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DynaMed is Getting a Makeover

Sometime during the week of July 18, the point of care database DynaMed will be getting a new look along with some new functionality.  A beta version of the new design  is available.  The company that produces DynaMed is asking users to provide them with feedback so some of this new functionality may change before the new design is officially released.

It may be useful to look at the current interface of DynaMed side-by-side with the new version.  Below are some screenshots with the most noticeable changes.

The new homepage for DynaMed is much cleaner than the current one. In addition, there are now links to “Search other Services” included near the bottom right corner. In addition, a lot of the menu options that are seen on the left side of the page in the current (soon to be old) version are now located in a thin menu at the top of the page. 

Screen shot of new and current DynaMed homepages

Search Results
A quick search for the topic “GERD” yielded slightly different results in the new interface than the current one. As you see below, the new interface places “Gastroesophageal reflux disease” at the top of the list.  There may be some improvements to the search algorithm along with the changes in design.  Although not available in the beta version, when the new interface is released, a new spell checker will be provided for search results. The second thing that you may notice in the new interface is that the links for Tx (treatment) and Dx (diagnosis) are no longer there. Instead, when the mouse hovers over the topic, a menu appears on the right side of the screen with options for not only treatment and diagnosis, but also for other subsections of the topic, as well.

Images of Search Results in new and current DynaMed interfaces

Viewing Topics
There is a noticeable difference in the two layouts for topics. In the new version of DynaMed, the options for the left menu have been expanded. There are “+” symbols that allow quicker navigation to areas of interest within the topic. In addition, there is a link for searching other services for information. Clicking the links for other services simply takes you to the other service’s homepage where a new search must be carried out.

As illustrated in the image below, both versions of DynaMed start their topic pages with information on the latest updates right below the title of the topic. However, in the new version of DynaMed, only the latest update is listed. A link is provided for access to previous updates.

There have also been improvements to the “Search within Topic feature.” The new interface will have a search box and then a system for navigating through the results.  Links to appropriate clinical calculators will now be included within the text of topics, as well.

Lastly, the links for emailing and printing topics has been moved to the far right of the topic in the new version. In addition, there will be a new feature for receiving alerts whenever a topic of interest changes (this feature has not been turned on in the preview version of the database).

Topics view for new and current DynaMed interfaces

Other Changes
Another change for DynaMed involves their Current Updates feature.  There is a new filtering system to allow users to find updates on a specific subject. In addition, users now have the ability to check a box for “Practice Changing Updates.” This box can be used with a filter or without one.  An alert can be set up for this part of DynaMed as well as for specific topics. 

More Information
For more information on the upcoming changes, see EBSCO Support’s “DynaMed New Features and Functionality.”

As always, if you have questions or need assistance with DynaMed or other library resources, feel free to contact us.

SciFinder Access Changing Now – June 30th Deadline

University Libraries will be moving to the web version of SciFinder Scholar

Access to the client version (desktop application) of SciFinder we currently use will be discontinued on June 30, 2011.

You must register by June 30th to be able to convert your files to the web version. (Convert your client-saved .sfr files to .akx files using the new SciFinderfile conversion tool)

Registration is required…you must create your own id and password and you must use a email address.

Click here to access the registration page. Follow the easy step-by-step instructions for registration.

A campus e-mail is required for registration with the suffix “” After you submit the registration form, CAS will send you an e-mail with instructions for completing the registration process.   This e-mail should arrive within 30 minutes and you must reply within 48 hours.  The registration confirmation e-mail may be identified as spam by your e-mail application, so check your spam folder.

For more information, contact the Sciences Library,

The web version offers:

  • Powerful features not found in the client version
  • Convenient access, anytime, anywhere
  • Simple and intuitive interface
  • Same CAS content

Additional Information :

You can get a product overview and system requirements, as well as training support, on

View an interactive demo of the web version of SciFinder

View How to Guides featuring Exploreby Research Topic, Exploreby Chemical StructureExploreby Substructure, and ExploreReactions

BodyMaps: Another alternative 3D anatomy tool

Screenshot of BodyMapsFollowing Google Body, BodyMaps ( has joined the ever-expanding selection of online anatomical tools.

BodyMaps is a free, web-based, tool produced by, 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 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!

