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Archive for July, 2016

Lifestyle Choices and Gender May Affect a Person’s Resilience to Alzheimer’s Genes

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

“Alzheimers” by Michael Havens is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Alzheimer'sWe all know we should take care of our bodies. Health professionals tell us to eat healthy and to exercise in order to maintain our physical health; and we know we should challenge our minds to maintain our mental health. Leading a healthy life can lower your risk for many illnesses and diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. And now, a new study suggests that even if you carry Alzheimer’s genes, if you lead a healthy lifestyle you might be less likely to feel the effects of the disease.

Findings indicate that if you’re a woman you might also have a stronger resilience to the disease even if the genes are present in your DNA. The study found that only 32 percent of women showed signs of memory decline while 47 percent of men did. Research suggested that women can further help maintain their memory by having an active social life, healthy lungs, and moderate exercise.

It’s important to also note that even if you carry Alzheimer’s genes, that is not a guarantee that you will get the disease.

To learn more, please visit “Women May Be More Resilient to Effects of Alzheimer’s Genes,” or alz.org.

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Health Officials Investigating Possible First Local Zika Transmissions

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

“Stripe on stripe” by coniferconifer is licensed under CC BY 2.0

MosquitoZika Virus has been on the minds of health officials for months, but until recently the main concern to average citizens regarding the virus was simply protecting themselves from transmission while traveling to infected countries, which include much of Central and South America, and many Caribbean islands. Florida health officials are now investigating two cases of Zika in Miami-Dade County and Broward County, which they believe may have been acquired locally, although they have not ruled out sexual transmission. If confirmed, this would be the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquito within the U.S.

In January, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted small local outbreaks may occur, specifically in the south of Florida and Texas because mosquitoes in those areas have also carried dengue and chikungunya in the past.

So far, more than 1,400 people have tested positive for Zika in the U.S., with all cases having been related to travel to an infected area.

To read more about local Zika transmissions, please see “Florida Investigating 2 Possible Local Zika Virus Infections.”

To learn more about how to protect yourself from Zika, please visit cdc.gov.

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July 21st – SCR CONNECTions: Regional Medical Library Educational Webinar

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Join us at the NN/LM SCR’s monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions.

Next Webinar: The Greater Midwest Region (GMR) and South Central Region (SCR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) present the first jointly sponsored webinar in the monthly Lake Effects and SCR CONNECTions series.

Title: “Data Research Services: University of Michigan Experience”

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm CDT

Description: This webinar session is focused on interviewing Jake Carlson and Marisa Conte regarding their involvement in research data services at the University of Michigan. Join us to learn how data services support interactions between scientists and librarians, and how these interactions create new opportunities for health sciences libraries. Topics covered in this webinar include: needs assessments to inform a research data service, the importance of teaching data literacy, data management requirements from funding agencies, and the value of health sciences libraries as partners in data management.

For full bios of Jake Carlson and Marisa Conte, see their profiles online:

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

To Join the Meeting

  1. Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/jointwebinar/
  2. At the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.
  3. Once the room is open, the system will provide you with a participant code and a phone number to dial-in to connect to the audio.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.

Problems? Call us at 817-735-2223.

Test Your Connection

Run the Acrobat Connect Connection Test to ensure your configuration is compatible with the web meeting system. If you have problems completing the test or installing required software, please visit the Adobe Support website or call Adobe Connect Technical Support at 800-945-9120.

Shari Clifton Receives the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Shari Clifton

Shari Clifton, Outreach Librarian at the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has been awarded the 2016 Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

Shari has extensive experience providing outreach programming throughout Oklahoma and was instrumental in developing an outreach program that has helped public libraries increase their ability to locate and search for authoritative health information. In partnership with other OUHSC librarians, Shari developed the Health Information Specialists Program. This program provided training to Metropolitan Library System (MLS) staff which allowed participants to obtain extensive training in consumer health resources and ultimately obtain a Level I Consumer Health Information Specialization through the Medical Library Association.

This prestigious award was established in the early 1990s in honor of Dr. DeBakey, to recognize outstanding service and contributions to rural and underserved communities by a practicing health sciences librarian. The award is presented annually by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine.

Congratulations to Shari for providing exceptional health information programming!