May 14, 2013
With thousands of health-sciences papers published each week, the task of cumulatively assessing it can be daunting. Our researchers and doctors at National Jewish Health frequently participate in writing groups that systematically review and assess the status of medical knowledge on certain health conditions.
This review process often involves rating the evidence of hundreds of papers and studies, combining the findings with clinical experience and patient interests to make evidence based recommendations.
DistillerSR is one tool that might help streamline the review process. It allows multiple users to document their review process with customizable inclusion/exclusion check boxes for all studies, all in a single online interface. It also creates reports that are easy to export to office software, like Word and Excel. If you are a reviewer in need of a more stream-lined grading process, check out this solution.
For other work-flow suggestions and assistance with systematic review or guideline literature searches, please contact Shandra Protzko or Peggy Cruse at NJH’s Tucker Medical Library.
March 26, 2013
The current MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) finds that 2012 marked the 20th consecutive year of decreased TB incidence in the US! Read the full report.
March 7, 2013
Carrie Arnold (from Discover Magazine’s, The Crux blog) discusses a study that shows certain nasal receptors can ward off pathogens like Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria responsible for respiratory infections. Not everyone has the receptor to combat pathogens, but it’s a fascinating evolutionary look at scent.
Read the original paper for free at PMC.
Lee RJ, Xiong G, Kofonow JM, Chen B, Lysenko A, Jiang P, Abraham V, Doghramji L, Adappa ND, Palmer JN, Kennedy DW, Beauchamp GK, Doulias PT, Ischiropoulos H, Kreindler JL, Reed DR, Cohen NA. T2R38 taste receptor polymorphisms underlie susceptibility to upper respiratory infection. J Clin Invest. 2012 Nov 1;122(11):4145-59. doi: 10.1172/JCI64240. Epub 2012 Oct 8. PubMed PMID: 23041624; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3484455.
March 6, 2013
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has a nifty tool that uses health and demographic data (Global Health Exchange catalog, or GHDx) to map certain diseases. Here’s a look at Years of Life Lost (YLLs) to chronic respiratory diseases across both genders and all ages. The top shows the rate of change in YLLs from 2005-2010.
You can also view YLLs on a global map and change the metrics from YLLs to Years lost due to Disability (YLDs), Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) or Deaths.
Play with this tool and others at IHME’s site.
March 6, 2013
The open access publishing movement recently scored a victory when the White House announced it will soon require U.S. science agencies to make the scientific papers they fund freely available online within 12 months of publication. Are taxpayers entitled to see the scientific papers they fund? Could public access improve scientific research? What does the new policy mean for journals? And does it go far enough?
Join ScienceNow for a live chat at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, 7 March, at the link below. With us will be Heather Joseph, who advocates for open access as the executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and Fredrick Dylla, who has criticized the concept as executive director of the American Institute of Physics. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts. The full text of the chat will be archived on this page.
March 5, 2013
March 3-10th is National Sleep Awareness Week. How have you been sleeping lately? Read about common sleep disorders and how you can get help at National Jewish Health’s Sleep Center.
For more resources, check out the National Sleep Foundation‘s site and this short article from Healthworks Collective.