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Curbing Overdose Deaths is a Priority for New Mexico

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Pills

Last year, the opioid epidemic was brought to the forefront of health issues facing Americans. It was announced that in 2014, more people died of drug overdoses than in any other year on record. In 2016, the Surgeon General also released a landmark report regarding addiction in America—it is the first of its kind.

In 2014, New Mexico was ranked 49th worst in the nation for drug overdose death rates. The New Mexico Department of Health recently announced that based on 2015 data released by the Centers for Disease Control, the state has improved to 42nd worst in the nation. New Mexico saw a 7 percent decrease in drug overdoses, while the country as a whole saw an increase of 11 percent.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has made curbing drug overdoses a major priority for the state. In 2016, she signed two important pieces of legislation to combat drug misuse and abuse. According to the NMDOH’s news release, they were as follows:

  • “SB 263 requires practitioners to check the Prescription Monitoring Program database when prescribing opioids. The database allows prescribers and pharmacists to check the controlled substance prescription history of their patients.
  • The Governor also signed legislation that increases the availability of naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdoses. Medicaid claims for naloxone among outpatient pharmacies in New Mexico increased 83 percent between the first three months (January-March) and the second three months (April-June) of 2016.”

To read more about how New Mexico is combating drug overdoses, please visit “Substantial Improvement in National Ranking for Overdose Deaths.”

For more information regarding the opioid epidemic, please visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website.

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New Mexico Sees Two More Cases of Hantavirus

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

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Mouse

New Mexico’s McKinley County recently announced it has confirmed two more cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. They are the seventh and eight cases of hantavirus confirmed in New Mexico this year. The 59-year-old man and 29-year-old woman diagnosed have been hospitalized.

Hantavirus is a disease carried by rodents and can be transmitted to humans through saliva, urine or droppings. People will often inhale the virus when cleaning up rodent droppings and nesting materials. In New Mexico, the primary culprit of hantavirus is the deer mouse, which carries the Sin Nombe virus, the hantavirus strain found in New Mexico.

Symptoms of hantavirus include fever, severe muscle aches and fatigue. Several days after contracting the virus, symptoms will also include headaches, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain.

To prevent contracting the virus, keep mice and rats out of your home. Deer mice in particular can get through a hole that is the size of a dime, so check to make sure your home is secure. If you notice mouse or rat droppings, clean them up properly—don’t just sweep them up and risk inhaling them. Please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Facts About Hantavirus” for specific instructions regarding this.

While it is possible for people with hantavirus to recover, four of the previous six people who contracted hantavirus this year in New Mexico died—it is a serious disease.

For more information about hantavirus in New Mexico, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health.

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

 

 

SCR Regional Highlight: Stay Healthy This Holiday Season by Remaining Active at Holiday Outings!

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Photos by NM BioPark Society.

River of Lights - Holiday Light Show

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season by Remaining Active at Holiday Outings!

With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us may be dreaming of family gatherings with big family dinners to follow. And while it’s always nice to indulge every once in a while, you should also remember to remain physically active—even during the holidays!

Remaining active doesn’t have to mean leaving your loved ones to head to the gym though, there are many festive activities that will keep you in the holiday spirit, surrounded by family while still being active.

One event is the River of Lights—Holiday Light Show at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden in Albuquerque, the largest walk-through holiday production in New Mexico! It is open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. through Dec. 23, and then again from Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. This year is the 20th Annual River of Lights and features new sculptures, and a new light show set to a variety of classic and contemporary holiday music favorites.

Walking daily has many benefits. Just like any aerobic activity, it reduces your risk of early death, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and depression. Additionally, walking an hour per day can lower your risk of some types of cancer! Perhaps even after the holidays you’ll consider a daily walk as part of your exercise routine!

For more tips on how to stay active and healthy during the holiday season, please see 12 Ways to Have a Health Holiday Season from the CDC.

To learn more about the River of Lights, please visit the City of Albuquerque’s website.

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Written by Sara Goodwin, NN/LM SCR

Three New Mexico Counties See Shigellosis

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

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Bacteria

The New Mexico Department of Health just reported Tuesday that counties Lea, Chaves, and Eddy have all seen an outbreak of bacterial disease shigellosis.

