch & More! — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of February 3, 2014)

Primary care telemonitoring to support diabetes management

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): According to a new study supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), adding telemonitoring to the routine care diabetes patients receive did not significantly change outcomes. “Effect of home telemonitoring on glycemic and blood pressure control in primary care clinic patients with diabetes,” … Continue reading Primary care telemonitoring to support diabetes management

Barriers to Use of Evidence in Policy: A New Systematic Review

The relationship between policy and science leaves much to be desired. Policy decisions don't always reflect the best scientific evidence available for a variety of reasons. An updated systematic review was published that explored these barriers in an effort to understand the greatest obstacles in integrating science and policy. According to the systematic review that … Continue reading Barriers to Use of Evidence in Policy: A New Systematic Review

Teaching Neurosurgeons & BRAIN(S)

In April 2013, President Obama said he would ask Congress for $100 million in 2014 for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative to "revolutionize our understanding of the human brain".  ( THL Blog post about the BRAIN Initiative) We are now 2 days into 2014 and scientists are reporting that some of the … Continue reading Teaching Neurosurgeons & BRAIN(S)

Most health outcomes following surgery are worse for low-income patients

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): A new AHRQ study of 12 measures of outcomes following surgical procedures found that outcomes for patients from both high- and low-income geographic areas improved between 2000 and 2009. In fact, survival following two surgical procedures—coronary angioplasty and carotid endarterectomy—improved for both high- and low-income patients, … Continue reading Most health outcomes following surgery are worse for low-income patients

Meaningful use updates in USHIK

From the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ): Meaningful Use Portal is the "one-stop shop" for Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2 Clinical Quality Measures, their computation logic, their data elements, & the vocabularies and codes the data elements may take on. This portal has been updated with new functionality: Contains updates to the Clinical … Continue reading Meaningful use updates in USHIK