Researchers at the Computational Biology Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, US, have announced a new Internet tool for exploring scientific literature in medicine and biology. The freely accessible iHOP service provides fast, accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date summary information on over 80,000 biological molecules by automatically extracting key sentences from millions of PubMed documents when a search is requested. PubMed is a service of the US National Library of Medicine that includes more than 16 million citations from life science journals for biomedical articles.
iHOP has reportedly become one of the most used resources for biomedical research, accessed by nearly 200,000 different users every month. The new version offers current information on more genes and chemical compounds, covering all organisms ranging from human and chimpanzee to yeast and HIV.
The search tool allows scientists to extract comprehensive information on the function of genes in signalling pathways, interaction networks and biological processes. It also allows researchers to explore a network of gene interactions by directly navigating the pool of published scientific literature. iHOP selectively retrieves information that is specific to genes and proteins and summarises their interactions and functions. The system adds value by filtering and ranking extracted sentences according to significance, impact factor, date of publication and syntax.
Scientific publisher Inderscience Publishers, Switzerland, has announced the publication of a new journal - International Journal of Nanomanufacturing (IJNM). The journal is the second title to be added in Inderscience's new portfolio of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology journals. Prof. Waqar Ahmed Chair in Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials University of Ulster Nanotechnology and Integrated Bio Engineering Centre serves as editor in chief.
IJNM publishes original high quality papers, rapid communications, timely review papers, technical reports and case studies. Also, special issues devoted to developments in important topics in micro- and nanomanufacturing will be published periodically. The journal seeks to establish an effective channel of communication on the latest developments in micro- and nanomanufacturing science processes, technology and applications between engineers, scientists, industry, policy makers, academic and research institutions, and persons concerned with any aspect of nanomanufacturing.
The journal provides a principal forum for the interchange of information on the science, process technology and applications of micro- and nanomanufacturing processes. Readership includes academics, researchers, industrial companies, trade associations and policy makers in the fields of manufacturing technology, materials science, engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology, electronics and business to disseminate information and learn from each others work.
Mobile medical references provider Skyscape, US, has announced the availability of four new comprehensive, medical information channels with its Skyscape STAT service. The four channels -- InfoPOEMS, Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics, Medical Letter Treatment Guidelines and Drug News Weekly - offer information on evidence based medicine and on drugs, therapy and treatment guidelines. Skyscape's technology is such that the information from these channels can seamlessly link to over 400 resources representing a range of educational, clinical, drug, research and compliance information by specialty.
InfoPOEMs from Wiley provides summaries of clinically-applicable new evidence, while Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics delivers peer-reviewed evaluations of drugs. Physicians receive review articles of drug treatment options of common disorders and recommendations for alternative drugs from the Medical Letter Treatment Guidelines and weekly updates on the latest drug news from Drug News Weekly.
Skyscape STAT seeks to enable users to get information immediately by transcending the boundaries between content, software, technology and providers and spanning across multiple platforms - desktop, mobile or wireless. In addition, content users also have access to free content from FDA MedWatch, CDC Spotlights, Preventing Chronic Disease and MEDLINE. Through Skyscape STAT, physicians not only receive news directly on their handheld but are able to fully integrate it with their entire Skyscape suite of information. This is achieved through smARTlink, a proprietary functionality that lets a user cross-reference between diverse resources seamlessly.
The journal Annals of Internal Medicine, published by the American College of Physicians (ACP), has announced that an additional 15,000 internists will receive the journal, starting January 2, 2007. This brings the journal's circulation to over 101,000. The January 2 issue also marks the premier of a new editorial section titled 'In the Clinic.'
Drawing on ACP's vast educational resources such as the Physicians' Information and Education Resource (PIER) and the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP), the new section will provide in depth practice information about a single disease or condition. Diabetes is the first 'In the Clinic' topic. Other topics for 2007 include smoking cessation, asthma, allergic rhinitis, peripheral arterial disease, heart failure, irritable bowel syndrome, dyslipidemia, headache, influenza, depression, and osteoarthritis.
The Annals of Internal Medicine covers the clinical practice of internal medicine. As one of the leading journals for studies in internal medicine, the journal promotes excellence in the clinical practice of internal medicine. It features articles, brief communications, updates and reviews on a range of experimental and clinical subject matter.
B2B media and information company 1105 Media, Inc., US, has announced an agreement with The Washington Post Company to acquire the latter's government publishing and events group, Post Newsweek Tech Media. The sale includes Post Newsweek's four magazines, Washington Technology, Defense Systems, Government Computer News and Government Leader, as well as its online products and FOSE trade show. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The combined group will be renamed the 1105 Government Information Group, and will be led by Anne Armstrong, currently publisher of 1105's FCW Media Group.
1105 Media provides integrated information and media in targeted business-to-business markets, including specialised sectors of the information technology community; industrial health, safety and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home healthcare. Its offerings span print and online magazines, journals and newsletters; seminars, conferences and trade shows; training courseware; and web-based services.
Society publisher Blackwell Publishing, UK, has announced the appointment of Dr. Geoffrey Farrell as the new Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (JGH), effective November 25, 2006.
Professor Geoffrey Farrell is Director of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Canberra Hospital, as well as Professor of Hepatic Medicine at Australian National University Medical School. He has written extensively on drug-induced liver disease, including a definitive book on the subject, and has made significant contributions to the prevention and treatment of chronic viral hepatitis.
A monthly, the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is the official publication of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver and the Asian Pacific Association of Gastroenterology. The journal publishes peer-reviewed original papers, reviews and editorials concerned with clinical practice and research in the fields of hepatology, gastroenterology and endoscopy. It is currently ranked 28 of 46 journals in the area of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.
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