Get Your Practice Exam Questions Here

Are you getting ready to take the USMLE, PANCE or NAPLEX or other exam? Are you wondering where to get some free for UI affiliates practice questions? Well, wonder no longer.  Hardin Library subscribes to a valuable resource called Exam Master Online.  You can find it on the Health Sciences Databases A-Z list on the home page for Hardin Library.

You will need to sign up for an account before you can use Exam Master which will allow you to keep track of your results and progress on various practice exams.  There are many options for using Exam Master. You can use a pre-created practice exam or you can create your own exam. If you decide to create your own exam, you have three options.

  1. You can select a number of questions from asection of the USMLE, PANCE or NAPLEX practice exams. You can choose to have between 1-999 questions in your exam.
  2. You can create an exam with questions containing a specific word. For example, you could find exam questions containing neuropathy or anatomy.
  3. You can also find questions based on a topic within a specific specialty like Internal Medicine certification, etc.

Once you create an exam, you have the option of two modes.  The practice mode will explain why an answer is correct or not allowing you to study the material.  The exam mode will time you and you will not be able to see the correct answers or explanations.  There is an option to pause the exam mode and continue later.

Exam Master will be updating their interface this month to improve your experience. You can read about those upgrades on their website. The functionality will remain mostly the same, but there will be a streamlined dashboard showing all your recent exams with progress, and there will also be some tabbing within the interface to allow for a more streamlined navigation of
the database.

If you are interested in other information for preparing for board exams, etc, you may want to check out our Board Review Materials LibGuide.

As always, if you have any questions about Exam Master or other library resources, contact Hardin Library.

Changes Coming to My NCBI

My NCBI is going to be getting a little bit of a make-over in the near future. If you are not familiar with My NCBI, it is most known for being a tool that allows you to save searches, set auto-alerts in PubMed, and manages your “My Bibliography” (which is used for managing your personal publications and NIH grant funding).  There are quite a few changes coming, but we’ll just focus on the ones that are most noticeable.

My NCBI Homepage

At this time, it’s not always easy to see what is available in My NCBI, but coming soon, the main page will be streamlined so that most features can be accessed from the main page. From the preview, it appears that the options will be laid out in titled boxes such as: My Bibliography, Filters, Saved Searches, etc.

Image of the new My NCBI landing page

Saved Searches

With the new Saved Searches box, you can set up an auto-alert if you want to receive an email when new research is published, or you can create a permanent saved search.  Within MyNCBI, there will be a table set up to show you when you last ran a search, how many new citations have become available since then, and a link that lets you go directly to the new stuff.

Image of My NCBI Saved Search Screen

My Bibliography

This is the area of My NCBI can be used to create a list of the articles that you have personally published. This list can be private or shared with others, and now, you can designate someone other than yourself to add and make changes to this part of your account without giving them your personal login information.  You also have more options for how you would like to display and share these citations. One display option lets you link your account with the eRA commons and see whether or not your articles are in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

Image of My Bibliography when linked to ERA

 If you would like to know more about these changes and the many others that are coming to My NCBI, check out the NLM Technical Bulletin: My NCBI Redesign.

As always, if you have any questions about using My NCBI, PubMed or other library resources, contact us. We’re happy to help.

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 or the Apple iTunes store.

MeSH database redesign launched February 14

Have you noticed that PubMed looks a little different when you’re using MeSH?

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Database was redesigned on February 14, 2011 to provide users with the same streamlined interface now available in PubMed® and the NLM® Catalog. If you haven’t heard of MeSH, it stands for medical subject headings and is a wonderful way to find relevant articles when searching.

What does this mean for you? Well, it means a much cleaner design within the MeSH database.  One of the best features is that the subheadings are now arranged into neat columns rather than in one jumbled paragraph. Another lovely feature is the PubMed Search builder that now shows up on the right side of the page.

Screenshot demonstrating columns for MeSH subheadings

If you’d like to learn more about all the changes that have taken place, you can check out the NLM Technial Bulletin that was updated on February 14 of this year.

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 (, 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!

VisualDx beta available for Droids

visual dxVisualDx visual diagnostic decision support system links health care professionals to superior-quality medical images and information.  The University of Iowa Libraries subscribes to VisualDX, and it can be accessed on campus, with an iPhone/iPad/iTouch or now with a Droid phone.

The download and instructions for installing the Droid version are available online (

If you need help installing VisualDX on your smartphone, we have drop in hours on Fridays from 10am-3pm.