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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
5:51 pm
help needed
Hi everybody!
I'm searching for the book "Cancer-Associated Thrombosis: New Findings in Translational Science, Prevention, and Treatment" by Khorana, Alok. This one is needed for my scientific work. I work in Research Institute of Hematology in Lviv, Ukraine. So if anyone have it - please write. Thnx.
Friday, October 9th, 2009
2:56 pm

I know that no one, including me, posts to this community ever, but I had to make a quick post...

Thursday, October 25th, 2007
11:11 pm
Wow, it's been a long time since anyone (including me!) posted anything here, but I have an interesting story to tell. A friend of mine was trying to locate the citation for an article that she was an author on, but for some reason didn't have all of the citation info (how, I don't know).

So she was using one of the not-entirely-old-yet features on PubMed. She went to the "Limits" tab from the homescreen and clicked "Add Author" to add herself into the search. Now, the old way of doing it was that you just enter your search text and then search, but the new way (or newish to me anyway) is that PubMed now gives immediate feedback on the limit you're trying to apply using something that's not unlike predictive text. I don't think it qualifies as predictive text.Collapse )

So anyway, she typed in her last name and was about to add her initials (she would have if not for the instant feedback), but saw her father's initials after her last name. Turns out, there are three articles indexed by PubMed that her grandfather, who has the same initials, had published over half a century ago.

They weren't bad, either.

Funny how technology can connect people, don't you think?
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
2:27 pm

I'm probably being really dense but I'll ask anyway.

I want to find all articles that cite a specific article. How can I do this on Pubmed?

Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer!
Sunday, June 25th, 2006
5:23 pm
Hi I'm new!

Hi I'm Kate!

      I'm going into my second year of nursing school, and just recently I've decided I want to be a cardiologist. I want to continue with nursing so I can have a job to help me pay for medical school, but I need a plan. How exactly should I go about getting into med school. Should I take some extra bio and chem classes and then get a masters degree and then apply to med school? Orrrr I duno. I know I want to be a nurse to help pay for med school, but as far as getting into med school I'm clue less! Help me please!




Monday, May 1st, 2006
11:34 am
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
4:43 pm
Anyone else having trouble accessing PubMed right now? (Thursday, 9 March 2006 4:45 Pacific)
Friday, February 24th, 2006
11:42 am
Ever have trouble searching PubMed for articles related to specific chemicals? I've recently started using PubChem Substance and PubChem Compound to ease my research into different drugs. You can use Substance to identify the catalog number that is used in Compound, and then from there search for all sorts of different MeSH terms, plus it gives you tons of synonyms for the same compound.

For example, I searched Substance for "picrotoxin," and located the Compound identification number (CID). From there I read the PubChem description of picrotoxin:

A noncompetitive antagonist at GABA-A receptors and thus a convulsant. Picrotoxin blocks the GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID-activated chloride ionophore. Although it is most often used as a research tool, it has been used as a CNS stimulant and an antidote in poisoning by CNS depressants, especially the barbiturates.

Since picrotoxin is a convulsant I needed to figure out a sub-convulsant dose for my mice. I browsed the MeSH terms to get a sense of the different words that might be related to convulsions (I ended up picking "convuls*" and "seizure"), and found some articles that give me a good idea what doses will not produce seizures.

The only problem I had is that a lot of the prefabricated searches that would seem to have been helpful (e.g., "administration and dosage") were not, since it doesn't seem to be used clinically. Still though, I recommend checking out these services to anyone who's not yet familiar with them.
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
12:14 pm
Sometimes when I'm searching PubMed I get frustrated by how many useless hits I get. One strategy that I've taken to combat this problem is by using PubMed's MeSH database. The way I understand it, the MeSH is supposed to help the user find better search terms (like "pruritis" instead of "itch"), but once you've located your search term there's an option to search for only articles where the target term is a major concept of the article.

Anyone have some other tricksy tricks for limiting their results?
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
8:02 pm
PubMed Gold is a search engine that finds PDFs and free full text articles cited in PubMed. It was created by Shawn Thomas of neurotransmitter.net, currently doing a Master's in library science. He also posted a term paper describing changes in MEDLINE (PubMed) from 1995-2004 and ways different user groups can improve results, with links to various search interfaces and resources.
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
4:04 pm

I created a new feed. It's for me, obviously, but I'm promoting it anyway.

The feed is pm_porsolt_fst, which returns new hits to the PubMed search porsolt or (forced swim test). For any who don't know, the Forced Swim Test (aka Porsolt Forced Swim Test aka Forced Swimming Test aka FST) is the best validated model of depression in laboratory rats and mice. Strictly speaking, it is a test of anti-depressant action, and only a model of depression, but many people use it as a test of depression.

Do you find that you keep repeating the same PubMed searches over and over again?
Need up-to-date information on a particular medical or health topic?

Why not create your own RSS feed?!

The process is simple:
1. Make up your mind on a really good search. You don't want anything that's too broad (it'll return too many hits every day), or anything that's too narrow (it's pointless to check regularly). For example, if you're interested in HPV you might come up with the search phrase hpv OR "human papilloma virus" OR "genital warts" but you probably wouldn't want to include "sexually transmitted diseases" as a search topic, because then you would get AIDS, herpes, and a lot of other stuff too (in the search results, not on your body).
2. Run the search. Look at your results to see that it matches what you've expected. (If you find that things that you don't want are popping up, try adding operators to remove these from your search.) You might want to repeat this search once a week for a few weeks and keep track of how many hits you get each time, that way you can tell if you need to refine your search or broaden it.
3. When you are satisfied with your search parameters, choose "RSS Feed" from the "Send to" pulldown.
4. Click "Create feed"
5. Follow the instructions for getting the feed's URL.
6. Follow LiveJournal's FAQ on syndication to syndicate this your new feed for use on LiveJournal. (For this you will need a paid account. You can also try tricking asking someone from syn_quest.)
Thursday, January 19th, 2006
11:44 am
I made a new feed from PubMed: pm_postpartum. This feed reports new hits for the search phrase postpartum depression (as opposed to "postpartum depression" with quotes included as operators in the search field).

Also, in the coming days I'll be improving the pubmed community info page to include links to information on syndication (FAQs and relevant communities), and I'll be advertising this community to other places as well.

Speaking of advertising, welcome to the new people watching this community or members of this community! Don't forget to tell your science friends about it :)
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
9:45 pm
New community for PubMed enthusiasts. Only me so far, but don't be shy.

To any interested, check out this pubmed_pms, which returns new hits for the search "premenstrual syndrome" on PubMed.
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