Archive for July, 2007

How to create an alert for a specific author in PubMed

Monday, July 30th, 2007

1. Go to the US National Library of Medicine PubMed website –

2. Create a free account, called myNCBI (right-top corner of your screen) if you don’t have one already


3. Click on “Single Citation Matcher” link on the left side blue toolbar

4. In the “Author name” box, type the name of a researcher you want to keep current, for example Hodges Paul and click on “Go” button


5. You will see everything this person has published so far (that indexed in PubMed database – the largest biomedical database, however, to be really comprehensive you also have to work with CINAHL and EMBASE databases)

6. Click on “Save Search” blue link on the right side of the search box to subscribe to anything new published starting with today


7. Select the desired frequency and format of your updates and click on “OK” – congrats! You are done! From today on, you stay up-to-date with this particular author, isn’t it cool?


Friday Fun – Internet Crash

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Here is a funny overview of what happens when the Web crashes :)

From the Onion

Breaking News: All Online Data Lost After Internet Crash

All Child-Play and No Workouts Make Dad an Unfit Boy – Article in NYT

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

father and son, exercise, fun

Here is a very interesting article in equally interesting New York Times – “All Child-Play and No Workouts Make Dad an Unfit Boy“. It talks about how activity levels are changing with the arrival of children.

Funny…when reading it I was jumping on my chair – hey this is me after our daughter Tal was born last year – and hey this is my wife….Do you recognize yourself in the article?

A couple of quotes:

A first-of-its-kind study released in May by the University of Pittsburgh concluded that parenthood demonstrably reduces physical activity, while marriage has only a negligible effect.

Those who remained childless lost only a half hour of physical activity per week, while those who had children lost about three and a half hours. Men, in particular, were affected.

New fathers, who used to log just under eight hours of activity weekly, cut back a whopping four and a half hours.

Your thoughts?

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Limited Self-Control, Obesity and the Loss of Happiness – Study by the Institute for the Study of Labor

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

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Here is an interesting report from Germany-based Institute for the Study of Labor. It touches many issues that physios are dealing with daily – obesity, exercise and overall happiness.

It is an interesting read – see the full text here (PDF; 484 KB)

Here is paper’s abstract:

Obesity has become a major health issue. Research in economics has provided important insights as to how technological progress reduced the relative price of food and contributed to the increase in obesity. However, the increased availability of food might well have overstrained will power and led to suboptimal consumption decisions relative to people’s own standards. We propose the economics of happiness as an approach to study the phenomenon. Based on proxy measures for experienced utility, it is possible to directly address whether certain observed behavior is suboptimal and therefore reduces a person’s well-being. It is found that obesity decreases the well-being of individuals who report limited self-control, but not otherwise.

** Photo by Soon

More podcasing are coming later this month – Systematic Review Presentations by UBC graduating Master of Physical Therapy students 2007

Friday, July 20th, 2007

podcasts audiocasts computers

This is just a quick note to let you all know that later this month we will be podcasting the 2007 systematic reviews presentations by the graduating class of UBC Master of Physical Therapy students led by Dr. Susan Harris.

Those of you planning to attend in person, take a look on the schedule below. The presentations will be in G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre auditorium in Vancouver on Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27.

We will be recording the presentations and providing them as podcasts/audiocasts together with presentations slides soon after that!

Thursday, July 26:
9:00-10:00 AM Efficacy of Postural and Neck Stabilization Exercises on Acute Whiplash-associated Disorders: A Systematic Review
Presenters: Kara Drescher, Sandra Hardy, Jill MacLean, Martine Schindler, Katrin Scott. Supervisor: Tyler Dumont

10:00-11:00 AM Physical Therapy Exercise Interventions in Tendinosis Injuries
Presenters: Paul Brown, Cleo Lazjerowicz, Aislin Martin, Margaret Phillips, Michelle Yeates. Supervisor: Linda Li

11:00 -12:00 PM A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Eccentric Strength Training in Prevention of Hamstring Strains in Healthy Individuals
Presenters: Amanda Beers, Krystina Cheong, Andrew Grant, Osita Hibbert,Trevor Moizumi. Supervisor: Darlene Redenbach

12:00-1:00 PM Effects of Eccentric vs. Concentric Exercise in Stimulating Muscle Hypertrophy. Strength Gains & Enhanced Performance
Presenters: Gregory Kirk, Bob Maudie, Patrick McKinnon, Ryan Murray, Sarah Stewart. Supervisor: Darlene Reid

Friday, July 27:
9:00-10:00 AM Effects of Electrical Stimulation, Exercise Training & Motor Skills Training on Strength for Children with Meningomyelocele
Presenters: Lise Dagenais, Erin Lahay, Kailey Stueck, Erin White, Lindsay Williams. Supervisor: Susan Harris

10:00-11:00 AM Efficacy and Effectiveness of Adaptive Seating on Sitting Posture and Postural Control in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Presenters: Julie Chung, Jessie Evans, Corinna Lee, Jessie Lee, Yasha Rabbani-nejad. Supervisor: Lori Roxborough

11:00-12:00 PM Effectiveness of Different Therapeutic Interventions on the Gait of Children with Down Syndrome
Presenters: Lucia Boetz, Stephanie Graetz, Colleen McDonald, Maria Notooulos. Supervisos: S. Harris & Naznin Virji-Babul

12:00-1:00 PM Effects of Pilates Exercises in Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review
Presenters: Beth Ballard, Tina Carey, Gillian Clayton, Angela Lenz, Erika Mayall, Mike Wall. Supervisors: Elizabeth Dean & Marie Westby

NOTE: Presentations will be for 40 minutes with 15 minutes for questions or comments.

** Photo by lisa.williams

New newsletter issue by the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Sciences Group

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

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The Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Sciences Group has published the new issue of their free newsletter – Nociception?- Volume 3 Issue 4

Take a look on their website on the PDF version (600KB).

Personally I liked the short piece about the Basal ganglia and dopamine by Debbie Patterson :)

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New issues of Physical Therapy and Physiotherapy Research International are online in PubMed now

Monday, July 16th, 2007

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The most recent issues of Physical Therapy [2007 Jul 3; Epub ahead of print] and Physiother Res Int [2007 Jun 8; Epub ahead of print] are both online in PubMed now. As usual, you can view it from the appropriate section on the blog – “Top Physiotherapy Journals – Current Tables of Contents” and click on the journal’s title or click on the journal title below:

1. Physical Therapy

2. Physiotherapy Research International

Have fun keeping up to date!

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Friday Fun – User Name And Password

Friday, July 13th, 2007

If you are like me working a lot with Internet software, there are tons of usernames and passwords to remember….You are not alone…we all have to do that….Here is a short funny video (embedded below) that demonstrates our common pain!

User Name And PasswordFunny videos are here

Social technology in health library practice and outreach >> Presentation for Vancouver Coastal Health

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

On Monday I did a presentation (this is just that time of year when lots of institutions have time to learn and to start new initiatives, so I cannot stop preaching various outreach for libraries :) for Vancouver Coastal Health folks – one of the largest health authorities in Canada on the use of social technology in library outreach.

It was interesting to me to see the differences between the application of those tools in academia (where I am employed) and in hospitals…

Take a look on the presentation in PDF format or see it embedded below:

New issue of the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy

Monday, July 9th, 2007

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The new issue [Jun;37(6)] is up in PubMed. As usual, view the table of contents via the blog’s “Top Physiotherapy Journals – Current Tables of Contents” category (click on the journal’s title) or click here >> The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy

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