Monday, April 19, 2010

How to Take an Exam: according to Mr. Bean that is!

Enjoy a little comic relief to help you get through your exams!!
The Library Ladies are rooting for you all to do well
& have a great semester break!

For those of you leaving us this semester we hope all the best for you,
but we are sad to see you go!!
Click on the title if you prefer to watch it on You Tube.

Monday, April 12, 2010

ProQuest Celebrates Libraries

To celebrate National Library Week, ProQuest® is extending free, open access to many of its popular resources, for the duration of this week ~ April 12 ~ 18, 2010!

Note in particular:

SIRS Issues Researcher ~ Medical Ethics and other social issues.
eLibrary ~ Health & Medical Science resources
eLibrary ~ Nursing resources

We also reccomend that you tour these other interesting databases while you have the opportunity ~ ProQuest® African American Heritage &
ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ !

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Transforming Health Care With Knowledge

"The enemy of disease is knowledge!"
~ Sir Muir Gray, Chief Knowledge Officer, NHS.
In a short video interview, Sir Muir Gray likens knowledge to water by stating that just as 'clean, clear water' is crucial to good health, so today's 'water' is 'clean, clear knowledge'. He maintains that this 'knowledge' is even more important than any drug or technological healthcare innovation.

As a spokesperson for the Map of Medicine, the tool that is tranforming healthcare in the UK and beyond, Sir Gray explains that we are currently in the '3rd health care revolution'. The three key ingredients in this revolution he states are:
1) knowledge
2) the internet
3) patients
This Web 3.0 meets the '6S model' of evidence-based medical practice; is transcending the old 'care plan/ medical record' to facilitate a new, more satisfactory level of interdisciplinary cooperation and patient-physician collaboration for improved health outcomes!
Click on the post title to access the video clip of this interview.

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Monday, April 05, 2010

The Infectious Disease ~ Cancer Connection: Partnering with Uganda

The World Health Organization estimates that chronic infectious diseases cause more than 20 percent of all cancers in the world, including liver, cervical and gastric malignancies. Given that infection-related cancers are more frequent and often more severe in people infected with HIV, in resource-poor Uganda, the HIV epidemic is fueling a 20,000-fold upsurge in Kaposi’s sarcoma in adults and Burkitt’s lymphoma in children! Both are disfiguring cancers with abysmal survival rates due to lack of access to early diagnosis and treatment.

In response, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has recently awarded a $500,000 grant to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to aid in the establishment of the first American cancer clinic and medical-training facility in Africa. The institute is being constructed at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, and on the campus of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. The grant renews support for the 43 year old Uganda Cancer Institute and it's many proactive efforts to develop and promote novel treatments and cancer prevention efforts in Africa.
"Up to one-quarter of the world’s cancers are attributable to chronic infections,” Hutchinson Center physician-scientist Corey Casper, M.D., M.P.H., scientific co-director of the Uganda Program on Cancer and Infectious Diseases, explained. “Better understanding the link between infectious disease and cancer provides a unique opportunity to reduce cancer-related suffering and death in both resource-rich and resource-poor regions.”
It is the hope of Dr. Casper and Dr. Jackson Orem, Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute, that this partnership
"will benefit the world by identifying new infectious causes of cancer, new ways to prevent infection-associated cancers such as through the development of new vaccines, and new ways to treat such cancers with nontoxic drugs, thus avoiding the need for chemotherapy."
Citation: (2010). Hutchinson to Build First US Cancer Clinic and Training Facility in Africa. Cancer (0008543X), 116(7), 1618-1619. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Enhancing Mobility! Go Ahead ~ Try This at Home!

Now you can browse the holdings of the Anne Ross Library on your mobile device with the added feature of a new mobile-friendly interface!
Library World has added this new interface option to give you the flexibilty of browsing the physical and electronic resources of our library from wherever you happen to be.
To login:
1) Click on the post title.
2) Enter our Library's name ~ AnneRoss Library ~ [no space between Anne and Ross].
3) No password is required so leave it blank!

NOTE: Online materials that have been added to the catalogue include seamless linking to the full text ~ just click on the field 'Electronic Location and Access' in the item record.

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