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Archive for March, 2016

Resource Library Spotlight: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Libraries – New Orleans

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Last week, I attended the Louisiana Library Association Conference. Being a Baton Rouge native, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to come home, learn and fellowship with former colleagues. While I was there, I had a chance to speak with Director of Libraries, Debbie Sibley and Reference/Outreach Librarian, Carolyn Bridgewater of LSU Health Sciences Center Libraries – New Orleans. Both exhibited at the conference on behalf of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine/South Central Region. It was truly a pleasure speaking with them. Great job!!

LLA Conference

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Says Hospitals Making Progress Against Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs But More Work Is Needed

Friday, March 18th, 2016

From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health Course

Friday, March 18th, 2016

The NN/LM SCR office will be teaching From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health later this month. The class will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process. The purpose of the class is to provide an introduction to evidence-based public health and to give those who are familiar with the process useful and practical information. Marcus Spann will be the instructor.

Registration is currently open for in-person class at the TMC Library on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. (Central Time)

Participants will receive 4 hours of CE’s from MLA.

Classroom size is limited to 24 participants.

Enrollment is free.

If you have any questions, please email marcus.spann@library.tmc.edu or call 832-746-1758.

For those who are interested, please visit the link for enrollment: https://nnlm.gov/scr/training/register.html?schedule_id=3883

Multistate Foodborne Illness Is a Serious Problem

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Adapted from CDC (Vital Signs)

Foods that cause multistate outbreaks are often contaminated before they reach the public. The CDC reports that multistate outbreaks caused 56% of deaths in all foodborne outbreaks, although they accounted for 3% of all outbreaks from 2010 to 2014. This occurs when contaminated food is sent to several states and individuals become sick with the same germ. Officals investigating multistate outbreaks reveal that most problems occur on the farm, in processing or distributions centers. The federal government along with food industries must work collaboratively to save lives.

Food industries can:

  • Keep records to trace foods from source to destination.
  • Use store loyalty cards and distribution records to help investigators identify what made people sick.
  • Recall products linked to an outbreak and notify customers.
  • Choose only suppliers that use food safety best practices.
  • Share proven food safety solutions with others in industry.
  • Make food safety a core part of company culture.
  • Meet or exceed new food safety laws and regulations.

For more information, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/foodsafety-2015/index.html#graphic

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The Society for Public Health and Education (SOPHE) is Celebrating March as National Nutrition Month

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Adapted from SOPHE:

The Society for Public Health and Education (SOPHE) has announced March as National Nutrition month. The organization wants YOU participate and take the pledge to eat healthy.

Why eat healthy?

  • To stay strong and active. Healthy foods have vitamins, mineral, and nutrients your body needs.
  • To lower your health risks. Choosing healthier foods can help you lower your risk for chronic health conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • To manage your weight. Healthy diet and physical activity can help you stay at a healthy weight.
  • To set a positive example. If you have children, the healthy food choices your child sees you make now can impact their eating choices throughout their lifetime.

Top 10 easy ways to nutritious eating:

  1. Start breakfast with instant oatmeal and low-fat milk.
  2. Skip the fast food drive through.
  3. Keep low-fast yogurt, cheese and milk in your refrigerator.
  4. Snack on fruits and vegetables.
  5. Pack a healthy lunch and skip eating out.
  6. If you eat out, split the meal or only eat half.
  7. Eat thin crust pizza. Add veggies as toppings.
  8. Limit meat, fish and poultry to 5 ounces.
  9. Eat whole-grain breads.
  10. Drink 8 glasses of water each day.

For more information, please visit: http://www.sophe.org/national_nutrition_month.cfm

Reproducible Research: Many Dimensions and Shared Responsibilities

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Reposted from:  NNLMALL Listserv

Attend Worshop and Videocast on Reproducible Research from NIH on Monday March 14, 2016.

NIH Data Science Workforce Development Center

TITLE: Reproducible Research: Many Dimensions and Shared Responsibilities
DATE: Monday, March 14, 20162:30pm to 4:30pm EST; 1:30pm to 3:30pm CST; 12:30pm-2:30pm MT
LOCATION: NIH Main Campus, Building 10, Lipsett Auditorium
VIDEOCAST: This workshop will be videocast.

