(foodconsumer.org): Effective drug companies' marketing strategies have been convincing health care professionals and the public to change the laws. They can now sell their unproven and unsafe products in pharmacies, airports, college campuses, grocery stores and countless other outlets, despite the fact that three years ago, a study in the British Medical Journal concluded that the effectiveness of annual flu shots has been greatly exaggerated, and that in reality they have little or no effect on influenza campaign objectives. A study published in the Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. That Lancet study supports a similar study done in 2006, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which concluded that vaccination against pneumonia does not reduce your risk of contracting the disease.
(cmswatch.com): With only a few weeks left in 2009, it's time for the team of CMS Watch analysts to reveal their 2010 predictions, where they make there best guesses as to what the Content Technology industry will hold for you in the new year. On a whole, 2010 will be characterised by a movement by "back to the basics" among technology vendors. This includes a renewed focus on internal content technology applications. While some of these changes may seem modest, oftentimes recessionary times are the catalysts for necessary changes to be made.
(gfii.asso.fr): The GFII Working Group includes representatives from the main economic stakeholders involved in Open Access: research institutes, publishers, aggregators, internet services, subscription agents, academic libraries, etc. This statement summarizes the Group recommendations. The Group would like to first stress the need for a discipline sensitive approach to open access. To be effective, the dissemination of scientific and technological information must be organized on a discipline specific way. A discipline can be defined - among others, by the related scientific community, which can be very multidisciplinary or not, its history, its knowledge base, methods, and time scale, its specific ways of disseminating scientific output, the local or international characteristics of subjects studied, and its methodology.
(outsellinc.com): A widening gap between the price of information and buyers' ability to pay will make 2010 a lose-lose-lose year for content buyers, sellers, and users, according to new research from Outsell, Inc. Information managers expect an aggregate six percent increase in the cost of their information portfolios, while their content budgets will decrease a net three percent. The inevitable results will include decisions to cancel subscriptions, and to downsize licenses for paid content.
(chronicle.com): Don't de-accession those print materials yet. The digital research library is not quite ready for prime time, according to Lisa Spiro, director of the Digital Media Center at Rice University, and Geneva Henry, executive diretor of Rice's Center for Digital Scholarship.To find out, Ms. Spiro and Ms. Henry did case studies of several libraries founded since 2000, including facilities at the University of California at Merced, Olin College, Soka University of America, California State University-Channel Islands, and New York University's Abu Dhabi campus. Signs of the digital shift are everywhere. E-resources expenditures "are only going up," Ms. Henry said. In 2008, research libraries spent a median of 53 percent of 2008 acquisitions budgets on e-resources. However, as demonstrated by a recent flap at Syracuse University over plans.