Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) April 27, 2012
ScienceIndex.com is a health sciences social network established in 1998 to index the very latest news, headlines, references and resources from science journals, books and websites worldwide. The site covers news in all fields of biology, business, chemistry, engineering, geography, health, mathematics and society. In the field of Health Sciences, the site has now included the two new categories Gastroenterology and Healthcare. While the Gastroenterology category covers disorders of the stomach, intestines, and associated organs, the Healthcare category covers prevention, treatment, and management of illness by medical health professions.
ScienceIndex.com’s Health Sciences Category covers the effects of disease and medical treatment on the overall condition of organisms. Its eighteen subsections include Audiology, Dentistry, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Healthcare, Immunology, Medicine, Neurology, Nutrition, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Radiology, Rheumatology, and Surgery. Users can receive alerts if new content has been posted in this category by subscribing to ScienceIndex.com’s Health Sciences RSS feed.
ScienceIndex.com’s Gastroenterology category covers disorders of the stomach, intestines, and associated organs. It currently contains 8,842 articles partly derived from 55 scientific journals. The latest articles in this category are also available through a Gastroenterology Sciences RSS feed. One of the latest additions covers a meta-analysis of probiotics in antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. While diarrhoea is a common occurrence in association with antibiotic administration many studies and meta-analyses suggest that probiotic administration reduces the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD). The authors of these 34 new studies with 4,138 patients assessed the influence of age, duration of antibiotics, risk of bias and incidence of diarrhoea and confirms earlier results supporting the preventive effects of probiotics in AAD. Another recently published article in this category describes different patterns of decompensation in patients with alcoholic versus non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis. The authors of this study evaluated the different patterns of hepatic decompensation including ascites, jaundice, encephalopathy, variceal bleeding, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis, hepatorenal syndrome or hepatocellular carcinoma. They conclude that ascites is the leading initial pattern of decompensation in alcoholic cirrhosis whereas hepatocellular carcinoma dominates in non-alcoholics and that non-alcoholics developing ascites show poor survival.
ScienceIndex.com’s Healthcare category covers prevention, treatment, and management of illness by medical health professions. It currently contains 15,823 articles partly derived from 155 scientific journals. The latest articles in this category are also available through a Healthcare Sciences RSS feed. One recently included article in this category investigates teaming up of school nurses and athletic trainers on emergency planning. The study focuses on the development and implementation of a district-wide Emergency Action Plan specific to emergency readiness in the school sport setting. The critical, collaborative roles of school nurses and certified athletic trainers can determine the ultimate outcome and degree of success when dealing with potentially life-threatening, health-related events. Another recently published article assesses family-centered care in pediatric intensive care units in South Africa. The authors’ analyses indicate that COPE (Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment) can be used within the South African context to enhance family-centered pediatric nursing care. They suggest that nurse managers should take responsibility for the training of staff in implementing COPE as a possible empowerment program in pediatric ICUs to ensure that emotional support is not neglected.
ScienceIndex.com currently contains nearly 1.46 million stories distributed among 75 categories. 76,109 users monitor nearly 8,400 journals covering the broad spectrum of sciences. They share circa 2,500 new articles every day. Since new science content is discovered in real-time, the delay between original publication and appearance at ScienceIndex.com is no more than two days. ScienceIndex.com provides an advanced search feature which suggests up to ten closely related articles for a search and also for a selected story. Other features include a “Life Traffic Feed”, a “Top Content” sidebar, Google Translate functionality, and RSS feeds for every category. ScienceIndex.com also maintains the new Twitter account @ScienceIndex_.