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Strategies for Fighting Ebola: A Columbia University Summit

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Symposium: Strategies for Fighting Ebola: A Columbia University Summit to Help End the Epidemic. Hosted by Columbia University Club.

December 1, 2014 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET) in New York or via webcast.

Registration required to attend in-person.

November is National Diabetes Month

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving is soon approaching, a time when many are giving thanks for food, family and health. Many favorite dishes are loaded with sugars and it is tempting to overeat. This can be a health issue for those with diabetes. Whether we have a family history or not, we shouldn’t deprive ourselves but rather, consider eating in moderation while enjoying a great feast.

The Diabetes Educator site provides a nice visual on how to divide your plate along with some healthier recipes: https://www.diabeteseducator.org/export/sites/aade/_resources/pdf/general/ThanksgivingPlateResource.pdf

The American Diabetes Association includes tips on navigating the Thanksgiving feast and other tips:

http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/tips/2012-11/navigating-the-holiday-feast.html
http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/holiday-meal-planning/

So go ahead and enjoy the feast but remember that if you’re thankful for your health, stuff that turkey and not yourself!

Here are some Thanksgiving Day suggestions:

  • Don’t wait to eat until the feast to avoid overeating.
  • Fill half your plate with vegetables but avoid or limit those that contain cream sauces or butter.
  • When filling your plate, take only a spoonful of the dishes you really enjoy and wait and see if you really are still hungry after eating before considering more.
  • Skip the bread and rolls.
  • Roast those sweet potatoes rather than smothering them in butter, sugar and marshmallows, roasting them at a high temperature (400-450 degrees) causes the sugars in the sweet potatoes to caramelize.
  • Use a sugar substitute when making pies.
  • Skip the whipped cream or the ice cream with the pie.
  • If bringing a dish, choose a fresh veggie platter with a hummus dip or a tossed salad of mixed greens with a vinaigrette dressing.
  • Eat slowly and take time to interact with those around you, good companionship can be just as satisfying as eating.
  • Before diving into that comfy chair take a walk around the block, it will help you feel better and keep you awake!

For more information about diabetes: MedlinePlus and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Lending a Helping Hand: NN/LM MAR Mentoring Program

Monday, November 24th, 2014

If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before. J Loren Norris

We know that in the ever changing environment of healthcare, hospital librarians have had to adapt their services and skills to these changes.  Those that have risen to the challenge of change have much to offer medical librarians new to the profession, new to health sciences librarianship,  and to those adapting to technology changes, or adapting to being a solo librarian.

  • Are you someone who could benefit from having a mentor?
  • Or are you someone who would like to share your expertise and experience with others?

If you answered Yes to either question, please contact Michelle Burda to learn about our new program:  mburda@pitt.edu or (412) 624-1589.

Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Presenter:  Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  December 3 / 10-11:30 am (ET) and December 10, 2014 / 10 – 11 am (ET)

Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=26

Summary: Event sponsored by HSLANJ. Audience: Health Professionals, Information Professionals.
This seminar focuses on ways medical librarians can become more involved in the patient safety processes and activities within their institutions and organizations. Topics include understanding the issues of patient safety; locating where patient safety practices exist within the institution; and identifying patient safety resources for health professionals, for administration and staff, and for patients and families.

Focused for hospital librarians, but accessible for all librarians, these 2.5 hours of lecture, discussion and brainstorming help librarians become effective agents for improving patient safety. 2.5 MLA CEs
Details on national NN/LM website

Check Out Our Fall Issue of The MAReport!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Webinar: Preparing your Healthcare System for Ebola

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Today, Friday, November 21 / 3 – 4 pm (ET)

Hospital based emergency providers are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on preparing for possible Ebola cases. During this call, leaders will discuss the evaluation and management of patients who present with possible Ebola Virus Disease and provide an overview of the “Identify, Isolate, Inform: Emergency Department Evaluation and Management for Patients Who Present with Possible Ebola Virus Disease” guidance and algorithm (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/ed-management-patients-possible-ebola.html). This call will also provide an opportunity for participants to provide comments and ask questions.

