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Elsevier MDL unveils new drug safety resource - 18 May 2006

Informatics and database solutions provider Elsevier MDL, US, has announced the release of PharmaPendium, an essential drug safety resource. The new resource is projected to help toxicologists, safety pharmacologists, drug safety team members and information specialists in the pharmaceutical sciences.

PharmaPendium provides researchers with unique access to an online collection of best-in-class drug safety content, including searchable FDA approval packages. Also, it provides them with a longitudinal view of preclinical, clinical and post-market safety data, thereby enabling them to determine what observed effects in animals translate to humans for similar candidate compound drugs. Additionally, it also helps researchers to instantly search key resources such as the Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS), Meyler's Side Effects of Drugs and Drug monographs from Mosby's Drug Consult. Selected terminology from the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA) has also been built into the resource to enhance intelligent searching and browsing of side effect content.

The concept was developed with input from the FDA under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the FDA and MDL Information Systems. In addition, inputs were also provided by various preclinical researchers utilising drug safety in their daily work.

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United Business Media to merge healthcare activities into CMPMedica - 18 May 2006

Publisher United Business Media plc (UBM), UK, has announced that the company's healthcare activities worldwide will now be consolidated into CMPMedica, UBM's healthcare division. Henry Elkington, Director of Corporate Development at UBM, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of CMPMedica with immediate effect.

The newly-consolidated CMPMedica division will bring together expertise in healthcare print, events and electronic media. This merger will enable CMPMedica to better serve the mounting needs of its pharmaceutical customers and its physician audience worldwide.

In a related announcement, the company has announced that media solutions company, CMP Media, will now focus its activities exclusively on the needs of its principal market, the global technology industry. The company's US-based medical publishing and continuing medical education businesses will now be transferred to CMPMedica, while its exhibitions businesses in the beauty and cruise shipping markets will be transferred to UBM's CMPi division. Reflecting the focus on its core markets, CMP Media will in future operate as CMP Technology.

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Blackwell partners with the Australian Veterinary Association to publish AVJ - 18 May 2006

Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced a partnership with the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). Under the deal, Blackwell will publish Australia's leading veterinary science text, the Australian Veterinary Journal (AVJ), starting July, 2006. Dr. Anne Jackson serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

This agreement is projected to increase the international visibility of the journal, as well as to enhance to enhance Blackwell's portfolio in veterinary science.

A monthly, the journal provides the veterinary profession with leading-edge clinical and scientific veterinary research, case reports, reviews, news and timely coverage of industry issues. As part of the agreement, Blackwell will also provide its publications to AVA members at special rates. This strategic collaboration will help AVA to add extra value for their members.

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Wiley and Duodecim expand agreement for EBM Guidelines - 18 May 2006

John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., UK, part of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced an expanded agreement with medical publisher Duodecim Medical Publications Limited, Finland. The current agreement builds on an earlier relationship that began in 2005 when the companies co-published the print version of Evidence-Based Medicine Guidelines (EBM Guidelines).

Under the deal, Duodecim will grant Wiley the exclusive publishing, sales, and distribution rights of its EBM Guidelines throughout the world, with the exception of Finland. Users will now be able to access EBM Guidelines via Wiley's online publishing platform Wiley InterScience, starting May 24, 2006.

EBM Guidelines is a continuously updated collection of concise and easy-to-use clinical guidelines for primary care combined with the best available evidence. Particularly designed to be read on small screens, the guidelines are available online at http://www.ebm-guidelines.com/ebmg/ltk.koti , and also through Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) devices.

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Healthnostics announces MedBioAccess - 18 May 2006

Medical and bioscience analytics company Healthnostics, Inc., US, has announced the first availability of content for MedBioAccess, an exclusive clustering search engine that mines open access content on the Web through the Healthnostics portal. The algorithmic clustering capabilities of the MedBioAccess engine lists search results in groups by topic to aid navigation and discovery.

Currently, MedBioAccess uses keyword search, find-similar context search, term-suggest technology, and now clustering to semantically search the Collection of Biostatistics Research Archive (COBRA). The COBRA is an open access resource from The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress), a company working to increase access to research. The repository currently contains nearly 700 scholarly working papers written by scholars from top universities in the field of biostatistics, including Berkeley, Harvard, The University of Michigan, The University of Washington and the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Content from the Berkeley Electronic Press will now be offered through MedBioAccess to facilitate MedBioWorld professional users to simultaneously search several collections of papers and view results in a topical hierarchy, thereby making it easier to find and pinpoint relevant scholarly work.

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Open access results in more citations, says study - 18 May 2006

Open access (OA) journal PLoS Biology has published a study, according to which OA papers are cited more frequently than subscription-based articles. The study, authored by Gunther Eysenbach, publisher and editor of OA publication Journal of Medical Internet Research, focused on papers in PNAS, which started offering a per-article OA publishing option in June 2004. But how widely applicable these findings are, and whether they will induce authors to consider OA publishing, is unknown.

The study is based on an analysis of 1,492 articles published between June and December 2004, 212 of which were open access. Raw citation data was measured from zero to six months after publication, four to 10 months after publication, and again 10 to 16 months after publication. The study revealed that OA articles were cited more heavily both four to 10 and 10 to 16 months after publication. Self-archiving also seemed to increase citations.

The author plans to continue examining his dataset at six-month intervals. The latest data suggests that the OA advantage continues to widen at 16 to 22 months post-publication.

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FAST acquires selected assets of IT consultancy bWise - 18 May 2006

Search and filter technology developer Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), Norway, has announced the acquisition of certain assets of IT consultancy bWise AS, Norway. Under the deal, intellectual property and four bWise employees will be transferred to FAST.

FAST has been working closely with bWise to develop data cleansing solutions based on the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP). Post deal, the bWise staff will become members of the FAST research and development team in Oslo and focus on next generation data access and data cleansing solutions based on FAST ESP.

FAST's strategy is to discover M&A opportunities that yield accelerated growth within the enterprise search sector; particularly to evaluate synergistic companies with a strong focus on solving information management challenges and/or technologies that boost the value of FAST ESP.

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