Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Video Games Improve Medication Compliance

Play video games can help with pediatric patient medication compliance (16% increase). From the August 2008 issue of Pediatrics, cited in a Yahoo! (Reuters):

In Re-Mission (, developed by HopeLab, a Redwood City, California-based non-profit company, players control a tiny robot called Roxxi who moves around in a 3-D environment representing the inside of the body of a young cancer patient. Players can use Roxxi to blast cancer cells and control side effects, and winning the game requires taking chemotherapy drugs and antibiotics, using relaxation techniques, eating food, and keeping up with other types of self-care.
SOURCE: Pediatrics, August 2008.


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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Elsevier Article 2.0 Contest Site

Elsevier has posted an Article 2.0 contest site with prizes of $500-2500 for the best scientific article online presentation. It seems like theyare giving programmers the opportunity to take on the role of an innovative publisher using their xml dataset of articles...

The contest runs September 1st - December 31st, 2008 and prizes will be announced January 31st, 2009.

Also for the library Geeks amongst us:
A web2.0/library2.0 issue of Elsevier's Library Connect (October 2007):

Plus three interesting library/programmer bloggers:

With best regards,

P.S. - If you are contemplating going for this, I wouldn't wait until 12-31 to upload. Note that Elsevier took down their website for the Grand Challenge yesterday- the deadline date (for developing an innovative data interpretation or manuscript submission/ reviewing tool with prizes of 15-35K). Perhaps their deadlines are 12:01 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time of the date specified...;-)

Source: Susanna Richards
Editorial Administrative Assistant
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
A-5321 Medical Center North
1161 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232- 2363

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Health Informatics Now

The September issue of HINOW is now out and available online at or if you prefer a pdf version

The contents include:

*Foreword by the BCS Health Informatics Forum treasurer
*Industry news
*Getting the educational ducks all in a row
*The wider BCS educational picture for IT professionals
*Healthcare added to ECDL portfolio
*Home carers train on hand-held devices
*Southern training approach gains national accreditation
*Electronic records require nurses to upskill
*Records could support research
*Architecture sets out how services fit together
*Has common sense returned?
*Public health: private data?

Primary Health Care
*Conference to focus on patients' control of records

Association for Informatics Professionals in Health and Social Care (ASSIST)
*The alcoholic data model Northern Specialist Group
*Smart garments will have patients covered

If you’d like to contribute to the next issue the theme is International Connections and the deadline is 15 October. Send copy to

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

He@lth Information on the Internet 56(1), April 2007

The latest edition of He@lth Information on the Internet 56(1), April 2007 has just been published and includes some interesting artciles:

Social networking in the health context
Childs, Sue

Online communities for healthcare professionals: when hype meets reality
Sandars, John

Medical Journals Back-files Project
Kiley, Robert

Bookmarks: Infection control
Blenkinsopp, John

Getting Web developers to wear sensible shoes: working with developers to create online user services
Robalino, Shannon

View from the front line: Beyond the PDA
Brown, Harry

Current literature
Waddington, Marina

What's new?
Williamson, Laurian

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