Dial-in Information: Call: 800-857-0664; Participant passcode: 8614132

Congratulations to the Value of Library Study Authors from our Network!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Two articles have been published related to the Value of Libraries Study.

The first is in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, using results from the Study to show the impact of accessibility of library resources, staff, and services for practicing nurses: http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol-19-2014/No3-Sept-2014/Articles-Previous-Topics/Value-of-Library-and-Information-Services.html

The 2nd article is: “Library and information services: impact on patient care quality”, International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 27(8), pp. 672-683: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJHCQA-10-2013-0119

Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study: http://nnlm.gov/mar/about/value.html

UCSC Genome Browser Workshops in Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Presenter: Dr. Robert Kuhn, Associate Director, UCSC Genome Browser / Jack Baskin School of Engineering, University of California – Santa Cruz (UCSC)

Date / Time: December 4 and 5, 2014 (see details below)

Where: University of Pittsburgh, Scaife Hall, 4th floor, Lecture Room 1

Registration is free

Summary: For 14 years, the UCSC Genome Browser has been providing a visual display for genomic data from human and other organisms (now numbering more than 80). Serving nearly 200,000 different users monthly, the Browser has grown to be a collection of bioinformatics tools useful for many applications in biomedical research. Dr. Robert Kuhn is coming to the University of Pittsburgh to teach introductory and advanced sessions on the use and applications of the Genome Browser. These sessions are open to all researchers, and suitable for all levels of experience from complete novice to experienced user.

  • Participants must bring their laptops
  • Afternoon sessions will have ample time for 1-on-1 conversations on any topic of interest
  • Funding for these training sessions was provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)
  • Event sponsored by the Molecular Biology Information Service of the Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), University of Pittsburgh

Registration

Thursday, December 4th

9:30 – 11:30 am / Session 1: Introduction to the UCSC Genome Browser
Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Browser navigation and paradigm
  • Custom tracks
  • Saving sessions for future reference and sharing
  • Table Browser
  • Register Session 1

1 – 5 pm / Session 2: Interactive, hands-on problem solving

Friday, December 5th

9:30 – 11:30 am / Session 3: Advanced UCSC Genome Browser topics
Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • BLAT
  • Table Browser joins, intersections, and filters
  • Display of next-gen sequencing results: BAM & VCF files
  • Variant Annotation Integrator
  • Register Session 3

1 – 5 pm / Session 4: Interactive, hands-on problem solving

Please contact the HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service with any questions.

Resource Update: ChemIDplus Drawing Feature

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) ChemIDplus resource is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures). It includes links to NLM and to other databases and resources, including ones to federal, state and international agencies. You can draw a chemical structure and search for similar substances using the ChemIDplus Advanced search interface. This feature also performs similarity and substructure searches. A four-minute tutorial is available for using the drawing feature of ChemIDplus. The ChemIDplus Lite interface is designed for simple searching on name or registry number.

Webinar: Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective

Monday, November 24 / 2 – 3 pm (ET)

Health care organizations across the country are preparing to respond to the possibility of Ebola cases in their communities. Several U.S. hospitals have treated patients with the disease and can provide important information to other health care workers related to personal protective equipment, staffing models, and critical care nursing. During this Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call, clinicians will learn about the clinical management experiences of nurses who cared for patients with Ebola at Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center.

Participate by Phone:

* U.S. Callers:  888-972-6898.  Passcode:5076538

* International Callers: 630-395-0194.  Passcode:5076538

Join by Live Audio Web Streaming: (Listen only): http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=897795&s=1&k=6DF1465EA1BB9109F0973F486C334C3C

For more information, please see the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_112414.asp

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Webinars and Calls: http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/ebola-calls.aspx