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PLoS Biol: Statistical significance in animal studies

July 19th, 2013 by Mary Wood

The Shadow of Bias
July 16, 2013
Chase JM (2013) The Shadow of Bias. PLoS Biol 11(7): e1001608. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001608

In a study by John Ioannidis and colleagues, the evaluation of 160 meta-analyses of animal studies on potential treatments for neurological disorders has revealed that the number of statistically significant results was too large to be true, suggesting biases…


Tsilidis KK, Panagiotou OA, Sena ES, Aretouli E, Evangelou E, Howells DW, Salman RA, Macleod MR, Ioannidis JP
Evaluation of Excess Significance Bias in Animal Studies of Neurological Diseases
PLoS Biol 11(7): e1001609. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001609

Author summary: Studies have shown that the results of animal biomedical experiments fail to translate into human clinical trials; this could be attributed either to real differences in the underlying biology between humans and animals, to shortcomings in the experimental design, or to bias in the reporting of results from the animal studies. We use a statistical technique to evaluate whether the number of published animal studies with “positive” (statistically significant) results is too large to be true…

2013 Bustad Award: UC Davis’ Ben Hart

July 19th, 2013 by Mary Wood


Dr. Benjamin L. Hart
2013 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year


On the eve the annual AVMA convention, the American Veterinary Medical Association named Benjamin L. Hart, DVM, Ph.D., the Bustard Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year.

The award is named for the late Leo K. Bustad, DVM, Ph.D., a former dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University and past president of Pet Partners, a therapy animal training group based in Bellevue, Wash.
Veterinary Practice News
July 18, 2013


AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) funded researcher, Benjamin L. Hart, has been honored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as the recipient of the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year award.

Dr. Hart is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California Davis.
Health Technology Net
July 18, 2013

Managing NIH Public Access Compliance using MyNCBI / MyBibliography

July 12th, 2013 by Mary Wood

My Bibliography is a tool that helps you save your citations directly from PubMed or, if not found there, to manually enter citations using My Bibliography templates. My Bibliography provides a centralized place where citations are easily accessed, exported as a file, and made public to share with others.

My Bibliography facilitates the management of publication compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.  From the “Awards” view, eRA Commons users are able to see whether their publications are compliant with the Policy, start the manuscript submission process, associate their NIH extramural awards with their publications, and designate delegates to manage their bibliography via My NCBI.

eRA Commons no longer displays citations that have been manually entered into Commons.  These citations must be added to My Bibliography so that they will continue to appear in Commons and can be associated with annual progress reports (RPPR: Research Performance Progress Report).

My NCBI Tool to Replace eRA Commons for Bibliography Management (NIH Notice: NOT-OD-10-103)


Guidance for UC Davis Researchers:

NIH Public Access Mandate (Library Guide)

NIH Public Access Policy: Compliance Management Using the My Bibliography Tool in My NCBI (pdf) or

NIHMS FAQ and illustrated submission tutorials are also available and extremely helpful.

Acknowledgements: Amy Studer and Cathy Sarli

2 Library drop-off bins are closing; 3 still available

July 9th, 2013 by Mary Wood

The Library is closing the book drop bins at the Hutchinson Drive and Bioletti Way locations on July 15, 2013.
These bins are being closed due to decreased usage.

Book drop bins are still available at:
1.  A Street
2.  La Rue
3.  California Ave

Map of book drop bins

For more information

Research Letter: Privacy threats when seeking online health information

July 9th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Some health websites share user search terms: study
2013-07-08  (Reuters Health)
Abstract by Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Some health media websites share users’ search terms with outside companies that track consumers and target advertising, a new study reveals.

Dr. Marco Huesch, from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, used interception software and found seven out of 20 popular health sites passed search information to third parties.

… U.S. government sites including the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration web pages did not share search information, nor did four out of five sites directed toward doctors, Dr. Huesch found.

But other popular consumer websites, such as Men’s Health and, did share search terms with third parties, according to findings published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Dr. Viswanath said people searching for medical information online should not assume they are anonymous and take privacy for granted. They can be extra careful, he said, by sticking to U.S. government sites for health-related searches, for example.  …

Huesch MD
Privacy Threats When Seeking Online Health Information
JAMA Intern Med. 2013