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Monthly Archives: July 2011

First step to health literacy: ask questions

As noted in a previous post, health literacy includes everything from the ability to get care in our complex healthcare system down to being able to understand the instructions on your prescription medicine bottle. A basic foundation to being literate about healthcare is the ability to ask questions. But if your primary language is not […]

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An app for tracking blood glucose levels?

According to the Technology Review website published by MIT, using a nanosensor “tattoo” and a modified iPhone, cyclists could closely monitor sodium levels to prevent dehydration, and anemic patients could track their blood oxygen levels. A team at Northeastern University’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is working to make this possible. They have created a specialized, […]

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PubMed Central facelift

As reported Friday in the NLM Technical Bulletin, PubMed Central has an updated user interface. Specific improvements include: A revamped homepage, which offers better navigation through the site as well as direct access to resources such as the Users’ Guide and NIH Public Access information Redesigned Advanced Search and Limits pages An updated search results […]

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Now on iPhone: UpToDate… sort of

As reported on the company website, UpToDate is now available as an app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Features include mobile-optimized clinical calculators, Physician Topics, Drug Topics, What’s New, Patient Information, CME/CE/CPD credit accrual, abstracts, graphics, tables, images, figures, basic search, search filters (adult, pediatric, patient), auto-complete search terms, topic-centric navigation, persistent login, bookmarks, […]

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Searching on Twitter: health literacy

A sampling of the content found by searching Twitter topic “#healthliteracy”.

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Report on iPad usability

According to the blog ReadWriteWeb, web usability expert Jakob Nielsen has published a report about how people are using iPads. This is a follow-up report to his first usability study of the iPad a year ago, and it provides details about strengths and problems with the device. Nielsen reports that both versions of the iPad […]

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NCBI Classes Available

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is hosting two NCBI classes in the coming week. Peter Cooper from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) will be presenting BLAST and Genomes Updates. Peter will present these two sessions via Adobe Connect. Please join us in the Eccles Health Sciences Education Building, Room 3100B. There […]

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Who’s paying for my “free” medical app?

Developing a mobile application (“app” for short) for any use requires time, programming skills, and, if you want to sell your app, a potential audience. Creating medical mobile apps also requires finding content that is scientifically supported and evidence based, which means a developer has to pay for expert medical searching and advice. So where […]

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