Shigellosis is a diarrheal disease that causes about 500,000 cases of diarrhea annually. Other symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, cramps and toxemia. Oftentimes, diarrhea will contain blood or mucus.

Since May of this year, NMDOH has seen 140 confirmed and probable cases of shigellosis, often among school-aged children, but officials believe the disease may be affecting a wider community.

Shigellosis is extremely contagious and infected persons can have bacteria in their stool for up to a month after the diarrhea has subsided. It can be spread by people not washing their hands well after using the bathroom, caretakers changing an infant’s diaper and not taking care to wash their hands properly, swallowing recreational water (for example from a pool) that has been contaminated, or exposure to feces through sexual contact.

NMDOH is urging anyone who is experiencing symptoms of shigellosis to get tested.

For more information about the shigellosis outbreak in New Mexico, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health’s website.

For more general information about shigellosis, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

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Three New Mexicans Diagnosed with West Nile Virus

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

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MosquitoToday we’re talking mosquitoes and diseases again, but this time, not Zika-related. Instead we are focusing on West Nile virus.

Within the last month, three New Mexican men were diagnosed with the virus. All three developed neuroinvasive disease and were hospitalized. The three men were from Bernalillo, Doña Ana, McKinley Counties, and are the third, fourth, and fifth cases of West Nile virus contracted in New Mexico this year.

Only about 44,000 cases of West Nile virus have been reported in the U.S. since 1999, and of those, only 1 in 5 people will develop symptoms. So far in 2016, only two states in the U.S. have not reported any cases of West Nile virus: North Carolina and Maine.

While there is a limited number of cases reported, know that West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes may still be circulating in your state. “West Nile virus may still be circulating in New Mexico until mosquito activity ceases after the first hard frost,” according to the New Mexico Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Designate Lynn Gallagher.

We encourage everyone to take precautions against West Nile virus and mosquitos until the first hard frost in your areas.

Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to protect yourself from mosquitos:

• Use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol
• Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks, weather permitting, to physically protect yourself
• Be aware of peak mosquito biting hours, which are at dawn and dusk

To read more about West Nile virus in New Mexico, please visit “Additional West Nile Virus Cases in New Mexico in 2016.”

To read more about West Nile virus from the CDC, please visit the CDC’s website.

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New Mexico Resource Library: Mid-year Highlights

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

October 31 was the end of our second fiscal quarter. We are now halfway through the 2015-2016 contract year! Our wonderful New Mexico Resource Library, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center has had a productive outreach year thus far. Just a few of UNM’s outreach activities so far this year include:

  • UNM librarians presented the NN/LM SCR funded project and presentation “Good Information for Good Health: A Collaboration to Educate Unaffiliated Community Health Care Practioners about Patient Information Resources through Online Continuing Education,” at MLA ’15 Librarians Without Limits, May 18, 2015, Austin, TX. Patricia V. Bradley, AHIP, Gale G. Hannigan, AHIP, Eliot Knight, and William F. Rayburn.
  • UNM Outreach Contact Patricia Bradley participates in several regularly scheduled meetings including the Tribal Health Connections-Trusted Information for Native Communities conference call, UNM Hospital’s Health Literacy Task Force, and the Health Science Center Native American Alliance for Community Health and Wellness Group whose mission is “Working together with Southwest Native American Communities and the UNM to create policy in the areas of health care, research, and education to improve health while protecting and respecting traditional values and indigenous wisdom.”
  • UNM has a state-wide service mission and HSLIC maintains a Distance Services webpage that describes the services provided to the state of New Mexico.

MLA Data Visualization Webinar October 28

Monday, October 19th, 2015

NIH Library Research Data Informationist Lisa Federer, MLIS, MA, AHIP, will give a presentation on data visualization skills and tools for librarians Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:00-1:30pm Mountain, 1:00-2:30pm, Central Time. See full webinar description at http://www.mlanet.org/p/bl/et/blogid=61&blogaid=643.

Because the National Library of Medicine sees this as a strategic growth area for health sciences libraries, the NN/LM SCR Administrative Office is funding several sites throughout the South Central Region including:

See a recent blog post from Lisa Federer’s blog titled, “See One, Do One, Teach One: Data Science Instruction Edition.”

