Podcasts: Cochrane Library and MedlinePlus

13 12 2008

podcastI added two podcasts to the Google-speadsheet wiki: Best Medical podcasts, made by Ves Dimov (see my previous post here): Cochrane reviews and Medline Plus.

Ves Dimov has described his top 5 podcasts in another post [1]. For other medical podcasts see [2,3,4].

A podcast is nothing more than a digital audio or video file, just like any other song or MP3 file on your computer. They can be listened to, saved and shared on the internet. Although podcasts were initially meant for i-pods (hence podcast), you can also subscribe to podcasts by other Podcast-readers, Web browsers or RSS-Readers.

I would like to shortly review the two podcasts.

1. Cochrane Reviews (Click here for Feed)

The Cochrane Library, published by John Wiley for The Cochrane Collaboration, is updated and expanded every three months.
The Cochrane podcasts are freely available audio summaries of:

  • highlights of each quarterly issue. This is just a summary of main topics. Example below (with bad handling of the microphone):
  • a selection of systematic reviews from The Cochrane Library. I found the ones below very interesting and may blog about them later.
    It is often said that Cochrane Reviews are difficult to understand and that even physicians find them hard to read. The podcasts I’ve heard are very informative and understandable for doctors, journalists, librarians and patients. The essentials of the conclusions are very clear. I think it would be a good thing if all Cochrane Reviews were podcasted this way.

Adverse events of formoterol (and salmeterol) in asthma

St John’s wort for major depression

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Cochrane Podcasts of issue 4 2008: you can listen or subscibe to and/or download/embed the podcasts

2. MedlinePlus (click here for feed)

The MedlinePlus podcasts is a weekly series of highlights of health news and accompanying information from MedlinePlus.The update is generally given by Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., Director of the National Library of Medicine.
It is very clearly indicated how you can listen or subscribe to these podcasts. There is also a transcript.

The last audio is about the negative results of the huge Vitamine E-Selenium (SELECT) Prostate Cancer, I described almost a month ago in this post.
It is rather long (with disclaimers and links like “go to double u double u double u …dot com etcetera”), but understandable and about interesting topics.

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More Reading, viewing or listening (click on grey):

  1. MD Ves Dimov has described his top 5 podcasts, including JAMA Audio Commentary and NEJM This Week podcast at his blog. He also gives a short description how you can subscribe to the podcasts/videocasts.
  2. Very good and complete medical podcasts-directory at learnoutloud.com. Not only podcast-series, but also individual podcasts, such as class lessons of statistics (which are difficult to follow without seeing figures) or psychology.
  3. Dean Giustini: [pdf] “Podcasting” howto + select list of medical podcasts http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/googlescholar/CHLA_ABSC_podcasting.pdf
  4. new2.gif See also:Dean Giustini, UBC Health and Library Wiki: Podcasts and Videocasts (very comprehensive!)
  5. And if you want to know more why podcasts are useful than view this short commoncraft you-tube video.

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nl vlag NL flagEen podcast is gewoon en digitaal audio of video bestand, net als elk ander MP3 bestand op je computer. Je kunt ze beluisteren, downloaden en delen. Hoewel podcasts oorspronkelijk voor i-pods bedoeld waren (vandaar podcast), kun je je ook op podcasts abonneren via andere Podcast-readers, Web browsers of RSS-Readers.

Hier bespreek ik twee podcasts die ik aan de Google-speadsheet wiki Best Medical podcasts heb toegevoegd (zie eerder bericht): Cochrane reviews en Medline Plus.

Ves Dimov heeft zijn top 5 podcasts op zijn blog beschreven [1]. Voor andere medische podcasts, zie [2,3].

1. Cochrane Reviews (Klik hier voor feed)

The Cochrane podcasts zijn gratis audio samenvattingen van:

  • De belangrijkste onderwerpen van elke 3-maandelijkse update van de Cochrane Library.

