Featured Data Sets

February 22nd, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Project Tycho from the University of Pittsburgh provides free data sets on diseases.
Science Magazine, editorial Feb 17 2017:
“Analyses of these data revealed that vaccine development and systematic vaccination programs have led to dramatic reductions in the number of cases.” — Data in Public Health, by Jeremy Berg

  • Contains information corresponding to nearly 88 million cases
  • Includes all available city and state notifiable disease data from 1888 to 2011, mostly from hard-copy sources
  • ∼100 million cases of serious childhood diseases have been prevented through vaccination programs
  • Tycho open to interested parties without restriction

New Book – The Truth in Small Doses

February 21st, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Book cover

The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer—and How to Win It
by Clifton Leaf, Deputy Editor of Fortune Magazine, and recent speaker at the Dean’s Lecture Series.

A decade ago, Clifton Leaf … a cancer survivor himself, began to investigate why we had made such limited progress in fighting this terrifying disease. The result is a gripping narrative that reveals why the public’s immense investment in research has been badly misspent


Tech tip Tuesday – Beware of Crapware

February 21st, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Illustration for PC Magazine article depicting computer malware

Trying to save money so you buy a really cheap PC? There’s a reason that PC costs so little: software makers pay to have their software loaded on the PC in advance or on the install disc the store gives you. Uninstalling it proves time-consuming and frustrating. How to Clean Crapware From a New PC by Eric Griffith on PC Magazine describes how to solve this problem so you can buy your cheap PC and use it too.

The solution:
– Windows 10 (not 7, 8, or 8.1)
– start with a full reset of the OS using the Windows 10 Refresh Tool
– Beware of download sites such as CNET’s Downloads.com, Tucows, FileHippo, Softpedia, Snapfiles
– Download from the software developer’s sites

Guidance for managing ethical issues in infectious disease outbreaks

February 16th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Guidance cover

Guidance for managing ethical issues in infectious disease outbreaks by the World Health Organization. Previous guidance from the WHO focused on the specific pathogen. This document started with the work of ad-hoc ethics working groups that met in Geneva, Switzerland to provide guidance on the use of untested interventions during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa then expanded to address the cross-cutting ethical issues that apply to infectious disease outbreaks generally.

New E-Book: Current surgical therapy

February 9th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Current Surgical Therapy

Edited by John L. Cameron, Andrew M. Cameron. 12th edition. c2017
The number of chapters has doubled since the 1st edition but the emphasis remains on concise descriptions of operative procedures with numerous figures and diagrams.

Written for:

  • surgical residents
  • fellows
  • fully trained surgeon

Also an excellent textbook to review before taking the general surgical boards or re-certifying.

New Book by Stanford Author – Drug dealer, MD.

February 9th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Book Cover

New print book, gift of the author: Drug dealer, MD: how doctors were duped, patients got hooked, and why it’s so hard to stop. Dr. Anna Lembke, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has had more than 20 years of experience working with patients who are misusing or addicted to prescription drugs. Her new book describes the history of the prescription drug epidemic and what we can do about it.

Listen to the Podcast on Stanford Med News Center.

Sonoworld and TheFetus.net

February 7th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Looking for sonograms? Take a look at Sonoworld, a web site with free access to videos, cases, lectures and articles. A component part of this site is TheFetus.net. Both are easily searchable. For example, if you want to find videos of sonograms simply add the word “video” to your search – you will often find videos embedded in the cases and articles.

The site does charge for CME.

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New Book Autophagy networks in inflammation

February 1st, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Autophagy networks in inflammation
edited by Maria Chiara Maiuri, Daniela De Stefano. c2016.

Available in print and as an e-book.

The aim of this book is to describe the state of the art about the in fieri comprehension of the interface between autophagy, immunity, and inflammation. We discuss how emerging concepts about the functions of the autophagy pathway and the autophagy proteins may reshape our understanding of immunity and diseases.

— Preface

New Book: Pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care

January 29th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care a guide for essential practice / World Health Organization, 3rd edition, c2015.

Available in print and as an e-book.

updated to include recommendations from recently approved WHO guidelines relevant to maternal and perinatal health.
… The aim of PCPNC is to provide evidence-based recommendations to guide health care professionals in the management of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, and newborns, and post abortion, including management of endemic diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB and anaemia. The PCPNC is a guide for clinical decision-making. All recommendations are for skilled attendants working at the primary level of health care, either at the facility or in the community. They apply to all women attending antenatal care, in delivery, postpartum or post abortion care, or who come for emergency care, and to all newborns at birth for routine and emergency care.

Zolinger’s in and Skandalakis’ out: AccessSurgery

January 26th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Due to a copyright dispute McGraw-Hill has removed the title Skandalakis’ Surgical Anatomy from AccessSurgery. McGraw-Hill recommends Zollinger’s Atlas of Surgical Operations 10th edition, “…which details all the critical anatomy for the vast majority of general surgical operations.”

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