FreePint
 Supporting the value of information in your enterprise

FreePint BlogElsevier ‘bites’ into health specifics

Tuesday, 17th August 2010 Please login top-right to be able to star items

Item

In Scotland the months from June to August can prove to be a bad time to visit any of our beautiful rural locations due to nasty insects called ‘midges’. It is ‘our mosquito of Scotland’ and can leave many nasty bites – they can make your time outdoors hell on earth. I love camping and indeed at this time of year I become very specific about places I won’t camp due to the midge population – which, if you are interested, you can check out in the midge forecast at http://2010.midgeforecast.co.uk/. However annoying the Scottish midge can be it is no killer compared to that similar insect the mosquito which can carry malaria. The latest figures from the World Health Organisation show that malaria caused one million deaths following bites from the mosquito. This disease also affects the economics of infected countries and can cause a decrease of their GDP by up to 1.3%. Malaria is not only preventable but curable. Much work is done around diagnosis, treatment methods, drug resistance, prevention techniques, insecticide resistance and elimination. Whilst working as a clinical librarian I was involved in evidence based searches on these very topic areas. One of the biggest STM (science, technology and medical) providers, Elsevier, has just launched Malaria Nexus (http://www.malarianexus.com/). This intends to be a global malaria resource for researchers, editors and opinion leaders. Elsevier are already providers of some of the leading clinical journals for published research into malaria. The resource covers the topics of Parasitology, Entomology and Tropical Medicine. The journals list has some of the ‘big hitters’ such as The Lancet, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the International Journal of Parasitology. The publisher wants this resource to go behind the article and provide a forum for communication – to encourage discussion, opinion, and research around malaria topics. The latest malaria articles are free to download. There will also be author and expert interviews expanding on their thoughts and the background to their published articles. From my experience as a clinical librarian, and nearly fifteen years of working with biomedical information, I can see the value of this resource. Many clinicians and scientists are highly specialised in their field and will follow, in many cases, a few highly specialised journals - those where they and their peers would consider publishing. This resource takes that notion one step further by opening up the stories and experts behind the evidence. I believe that clinicians and scientists will react favourably to this resource. I hope that in my lifetime malaria is eradicated……the Scottish midge however, that I think shall live for ever especially in my camping nightmares.

 

Read other Blog items:

 View the FreePint Blog 

 

Keep up-to-date with everything at FreePint:

 Sign-up for the FreePint Newsletter 

 

About this item



 

A FreePint Subscription gives access to all Content, Community and Consulting:

 Find out more about the FreePint Subscription 

Contact us to discuss your requirements or to
check if your organisation already has a FreePint Subscription







FreePint Topics
Sources
Sources: Staying informed and aware
Technology
Technology: Improving information work with technology
Value
Value: Maximising value for information work and investment

 Explore the FreePint Topics 


Free to register Topic Series:

News, and Beyond
News, and Beyond
Oct-Dec 2014

Making Information Visible
Making Information Visible
Jan-Mar 2015


Latest Subscription Content:

FreePint Newsletter

Keep up-to-date with the latest FreePint articles and tips by email twice-monthly.

 Free Newsletter Sign-up 

Latest: No.409 23rd October