Health Care Reform Proposals

August 25th, 2009 by Jean M. Rainwater

For an overview of health care reform propsals from the Congress and the Senate, see this side-by-side comparison from the Henry J.Kaiser Family Foundation.

News from the Medical Librarian

August 11th, 2009 by Jean M. Rainwater

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff,
This Library Update includes the following topics:
1. Additional Information about Access to the Brown Network from Off-Campus
2. Back Volumes Accessible Online
3. Darwin Exhibit at the John Hay Library
1. Additional Information about Access to the Brown Network from Off-Campus
In general, to access medical library resources and services, go to Medical Connections at: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/medcon/. Then click on “Off Campus Access Service”.
For assistance with off-campus access issues, please contact eresources@brown.edu.
There are now three methods of off-campus access:
WebVPN
The new Brown University Clientless WebVPN service allows members of the Brown community to securely access campus-based web services such as Library eresources without the need of a software-based VPN client. By opening a web browser and authenticating through http://webvpn.brown.edu, you will be directed through Brown’s network, to give you the same access as a campus-based user.
VPN
The Virtual Private Network (VPN) client makes your network traffic appear to originate from on campus. This is the most reliable method for remote authentication and is your best choice if you have a broadband Internet connection, via a cable modem or direct subscriber line (DSL). If you use the Lifespan or other VPN client you will not be able to use the Brown VPN; use WebVPN instead.
Download VPN for Windows / Download VPN for MAC OSX
For assistance with the VPN client, contact the CIS Help Desk: help@brown.edu or 863-HELP (863-4357).
EZProxy
EZProxy allows authorized users to access licensed resources without installing additional software. Use this service if you are unable to obtain off-campus access with the other methods listed above. With EZProxy, unlike the VPN client, each time you open a new browser session you will need to re-authenticate.
For the off-campus medical community, the Library recommends choosing WebVPN since it requires no download to your computer and it is compatible with hospital web services. Also, unlike EZProxy, WebVPN is compatible with PubMed’s MyNCBI. When using PubMed, remember to first log on to the Brown network in order to see the links to full text articles from the abstracts.
When you select WebVPN you are not returned to the Medical Connections homepage. Therefore, to proceed select “Continue,” then “Library Eresources” which will take you to the Library home page. From here click on “Medical School” under “For You” to take you back to Medical Connections.
Please keep in mind that there is no off-campus access service that works for everything. Some access issues are browser-related, system software related while others are products of publisher preferences. We recommend first trying the WebVPN. If that does not work, try the VPN client. You can have the VPN client installed on your computer and still use WebVPN; just don’t open the VPN client connection and then try to use the WebVPN. Use EZProxy if you are unable to access via the other two methods.
2. Back Volumes Accessible Online
Two core journals are now completely available online: Science and Annals of Internal Medicine.
From the Science record in Josiah, click on “Science Classic 1880 – 1996″, to access the back volumes. Note also the added features listed on the left side bar: Email alerts, RSS feeds, Articles by topic, Online Extras, etc.
For Annals of Internal Medicine, Brown now has free perpetual online access back to volume 1, 1927. From the Josiah record click on “American College of Physicians, 1927 – present”.
You might like to know that when you look at the online content, you are looking at material obtained from the Sciences Library shelves which enabled the American College of Physicians to provide the Annals in electronic form.
3. Darwin Exhibit at the John Hay Library
The Darwin’s exhibit “The Origin of the Theory: Tracing Darwin’s Evolutionary Thought” will be on display through September 20, 2009, at the John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street. To check Library hours click on: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/libweb/hours.php
The exhibit uses the Library’s extensive holdings in the history of science to place Darwin and his colleagues within the broader context of Victorian scientific endeavor. The exhibition includes books, prints and original correspondence. For more information about the history of sciences and medicine collections at Brown, go to: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/collatoz/cluster.php?cluster_id=29
For more information about Darwin check out this website: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/firstreadings/index.html Note that under “Evolution at Brown” there is a link to the online Spring 2009 issue of Brown Medicine.
If you have questions or need further information about library resources and services, please be in touch. – Tovah
Tovah Reis
Head, Medical and Sciences Information Services
Brown University Library
Tel: 401-863-3334
Email: Tovah_Reis@brown.edu

Swine Flu – Guidance for Clinicians and Public Health Professionals–Updated May 7

