Cupid’s Chemicals: The Biology of Falling in Love

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on February 11th, 2016.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be asking yourself the age-old question, “What is love?” Although this question has plagued great minds like Shakespeare and Haddaway through the centuries, modern science is getting closer to being able to find the elusive answer. It turns out that love may have less to do with the heart, and more to do with an intoxicating cocktail of neurotransmitters that flood the brain and cause “that lovin’ feeling.”

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So what are these chemicals associated with falling in love?

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Organ Donation 101

A very special day is just around the corner: the one day a year when you can give your heart to someone new… or your liver, or a kidney. That’s right – February 14th isn’t just Valentine’s Day, it’s also National Organ Donor Day! Today on the blog, we’re celebrating by exploring how organ donation works, so that you can make an informed decision about your preference to donate!

There are currently 119,000 men, women, and children on the national transplant waiting list, and 22 people die every day waiting for a transplant. The good news is that more that 130 million people in the U.S. are registered as organ donors, and one donor can save up to 8 lives. However, only 3 in 1,000 people die in such a way that allows for organ donation.

Image copyright Catherine Lane 2015

Image copyright Catherine Lane 2015

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Paving the way: A Brief History of Black Pioneers in Medicine

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on February 18th, 2016.

Pursuing a career in medicine can be a challenging experience for anyone. For many aspiring Black doctors, these challenges were often associated with discrimination and a lack of opportunities to prove their worth, particularly in the early 19th and 20th centuries. Many barriers had to be torn down and doors opened before access to a quality medical education could be achieved for people of color. To celebrate Black History Month, we’re sharing with you a brief history of how these opportunities were built.

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Tech Talk Thursday: Apps for Heart Month

Tech Talk bannerFebruary is American Heart Month! If you’re an athlete, you’re probably pretty familiar with the importance of knowing your heart rate before, during, and after you exercise. But did you know that your heart rate can tell you if you have a developing health issue? So knowing how to accurately check our heart rate is something we should all be able to do. Luckily, there are several cool smartphone apps that help you do just that.

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Monday Morning Round-Up #2

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Welcome to Monday Morning Round-Up, featuring what’s new in health and medicine from around the web!

Doctors can’t agree on disability claims via BMJ

About half of all disability claims around the world are rejected based on independent medical evaluations — but the outcomes of those evaluations largely depend on the doctor doing them. This review finds that doctors frequently disagree on which patients should qualify for assistance due to disability.

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A Voyage to Health and Disney’s “Moana” – Two Tales of the Pacific Islands

Oscar nominations are out – did your favorite film from last year receive one? One you may have seen (particularly if you have children) was the Disney animated musical, Moana. You might be interested to know that you can learn a little more about some of the concepts from the film by visiting the library to explore our latest exhibit on loan from the National Library of Medicine, A Voyage to Health: An exhibition about the revival of Native Hawaiian Traditions. 

Hokule'a. Photo courtesy of Monte Costa and the National Library of Medicine

Hokule’a. Photo courtesy of Monte Costa and the National Library of Medicine

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Productivity Tips, Tricks, and Tools

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on July 14th, 2016.

For us medical librarians, this time of year is when we start gearing up for a new class of medical students to take the College of Medicine by storm. With new classes and orientations around the corner (and general lethargy being less socially acceptable in the fall than in the warm, languid summer months), upping our productivity is the name of the game. Here are some productivity tips, tricks, and tools that we find helpful, and  may help you knock out a new project or build a new habit as well!

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Unfortunately, growing extra arms isn’t a viable option for improving your workflow.

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Monday Morning Round-Up #1

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Welcome to the first addition of the new bi-weekly Monday Morning Round-Up, featuring what’s new in health and medicine from around the web!

A Nevada woman dies of a superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the US via Stat News

The superbug that had spread through the elderly female patient was resistant to 26 different antibiotics – all that are available in the U.S. Researchers say that this case is yet another sign that we need to be taking antibiotic resistance seriously.

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