Archive for the ‘Oklahoma’ Category
Thursday, January 26th, 2017
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January 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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Thursday, December 8th, 2016
“Dressing for Cold Weather” infographic from Oklahoma State Department of Health.
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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Thursday, October 13th, 2016
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In 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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Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
“Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign”
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
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016
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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 earthquakes.ok.gov.
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
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 https://okstate.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=1520.
More information about the campus can be found at http://www.healthsciences.okstate.edu/index.php.
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 https://jobs.ou.edu, 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.
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:
- Alburqurque, New Mexico – University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, contact Pat Bradley for site specific information.
- Dallas, Texas – University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Digital Library and Learning Center, Contact Jon Crossno for site specific information.
- Houston, Texas, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Medical Library. Contact Laurissa Gann for site specific information.
- Little Rock, Arkansas – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, contact Susan Steelman for site specific information.
- New Orleans, Louisiana – Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, contact Elaine Hicks for site specific information.
- Tulsa, Oklahoma – Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, contact Melissa Kash-Holley for site specific information.
See a recent blog post from Lisa Federer’s blog titled, “See One, Do One, Teach One: Data Science Instruction Edition.”
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 https://jobs.ou.edu, select “search listings” on the left, and enter requisition number 23716.
Contact: Elizabeth Jones, Chair, Search Committee, Elizabeth-Jones@ouhsc.edu. The University of Oklahoma is an EOE/AAE, http://www.ou.edu/eoo. Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Friday, September 4th, 2015
Job Summary/Basic Function:
This multi-faceted roles involves providing research library services as well as scientific and high-level administrative support for the Vice President of Research. Responsibilities include but are not limited to acting as the liaison between OMRF and OUHSC’s Bird Library to ensure continual shared access to electronic databases, books and journals. Assisting with the planning of various events like the Scientific Retreat, Research Forum, Work In Progress seminars, and Responsible Conduct of Research training including scheduling and arranging travel as needed. Recommending potential additional resources for purchase consideration and staying abreast of and recommending technology support upgrades. Regularly monitoring, updating and making corrections to research publication database. Assisting with animal protocol searches to meet IACUC requirements. Providing assistance with grant submissions by monitoring and managing PubMed Central article compliance and verifying citations, bibliographies and reference lists. Providing PMC and other appropriate training to administrative assistants. Maintaining and monitoring budget, scheduling and tracking appointments and providing other administrative support. Screening and sending internal email messages to scientific staff regarding various requests, information and needs. Assisting with library webpage updates as needed. Providing one-time and ongoing search assistance to scientific and administrative staff as needed. Assisting with OMRF archiving projects as needed to ensure proper maintenance, documentation, indexing and future search-ability of institutional knowledge. Providing other assistance as requested and completing other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in Science, Business, Library Sciences, or related area plus three years of administrative experience. Must be meticulously detail oriented, professional, customer service oriented, organized and dependable. Superb computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and experience with databases as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Excellent searching, calendar management, and scheduling skills and experience. Must be able to operate professionally as a team member and independently; manage and prioritize multiple, competing, time-sensitive projects; and develop and maintain constructive, cooperative internal and external working relationships. Must have ability to evolve with changing needs, remain calm and professional when dealing with difficult situations, meet deadlines, and solve problems with minimal guidance.
Strong familiarity, comfort and experience with PubMed and MeSH. Experience with Sharepoint or other central, electronic document management program. Experience training others on an individual and group basis ideal. Previous experience in a research, university and/or non-profit environment preferred.
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