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

Altmetric Top 100 Articles of 2016

January 11th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap


Altmetrics, an alternative to impact factor and traditional ranking to evaluate journals, has published its list of top 100 articles of 2016, ranked based on “conversations” about the article in social media (Twitter, FaceBook, etc.), news, YouTube, as well as post-publication reviews.

Looking over this list you will find that 15 out of the top 20 articles cover medicine or medically related research. Most striking, the actor/comedian Robin Williams suffered from Lewy Body Dementia, a diagnosis that forensic pathologists made after his death. And not surprisingly, the top article for 2016 was President Obama’s United States Health Care Reform : Progress to Date and Next Steps appearing in JAMA. Occupying the number 2 spot on this list Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US should be worth reading as well.

The Altmetrics “donut” (illustrated above) provides a color-coded “at a glance” picture showing in what sort of media a given mention of the article appeared, in addition to the total conversations given in the center. Click on the donut in Altmetrics for a given article (or the one above) to see the break-down of how many mentions in which category.

The Career Center for the School of Medicine moved its library online and into Lane

September 14th, 2016 by Steven Dunlap


The Graduate Careers Collection found a new home in the “Duck Room” of Lane Library over the summer. We are working with the Career Center to migrate as many titles as possible to e-books. But some titles are not available in electronic format,  including one of the most popular titles in the collection:

Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development.
Toby Freedman.

We have books on all career-related topics, such as professional development and job-searching. We also have numerous books on different industries and sectors, such as academic jobs, biotech business, entrepreneurship, management consulting, medical careers, law, banking and finance, science communications, science policy, and many more!

The School of Medicine Career Center and its services can help you find the right books for your needs.

Stop by and browse the collection. Or, you can use the Portal Page for the Collection online.

VisualDX trial July-August

July 6th, 2016 by Steven Dunlap

VisualDX logo

From July 1 to August 31, 2016 use trial access to VisualDX to build or expand your differential diagnosis. VisualDx, originally focused on dermatology, has expanded this year to include infectious diseases and general medical diagnoses. Please Give us your feedback, both good and bad in the coming days and weeks. How can it be improved?

Please consult Using images from VisualDX  before using any images.

VisualDX images integrated into UpToDate are highlighted with an orange VDx icon VDx icon smal 1l in UpToDate search results or in the References section of the UpToDate topic. Try searching ‘varicella’ to see the integration.

Use VisualDX to

  • Enter patient symptoms and findings to build a differential diagnosis.
  • Search a diagnosis to access disease images and clinical information.
  • Search by medication to view medication-induced eruptions.
  • Search by country to focus retrieval for travel-related illnesses.

Improve your skills via VisualDx tutorials: https://login.laneproxy.stanford.edu/login?url=http://www.visualdx.com/video-tutorials/

VisualDX runs on browsers, Apple mobile devices or Androids. The database has trouble with IE7 but all other browsers including IE8 should work. To obtain the mobile app:

  1. Open a browser, go to https://login.laneproxy.stanford.edu/login?url=http://www.visualdx.com/visualdx
  2. Click on the button near the bottom center “Get the Mobile App.”
  3. Click on the link on the right “Create a personal VisualDX account.”
  4. Fill in the online form to create your account.
  5. Search for VisualDX in the App Store or Google Play on your mobile device.
  6. Download the App.
  7. Enter the user name and password you created for your account.

Do you want Lane Library to subscribe to VisualDX? Please tell us why or why not.

Aliso Canyon Natural Gas (Methane) Leak

February 9th, 2016 by Steven Dunlap

Several California, local, and federal agencies are responding to the natural gas leak at the Southern California Gas Company Aliso Canyon Facility that is affecting the Porter Ranch neighborhood in Los Angeles. The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center (NLM
Disaster Health) provides information on public health aspects of chemical incidents for the benefit of health professionals and volunteers who may be responding to an incident and for people living in or concerned about an affected region.

The USHHS Disaster Information Management Research Center produced a PDF information update with links to web resources including

  • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
  • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
  • Health Information on Chemical Components of the Leak

Lead in the Flint, Michigan Water System – Info Resources

February 8th, 2016 by Steven Dunlap

Several Michigan, local, and federal agencies are responding to the presence of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division (NLM SIS) provides information on the medical and public health aspects of chemical incidents for health professionals, policy makers, and volunteers who may be responding to an incident and for people living in or concerned about the affected region. The information below about health effects of lead and safe drinking water is from the National Library of Medicine resources including the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB); ChemIDplus, Tox Town, and MedlinePlus as well as from other federal agencies, local agencies, and other authoritative sources.

The USHHS Disaster Information Management Research Center produced a PDF guide with links to web resources including

  • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
  • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
  • Social media resources for situational awareness

Zika Virus Health Information Resources

February 5th, 2016 by Steven Dunlap

Discovered in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947 by a Scottish Researcher Alexander Haddow, the virus received almost no attention until a mutated strain appeared on Yap Island in Micronesia in 2007. The 2015 outbreak in South America gained attention because of the possible connection to the birth defect microcephaly. (1)

The USHHS Disaster Information Management Research Center produced Zika Virus Health Information Resources, a guide to critical web resources including

6 Reasons You Need to Try the Beta Version of Lane’s Newest Search Engine

October 21st, 2015 by Nicole Soares

Here at Lane Medical Library, we’re constantly innovating and improving our search technology to better meet your needs, and we need your feedback to make our best search engine yet even better.

Here are 6 reasons you need to try the beta version of our newest search engine:

  1. Our most comprehensive search engine yet
    Lane’s newest search engine searches:
    – all 25 million+ PubMed records
    – the full contents of the Lane Catalog (ebooks, print books, journals, databases, and much more)
    – all Grand Rounds videos
    – and the full contents of the Lane website, including information about the wonderful classes Lane offers!
  2. Blazing fast results
    Built using the open source Apache Solr platform, Lane’s most comprehensive search yet is also our fastest.
  3. The most relevant results appear at the top
    Unlike PubMed, [Lane Search] uses relevance ranking to display your search results, which means less scrolling to find the search results you want the most.
  4. More ways to sort your results
    New sorting options allow you to sort your results how you want. Decide if you want to organize your results by relevance, author, title, or year (new to old or old to new).
  5. More ways to filter your results
    Choose from a variety of new filters to help you narrow your search to give you just the results you want to see.
  6. You can help us make it even better!
    We need your help to improve our new Lane Search! You can help us by giving our new Lane Search a try and sharing your feedback.

Can’t wait to get started? Click here to try Lane’s best search engine yet and tell us what you think!


Taking My Medicine — new book by SOM graduate Melanie Watkins

September 17th, 2015 by Steven Dunlap



Taking My Medicine: My Journey from Teenage Mother to Physician

A memoir by Melanie Watkins (M.D. Stanford Medical School, 2003) describing her experience as a single mother, first generation college student and medical doctor. Dr. Watkins kindly donated a copy of this book to the library. She presently practices psychiatry Walnut Creek.


Scanners Replace Photocopiers in the Lane Medical Library

September 2nd, 2015 by Steven Dunlap


New Scanners

Lane Medical Library leaves the 20th century behind as we have replaced the old photocopy machine and the old scanning stations with 3 new scanning stations. You can find one these new scanners in the Consulting area and two will replace the old ones in the Redwood Room. You can scan PDFs to a flash drive or e-mail them to yourself.

You also have the option to use our Scan on Demand Service to have us create PDF files or a paper copy for a fee ($5 for articles within 20 pages and then 20¢ per page after 20).  This will be particularly convenient for when the materials you want are off-site and we must page them. You can order the copy then log in to your DocXpress account to download it later.


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