INSTRUCTOR:
Lisa Meier McShane
Chief, Biostatistics Branch
Biometric Research Program
Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis
National Cancer Institute

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Biomedical researchers have an ethical responsibility to ensure the reproducibility and integrity of their work so that precious research resources are not wasted, and most importantly, flawed or misleading results do not make their way to clinical studies where the faulty evidence could adversely affect study participants.  Many factors have been suggested as contributors to irreproducible biomedical research, including poor study design, analytic instability of measurement methods, sloppy data handling, inappropriate and misleading statistical analysis methods, improper reporting or interpretation of results, and on rare occasions, outright scientific misconduct.  These problems can occur in any type of biomedical study, whether preclinical or clinical, large or small.  Examples of the many potential pitfalls will be discussed along with suggested approaches to avoid them.  The first half of the seminar will focus mainly on issues that arise commonly in preclinical and sma!
ll clinical studies or studies performed retrospectively using stored biospecimens.  The second half will elaborate on aspects that are particularly problematic in research involving use of novel measurement technologies such as “omics assays” which generate large volumes of data and require specialized expertise and computational approaches for proper data analysis and interpretation.  The discussions will emphasize the importance of including in a research team all individuals with the needed expertise as early as possible in a project in order to promote a sense of engagement and facilitate good communication across disciplines.   Shared credit for scientific accomplishments should be understood as an acceptance of shared accountability for the integrity of the work.

ADDITIONAL EVENT DETAILS:  This lecture is part of a full day of scheduled events and activities for the second annual NIH Pi Day, which celebrates the intersection between the quantitative and biomedical sciences. Pi Day is an annual international celebration of the irrational number Pi, 3.14…, on March 14. On Pi Day and every day, NIH recognizes the importance of building a diverse biomedical workforce with the quantitative skills required to tackle future challenges. For more information, visit the event page at https://datascience.nih.gov/PiDay2016.

Healthy Eye Care Habits Equates to Healthy Eyes For People Who Wear Contact Lens

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Adapted from:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s article “Healthy Contact Lens Wear”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 40 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses. While contact lenses are generally a safe and effective form of vision correction, they are not entirely risk-free-especially if they are not cared for properly. The key to reap the benefits of wearing contact lenses, it is necessary to practice healthy eye care habits. Enjoy the comfort and benefits of contact lenses while lowering your chance of complications. Failure to wear, clean, and store your lenses as directed by your eye doctor raises the risk of developing serious infections and other complications. Your habits, supplies, and eye doctor are all essential to keeping your eyes healthy. Follow the following tips:

See CDC infographic http://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/pdf/contact-lens-infographic-508.pdf

Healthy Habits For Contact Lens Wearers 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry them well with a clean cloth before touching your contact lenses every time.
  • Don’t sleep in your contact lenses unless prescribed to do so by your eye doctor.
  • Keep water away from your contact lenses. Avoid showering in contact lenses, and remove them before using a hot tub or swimming
  • Rub and rinse your contact lenses with contact lens disinfecting solution—never water or saliva—to clean them each time you remove them.
  • Never store your contact lenses in water.
  • Replace your contact lenses as often as prescribed by your eye doctor.
  • Rub and rinse your contact lens case with contact lens solution—never water—and then empty and  dry with a clean tissue. Store upside down with the caps off after each use.
  • Replace your contact lens case at least once every three months.
  • Don’t “top off” solution. Use only fresh contact lens solution in your case—never mix fresh solution with old or used solution.
  • Use only the contact lens solution recommended by your eye doctor your Eye Doctor
  • Carry a backup pair of glasses with a current prescription—just in case you have to take out your contact lenses.

    Check out CDC’s health promotion materials, including posters, podcasts, a social media library, and more!

    What the CDC is Doing

    CDC is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), eye care providers, contact lens and product manufacturers, and academic partners on a collaborative effort to improve how people wear and care for their contact lenses.

    Learn more about these partnerships.

    Visit your eye doctor yearly or as often as he or she recommends.Ask your eye doctor if you have questions about how to care for your contact lenses and case or if you are having any difficulties.Remove your contact lenses immediately and call your eye doctor if you have eye pain, discomfort, redness, or blurred vision.