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Cochrane collaboration[edit]

Now all we need is 8 more people :-) --Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 18:33, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

Hello Manu - not quite sure what I'm doing on Wikipedia yet...hope this message gets through. Had a session with James from Wikipedia in Quebec where he guided me through updating the article about dementia with new Cochrane evidence - that was amazing! Really want to be involved and do more. Cstruthers (talk) 08:14, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
Hi Caroline!. Great!.. I just saw this message. Let me know if you find any difficulty.


The new poster looks good. Axl ¤ [Talk] 20:02, 5 November 2012 (UTC)


Thanks for your edits to malaria. I have a request, though. We try to keep things "updated" in our medical articles by trying to use recent publications (particularly review articles per WP:MEDDATE). Do you think you could cite a more recent review article/clinical practice guideline/textbook perhaps instead of the 2000 source? That would be great. Also, if you have any recommendations for improvement, just list them at Talk:Malaria and I bet they will be addressed. Thanks again. Biosthmors (talk) 20:54, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

Hi Biosthmors,
I was searching for a recent secondary reference. The one I quoted, was the latest review article that actually dealt with defining the three terms from other literature. There should be a recent edition of a textbook defining these, but I thought a review article was more suitable, and it is practically difficult to go to a library for this purpose alone. I also thought that the reference being from 2000 didn't really matter as it dealt with a definition which has not changed. But thanks for your comment, I shall update this with a reference from a textbook soon.Manum56 (talk) 21:29, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
Yeah definitions don't really matter, just the biomedical content cited to the source that could have changed. Right now it appears that "Reinfection can occur anytime after the first two weeks of the first infection" is cited to the 2000 source, for example, which is not ideal. Best wishes. Biosthmors (talk) 22:52, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
FYI, here's an edit and I welcome you to make further edits or if you have any comments or concerns, you are more than welcome to share them at Talk:Malaria. Happy editing! Biosthmors (talk) 18:37, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Library now offering accounts from Cochrane Collaboration (sign up!)[edit]

The Wikipedia Library gets Wikipedia editors free access to reliable sources that are behind paywalls. Because you are signed on as a medical editor, I thought you'd want to know about our most recent donation from Cochrane Collaboration.

  • Cochrane Collaboration is an independent medical nonprofit organization that conducts systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials of health-care interventions, which it then publishes in the Cochrane Library.
  • Cochrane has generously agreed to give free, full-access accounts to 100 medical editors. Individual access would otherwise cost between $300 and $800 per account.
  • If you are still active as a medical editor, come and sign up :)

Cheers, Ocaasi t | c 20:32, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Androgen replacement therapy[edit]

Hi there. What happened here? Did I get the cite wrong? I tried to keep it standardized per Wikipedia:Cochrane/Citations, but may have messed it up. Can you possibly let me know? Thanks - Alison 06:55, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Hi, well kinda.. :) . It takes a while to get your head around scientific citation especially in medicine. Hope you have checked out what a Systematic Review is. If you go to The Cochrane Library you can search for systematic reviews from there. The Cochrane Library is also indexed on PubMed, so you can also search for Cochrane Systematic Reviews from there. The advantage of searching PubMed is that Wikipedia is capable of automatically filling in the citation information from PubMed. For example see this Cochrane Review on PubMed ( The PMID is 23235648(look at the bottom of the abstract). You can use this ID in the journal template to fill in the citation details automatically. You know that this is a Cochrane Review because it says Cochrane Database Syst Rev at the top as the Journal Name. Have a look at this article ( Giardiasis ) where this Systematic Review is referenced. Manu Mathew (talk)

Cochrane WIR, please apply now[edit]

Those interested in applying should complete the online application form by 'Friday January 17th. Interviews with short-listed candidates will be held via webinar in late January or early February. The successful candidate should be available to start work in February or March 2014. Cheers and thanks! Ocaasi t | c 22:30, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

Confusion Regarding "05 Feb 2014 - IOE, London"[edit]

Hello, recently I tried to review your newly created article "05 Feb 2014 - IOE, London", and I got pretty confused. Is this page created as a brochure for a future event, or is this an actual encyclopedia article about a notable event that has already happened? Please let me know if you can, thanks. Touch Of Light (Talk / Contributions) 09:46, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Oh.. I am really sorry User:Touch_Of_Light..  :( It was meant to be a subpage of my project page. Can you help me delete it? I dont know how to. Manu Mathew (talk) 09:55, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
No problem! Let me tag it really quick and I can help you copy over the data, can you tell me where you intended for this content to be placed? Thanks! Touch Of Light (Talk / Contributions) 10:00, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
Thank you very much!. I wanted it to come under the project page[[1]]
No problem, looks like you took care of it, best of luck with your project! Sounds like a great event! Let me know if you need anything at all or have any questions. Take care. Touch Of Light (Talk / Contributions) 10:07, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for notifying. It would have taken me a while to figure out that I had messed up. :) Manu Mathew (talk) 10:11, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
User:Touch_Of_Light I think I need help!!
I think you are trying to create the page located here: Link?
Yes, I was.. But it went back to becoming a normal wiki article.Manu Mathew (talk) 10:24, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
I believe I created the page for you here:, let me know if this is not what you wanted. I copied your content over from your original page. Touch Of Light (Talk / Contributions) 10:25, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Round 2, ding ding! =)[edit]

