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Therapy Dog Days – Tuesday, March 28th, 11 am – 1 pm, take a break and meet Lilly!

Photo of Lilly, Golden Retriever Therapy Dog Therapy dog teams are scheduled periodically through the Spring semester.  Our first dog, Lilly, a beautiful Golden Retriever and one of our regulars, returns tomorrow, Tuesday, March 28th between 11 am and 1 pm.  Stop by Room B7 downstairs and enjoy!

Future dates for other therapy dog teams are:

  • Monday, April 3 from Noon-2pm
  • Wednesday, April 26 from 1 pm – 3 pm
  • Monday, May 15 from 11 am – 1 pm
  • Tuesday, May 16 from 11 am – 1pm

ClinicalKey content update for March 2017

Updates as of March 16, 2017

Journal Added – CK Global

European Journal of Trauma & Dissociation (2017 to present); ISSN: 2468-7499; Package/Collection: Psychiatry;

Books Added – CK Global



Patient Safety Awareness Week

The National Patient Safety Foundation initiative to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public (because everyone is a patient at some point) is ongoing, but culminates in Patient Safety Awareness Week March 12-18.   Health care consumers can get involved by spreading the word, advocating for patients that are friends and family, or sharing a memorial of someone who was harmed or died as a result of medical error.   Health care professionals can advocate at their institutions and use campaign materials to educate colleagues.

The Center for Patient Safety also has a handy toolkit of templates and materials to use in the patient care facilities.

AccessMedicine (for UB HUBNET patrons) offers some links with related content:

Pick Your Poison: new exhibit in the HSL Lobby

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Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history, and will continue to change. The six banner traveling exhibition Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions explores the factors that have shaped the changing definitions of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace.

A “Digital Gallery” offering a selection of digitized, historical texts from the History of Medicine Division’s diverse collections can be found as part of the online version of the exhibition.

Stop by and view the six panels through March 18, 2017.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the National Museum of American History.

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Spring Workshops

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February 7th is the kickoff date for HSL’s Spring 2017 series of workshops, with the popular No Experience EndNote for Health Sciences.  We’re also offering the popular Prezi, and new this semester,  an Introduction to Systematic Review Methodology and Creating and Using Infographics for Education.  

Check out our entire schedule of HSL Workshops, and register for the one that fits your schedule.  Note we have a nifty new calendar based registration system that shows how many seats remain in each class.

Hope to see you at one of our instruction sessions!  All workshops take place downstairs in room B2C, inside our lower level silent study area.

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Quickly and easily cite your sources with Explore in Google Docs

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googlelogo_colorFor anyone looking to credit their sources while searching Google, you now have the ability to insert citations as footnotes with the click of a button in Explore in Docs on the web.  You can even change the format of your citation, switching between the MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. For more information on how to use citations in Docs Explore, check out the Help Center.

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Opoid Abuse and Addiction Resource

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medlinepluslogoOpoid or narcotic addiction is a nationwide epidemic.  MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s Consumer Health resource, has a new page on Opoid Abuse and Addiction.     Read the Basics, including a summary of the problem, treatments, resources, clinical trials, research, statistics, and news for all age groups.  Patient handouts are available in English and Spanish.

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Bonnie and other dogs say THANKS!

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bonnie-vogt-hsl-2016-12-14Little Bonnie was thrilled to have lots of loving hands to pet her during HSL’s Therapy Dog Days held Monday, Dec. 12, Tuesday Dec. 13, and Wednesday Dec. 14 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on the lower level.    If you didn’t have a chance to meet Bonnie, she’d like you to know she turns 15 years old today, Dec. 15!

Watch for our signs in the lobby in 2017 – therapy dogs will also be visiting HSL each month during the Spring semester.

Woof!   (That’s dogese for “Happy Holidays”)


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One Health Day, November 3, 2016

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onehealthday‘One Health’  is a worldwide initiative – a comprehensive approach to preventing disease and saving lives by working with physicians, ecologists, and veterinarians to monitor and control public health threats. Learning how diseases spread among people, animals, and in the environment leads to proactive measures that reduce risk.   Learn more about the One Health approach used at the Centers for Disease Control      What are Zoonotic Diseases?

Today’s inaugural One Health Day will help focus global attention on the need for One Health interactions among researchers in both human and other animal areas to improve the lives of both.

The One Health Commission, centered in North Carolina, seeks to ‘Connect’ One Health Advocates,  to ‘Create’ networks and teams that work together across disciplines to ‘Educate’ about One Health and One Health issues.

Don’t miss the inspiring TED talk by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at UCLA Medical School, who provides a unique perspective on how human well-being, including mental health, can be improved by insights into animal health.

Don’t be surprised if your next medical checkup includes your veterinarian!

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Top 10 Scary Historical Medical Devices – Special Halloween Edition

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Just in time for Halloween, these 10 instruments are scary, yet real, devices that were actually used and even considered cutting-edge (pun intended) for their time.    Check out the Tonsil Guillotine ,  Skull Saw,  Artificial Leech (as if the real thing wasn’t scary enough!),  Ecraseur and other medical tools developed over the years.

HSL’s History of Medicine area has similar examples of historical medical instruments, including another model of the Ecraseur, used to remove tumors and other growths.  Consider the Dental Pelican, which looks like a medieval knight’s miniature bludgeon.  Admire the Leech Cage used to carry the real thing.  Imagine this Chain Saw being used for your own skull surgery, or the Tonsilotome circa 1850, used to remove your tonsils without anesthesia (ouch!).   Most fascinating of all is the set of Bronze Roman Surgical Instruments, circa 300-400 A.D. – surgery is a very old specialty!

Browse the entire McGuire Historical Medical Instrument Collection for more thrills, or better yet stop downstairs on our lower level to see these real artifacts.   Contact Linda Lohr, or call 829-5737 for a special tour.



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