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Anatomy.tv now available online from Hardin Library

AnatomyTV Launch PageHardin Library for the Health Sciences is excited to announce that Anatomy.tv is now available for our patrons!

Anatomy.tv is an internet-based anatomy tool provided by Stat!Ref which includes a complete set of 3D human models.

Anatomy.tv allows for manipulation and 360-degree rotation of virtual models, as well as filtering different layers of anatomical structure. Additionally, Anatomy.tv links to relevant text, clinical images, diagrams, scans, and videos. Supplementary information such as quizzes, MCQs, and patient information are all available for download.

To begin using Anatomy.tv, simply go to the Hardin Library website and select the tool from the Health Sciences Resources A-Z list.  Direct access is also available at http://purl.lib.uiowa.edu/AnatomyTV.

Please note that access to Anatomy.tv is limited to a set number of users, so if you encounter problems using this resource please feel free to contact Hardin Reference staff at 319-335-9151 or lib-hardin@uiowa.edu and we will provide assistance.


UpToDate Mobile App now available!

UpToDateMobileUpToDate is one of the leading evidence-based clinical practice tools available, and has long been provided for University of Iowa students, faculty, and clinicians. Written by a recognized faculty of experts who each address a specific clinical issue, the contents synthesize the latest evidence and best practices.

Now, access to this resource has become even more convenient for mobile device users with the introduction of the UpToDate mobile app.

In order to access this resource, members of the University of Iowa Community can simply register for an account at http://www.uptodate.com using a valid @uiowa.edu email address. Users will receive a confirmation email, after which the app can be downloaded and initiated with full entrée into thousands of topic areas. Note that full-text of linked content isn’t directly available from within the app interface.

The app is available for iOS, Android, and Windows 8.

Please contact Hardin Library with any questions of comments!


BodyMaps: Another alternative 3D anatomy tool

Screenshot of BodyMapsFollowing Google Body, BodyMaps (http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/) has joined the ever-expanding selection of online anatomical tools.

BodyMaps is a free, web-based, tool produced by Healthline.com, and allows for exploration of the human body in 3D.

Similar to other products of its breed, BodyMaps allows for full model manipulation and sectioning. In addition, various anatomical layers can be filtered and modified, just as in Anatomy TV or Google Body. One nice benefit is the huge number of videos and consumer resources that link directly from various anatomical structures.

Please note that Healthline.com is a commercial health-information provider, and one can wander into pay-for-resource areas of their website.

For more information about this, or any other health information resource, please contact Hardin Library at 335-9151 or lib-hardin@uiowa.edu!


WISER 4.4 now available!

WISER Web Site

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), a service from the National Library of Medicine, has released a new version of its free system!

WISER is a mobile application that provides immediate information for first responders operating in hazardous material incident environments. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression guidance.

This new version includes:

  • A new tool for viewing custom sets and combinations of chemicals.
  • An enhanced overview of the resulting potential hazards.
  • Additional support materials, as well as a set of new reagents and chemicals, including Crude Oil and the Corexit 9500 and Corexit 9527 dispersants.
  • Data updates based on the latest information from the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs).

To access the WISER tool, simply download from http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/register.html or the Apple iTunes store.


New Doors to PubMed

As the volume of content in PubMed continues to expand, the need for sophisticated and skillful searching is more important than ever. In addition to developing fluency with MeSH and limits, however, today’s researchers have access to an increasing number of third-party, home-grown, and open-source tools with which to refine their literature searches.

One such resource is the intriguing PubReMiner (http://bioinfo.amc.uva.nl/human-genetics/pubreminer/), which is a front end search overlay that allows PubMed searchers to view search results in frequency tables. This provides an interesting lens for focusing subsequent queries and optimizing results. PubReMiner is web-based, operating system agnostic, and free-of-charge.

For example, a search for terms such as BRAIN NEOPLASM “STEM CELL” TREATMENT might result in a set of frequency tables which would reveal the frequency of each (and all) of the terms as they occur in a variety of fields, such as Journal Title, Country of Origin, or Author.

Using these tables, PubReMiner then allows a user to select terms by checking boxes  to create a query string that can be sent directly to PubMed!

This is only one example of the emerging breed of search tools that are available for your experimentation and use. If you’d like to learn more, please contact Shane Wallace, the Emerging Technologies Librarian at Hardin!


HCUPNet: Statistics on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization

HCUPNet is produced by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and contains estimates of hospital and emergency department use based on data from over 1000 hospitals involved in the Healthcare Cost and Utilization project.

With HCUPNet you can find information on trends, the most common diagnoses and procedures, or pick specific diagnoses or procedures from a set of lists. You can retrieve information on the number of discharges, length of stay, mortality, and costs. You can limit by patient age, gender, insurance status, patient zip code, as well as hospital characteristics. The results can be viewed in the browser or exported to Excel.

HCUPNet is one of the most flexible and easy to use tools for finding information on hospital and emergency department utilization.