April 27th, 2009 by Jean M. Rainwater

The following sites provide professional and technical information:

  • Swine Flu Topic Page provided by DynaMed. DynaMed is a point-of-care reference resource designed to provide clinicians with the best available evidence to support clinical decision-making.
  • MICROMEDEX overview and update, including dosages for chemoprophylaxis and treatment. Provided by Thomson Reuters.
  • See PubMed for newest H1N1 genetic sequences, a prepared collection of recent journal citations and a link to an Enviro-Health page of resources, including full text online books.
  • CDC’s Guidance for Clinicians and Public Helath Professionals
  • CDC Interim Guidance on Antiviral Recommendations
  • Swine Flu: Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Medical Products and Devices
  • Health Care Planning checklists and guidelines for medical offices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency transport vehicles, etc.
  • Interim CDC Guidance for Nonpharmaceutical Community Mitigation in Response to Human Infections with Swine Influenza (H1N1) Virus
  • Information for Health Professionals from the Public Health Agency of Canada
  • World Health Organization’s Swine Influenza Page, including:
    Interim WHO guidance for the surveillance of human infection with swine influenza A(H1N1) virus,
    Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care in Providing Care for Confirmed or Suspected A(H1N1) Swine Influenza Patients and
    Protocol for antiviral susceptibility testing by pyrosequencing.
  • See the RI Department of Health for up to date local information and “What You Can Do To Prepare” and “Cover Your Cough” public health flyers in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, French, Hmong, Lao, Khmer, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
  • Electronic Access from Off-Campus

    April 16th, 2009 by Jean M. Rainwater

    The Library is now offering off-campus access to electronic resources through three methods, WebVPN, VPN and EZ-Proxy. WebVPN, works with both Mac and Windows, and is especially useful to hospital-based faculty and students because it can be used without having to put any additional software on the user’s computer and is compatible with institutional VPNs. While the Brown VPN necessitates installing client software it is, however, the most reliable method for remote authentication and is your best choice if you have a broadband Internet connection, via a cable modem or direct subscriber line (DSL). The Library would recommend to users to move to either the WebVPN or the VPN client as both are less problematic than the proxy.
    If you should have problems with the VPN or the WebVPN itself, forward questions to the CIS Help Desk. If the problem is with a specific resource, you may send email to eresources@brown.edu.

    GIDEON – infectious disease database trial through April 9

    February 27th, 2009 by Jean M. Rainwater

    The Library is currently conducting a trial of a new medical database and needs your help evaluating its usefulness to the Brown medical commuity. GIDEON is a point-of-care clinical decision support system for the diagnosis of infectious diseases. GIDEON also provides up-to-date global epidemiological information about the diseases and relevant outbreaks.
    To try GIDEON, go to the main library web page and click on “Databases A-Z.” Then, looking under “Related Links” on the right side of the screen, click on “Database Trials.” Log in using your Brown username and password.
    We need to hear whether you think GIDEON should be added to the permanent collection of databases at Brown, even if it requires sacrificing another resource. Please send your comments to Janet_Crager@brown.edu.
    Thank you!

    PubMed Alternative

    December 15th, 2008 by Jean M. Rainwater

    Even usually dependable PubMed may sometimes experience a brief system failure as it did this afternoon. As an alternative, try searching MEDLINE through Web of Knowledge. WOK can be found in the Medical Connections Database links as well as in the Databases A-Z section of the Library homepage. Click on WOK, then click on the tab, “Select a Database,” then click on Medline.
    Stay with the simple search form. Enter your term in the search box and then limit your search by using the drop down box to the right of each search box. Add as many search boxes as you need to describe your topic.

