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It’s Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

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Cigarette Smoke
Research on smoking is finding that it’s never too late for a person to quit. Even if it’s at 60 years old, you can gain years back on your life.

It’s a long-known fact that cigarettes and smoking are harmful to a person’s health—it causes more than 480,000 deaths in Americans per year, nearly 1 in 5 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Besides just adding years to your life, quitting smoking also reduces a person’s heart rate and blood pressure and reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

The research studied data collected on 160,000 men and women, in which they completed a survey about their smoking habit between 2004 and 2005 and the deaths of the participants were tracked until the end of 2011. While the study did find that participants were more likely to die earlier if they quit later in life, the data also pointed out those who quit smoking at any time fared better than those who were still current smokers when they died.

“…The study also makes the point that I try to tell my patients, some of whom believe it and some of whom don’t, that smoking cessation is good for you even late in life. If you stop, you will live longer than if you don’t stop,” said Dr. Norman Edelman, senior medical consultant to the American Lung Association in a MedlinePlus article.

To read more about the study, please visit “It’s Never Too Late to Stop Smoking.”

To read more about the dangers of smoking, please visit the CDC’s website.

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Vaping Leads to Teen Cigarette Use

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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Cigarette Butt

Back in September, we posted a blog about teens using e-cigarettes (or “vapes”) for flavor. A new article published on says teens who regularly use e-cigarettes are more likely to be heavy smokers.

A survey studied students from 10 Los Angeles schools and found teens are twice as likely to start smoking cigarettes on a weekly basis if they vape frequently.

“The more you vape, the more likely in the future you’re going to be smoking (cigarettes),” according to lead researcher Adam Leventhal, associate professor of preventive medicine and psychology at the University of Southern California. “You’re going to be smoking more frequently and you’re going to smoke more cigarettes per day on your smoking days.”

Leventhal also suggested that teens may become hooked on nicotine through vaping and turn to nicotine for a stronger fix.

On the other hand, which the e-cigarette industry has criticized, frequent vaping, is defined in this study as three or more days in one month.

To read more about the study, please visit “E-cigs Tied to More Frequent Heavier Teen Tobacco Use.

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

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Elderly Man Walking in Park

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s Disease is an irreversible brain disorder, seen most often in elderly people, but occasionally in those who are younger (known as early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease). Its most common symptom is memory loss. There is no cure or treatment, and scientists are still unsure what causes late-onset Alzheimer’s (they believe early-onset Alzheimer’s is caused by a genetic mutation), but it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

New research suggests that if an older person is experiencing feelings of loneliness, it could mean they are developing Alzheimer’s. Researchers found that high levels of amyloid, what people who are truly at risk for Alzheimer’s have, are 7.5 times more likely to feel lonely.

The research team studied 43 women and 36 men, with an average age of 76, who were all deemed healthy with no signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Those who felt isolated or socially detached, even when around family, were at a higher risk of Alzheimer’s.

It’s important to note that there is no direct correlation between loneliness and increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein, director of geriatric education for Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y., described the research and findings as still “very new.” More research will need to be completed to fully determine if there is a connection.

For more information on the study, please visit “Could Loneliness Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s?”

For more general information on Alzheimer’s Disease, please visit the National Institute on Aging’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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Meet Me Monday: Cathy Miller, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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Cathy Miller, Digital Archivist-UTSW

Cathy Miller is the Digital Archivist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.  Her earlier experience includes a 10-week internship for the Yellowstone National Park Archives.

UT Southwestern’s archival collection documents the history of UT Southwestern Medical Center, as well as its predecessor institutions, University Hospitals, careers of noble campus individuals, and Parkland Memorial Hospital. The archival collection features many interesting and fun records, such as “Child hears first sounds after cochlear implant, 1997.

Visit UT Southwestern Archives to learn more about the collections.


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Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC)

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

“Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign”

Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign Logo

October is National Health Literacy Month! Did you know there’s a campaign that addresses health inequities in Oklahoma?

Through the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC), community leaders and organizations have come together to provide resources aiming to give an opportunity for Oklahomans to reach their full health potential regardless of their social position. Resources include a Health Literacy Clearinghouse with links to toolkits, resources for patients, research and reports, health literacy assessments and training, and multimedia presentations.

Community partners include the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition, Tulsa Hispanic Resource Association, Rogers County Literary Council, and the Latino Community Development Agency.

For more information, please visit the Health Literacy Clearinghouse.

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-Written by Myriam Martinez-Banuelos, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM SCR

NN/LM SCR Introduces Our Executive Director: Lisa Smith

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Lisa Smith, Executive DirectorLisa Smith serves as the Executive Director of the NN/LM SCR. Before assuming this role, Lisa served as the Associate Director for the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library for 7 years.

Lisa has worked in both the Public Services and Technical Services divisions of libraries. Other positions she has held include: Outreach Librarian, Audiovisual Cataloger, Planning & Assessment Librarian, and Science Librarian. She has also worked in many library settings including academic libraries, school libraries, hospital and health science libraries.

Lisa is excited to partner with the region to provide solutions for a healthier community!

Contact Lisa at or 817-735-2601.

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Extra Fat in Different Areas of the Body Associated with Higher Risk of Heart Disease

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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Woman Measuring WaistMost of us may have some “problem areas” on our bodies that we want to fix. But new research shows that carrying extra weight on certain parts of your body may be more dangerous to your health than others.

A recent study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that carrying extra belly fat, particularly in the gut area, often referred to as a “spare tire,” causes a person to have a higher risk of heart disease, especially when compared to the heart disease risk for a person’s fat elsewhere, like in the hips, often called “love handles.”

Reasons for this higher risk are not entirely known yet, but Dr. Greg Fonarow, cardiology professor at University of California, Los Angeles explained to MedlinePlus that belly fat is known to be associated with abnormalities like high triglyceride levels, low levels of HDL (good cholesterol), high blood pressure and risk of diabetes.

It’s important to stress, however, that there is no definitive proof that belly fat causes heart disease, only that there is a higher risk associated with it.

To read more about fat and heart disease, visit “‘Spare Tires’ May Be Tougher on Your Heart Than ‘Love Handles.’”

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September is National Yoga Month

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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September is National Yoga Month—have you ever tried out this form of exercise and meditation? While many people are skeptical of the benefits yoga actually provides, there is research behind this type of fitness that proves it is good for your health, so we wanted to share. All of this information, and more, can also be found on

What are the benefits of yoga?

  • It can lower your blood pressure.
  • It can aid digestion.
  • It can help you relax.
  • It can improve your coordination.
  • And it can even ease anxiety, back pain and depression.

There are several different types of yoga, so you may have heard of hot yoga (yoga taking place in a room heated to 95 to 100 degrees), ashtanga yoga (a more demanding yoga workout), viniyoga (a style of yoga that adapts to each person’s abilities and needs) or another type. Each type of yoga is different in how the poses and breathing exercises go, but the motivation is generally very similar: connect your body, breath and mind.

Read more about yoga, its benefits and more at “Yoga for health.”

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Monday, September 26th, 2016

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