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Resource Guides on Sleep in Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women

October 13, 2011

The Maternal & Child Health Library, in coordination with the six national Pediatric Pulmonary Training Programs, have compiled a new set of resources on the subject of sleep and sleep disorders in infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant women.

There are three separate user-oriented ways to view this important information.  The first is designed for health professionals, researchers, and community advocates wishing to learn more about sleep, improve the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of sleep disorders.  This knowledge path provides a wealth of information sources and databases for this subject area.

The second avenue is designed to provide a list of resources for the families, offering links to sleep centers, specialists, and websites about sleep disorders.  This path also contains a separate section intended to offer resources for adolescents themselves.

Lastly there is also an available list of resources aimed at schools, which provides a list of websites and materials to help educate students, teachers, staff, and affected families about sleep disorders.

These efforts of the MCH Library and the PPTPs have produced much needed guides through these difficult situations.  Anyone with a desire to know more about these issues, or wanting to assist an affected family member or friend should certainly check out these lists for more information.


So, what is Letterboxing?

September 19, 2011

Letterboxing is a fun and fast-growing hobby that can be done by people of all ages. It combines navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in an outdoor “treasure hunt” style quest.You will figure out cryptic clues, hike beautiful trails, hunt for hidden boxes and discover exquisite hand-carved stamps.

Learn to master the basics of letterboxing at the Letterboxing Workshop on Mon, Oct 3 from 1:00 – 2:00 in the library’s conference room. Learn from the experts, Stewart and Molly Brower, who will teach you about letterboxing and give you clues for your first hunt! Four letterboxes will be placed across campus for you to find. Come join the fun!


New Resource from the University of Virginia School of Medicine

September 19, 2011

Here is a resource for your Favorites folder! The University of Virginia School of Medicine has compiled a List of Information Resources and Software from medical schools across the country. The topics are extensive and include:

Basic Medical Ethics/ Biochemistry/ Cardiology/ Cell and Tissue Structure/ Dermatology/ Endocrinology/ Epidemiology/ Genetics and Biostatistics/ Geriatrics/ Gross Anatomy/ Microbiology/ Nephrology/ Neurology/ Neuroscience/ Ophthalmology/ Orthopedics/ Pathology/ Pediatrics/ Pharmacology/ Practice of Medicine/ Physiology/ Pulmonary/ Radiology/ Surgery/ Toxicology/ Trauma.


Data and Statistics for Public Health from PHPartners

September 12, 2011

The Partnership in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce has done some website reorganization recently.  The Health Data Tools and Statistics section of their site has received a makeover, creating new, and easier to navigate, categories for their information.  There are categories for information on the health of a community on the local, county, state, national, and global levels, as well as sections for Demographic Data, Training and Education, and Health Information Technology Standards.

Each of these categories lists many great resources full of potentially useful information.  PHPartners is a wonderful source for anyone interested in the improvement and protection of public health.


Duck… Duck… Go?

August 30, 2011

DuckDuckGo is a new search engine with a lot of helpful features.  First, when your search results display, DuckDuckGo will provide a list of suggested search limiters in a column on the right hand side of the search results list.  Second, if there’s a dictionary definition that fits your search term, DuckDuckGo will display that dictionary entry at the top of your results page.  Third, each results link comes with a small site logo to the left of the entry.  This means that if you find a site you like or an information source you trust, you can click this logo and DuckDuckGo will re-run your search for all results originating from just that site, and provide you with the compiled results list.

Beyond simply searching, though, DuckDuckGo has some extra helpful Goodies in store.

Additionally, DuckDuckGo is available as an app for both the Android platform, and the iProduct of your choice.


Epocrates Essentials Special Offer

August 11, 2011

Epocrates Essentials is being offered FREE to all U.S. medical students! Visit http://www.epocrates.com/ma/FreeforMedicalStudents2011/ for more information and to download this mobile app.

Epocrates Essentials is a mobile app that provides premium drug and disease information and diagnostic tools for point of care use. This software is normally priced at $159. Medical students will want to act quickly because this special is only being offered through the first two weeks of August.

For additional mobile software downloads, visit the Apps section located on the library’s website.