Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's new with Faculty Publications - Ebola edition

104 publications were added to Matas Faculty Publications in September, bringing the total citation count to 773 publications.

Of Note
Dr. Schieffelin

Dr John S. Schieffelin, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine & Pediatrics and
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, contributes to three articles concerning the Ebola virus outbreak. 

First, an editorial in  The Lancet raises a call for more "small-scale, methodologically sound studies in west Africa for the treatment of Ebola." (1)

Next, a genomic surveillance study from Science examines the origins of the current Ebola outbreak, tracing it's roots to a likely divergence from central African lineages around 2004 and then manifesting in Guinea in February 2014, spreading to Liberia in March, Sierra Leone in May, and Nigeria in late July. The virus "has exhibited sustained human-to-human transmission subsequently, with no evidence of additional zoonotic sources." This is important because "many of the mutations alter protein sequences and other biologically meaningful targets, [which] should be monitored for impact on diagnostics, vaccines, and therapies critical to outbreak response." (2)

Dr Khan (Photo courtesy of Pardis Sabeti.)
A final article from Antiviral Research pays tribute to healthcare workers who have acquired Ebola virus disease while fighting the epidemic in West Africa, including Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, Chief Physician of the Lassa Fever Research Program at Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Dr. Khan died of Ebola virus disease on July 29th, 2014. Through the Lassa Fever Research Program, Dr Khan worked in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Tulane University , and the World Health Organization. When asked about fear of contracting Ebola, he knew the risks:
“I am afraid for my life, I must say…Health workers are prone to the disease because we are the first port of call for somebody who is sickened by disease.” His sister Aissata echoed the concern: “I told him not to go in there [the EVD Treatment Center], but he said ‘If I refuse to treat them, who would treat me?’”(3)

1. Jacob ST, Crozier I, Schieffelin JS, Colebunders R. Priorities for ebola virus disease response in west africa. Lancet. 2014 Sep 24.

2. Gire SK, Goba A, Andersen KG, Sealfon RS, Park DJ, Kanneh L, et al. Genomic surveillance elucidates ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak. Science. 2014 Sep 12;345(6202):1369-72.

3. Bausch DG, Bangura J, Garry RF, Goba A, Grant DS, Jacquerioz FA, et al. A tribute to sheik humarr khan and all the healthcare workers in west africa who have sacrificed in the fight against ebola virus disease: Mae we hush. Antiviral Res. 2014 Sep 6;111C:33-5.

About Matas Faculty Publications
This fully searchable online database collects publications by Tulane University faculty members in the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. The database will be updated monthly with fresh citations from PubMed, EMBASE and Web of Science. To add a pubcliation to our database contact Maureen Knapp or Laura Wright

Friday, September 26, 2014

ClinicalKey upgrade

On September 23, ClinicalKey upgraded its platform.

From ClinicalKey:
ClinicalKey has been built from the start with our customers in the heart of the process. Our product team continues to conduct ongoing research, both qualitative through obtaining clinician and medical librarian feedback as well as quantitative through extensive analysis of user search behavior. Based on this research, we are rolling out several new enhancements.
  • A cleaner, mobile-friendly design for discovering clinical content on the go
  • 1,400+ new Topic Pages that offer quick access to point-of-care content, including risk factors, treatments and more
  • A new browse feature with a searchable, filterable list of sources that highlights new books and journals
  • A new search history feature enabling you to view and refresh recent queries

Due to the upgrade, there are still some glitches that are being worked out  by ClinicalKey. If you need assistance with the new platform, please contact the Matas librarians.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Grand Rounds Topics now available: CPR, Infective endocarditis

Grand rounds references were sparse for this week's morbiduy and mortality reports in internal medicine and pediatrics. However, topical overviews for CPR and infective endocarditis are available:

Resources from Medicine Ground Rounds for September 24, 2014: "Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation" are now available:

References from Pediatrics Grand Rounds for September 25, 2014: "Infective endocarditis" are now available:

Each week librarians at the Matas library attend grand rounds for selected departments in the School of Medicine. Articles and resources mentioned during the presentation are recorded and presented for your perusal via these links.

Science Education videos now available in JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

The Matas Library has just licensed two sections of the Science Education modules: General Laboratory Techniques and Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology. JoVE is a PubMed-indexed video journal. The database includes peer-reviewed scientific video protocols to accelerate biological, medical, chemical, and physical research.

Tulane University subscribes to the following sections of JoVE: General, Neuroscience, Immunology and Infection, Clinical and Translational Medicine, and Bioengineering.

Science Education: General Laboratory Techniques

Science Education: Basic Methods in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Heart Walk Bake Sale- Thank you for your support

Thank you to everyone who stopped  by and supported our bake sale to raise money for our Heart Walk team!

This year the Matas Library is raising money in memory of Mike Jennings, the former Systems Librarian at the Matas Library.

William "Mike" Jennings

Friday, September 19, 2014

New book spotlight: WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2013

Added to the Matas library collection in August, the World Health Organization's Global Tuberculosis Report 2013 provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional and country levels using data reported by 197 countries and territories that account for over 99% of the world's TB cases.

Contents include:
  • The burden of disease caused by TB
  • TB case notifications and treatment outcomes
  • Drug-resistant TB
  • Diagnostics and laboratory strengthening
  • Addressing the co-epidemics of TB and HIV
  • Financing
  • Research and developing
Annexes also include information on the methods used to estimate the global burden of disease caused by TB, country profiles, regional profiles, and key indicators for the world, WHO regions and individual countries.

Call number: WF 300 G562 2013

This item is currently located in the new book truck across from the copier.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grand Rounds Reading Lists now available: HIV, Neonatal Encephalopathy, 21st Century OB/GYN visit

References from Medicine Ground Rounds for September 17, 2014: "HIV Update for the Non-ID Specialist" are now available:

References from Pediatrics Grand Rounds for September 18, 2014: "Neonatal Encephalopathy" are now available:

Information related to OB/GYN Grand Rounds from September 12, 2014: "The 21st Century OB/GYN visit" are now available:

Each week librarians at the Matas library attend grand rounds for selected departments in the School of Medicine. Articles and resources mentioned during the presentation are recorded and presented for your perusal via these links.