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)

Pubmed is LIVE on Social Media – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of July 21, 2014)

PubMed Update: Social Media Icons Added. NLM Tech Bull. 2014 Jul-Aug;(399):b2. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ja14/brief/ja14_pm_social_media_icons.html Have you been straddling the fence deciding whether or not social media is "a thing" in healthcare? Well, maybe this will tip the balance. Pubmed now includes social media sharing icons at the article level, as shown in the image above. This is … Continue reading Pubmed is LIVE on Social Media – Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of July 21, 2014)

Freezing Patients Back to Life: Fact & Fiction

I recently finished The Curiosity , a fictional narrative about the discovery and "reanimation" of a century old frozen man.  Along the way, the researchers involved in this breakthrough have to grapple with the ethical choices of bringing this man back to life.  Yes, there is a romantic story line too but more often than not, … Continue reading Freezing Patients Back to Life: Fact & Fiction

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

#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)

Scopus interface changing February 1

Changes are coming to the interface of Scopus that will streamline your workflow by optimizing the interface for core uses. One important change is that the interface becomes more action driven:  when you select certain results to work with (e.g. for refinement, citation analysis or to export references), the action buttons or links will become … Continue reading Scopus interface changing February 1

Upcycling: Bringing new life to existing health data

From the Health Affairs Blog: By now, most of us are familiar with recycling. Items with reclaimable value are collected; then base materials are salvaged to create new products—often of lesser quality. Fewer people are familiar with the term upcycling, a form of recycling that involves reconceiving, and sometimes adding to, existing items with the … Continue reading Upcycling: Bringing new life to existing health data

First-ever quantitative data about the toll of BPA exposure

From Health Affairs: The risks of exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) have been well-known for some time. While exposure to BPA in the United States affects an estimated 92.6 percent of Americans over the age of five, there are gaps in the knowledge of the health consequences of BPA exposure. A new study, Further Limiting … Continue reading First-ever quantitative data about the toll of BPA exposure

Palliative care, health policy, and health reform

From the Health Affairs Blog: In the United States, value is the new health care imperative – improving quality while controlling costs.  We spend nearly twice the rate of comparable nations, yet have poorer health outcomes.  In 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), mandating a new emphasis on paying … Continue reading Palliative care, health policy, and health reform