Medscape Announces Indexing of Women's Health by NLM, Adds Three Journals

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Medscape has announced that its electronic medical journal, Medscape Women's Health, has been selected for inclusion in the National Library of Medicine's Index Medicus and its online counterpart MEDLINE. The company also said in a separate announcement that it has added three new journals to its roster of online medical journals.

Medscape's Women's Health

According to the announcement, Medscape Women's Health is the first and only electronic women's health journal to be indexed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). According to the NLM, inclusion in Index Medicus/MEDLINE, the library's database of more than 84 million abstracts from 3,800 biomedical journals, is based primarily on the scientific merit of the journal under consideration. Overall, fewer than one quarter of submitted journals are accepted for indexing.

Launched in March 1996, Medscape Women's Health consists of peer-reviewed, original, full-text articles on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide scope of health problems in women. According to the company, Medscape Women's Health seeks to improve the health care of women by bringing to both primary care providers and specialists comprehensive information on such traditional women's health topics as gynecology and obstetrics, as well as on emerging developments in the female differences associated with a wide range of conditions including heart disease, cancer. stroke, depression, AIDS, autoimmune disorders, neurological diseases, osteoporosis, and arthritis.

"The selection of Medscape's Women's Health for indexing in Index Medicus/ MEDLINE is a testament to the pioneering efforts of our co-editors Dr. Karen Freund and Dr. Joseph Pastorek as well as our editorial board," said Steve Smith, Medscape vice president, editorial, design, and production. Karen Margaret Freund, M.D., M.P.H., chief of the Women's Health Group at Boston Medical Center, is co-editor of Medscape Women's Health with Joseph G. Pastorek II, M.D., who is professor and chief of the Section of Infectious Disease in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

Medscape says that when publishing new journal articles online, Medscape Women's Health takes the fullest possible advantage of the multimedia possibilities and interactive nature of the Internet to provide clinical education in a way that is not possible with traditional print publications. For example, a recent article, "Periareolar "Breast Abscess" Redefining the Disease and Its Treatment," includes brief video clips demonstrating two types of incisions for removing a breast abscess.

In addition to video clips, Medscape Women's Health journal articles regularly include zoomable images, links to content related to the topic on other sites, links from terms used in the text to the glossary, and interactive features such as the Gynecology Case Challenge series and PicTours that give clinicians immediate feedback on their diagnostic and treatment planning decisions. …