    News from the Medical Librarian

    November 5th, 2008 by Jean M. Rainwater

    Dear Medical Faculty and Staff,
    This Library Update includes the following topics:
    Drug Information
    One-on-One Consultation
    Journal Article Delivery to Faculty
    New Brown Faculty in Your Department
    DynaMed
    NIH Public Policy Access
    MedlinePlus
    Darwin Celebration
    To access medical library resources and services, click on Medical Connections at: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/medcon/ Remember to log on to the Brown network through the Off Campus Access Service link from the top bar of the page. Also, when using PubMed, first log on to the Brown network in order to see the links to full-text articles from the abstracts.
    Drug Information
    Medical Letters Online is now accessible to Brown users from Josiah http://josiah.brown.edu/ or from Medical Connections. The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics and Treatment Guidelines from the Medical Letter are independent, peer-reviewed, non-profit publications featuring critical appraisals of new drugs, comparative reviews of older drugs and occasionally, new non-drug treatments or new diagnostic aids. It can be used with Palm OS.
    Another new resource for drug information is the National Library of Medicine’s Drug Information Portal at: http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp The resource is for health care professionals, researchers and the public. More than 12,000 drugs are available for searching; the search interface requires only a drug name; a spellchecker is provided.
    One-on-One Consultation
    Just a reminder that you may connect with the BioMed librarians, Janet Crager and Frank Kellerman to set up a one-on-one research consultation. They can come to your office or you can visit them in the Sciences Library, on the 7th floor. Their contact information is on Medical Connections.
    Journal Article Delivery to Faculty
    The Library is now offering document delivery to faculty from our print journal collection. Use the ILLiad system (https://illiad.brown.edu/illiad/logon.html) to submit requests. If the library owns the item it will be delivered to your desktop; if we don’t own it, the library will request it from another library and deliver it to you. Alternatively, the request can be filled out automatically from PubMed (if you logged on via the Brown network) using the link Findit@Brown or SFX@Brown. There is no charge for the service. If you would like your research assistant to be able to submit requests for you, please contact Bart_Hollingsworth@brown.edu
    New Brown Faculty in Your Department
    Please remember to tell new faculty, especially residents, about the library resources and services available to them through Brown. To find out how to access the Brown network, from Medical Connections they should click on ” Learn how to get full access”.
    DynaMed Accessible on Handheld Devices
    DynaMed, a clinical reference tool for point-of-care use is now available on Palms, Pocket PC, Windows Smartphone, BlackBerry and iPhone. While it may not yet have the depth of UpToDate, it can be helpful as an electronic quick reference tool, it has an automatic update feature, and it is accessible on the Brown network from off-campus. After connecting to Medical Connections: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/medcon/ log on to Brown from the “Off Campus Service Access”, and click on Databases, on the left side of the screen.
    NIH Public Access Policy
    For information on NIH Public Access Policy check the Library Resource Guide at: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/lrg.php?id=500&task=home From the right side of the screen follow links to information about Author’s Rights and to Scholarly Communication Selected Internet Resources.
    MedlinePlus Debuts Multilingual Feature
    MedlinePlus, the free web site created for consumers and patients by the National Library of Medicine, now has a multilingual feature, providing access to high-quality health information in languages other than English and Spanish. The new collection contains information in more than 40 languages and covers nearly 250 health topics. To access this resource go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ and click on “Multiple Languages” on left side of the screen.
    Additional resources for consumers and patients, can be found on Medical Connections at: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/medcon/topic.php?topic_id=33
    Darwin Celebration
    2009 will be the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species and the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth. There will be a number of events on campus to celebrate this event (Dec. 4, Feb. 24, and April 6), including an exhibit at the John Hay Library, from April through May. For additional information check the Cogut Center for the Humanities web site at: http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Humanities_Center/ and the Committee on Science and Technolgy Studies web site: http://www.brown.edu/Faculty/COSTS/
    In honor of this event, a wealth of Darwin’s paper are being published online for the first time. Check out the web site, courtesy of Cambridge University Library at: http://www.darwin-online.org.uk/
    If you have questions or need additional information about library resources or services, please be in touch. – Tovah
    Tovah Reis
    Medical School Librarian
    Brown University
    401-863-3334
    Tovah_Reis@brown.edu

    Sample a Book

    September 2nd, 2008 by Jean M. Rainwater

    Each month, Psychiatry Online gives subscribers free access to one of their electronic books. During September, take a look at Introduction to Supportive Psychiatry by Arnold Winston, MD et al. The book is part of the Core Competencies in Psychotherapy series edited by Glen O. Gabbard, M.D and is written as a guide for learning how to do supportive psychotherapy.

    New Library Service for Faculty

    August 25th, 2008 by Jean M. Rainwater

    The library is pleased to announce a service available to all Faculty. In our effort to extend access to the library’s content to your offices, we have begun offering document delivery from our print journal collection. As you do for your Interlibrary Loan requests, use the ILLiad system (https://illiad.brown.edu/illiad/logon.html) to submit requests: if the library owns the item we will deliver it to your desktop. If the library does not own the item, we will request it from another library and deliver it to you. Alternatively, the request can be filled out automatically from PubMed (if you logged on via the Brown network) using the link “Findit @Brown” or SFX@Brown. There is no charge for the service.

