Monday, January 25, 2010

Searching for Clinical Trials?

Whether you are a potential Sponsor , Investigator or Volunteer, the search for a clinical trail just became easier! has been launched for the purpose of increasing awareness of what clinical trials are taking place and provide information about current and upcoming trial opportunities; as well as to uphold and promote high enrollment standards.
The site includes a nationwide listing database allowing you searching capability to a wide range of clinical trials taking place all over the country. Even if you aren’t able to find what you’re looking for at this time, the site includes a trial notification registry service via email, of future opportunities in your area.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bioethics Briefing Book

The Hastings Center offers the 'Bioethics Briefing Book', geared to journalists, policymakers, and campaigns, which contains 36 overviews of issues in bioethics that command high public interest.
Each chapter presents considerations from various perspectives, news stories, linked resources, and any recent legislation.

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Mapping Disease to Genetics

Mapping the Human ‘Diseasome’
New York Times Science
"Researchers created a map linking different diseases, represented by circles, to the genes they have in common, represented by squares."
Click the title to take you to this cool interactive graphic.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

MedlinePlus on the Move!

The #1 starting point for consumer health information has just gone mobile!
Mobile MedlinePlus is an optimized version for use on the various mobile communication devices. It includes a subset of content from the full MedlinePlus site; such as summaries for over 800 diseases, conditions and wellness topics, latest health news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and information on prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Global Library of Women's Medicine (GLOWM)

Dedicated to the enhancement of women's healthcare globally, with the hope of particularily benefiting those to whom current access to expert clinical information is difficult; the Global Library of Women's Medicine is an online, freely available resource offering comprehensive, up-to-date, peer-reviewed information from across the field of women's health.
Derived from the well-known encyclopedic textbook by John J. Sciarra entitled 'Gynecology & Obstetrics', originally published in 1934, online content has grown to include close to 500 chapters written by over 650 expert contributors; along with surgical videos, diagnostic atlases, laboratory tests, and other supporting information to promote safer motherhood.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Back to the Future for New Zealand's Doctors and Nurses

New Zealand's healthcare system is facing an increasing challenge to meet current demands while anticipating demand to still double in the next ten years. Yet...
"The Government has funding for 154 general practice trainees; only two-thirds of the places have been filled." Meanwhile..."We have been told by the World Health Organisation that our reliance on importing health workers is unsustainable. About 70 per cent of psychiatrists, 40 per cent of all doctors and midwives, and 25 per cent of nurses and dentists working in New Zealand were trained overseas."
"Things must be done differently (says Des Gorman) and Health Workforce NZ has the task of facilitating this reform. Ironically, this includes a return to the past for both medicine and nursing."
How so? Click title to read more from The Dominion Post [Jan 6, 2010] ...also new reports were released in Aug 2009 addressing the education and training of New Zealand's healthcare workforce.

Des Gorman is head of Auckland University School of Medicine and chairman of Health Workforce New Zealand.

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