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Off Topic: 10 ways to find medical studies on the web

Methods I use to discover/find medical studies
Henry Lahore, founder of VitaminDWiki - April 2018
I have searched for information all of my life
Before I became an Electronics Engineer I had hought about being a librarian


http://sci-hub.tw - Russia - Sept 2018 Firefox works, but not Chrome

"the first pirate website in the world to provide mass and public access to tens of millions of research papers"
64,000,000 PDFs as of May 2018
I only use Sci-Hub to find a free PDF if I already know the PubMed# or DOI #
Gets copies via University subscriptions
PDFs are sometimes accepted manuscripts, not finals
Sci-Hub often not have the PDF on the day it is first published
Sometimes Sci-Hub does not respond at all (perhaps too many visitors from a country)
About 50% of the time Sci-Hub will have previously downloaded the PDF
Sometimes it will get the PDF while you wait - about 2 minutes
Check Check Twitter for URL updates

click here for more/less about Sci-Hub

Sci-Hub article on Verge - Feb 2018

  • "Elsevier, for example, boasts a nearly $35 billion market cap. It has reported a nearly 39 percent profit margin for its scientific publishing arm"
  • Open Access now (not Sci-Hub) now accounts for 28 % Digital Object Identifiers
  • "...many Open Access publishers charge scientists fees — often anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to around two thousand — for processing their articles, whether they’re accepted or not."
  • 70 % of peer-review Open Access models do not charge anything
  • Researchgatews pressured into taking down 7 million unauthorized copies of their (publishers) papers.
  • Sci-Hub has “gained access” to “around 400 universities.”
  • "Now, once users pointed Sci-Hub toward an article, the site would check every university proxy server until it found one through which it could download the paper, and would download it automatically."
  • " “Access from China and Iran was blocked for some time because Sci-Hub couldn’t serve as many requests as were coming from these countries".
  • ".She also made Sci-Hub inaccessible to Americans (except those using VPNs) — in part because of the number of download requests, but also because she wanted to avoid becoming a target for lawsuits.__

Wikipedia


PubMed

Excellent
Have used for decades, has RSS
I often limit a search to having "vitamin D" in the title so as to not get too many returns
28,000,000 studies as of April 2018
Very powerful filters – such as author, word must be in title, human,


Dimensions

91,000,000 studies, 14,000,000 PDFs as of April 2018
Indexes medical studies from PubMed, Europe, Australia, etc.
Coverage appears to be a superset of PubMed
Usually has a list of references used by the study
Can sort by many attributes
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Attention score is nice = how reported the study was in social media, etc
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Can filter by sources - for example - Search for Magnesium but filter to only Clinical journals
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Results of search for "Vitamin D" Autism
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Trip database

TRIP = Turning Reseach Into Practice
Free and PRO ($45/year) versions
Pro version grealty improves searching tools
  Example - searching by word proximity in title, etc,
   This is the only search engine I am aware of that allows searching by word proximity
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Search for "Vitamin D" ==> 16,721 results April 2018
Can filter and sort the results in many ways
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Google Scholar

HUGE - all kinds of studies - not just medical
I have used it for years, it has RSS
Has great links to citations of older papers
More citations = paper was considered of value
After you have found a great paper elsewhere you can follow the citations to see what has happened since


Deepdive 

Free for the first month, then monthly, yearly subscriptions
You can read (but not download) most PDFs behind paywalls


Clinical Trials in US

Excellent way to get details behind a study - especially when publisher charges from a PDF
Nice way to see what dose sizes and health problems are being tried


Researchgate

Typically 20% of the PDFs will be here a few months after publication


Kopernio add-on to Chrome browser

This is an add-on which activates automatically at some of the above search sites
Provides links to PDF various means: standard and non-standard
Green PDFs appear in PubMed. Google Scholar, Dimensions, etc if a PDF is available for free


VitaminDWiki

Search on any topic using searchbar at top of every page
- - - Non-English searches can be made if you use a Chrome browsers plugin
Browse by health topic with the left column
If you have a study title you can go to seachbar. type "quote" then 30-50 characters of title then end quote
After about 10 second - - -
   First result wil be the PDF itself
   Next result will be the webpage which has the PDF attached
You can subscribe to updates on any of 150+ topics,updates to a web page, etc.


Examine.com

Has in-depth overviews of nutrition and supplements

GreenMedInfo.com

Wide variety of medical information
I trust about 70% of what they say
I subscribe to their daily newsletter


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PubMed, ScienceDirect, Feednavigator, Vitamin D Council, citeulike, Google Scholar
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