May 10th We Like: TB Sniffing Rats, Physical Virtual Simulation, and Test Driven Development Reply

Ratting Out TB: Scientists Train Rodents To Diagnose Disease

Ratting out TB From Wikimedia Commons

Rats are notorious for spreading nasty diseases. Think the plague, lassa fever and even salmonella. But could some jumbo-size African rodents help health workers diagnose diseases more quickly? They just might. A group in Tanzania is training rats to detect tuberculosis in people. The critters in question are African giant pouched rats. They are about twice the size of your average house gerbil — and half as pretty.

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Guided walkthrough: Timeline view Reply

Last time, we discussed the Map view to see clinical trials plotted on a map. Today, we’re going to explore the timeline view, which gives a chronological map of sorts to visualize clinical trials.

Introduction

With such a huge library of clinical trial data house within our system, we want to give our users as many ways to discover trials that would aid their research.

Let’s say, for example, you want to see all the tuberculosis trials that occurred in the 2000’s and filter to those which took place in the last half of the decade. How can you filter through dozens of search returns in a simple way? By showing an interactive timeline view, we’ve made this possible.

To see more, let’s dig in.

Plotting your timeline

To find the timeline view, let’s continue our tuberculosis user case from our series of posts. In this case, I’m searching for trials regarding tuberculosis. To see timeline view, simply select Timeline from the list of options at top of the search screen:

Timeline view
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Contesting TB 2

A quick nod to the Stop TB Partnership and it’s New Drug Working Group, who have put together the Innovate TB (inTB) Contest.  inTB gathers videos, photos and write-ups that tell stories of innovation focused on the fight against TB.

Here’s our TB Commons entry along with a few others that have caught my eye:

TB Commons

TB Commons is our notion of a disease commons, where those interested in advancing clinical research on TB can access clinicaltrials.gov data using our Clinical Collection tool.  In addition, a powerful Answers Forum serves as a place to share collections of trials, and generate knowledge related to TB research.  Give it a try!

The Delft Youth Theatre for Health Group

The Delft Youth Theatre for Health Group raises awareness through performances of “Bad News? Good News!” in an Afrikan community.  No lights, camera, props or trained actors needed – just everyday people learning about and sharing valuable information to fight disease, and having some fun doing it. More…

Clinical Collections: Using map view to drill down 1

Note: this post is the 2nd of a 3 part series explaining our Clinical Collections tool and helping users learn more about the facility this provides. Please find  Guided Walkthrough:Faceted search here

We, as a society, love graphs, photos and infographics.  In essence, we love seeing data represented in a visual manner. Also, in the last 5 or so years, we’ve been an online public which absolutely loves maps.

Think about it – if you’re looking for real estate online, the best way to find your perfect next home is by looking at the homes for sale in a map area where you can click on each home and see the streets surrounding it.

In this spirit, we’re proud to have a really cool map view feature in our Clinical Collections Tool.

To find the map view, let’s continue our Tuberculosis use case from our faceted search walk-through. In this case, I’m searching for trials regarding tuberculosis. To see map view, simply select Map from the list of options at top of the search screen:

You can then pull up the map view, showing all the tuberculosis search returns overlaid on to a map.

We, as a society, love graphs, photos and infographics.  In essence, we love seeing data represented in a visual manner. Also, in the last 5 or so years, we’ve been an online public which absolutely loves maps.

Think about it – if you’re looking for real estate online, the best way to find your perfect next home is by looking at the homes for sale in a map area where you can click on each home and see the streets surrounding it.

In this spirit, we’re proud to have a really cool map view feature in our Clinical Collections Tool.

To find the map view, let’s continue our Tuberculosis use case from our faceted search walk-through. In this case, I’m searching for trials regarding tuberculosis. To see map view, simply select Map from the list of options at top of the search screen:

You can then pull up the map view, showing all the tuberculosis search returns overlaid on to a map.

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