Job Ad: Director of the BCOM Medical Library

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) at New Mexico State University, one of the nation’s newest and most innovative medical schools, located in beautiful Las Cruces, New Mexico, invites applications for a Director of the BCOM Medical Library and Faculty member in the Department of Medical Education. BCOM’s inaugural class will matriculate in August, 2016, and the College is seeking to identify and hire an energetic, dedicated individual with strong pedagogical versatility, who can teach and mentor in the area of medical informatics, and who can manage a medical library.

The College’s mission is to improve health education and healthcare in Southern New Mexico, and throughout the Southwestern US by increasing the number of physicians trained in this region. Teaching is the primary focus of our faculty. The College plans to implement a spiral, systems-based curriculum that will integrate disciplines, and will incorporate currency in the
literature and medical informatics skills. The College will encourage student learning in a humanistic environment, and convey promote patient-centered, evidence-based medical care of the highest quality, in a manner consistent with these core values.

The successful candidate will function as member of a collaborative teaching team, and will provide support to faculty in developing and delivering instructional content within an integrated curriculum. The position will also require the provision of basic instruction to students in the area of information retrieval from medical and biomedical databases, including the fields of
evidence-based medicine, public health, and research, presented in the context of BCOM’s “Healthcare Delivery/Health Promotion” course. The BCOM librarian will also act as a traditional research, reference, and user services librarian, manage the staff of the Medical Library, and will serve the students, faculty, staff, and general community.

Service to the College and the community will also be an essential function of the position, including committee membership, faculty development, student advising, interviewing prospective students, and community outreach. Additionally, evidence of scholarly activity with a record of publication and productivity, are preferred and valued credentials in prospective candidates.

Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree (MLIS), with a Medical Librarian certification (PhD preferred).
  • Understanding of the mission and operations of medical libraries, databases, collections, and knowledge of library/information technologies.
  • Demonstrated success in managing staff.
  • History of promoting organizational excellence.
  • Expertise in budgeting, financial management, and resource allocation.
  • High level of professionalism, communication skills, and collegiality.
  • Experience using current technologies and systems of information management

See full job description.

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 2015-2016

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The Future Leadership Committee has announced the Fellows of the 2015-2016 National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries, through a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences, and a formal mentor pairing with an academic health sciences library director.

Rick L. Fought, MLIS, AHIP

Assoc. Professor & Head, Electronic &Collection Services, Health Sciences Library
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN

Mentor: Andrea Twiss-Brooks, MS, MSLS
Co-Director, Science Libraries Division, Head of Collection Services,
The John Crerar Library, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Stephanie Kerns, MLS

Assoc. University Librarian for Information & Research Services & Assoc. Professor
Oregon Health & Science University Library, Portland, OR

Mentor: Julia F. Sollenberger, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
Assoc. VP & Director, Medical Center Libraries & Technologies, Assoc. Professor Community & Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Edward G. Miner Library, Univ. of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Stephen Kiyoi, MLIS, MS HAIL

Library Director, UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA
Mentor: Holly Shipp Buchanan, MLn, MBA, EdD, FMLA, AHIP
Executive Director, Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, Professor, School of Medicine,
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM

J. Dale Prince, MA, MLS, AHIP

Executive Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region
University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Mentor:  Anthony Frisby, PhD
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine & Director, Center for Teaching & Learning & the Scott Memorial Library,
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie J. Schulte, MLIS
Assoc. Professor & Head, Research & Education Services
Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Mentor: Patricia Thibodeau, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA
Assoc. Dean for Library Services & Archives, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine seek your nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award. University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center Native and Distance Services Librarian Pat Bradley, MLS, AHIP, was the 2014 recipient.

Nominations:

  • Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • Nominations may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects, or any combination of these.
  • Nomination must be made in writing and include the following information:
    1. Official nomination form (http://fnlm.org/pdfs/2015DeBakeyAwardNominationForm.pdf)
    2. Five page description of the nominee’s achievements
    3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Additional information (no more than 5 pages double-spaced) that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • Nominations must be received by June 1, and can be submitted via mail, email or fax:

Friends of the National Library of Medicine
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814

Fax: 301-657-1296

Email: ronica.lu@fnlm.org