Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Extending evidence-based medicine

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has been used to optimize decision-making for more than two decades, and has caused considerable controversy.

BMC Medicine provides a new series of open access articles to discuss current debates in the field of EBM, and to consider ways forward. The ‘orthodox’ and ‘dissenting’ views highlighted the potential biases that can hinder the progress of EBM, and suggest how to counteract these.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Library Research Skills in Medicine

A new online tutorial, Library Research Skills in Medicine is now available at the eLearning@CU System for your self-learning. It will help you to develop the essential information literacy skills for evidence-based medicine research. Topics include identifying information resources, formulating search strategy, information evaluation and citing references.

Please login with your Student/Staff ID and CWEM Password, select the "Courses" tab, and search for "Library Research Skills" to find course.

Monday, October 12, 2015

BMA Awarded Anaesthesia Book Available Online

The Book Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Report and Findings, by Jaideep J. Pandit, Tim M. Cook, and the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland, has won the first prize of BMA Anaesthesia book 2015. Now it is available online for free.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Food for Thought on Bioethics

The CUHK Centre for Bioethics has organized Ten Introductory Lectures on Bioethics from 17 October to 12 December, 2015.  Two internationally renowned philosophers, Prof. Bonnie Steinbock and Prof. Paul Menzel will address on ten of the most intriguing issues in bioethics.  

Want to learn more about bioethics? Check out the Library books on their publications.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015

Source: Nobel Prize

Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 for their contribution in discovery of  anti-parasitic drugs long hidden in herbs and soil.

Dr. William C. Campbell and Dr. Satoshi Omura developed Avermectin that has radically lowered the incidence of river blindness and lymphatic filariasis.

Dr. Youyou Tu was inspired by Chinese traditional medicine in discovering Artemisinin, a drug that was proven highly effective against the malaria parasite and has reduced death rates from the disease. 

Key publications: 

Burg RW, Miller BM, Baker EE, Birnbaum J, Currie SA, Hartman R, et al. Avermectins, new family of potent anthelmintic agents: producing organism and fermentatio. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1979;15:361-367. doi:10.1128/AAC.15.3.361. 

Egerton JD, Ostlind DA, Blair LS, Eary CH, Suhayda D, Cifelli S, et al. Avermectins, new family of potent anthelmintic agents: efficacy of the B1a component. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1979;15:372-378. doi:10.1128/AAC.15.3.372.

Tu Y, Ni M, Zhong Y, Li L, Cui S, Zhang M, et al. Studies on the constituents of Artemisia Anua L. Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica.1981;16,366-370. (Text in Chinese)

Friday, October 2, 2015

100,000 Digitised Books now available in the Medical Heritage Library

The Medical Heritage Library, a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries, provides a huge curated collection of free digital resources for medical historians and humanities researchers.

In this month, the Medical Heritage Library has added to 100,000 digitized books related to health and medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries.