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Archive for October, 2016

Meet Me Monday: Marilyn Goff, TWU – Houston Center Library

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Marilyn Goff, Librarian, TWU - Houston Center Library

Marilyn Goff has been the librarian for the Houston campus of Texas Woman’s University since 2000.

Marilyn manages a virtual library in the health sciences and supports about 2,000 faculty, staff, and students on the subjects of Business, Health Care Administration, Library & Information Studies, Nursing, Nutrition & Food Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Management. TWU Houston focuses primarily on advanced degrees, but does have one undergraduate program for junior and senior BSN students.

Please visit TWU Institute of Health Sciences – Houston Center for more information!


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Arkansas Mumps Outbreak Growing

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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Preparing a Shot

Northwest Arkansas has seen an increasing number of mumps cases in the last month. As of Oct. 12, there were 492 individuals involved. The majority of the individuals involved are children, and more than 30 schools in Arkansas have reported one ore more of these cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mumps is a very contagious disease best known for the puffy cheeks and swollen jaw that it causes. Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Symptoms typically don’t appear until more than two weeks after infection. Many people who contract the disease show few to no symptoms and often aren’t even aware they have the disease. There is no treatment, but most people will recover completely within a few weeks.

The CDC recommends that everyone born after 1957 receive the mumps vaccine. Two doses of the MMR vaccine (vaccinating against mumps, measles and rubella) is 88 percent effective in preventing mumps. Adults born before 1957 are considered immune.

For more information regarding the Arkansas mumps outbreak, please visit the Arkansas Department of Health.

For more information regarding general mumps information, please visit the CDC’s website.

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NN/LM SCR Introduces Our Emerging Technologies Coordinator: Brian Leaf

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016


The NN/LM SCR is pleased to welcome Brian Leaf to the RML. Brian will serve as the Emerging Technologies Coordinator and also as the liaison to the States of Louisiana and New Mexico.

Prior to working for the South Central Region, Brian served as the Instructional Design Librarian at The Ohio State University (OSU) for the past five years. While there, he contributed to a variety of instructional projects, facilitated workshops for faculty/staff/students, and served as a consultant on pedagogical issues. In this role, he also worked across departments to enhance teaching and learning, which included anything from revising an instructional grant program to producing educational multimedia works for exhibits. Last but not least, he helped lead and grow the interdisciplinary OSU Digital Storytelling Program through outreach and program development.

Brian completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington in Seattle and graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his time in Chapel Hill, he worked as a graduate research assistant to Dr. Joanne Marshall and had the opportunity to help with the Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care study.

In 2013, he was awarded the OSU University Libraries Teaching Excellence Annual Award for his work redesigning credit courses offered through the library. He is also an alumni of the American Library Association’s 2010 Spectrum Leadership Institute as well as the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Career Enhancement Program. Currently, he serves on the Executive Board of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association.

Brian is very excited to join the NN/LM SCR in enhancing public health and access to health information.

Contact Brian at or 817-735-2169

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Resources for Flu 2016

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

“Flu vs Cold” from CDC.

Flu vs. Cold ChartWith flu season really starting to kick in, we wanted to share some resources on the disease to help you get through fall and winter!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that every person aged six months and older get an annual flu vaccine by the end of October. Something important to note is that only injectable flu vaccines are recommended this year. Previously, the flu vaccine was also available through a nasal spray known as FluMist.

To further protect yourself, the CDC recommends staying away from people who are sick—people who are sick with the flu should stay home from work or school to prevent spreading the disease. Additionally, the CDC recommends consistent hand washing to get rid of germs.

Flu 2016 symptoms include:

  • fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • vomiting or diarrhea in some cases

The CDC also has a chart that shows the difference between cold and flu symptoms.

If you suspect you have the flu, you should visit your doctor for a diagnosis and to be prescribed antiviral prescription drugs. This treatment works best when started within 48 hours of getting sick, so you should see a doctor right away if you experience symptoms.

To read more about the 2016 flu, please visit the CDC’s flu page.

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Meet Me Monday: Mandie Mims, TWU – Dallas Center Library

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Mandie Mims, Reference Librarian, TWU - Dallas Center Library

Mandie Mims is the Occupational and Physical Therapy, Speech Pathology, and Health Systems Management Librarian at Texas Woman’s University, T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center Library.

Mandie works primarily with graduate, PhD and post-professional students. She also work closely with faculty, supporting their research and publishing. Dallas Center is one of two Institute of Health Sciences Centers, with the other located in Houston.

Please visit TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center and Dallas Center Library for more information!


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Zika Testing in the Rio Grande Valley

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

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Earlier this week, we posted a feature as part of our SCR Regional Highlight series about the new medical school that opened in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and how it will bring more physicians to a part of Texas that is in dire need of more medical professionals.

Today, we are sharing some more health news relevant to the Rio Grande Valley—this time regarding Zika.

Texas, particularly the southernmost tip where the Rio Grande Valley is, has been monitored closely for signs of local Zika transmission. Previously, Texas has seen the local transmission of dengue fever and chikungunya virus, both mosquito-borne diseases. So far, Texas has seen 231 cases of illness due to Zika, but none due to local transmission.

Despite this, the Texas Department of State Health Services is still on the offensive and is urging residents, particularly pregnant women, of the Rio Grande Valley to get tested for Zika if they exhibit any two of the four major symptoms of Zika, which include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (eye redness), regardless of their travel history.

To read more about Zika testing recommendations, please visit Texas Department of State Health Services.

To read more about Zika, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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SCR Regional Highlight: New Medical School in the Rio Grande Valley Will Help Address Physician Shortage

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy

UTRGV Family Medicine Center

The Rio Grande Valley, made up of four counties in the southernmost part of Texas along the border of Mexico, has the odds stacked against it when it comes to residents’ health. In Hidalgo County, one of those four counties, 40 percent of residents lack proper health insurance, 40 percent are considered obese, and 25 percent suffer from diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, most often found in adults, is being found more often in children in this area.

Luckily though, it looks like the Rio Grande Valley has a happy ending.

On June 27, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine opened its doors to its inaugural class. This first cohort contains 55 students—out of the more than 2,784 that applied. UTRGV is the first of its kind in the Valley, but the necessity it provides has been a long time coming.

In 2013, there were only 165 doctors per 100,000 people in Texas—much lower than the average of 240 doctors per 100,000 people in the U.S. as a whole. But in the Rio Grande Valley, that number was even smaller with only 124 doctors per 100,000 people. Number of doctors wasn’t the only shortcoming the Valley had; its average physician age was 57, decades above the median population age, and with older physicians, that would mean more retirements, and it would be likely the number of doctors would dwindle even further.

The inauguration of UTRGV is a fresh start for the Valley, who often lost many of its youngest, brightest minds to other medical schools without the thought of returning. The new medical school will bring new students in and keep students here to serve the population they also grew up in.

To read more about health in the Rio Grande Valley or UTRGV, please visit the following:

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Meet Me Monday: Alice Jaggers, UAMS Library

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Alice Jaggers, Outreach Coordinator at UAMS Library

Alice Jaggers, MSLS, is the Outreach Coordinator at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library in Little Rock, AR. Her current work includes an outreach project to rural public library staff in the Southeast region of Arkansas and an outreach project to the Marshallese population in Springdale, AR. The project for the public library staff will include a train the trainer method to help staff be better able to assist with patrons’ medical questions through National Library of Medicine resources. The project for the Marshallese population will include a train the trainer method for community health workers to assist their community in finding reliable health information.

Alice has a special interest in graphic medicine (comics, graphic novels, graphic memoirs, and manga about health related subjects) and highly encourages utilizing this medium for teaching health and health literacy. She recommends that every medical librarian read Graphic Medicine Manifesto by John Milton, Kimberly Rena Myers, M. K. Czerwiec, Michael Green, and Scott T. Smith, and Special Exits by Joyce Farmer. Also recommended is Graphic Librarian, a website created by Matthew Noe.

Contact Alice Jaggers at or (501) 686-8022. Feel free to ask questions, especially about outreach projects or graphic medicine!

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Babies Born Prematurely in Oklahoma

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

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Infant HandIn 2014, more than 53,000 babies were born in Oklahoma, putting the state right in the middle at No. 27 for the most number of births in the United States. Nearly 4 million babies were born in the U.S. that year.

Unfortunately though, but to be expected, not all of those babies made it. Those babies who died made up the infant mortality rate (IMR). The IMR is defined by the number of deaths per 1,000 live births. In 2013, the IMR for the U.S. overall was 6, which has since lowered to 5.9 today. Oklahoma’s IMR in 2013 was 6.7 but has since risen to 7.4, both of which were among the IMR national average.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health recognizes this unfortunate statistic and has found that babies born prematurely are a leading cause of infant mortality and morbidity. In 2014, 10.3 percent of Oklahoma’s births were premature.

In recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month last month, OSDH released information on factors that may cause a premature birth (like diabetes and high blood pressure), ways to promote a healthy pregnancy (like remaining tobacco free), and current initiatives OSDH is taking to help prevent premature births.

To read more about total number of births and the infant mortality rate in the U.S., please visit the following pages on the Kaiser Family Foundation website:

To read more about Oklahoma’s initiatives, please visit Prematurity Remains a Leading Cause of Infant Deaths in Oklahoma.

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Healthy People 2020: A Systematic Approach to Health Improvement

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

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Healthy People 2020Curious about the status of health in the U.S. and what’s being done to improve it? Check out Healthy People 2020, the latest national health promotion and disease prevention agenda released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The agenda includes a set of objectives to be reached by the year 2020, and was developed through a collaboration between HHS and other federal agencies, public stakeholders, and an advisory committee.

The Healthy People initiative began in 1979 with the surgeon general’s report on health promotion and disease prevention. Following the report, the first Healthy People was developed with a list of leading health indicators and set targets for those indicators to be reached by the end of the decade. Healthy People 2020 is the fourth such report, with its vision to achieve a society in which all people live long, healthy lives, and was announced on December 2, 2010.

Healthy People 2020 contains 42 topic areas with more than 1,200 objectives. Within these objectives, a small set of high-priority health issues have been identified that represent a significant threat to the public’s health. These 26 Leading Health Indicators (LHI) fall under 12 topic areas, and as of a March 2014 progress update over half (14) of the 26 indicators have either met their target or shown improvement.

The development of Healthy People involves an extensive stakeholder feedback process, incorporating periods of public comment throughout the planning process. The importance of the feedback process and public comments can be seen in the sample of new topics added to Healthy People 2020 based on feedback below.

Healthy People 2020 currently has a call for public comments regarding this year’s proposed new HIV objective. This will be the final public comment period for the 2020 project, and will be open October 6-27.

Sample of new topic areas added to Healthy People 2020:

  • Adolescent Health
  • Blood Disorders and Blood Safety
  • Dementias, including Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Early and Middle Childhood
  • Genomics
  • Global Health
  • Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being
  • Healthcare-Associated Infections
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
  • Older Adults
  • Preparedness
  • Sleep Health
  • Social Determinants of Health

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Written by Sarah Miles, Health Professions Coordinator, NN/LM SCR