Just wanted to point out: "05 Feb 2014 - IOE, London" is the page you just created and still doesn't seem to be in the right spot. Maybe you meant for it to go here? Just wanted to make sure you realized. Touch Of Light (Talk / Contributions) 10:18, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Please help me out.. I don't think I realize what I'm doing. User:Touch_Of_LightManu Mathew (talk) 10:21, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
I think I created the page for you here:

Please let me know if that's what you wanted? Touch Of Light (Talk / Contributions) 10:23, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Yes!.. Thanks so much. Sorry to create trouble for you.Manu Mathew (talk) 10:25, 5 February 2014 (UTC)
No problem at all, enjoy your event =) Touch Of Light (Talk / Contributions) 10:26, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

==Speedy deletion nomination of 05 Feb 2014 - IOE, London==

A tag has been placed on 05 Feb 2014 - IOE, London, requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done for the following reason:

User:Manum56 intended for this article to be a project page, I have created the project page for the user and this page is no longer necessary. Please see discussion on his talk page.

Under the criteria for speedy deletion, articles that do not meet basic Wikipedia criteria may be deleted at any time.

If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Click here to contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be removed without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. If the page is deleted, and you wish to retrieve the deleted material for future reference or improvement, you can place a request here. Touch Of Light (Talk / Contributions) 10:28, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Don't worry about any of this. Just housekeeping. Touch Of Light (Talk / Contributions) 10:29, 5 February 2014 (UTC)


Hello Manu this is me!! Simon Ogwang (talk) 16:16, 20 February 2014 (UTC)

yoo — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:21, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

The Founder is advising you[edit]

Please see, the Founder seeks that you cease editing directly on articles where you have a potential conflict of interest. That is all. <Gong sound-effect> - (talk) 01:29, 7 May 2014 (UTC) (Aaron Levinson)

Sorry about that and thanks for raising this issue. I have already stopped working on The Cochrane Collboration's page, I think the last edit was almost 2 years back. But I hope this does not mean that I should not contribute to Wikipedia by adding evidence from Cochrane Systematic Reviews to other articles. Manu Mathew (talk)

The Pulse (WP:MED newsletter) June 2014[edit]

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BMJ offering 25 free accounts to Wikipedia medical editors[edit]

Neat news: BMJ is offering 25 free, full-access accounts to their prestigious medical journal through The Wikipedia Library and Wiki Project Med Foundation (like we did with Cochrane). Please sign up this week: Wikipedia:BMJ --Cheers, Ocaasi via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:14, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Medical Translation Newsletter[edit]

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Spotlight - Simplified article translation

Wikiproject Medicine started translating simplified articles in February 2014. We now have 45 simplified articles ready for translation, of which the first on African trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness has been translated into 46 out of ~100 languages. This list does not include the 33 additional articles that are available in both full and simple versions.

Our goal is to eventually translate 1,000 simplified articles. This includes:

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Integration progress

There has previously been some resistance against translation into certain languages with strong Wikipedia presence, such as Dutch, Polish, and Swedish.
What was found is that thre is hardly any negative opinion about the the project itself; and any such critique has focused on the ways that articles have being integrated. For an article to be usefully translated into a target-Wiki it needs to be properly Wiki-linked, carry proper citations and use the formatting of the chosen target language as well as being properly proof-read. Certain large Wikis such as the Polish and Dutch Wikis have strong traditions of medical content, with their own editorial system, own templates and different ideas about what constitutes a good medical article. For example, there are not MEDRS (Polish,German,Romanian,Persian) guidelines present on other Wikis, and some Wikis have a stronger background of country-specific content.

  • Swedish
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    Through extensive collaborative work and by respecting links and Sweden specific content the last unintegrated Swedish translation went live in May.
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    Translation and integration into Polish also comes with its own unique set of challenges. The Polish Wikipedia has long been independent and works very hard to create high quality contentfor Polish audience. Previous translation trouble has lead to use of unique templates with unique formatting, not least among citations. Add to this that the Polish Wikipedia does not allow template redirects and a large body of work is required for each article.
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