Monday, March 29, 2010

PubMed Page Expired - A Fix

When you search in PubMed and then use the arrow keys to go back do you get a message that tells you the page expired, meaning you have to start over?

You can adjust your browser so that won't happen:

Tools - Internet Options - Advanced.
Then scroll down to HTTP 1.1 settings and add a checkmark in the box that says "Use HTTP 1.1 through proxy connections."
This should make it work without even restarting the Internet.

Mosby's Nursing Consult Now Free to ANA Members

The American Nurses Association ANA now offers FREE to members a version of Mosby's Nursing Consult. See their press release for more details:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MEDLINE Citation Coverage Now Into Year 1947

When MEDLINE started it included information dated back to about 1966. In the 1990's the National Library of Medicine began adding additional years to its coverage, the OLDMEDLINE project. As of March, 2010, the database has now expanded back through 1947 and has reached over 2 million citations.

For more information see this article:
PubMed® Extends Its Reach — Biomedical Database Moves Back in Time to 1947. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Mar-Apr;(373):e8.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus Online

Now, through the National Library of Medicine's "Turning the Pages" system, you can unroll the Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus online and read it in English. Written in Ancient Egypt around 1600 BC, it discusses a number of trauma surgery cases using scientific understanding rather than magic. This amazing 15-foot long scroll is owned by the New York Academy of Medicine.

See the
press release for more information. You must have Flash on your computer to view this.

The Historical Collection in the Medical Library includes a copy of a book that shows the papyrus and translates it into hieroglypics and English.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Disaster Resources from Publishers

When a disaster strikes and emergency responders head there to help, they need access to information. Since so much literature is now available online, publishers often generously offer temporary free access to those whose normal sources are unavailable due to destruction of infrastructure and to emergency responders in the hard-hit area.

The Emergency Access Initiative (
EAI managed by the National Library of Medicine is a central point for this project. During the Haiti earthquake the initiative was active for 8 weeks, and it has just closed.

NLM's Disaster Information Management Research Center continues to offer a variety of valuable disaster-related links

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Google Personalized Search Now the Default

When you enter a search in Google do you expect to see the same results that another person would when entering the same terms? Don't count on it! Now Google's default search is "Personalized Search," a feature that used to be enabled only for those who signed in. Now Google uses a cookie to estimate how much you liked a particular site and rank search results differently based on that.

Google says "You'll know when we customize results because a 'View customizations' link will appear on the top right of the search results page. Clicking the link will let you see how we've customized your results and also let you turn off this type of customization."

Danny Sullivan, editor in Chief of Search Engine Land discussed his privacy concerns in an interview with Laine Hansen on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday, 3-7-2010. Google offers its own suggestions on how to turn off personalization.