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American Diabetes Alert Day: Are You at Risk?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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Today is American Diabetes Alert Day, and did you know that diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.–killing more than 75,000 people annually? In honor of this observance, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is encouraging Oklahomans to check their risk of developing diabetes, as well as sound the alarm for the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Oklahoma ranks number 9 in the United States for states with most adults with type 2 diabetes.

Finding out if you are at high risk for developing diabetes is simple; just go to to take the American Diabetes Association risk test, which is offered in both Spanish and English. If you determine that you or someone you know is at risk, there are plenty of other steps you can take, including becoming involved in the National Diabetes Prevention Program–there are dozens of programs offered through Oklahoma as well as across the nation.

To read more about American Diabetes Alert Day and Oklahoma, please visit “American Diabetes Alert Day: Find Out If You Are At Risk Today.”

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January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

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yawning babyJanuary is Birth Defects Prevention Month and several states in our region want to inform residents about what can be done. In the U.S., birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies and cause 1 in 5 infant deaths every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN).

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), in partnership with NBDPN, hopes to raise awareness for infections like cytomegalovirus (CMV), which can cause birth defects.

CMV is a common infection which affects more than half of U.S. adults by age 40 and which often doesn’t make those who are infected ill. However, if a pregnant women gets the infection, it can spread to the unborn child, called congenital CMV. Only about 1 in 150 babies is born with congenital CMV; however, 1 in 5 of these babies will experience long-term health problems, such as hearing loss, vision loss or cerebral palsy, among others.

Pregnant women will often contract CMV from young children, which is passed through saliva or urine. Regular hand washing, as well as not sharing utensils or cups is a good way to prevent spreading CMV.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (TSDHS) on the other hand promotes a more general approach to Birth Defects Awareness Month, sharing information related to the 2017 theme: “Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection.” Tips include properly preparing food, seeing a doctor regularly, protecting oneself from Zika-carrying mosquitoes and maintaining good hygiene.

To read more information about National Birth Defects Month, please visit NBDPN’s website.

To read more information from OSDH, please visit “Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection.”

To read more information from TDSHS, please visit “January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.”

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Winter is Coming: Be Prepared

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

“Dressing for Cold Weather” infographic from Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Dressing for Cold Weather Infographic

Colder temperatures are on the way if they’re not already upon you! With that in mind, the Oklahoma State Department of Health would like to remind everyone to be safe and keep warm this winter. Additionally, take proper precautions and ensure your family is prepared in the event of a major winter weather event.

For adults 65 and older and for babies, it’s very important to monitor the temperature of a house. Infants lose body heat more easily than adults and can’t produce body heat, and older adults produce less body heat.

Also, use caution when heating your home with a woodstove, fireplace or space heater—install a carbon monoxide detector to know if your house has reached dangerous carbon monoxide levels.

OSDH has also created a “Dressing for Cold Weather” infographic to help individuals know what to wear outside at what temperatures.

To read more tips for preparing for the cold weather, please visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s website.

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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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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

SCR Regional Highlight: Oklahoma Has Largest Earthquake on Record and New Fault Line is Discovered, All Within Two Weeks

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

“Earthquake!” by
Richard Walker is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.


On Saturday, Sept. 3, Oklahoma experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, its largest temblor on record. And since then Oklahoma has experienced more than 10 others. Since 2011, the number of earthquakes has increased by 5,000 percent.

Is this normal for Oklahoma? Well, it’s becoming so. In fact, Oklahoma is becoming as prone to earthquakes as California–in 2014, Oklahoma displaced California as second with most earthquakes in a year to Alaska.

But now the question is why? Why are parts of Oklahoma getting more earthquakes? Contrary to popular belief and rumors, it is not fracking. Not exactly, at least. It is wastewater disposal wells, wells that inject fluid deep underground in rock formations of sandstone or limestone.

So what is fracking and what is wastewater? Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is a method of extracting natural gas, which can be manufactured into a fuel source, by pumping more than a million gallons of water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure, cracking the rock layer and releasing the gas. Afterwards, all the water, sand and chemicals pumped underground have be to removed, creating wastewater, which is then injected back underground into a wastewater disposal well.

So why are wastewater disposal wells suspected of inducing earthquakes? Because wastewater is being pumped into untouched rock which creates a higher pressure underground, increasing the likelihood of induced earthquakes. As of 2015, there were nearly 3,200 active disposal wells in Oklahoma. Immediately following the Sept. 3 earthquake, officials took to shut down 67 of the wells in 1,100 square miles.

But the latest discovery? A new fault line, an area where there has been significant displacement of rock underground, and when energy is released, causes earthquakes. Upon discovery, officials ordered 32 more wells to be shut down, as they were deemed too close to the fault line.

To read more about Oklahoma and its earthquakes, please visit

To learn about health issues related to earthquakes, please visit the Disaster Information Management Research Center website.

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Written by Sara Goodwin, NN/LM SCR

Job Ad: Librarian for Research and Resource Services, OSU-CHS Medical Library, Tulsa, OK

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Medical Library seeks an experienced Research Librarian to provide up-to-date and timely information to OSU-CHS faculty, staff, students, physicians and other health care providers, as well as the general public. Topics usually are related to the health sciences.  Although NLM and other web-based biomedical databases are used extensively, the Research Librarian also helps users locate specific information within the library’s print and multimedia collection. This position reports to and works closely with the lead Research Librarian in searching databases, developing LibGuides, bibliographies, systematic reviews, statistical reports, and assisting users.  The Research Librarian also assists with the management of an extensive electronic resources collection.

A full job announcement for this position can be found at

More information about the campus can be found at

Job Ad: Reference/Instructional Services Librarian at the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library invites applications for reference/instructional services librarian. Minimum requirements/experience includes: Master’s degree from American Library Association (ALA)–accredited library school or graduation with a master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school within 6 months of job posting; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; strong service orientation; demonstrated ability to work independently or as part of a team; initiate, plan, and organize projects; excel in evolving and challenging electronic environments; potential for continuing professional growth and commitment to lifelong learning; search experience in Ovid, EBSCO, National Library of Medicine, and other interfaces.

Salary: $40,000–$55,000. Rank: Nontenured, minimum rank of assistant professor. For more information and application instructions, visit, select “search listings” on the left, and enter requisition number 24320. Contact:Shari Clifton, Chair, Search Committee. The University of Oklahoma is an EOE/AAE. Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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

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: Head of Serials

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library invites applications for Head of Serials Services. Rank/salary range: Non-tenured, minimum rank of Assistant Professor/$55,000-$65,000. Minimum requirements/experience: Masters’ Degree from ALA-accredited library school; Experience managing serials collections; supervisory experience; experience with online cataloging and acquisitions systems, interlinking utilities, and electronic resource management systems; and budgeting experience. For more information and application instructions visit, select “search listings” on the left, and enter requisition number 23716.

Contact: Elizabeth Jones, Chair, Search Committee, The University of Oklahoma is an EOE/AAE, Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.