    News from the Medical Librarian

    March 19th, 2008 by Jean M. Rainwater

    Dear Medical Faculty, Students and Staff,

    This Library Update includes the following topics:

    1. NIH Open Access Policy Information
    2. Dietary Supplements Labels Database
    3. Additional OldMedline Content

    4. MedEdPortal – Peer Reviewed  Teaching Resource
    5. Can’t Get into an E-Resource?
    6. Resources with PDA Access
    7. New MD Consult Interface
    8. Papers of Molecular Biologist Sol Spiegelman
    9. One-on-One Assistance

    Remember – from off-campus you need first to log onto Brown using the Off-Campus Access Service from the top bar of Medical Connections; http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/medcon/

    1. NIH Open Access Policy Information
    For general information about this policy and a set of user-friendly tutorials, check out the information on Medical Connections, under News: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/medcon/

    2. Dietary Supplements Labels Database
    The National Library of Medicine has launched a new resource focused on dietary supplements: http://dietarysupplements.nlm.nih.gov/dietary/ The database presents information from the labels of more than 2,000 selected brands of supplements, and is intended to help health care providers and the public find information about ingredients, suggested does, label claims warnings, and percentage of daily value.

    3. Addional OldMedline Content
    The National Library of Medicine, is continuing to added citations to OldMedline.  In December 2007 – 55,557 citations from 1949 were added to the database.  For more information check: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/databases_oldmedline.html

    4. MedEdPORTAL – Peer Reviewed Teaching Resources
    MedEdPORTAL is a free online publication service provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that offers peer reviewed dissemination of high quality medical education teaching resources, while also providing a valuable venue for medical educators and faculty to publish educational resources which have undergone the rigors of a scholarly peer-review. Examples of MedEdPORTAL publications include tutorials, virtual patients, cases, lab manuals, assessment instruments, faculty development materials, etc.  MedEdPORTAL published resources are available for free to educators, administrators, students, and the general public around the globe.

    MedEdPORTAL is being utilized by all 143 US and Canadian AAMC member medical schools and over 1,000 teaching hospitals, international schools, and other health education institutions in over 30 different countries.  MedEdPORTAL is receiving on average 2 new submissions per day and has received over 1,300 submissions thus far.  For more information  and a link to MedEdPORTAL , go to Medical Connections http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/medcon/  click on Tools for Study and Teaching

    If you have questions or need further information please contact Michael Saleh , Project Manager  at msaleh@aamc.org or call 202-828-0449.

    5. Can’t Get into an E-Resource?
    If you are having a problem accessing an e-resource, chances are others are having the same problem, and the Library has not been notified. Please send an email to: eresources@brown.edu   or contact one of the librarians listed on Medical Connections:  http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/medcon

    6. Resources with PDA Access
    For a list of e-resources that are accessible with a PDA for Brown users, click on Medical Connections: http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/medcon/  and scroll down the left side of the screen.

    7. Have you tried out the new MD Consult Interface?
    The new interface has better searching capabilities, 200 medical conditions which are pre-searched and updated regularly, and you can sign up for their RSS feed and email newsletter.  From Medical Connections http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/medcon/  click on Online Medical Textbooks, and scroll down to MDC.

    8. Papers of Molecular Biologist Sol Spiegelman added to NLM’s Profiles in Science Website
    Papers of Sol Spiegelman (1914-1983), a pioneering molecular biologist whose discoveries helped reveal the mechanisms of gene action and laid the foundations of recombinant DNA technology, have been added to the National Library of Medicine’s Profiles in Sciences Website: http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/

    9. One-on-One Assistance
    A reminder that subject librarians Janet_Crager@brown.edu and Frank_Kellerman@brown.edu are available for one-on-one assistance.  You can contact them to set up an appointment in their office or to make arrangements for them to come to your office/department.  You can also see them on Wednesdays from 10:30 am -noon on one of the floors at Ship Street or on Fridays from 11:30 am -1:00 pm, at the BioMed Center, outside the computer cluster on level 2.

    If you need additional information or have questions about library resources and services – be in touch.  – Tovah

    Tovah Reis

    Medical School Librarian

    Brown University

    Email: Tovah_Reis@brown.edu

    Tel: 401-863-3334