2. MedlinePlus (klik hier voor feed)

Medline Plus podcasts zijn een wekelijkse serie van hoogtepunten uit het gezondheidsnieuws van de MedlinePlus. De update wordt meestal verzorgd door Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., baas van de National Library of Medicine.
Het wordt duidelijk aangegeven hoe je de podcasts kunt beluisteren en hoe je een abonnement (feed) kunt nemen. Er is ook een transcript. Dit heb je er wel een beetje bij nodig. De tekst is verder duidelijk, maar erg droog en lang (incl disclaimers en links. “go to double u double u double u …dot com etcetera”).

Hier is een audio van de laatste week over de negatieve resultaten van de grootschalige Vitamine E-Selenium (SELECT) prostaat kanker trial, Idie ik een maand geleden reeds op dit blog beschreef.

Meer lezen: zie links in engelstalig gedeelte.

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Google spreadsheet as a wiki.

12 12 2008

google-doc-logoGoogle has developed so many new applications in short time, it is difficult to keep abreast of the latest developments.

One useful application is Google Docs. which is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and form application offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.

During the Spoetnik Library 2.0 course we used Google Docs to write documents together, which we published on our blogs.

You can also choose to keep documents private. The advantage compared to MS Office is that you can access your docs anywhere from the web. All you need istweet-clin-cases-and-images to log into your Google account.

Ves Dimov of the Clinical Cases and Images – Blog draw my attention to an option in Google Spreadsheets (try-out here) , whereby you can allow people to edit the item as if it were a wiki.

This option was described at the Google Operating System Blog, with unofficial news and tips about Google) as follows:

“Google Spreadsheets added an option in the sharing dialog that allows anyone to view or edit the spreadsheet just by knowing the URL. Until now, you had to send an invitation URL that contained a secret code and the people you invited had to login using a Google account. If you click on the Share tab and enable “Let people edit without signing in*“, your spreadsheet becomes a wiki that can be edited by anyone.”

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Not only has Ves described this possibility in a blogpost, he also set up a spreadsheet that lists “The best medical podcasts”.** Anybody can edit the list, see the original spreadsheet here and you are all invited to do so..

According to Ves (and Google) you can easily embed the Medical Podcast spreadsheet by just copying this HTML code in your own website. Alas, WordPress.com blogs appear to be a notable exception (again Grrr!).

Thus, to see how the spreadsheet evolves you have to go to the URL, Ves’s blogpost here or embed the spreadsheet yourselves.

To give you an impression I will show a figure of the (provisional) embedded spreadsheet instead:

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* original text: Anyone can edit this document WITHOUT LOGGING IN

** a closer look at the date revealed that the blogpost already stems from May 2008.

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nl vlag NL flagGoogle Spreadsheets (try-out hier) is een, gratis, Excel-achtig bestand binnen Google Docs waar je online vanaf elke PC met internetaansluiting aan kunt werken, – zonder gebruik te hoeven maken van usb-sticks of e-mail- (zie Spoetnik-cursus, week 8). Je kunt alleen of samen aan een document werken.

Door Ves Dimov van het Clinical Cases and Images – Blog werd ik geattendeerd op een optie binnen Google Spreadsheets, waardoor mensen niet ingelogd hoeven te zijn om mee te werken aan je spreadsheet. De spreadsheet functioneert dan als een soort wiki.

Deze mogelijkheid werd reeds in mei dit jaar beschreven op het Google Operating System Blog. Wanneer je een Google spreadsheet hebt aangemaakt, kun je in het dialoogvenster aangeven dat je de spreadsheet wilt delen (“share tab“) en dat mensen het kunnen bewerken zonder in te loggen (“Let people edit without signing in*). De URL, (gemarkeerd bij 4 in bovenstaand figuur) kun je naar andere mensen sturen die het vervolgens kunnen bewerken. Belangrijk is om de spreadsheet daarna op te slaan en af te sluiten.

Ves heeft gelijk de daad bij het woord gevoegd en een lijst van beste medische podcasts toegevoegd, die eenieder kan bewerken. De oorspronkelijke spreadsheet vind je door hier te klikken.

Mij lukte het niet om deze spreadsheet te embedden in WordPress. Dus om de lijst van beste medische podcasts “real time” te kunnen zien kun je naar Ves’s blogpost gaan, de URL bekijken en/of deze zelf embedden.