May 30, 2014
National Jewish Health faculty and staff: If you’ve recently contributed to professional books, please let us know so we can add a copy to our collection. All donations and suggested titles are welcome.
Email Peggy with suggestions and keep up the hard work!
May 16, 2014
At National Jewish Health, clinicians and researchers work together to discover innovative therapies to improve patient health. Our focus on personalized medicine and translational research is in line with incoming ATS President, Dr. Thomas Ferkol’s initiative to involve more “clinical scientists” in respiratory medicine.
MedPage today interviews Dr. Ferkol about this initiative.
“One of the difficulties that we’re seeing — we certainly see this in pediatric pulmonology and I’m afraid that we are a harbinger of things to come — is that there are fewer and fewer people who are going into the field and becoming physician scientists or clinical investigators,” he explained in an interview.
Now with technology to understand complex networks of genes, gene products, and environmental factors that influence lung health and disease “we are truly entering an era where we can unlock the mysteries of lung disease,” he told MedPage Today.
But “in order to really make this happen, we need to have pulmonary scientists and clinical investigators who can bring these discoveries from the bench to the bedside,” he said.
Read the full story.
Read about NJH’s research initiatives.
Thomas Ferkol, Jr., MD
April 22, 2014
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April 22, 2014
Earth Day Reference Guide – resources from the Library of Congress’s Science Technology & Business Division. Includes sections on:
- How to live and work sustainably
- Ecosystems – flora and fauna; climatology and weather
- Geography and geology
- Student resources
- Historical resources
Environmental Health & Toxicology – consumer and professional resources from the US Dept. of Health & Human Services.
TOXNET – a collection of databases from the US Dept. of Health & Human Services on hazardous chemicals, toxic releases, and environmental health. Includes:
- Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) - comprehensive, peer-reviewed toxicology data for more than 5,000 chemicals.
- TOXMAP® – uses United States maps to explore data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Superfund programs.
- Haz-Map® - information on the health effects of exposure to chemical and biological agents used in industry, on the job and at home.
April 21, 2014
New enhancements to the pharmacology database, LexiComp, are available:
- NEW: Drug Allergies in Interactions Screener
- ENHANCED: Pharmacogenomics Content
- NEW: Natural Product Patient Education Leaflets
- NEW: Lab Patient Education Leaflets
- ENHANCED: Food Interactions Field
- COMING SOON: Updated and Streamlines Pediatric Patient Education
April 14, 2014
Stream lectures from last week’s Open Science Festival, presented by the NIH.
The primary goal of the festival is to explore the open science movement through presentations on open access, open systems/software, and open data. As the government strives for transparency and engagement, the NIH also seeks to enhance reproducibility in research. The open science movement holds that transparent science is better science. By sharing data early on, rather than post-publication, researchers have a huge opportunity for collaborative models of discovery. The festival will feature presentations by subject matter experts from government agencies, academia, and non-profit organizations.