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Meet Browzine™ Turn your tablet into your e-reader!

Keep up to date with your scholarly reading with Browzine™, a new way of browsing and reading your favorite journals from many major publishers on your iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android Tablet or Android phone. BrowZine is free. All licensed content is provided via UAB Libraries.



Get started in two EASY steps:

1.  Download the free Browzine app for your device.

2. When installed, choose University of Alabama at Birmingham as your university library. Use your Blazer ID/password when prompted.


Why use Browzine?

  • to scan the complete tables of contents of scholarly journals and read articles optimized for mobile devices
  •  to get one-click from journal tables of content to the PDFs of the articles you want to read
    • save specific articles for later reference and offline reading
    • create a bookshelf of your favorite journals for easy, fast access
  • to receive on screen notifications when new issues of your favorite journals are published

Other features:BrowZine_Article_Export_Options_iOS

  • Find journals by searching or browsing a title list, or by using a Browzine bookshelf chosen by subject.
  • Annotate or print articles by opening them in your favorite apps like Good Reader or iAnnotate.


View Trends in Medical Literature by Phrase: PubMed Trends App

PubMed Trends, designed by SourceNet and using data from PubMed, is a free Android App developed to help biomedical and clinical researchers identify trends in medical publications over the past 10 years. It allows searching for over 200,000 terms and phrases based on 2012 MeSH.  The output choices include:

Trend graph 1: Growth [%], in relation to published articles  (Compares # of related articles each year with base year (usually 2002.)

Trend graph 2: Number of related PubMed articles p.a. (Articles containing phrase in titles, abstracts and MeSH information are considered related.)

Trend graph 3: Number of occurrences in articles p.a. (Includes total # of occurrences per year for given phrase in titles, abstracts, and MeSH information.)

Trend graph 4: Associated articles in MeSH category

Pubmed Trends includes the option to aggregate multiple phrases in a single graph.

It is helpful to review the information on the Google Play PubMed Trends page, and to read the App FAQs to better understand the display options.

The screenshots below show graphs for the search Parkinson Disease +LRRK2. Click on each image to enlarge and view.

The application does not do Boolean searches and there is no link back to PubMed results from the graph.  However, PubMed Trends provides an interesting and useful snapshot to see publication trends for simple topic searches.

For a full review of PubMed Trends, see iMedicalApps

Download PubMed Trends from Google Play


NLM Mobile

Last week, Cara wrote about NLM’s newest iPAD/iPhone App “My MedList.” The National Library of Medicine has a growing gallery of apps and websites customized for mobile viewing.  See them here: http://nlm.gov/mobile/

I find the Guide to NLM Mobile Web App extremely useful. Use it to locate and open NLM Mobile Sites and Apps.NLM Mobile on Android phone

To get it, scan the QR Code below with your phone or tablet:





Then, add it to your homescreen (iPad/Phone) or bookmark it and add a bookmark widget to a screen (Android.)

NLM apps/web apps cover a variety of topics including drug information, health information for patients, PubMed apps, AIDS guidelines and glossaries, toxicology databases and information for disasters and emergency preparedness.

Among my personal favorites are the three educational apps (Available for iPad).

Embryo: Visually explore human embryo development.  Includes some videos.

NLM Native Voices:  Hear individuals share stories about Native American culture, including traditional healing ways and modern medical treatments.

Turning the Pages  Download and explore beautifully illustrated historical medical texts, with curator and historian annotations.

Turning the Pages Opened on iPad


Spam-free searching? Try blekko

Are you interested in experimenting with a different search engine to add to your searching toolkit? blekko www.blekko.com  offers a different, intriguing approach.

blekko professes a bias towards quality sites so does not include sites such as content farms, reducing spam. blekko believes in human curation and uses “slashtags” as a one method to identify quality sites, as shown in the video below. blekko also promises to be open and transparent, making freely available to its users “all of the data that provide the underpinning of search results. This includes web data, ranking information and the curation efforts of users.”

Read the blekko Bill of Rights

For an example, adding the health slashtag created by blekko limits your search results to the 162 websites curated by “experts.” Unfortunately, I was unable to locate a list of content experts or an editorial board.  Also, although blekko provides complete SEO information, it is unclear what goes into the algorithm for relevancy ranking.

To create slashtags, or to mark results as spam, create an optional personal account. Or you can choose to log in using your facebook account. Learn more. You can also share your slashtags with your students, colleagues or friends.  blekko help will answer most questions about searching blekko, creating and sharing slashtags, removing spam and more.

The image below shows a blekko result list with the option to mark a site as spam displayed.


Free stuff from blekko:  Check out the free stuff blekko offers here.  Included is an an embeddable search bar, a browser tool bar, free t-shirts, trading cards and stickers and more.


Staying Healthy: Apps for Preventive Care

My Health Checklist 2012 is an iPhone/iPad App that provides patients evidence-based recommendations on preventive health measures.  Developed by a Preventive Medicine Physician, it identifies and includes recommendations from United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The price is $2.99.

The interface is simple to use. For general recommendations, put in your age/gender (or use this app look up information for others.)

View a scrollable list of recommendations:

Click the arrow to get more information on any topic. This same information can be searched for on the A-Z Topic list on the opening screen.

See the complete review in iMedicalApps

AHRQ ePSS for iPad/iPhone or Android was developed by the US Dept of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to assist primary care physicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services appropriate for their patients.  USPSTF recommendations are searchable by patient characteristics and risk factors. This app is free.

The opening screen offers a variety of options. Choose Browse to see an alphabeical list of topics, sortable by type.  To see recommendations for a specific patient, choose Search.

Search screen and results:



Click on “>” for more information about each recommendation:

A list of tools and handouts is also available.

Read a review on iMedicalApps

LactMed App

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LactMed, part of the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®), is a database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of substances in breast milk and infant blood, the potential effects on lactation and in the nursing infant, the American Academy of Pediatrics category indicating the level of compatibility of the drug with breastfeeding, and alternate drugs to consider.

Geared to the healthcare practitioner and nursing mother, LactMed is peer-reviewed.  All data are derived from the scientific literature and fully referenced.

The LactMed app is available from the iTunes App Store and the Android Market. It is free.