Thursday, October 29, 2009

Imaging of Tropical Diseases

The Tropical Medicine Central Resource (TMCR) at USUHS, under whose umbrella the International Registry of Tropical Imaging (IRTI) was developed, serves as a worldwide archiving and retrieval source for imaging studies involved in the diagnosis of over 70 parasitic and infectious, neoplastic and miscellaneous diseases affecting over 2 billion people in the tropical and subtropical regions of the globe.
This archive has as its core the 10,000 images collected over the past 40 years by Drs. Maurice Reeder and Philip Palmer with the cooperation of radiologists and clinicians from over 30 countries.
The most important of these images are published in the 2 volume text "The Imaging of Tropical Diseases, with Epidemiological, Pathological and Clinical Correlation"(2001), 2nd ed., by Palmer and Reeder, Springer-Verlag [preview on Google Books] .
"Every effort will be made to correlate imaging examinations with whatever corresponding epidemiological, gross and microscopic pathological, and clinical information may be available for each case and each disease entity. In so doing, it may be possible to illustrate the commonalties and differences in imaging and disease patterns regarding tropical diseases of identical etiology seen in varying parts of the world. For example:
~ Why should schistosomiasis mansoni cause inflammatory fibroid polyps in the colon in Africa and Arabia but present a Crohn-like pattern of narrowing and mucosal effacement in the Western hemisphere?
~ Why should Chagas' disease cause myocarditis in virtually all patients in Central and South America, but cause, in addition, megaesophagus and megacolon almost exclusively in Brazilians?
~ Why are certain malignancies present in a great percentage of the population in certain African villages and countries, while being almost unknown in adjacent areas?

Perhaps a multidisciplinary approach can shed new light on these and dozens of other puzzles throughout the tropical world!"

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Monday, October 26, 2009

NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT)

The new Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) from the NIH is now live. Replacing the CRISP system,
"RePORT provides additional query fields, hit lists that can be sorted and downloaded to Excel, NIH funding for each project (expenditures), and the publications and patents that have acknowledged support from each project (results). RePORTER also provides links to PubMed Central, PubMed, and the US Patent & Trademark Office Patent Full Text and Image Database for more information on research results."
More new features are expected in 2010.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Essential Nursing Resources 2009

Essential Nursing Resources
by Janet G. Schnall and June Levy [eds.]
Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing (ICIRN)
The 25th edition of the Essential Nursing Resources list is now available from ICIRN. This valuable resource which includes both print and electronic materials, serves as a guide for locating nursing information resources "in support of nursing practice, education, administration, and research activities".
Click on the title to access the hyperlinked version from ICIRN.
Also available in .pdf.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Nobel Prize in Medicine 2009

The Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009 has been awarded to 3 American scientists ~ "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase".
Click on the title to read more from the Nobel Prize website.

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Monserrat Volcano Activity

Seems there is a connection between the increased volcanic activity of Monserrat's volcano and the 4.5 earthquake that struck earlier today off St. Maarten [see post below], according to the Monserrat Volcano Observatory.

UPDATE: Sunday October 11 ~ "New lava dome growing on the south side..."

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Did you feel it?

4.5 earthquake hits just north of us, close to St. Maarten!

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PubMed gets a Facelift!

"The PubMed database comprises more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. Citations may include links to full text articles from PubMed Central or publisher web sites."
For a summary from the National Library of Medicine, of all the changes and updates to the PubMed interface and funcionality, please check out the latest NLM Technical Bulletin article "PubMed Redesign".

Remember though, if you don't find the full text for that article in PubMed, it could be available to you in our EBSCO subscription databases were the Anne Ross Library subscribes for you to the full text of over 6000 journals! If you are not remembering the login, just ask any one of our friendly, helpful library staff.

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