Be Spring and Summer Ready: What You Need to Know About Zika Virus

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. In Florida that means one thing: mosquitos! Just when we couldn’t possibly hate those pesky insects any more, we now have to be concerned about getting bit by a Zika-virus-carrying mosquito. Or do we? Here’s what you need to know to arm yourself for spring and summer in the Sunshine State.

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Getting Published: The Peer Review Process

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Congratulations, you’ve submitted your paper for publication! Now the waiting game begins. We can thank (or blame) the peer review process for that. Peer review is certainly the crossroads on your path to Getting Published.  Each month in our series we’ve been tackling an aspect of the publication process, including choosing the right journal, figuring out a journal’s scope, and deciphering author guidelines. Today we will attempt to demystify the peer review process.

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Tips for a Healthy Spring

Springtime brings with it a flurry of activity and a sense of renewal. The flowers bloom, the weather warms, and I get an intense drive to clean my home and refresh it for a new season. Although this season abounds with fresh opportunities, it also brings its own health concerns (pollen, anyone?). Follow these tips to help you have a healthy spring and enjoy the best of the season!

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How will you stay healthy this spring?

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Tech Talk Thursday: Virtual-Reality and Medicine

Tech Talk bannerWith Virtual-Reality (VR) Week being held last week in California and all the hype on awesome new VR viewers like the Oculus Rift the HTC Vive, you may start to wonder what virtual-reality has brought to world of medicine. You’re not the only one, and many have begun to explore this idea. The world of virtual-reality is exciting nowadays; technology has finally begun to reach the level of sophistication required to make VR useful to us…and fun as well of course!

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Getting Published: Deciphering Author Guidelines

Getting-Published-banner2We hope you have been following our series “Getting Published” here on the HSL blog. This month we are tackling author guidelines and instructions. Previously we discussed choosing the right journal and making sure that your chosen journal’s scope fits with the theme of your paper. Now that you’ve picked a journal, you need to turn your attention to that journal’s instructions for prospective authors. Author instructions run the gamut from succinct to overwhelming, but there are always some common things you should keep in mind. This post will briefly cover the top 10 common author guidelines and will help you tackle each one.

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5 Reasons to Eat Seasonally

As you walk through the produce aisles of your favorite grocery store, you may notice different fruits and vegetables on display sporting messages like “At Seasons Peak!” or “Now In Season!” throughout the year. If you’ve never thought about grabbing those veggies while they’re hot, maybe you should! As National Nutrition Month slowly comes to a close, take a moment to introduce yourself to the concept of Seasonal Eating, and the benefits of adopting this nutritious habit.

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In Celebration of Brilliant Women: March is Women’s History Month!

March is Women’s History Month, and with an all-female staff here at the Health Sciences Library and some serious lady-pride in our back pockets (except that they still don’t really make dresses with pockets – it’s 2016, people! Time for some pocket equality!), we are thrilled to be celebrating this month with all of you.

Although it is clear that women have come a long way in American history, the glass ceiling seems to be alive and well in academic medicine. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges, although nearly half of American medical students and medical residents are women (47% and 46%, respectively), only 16% of deans, 15% of department chairs, and 33% of senior associate/vice deans are women. As of 2014, only 22 out of the 141 deans of American medical schools were women.

Here at the UCF College of Medicine, we’re lucky to be ahead of the national curve. For example, 60% of our Medical Education faculty are women, whereas the national average for female medical school faculty is only 38%. Plus, we’re lucky to have Dean Deborah German as our fearless leader and one of the 22 female medical school deans in the U.S. In the spirit of celebrating brilliant women like those studying and employed at UCF COM, we’ve gathered just a few of the many women who have made an impact on the medical profession throughout history.

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Come Pick Your Poison!

It’s hard to believe that not too long ago in our nation’s history it was illegal to manufacture, transport, import, export, or sell alcoholic beverages. Not much earlier, in the late 19th Century, American physicians recommended cocaine for treating hay fever and asthma, and ironically enough, as a cure for alcoholism and addiction to opiates. Things have certainly changed since those times!

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What You Need to Know About The FBI vs Apple Showdown

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Why should you care about what the House Judiciary Committee thinks about the FBI vs Apple court case? Well, do you own a phone, or anything electronic? …then you should care, here’s why!

Lost somewhere in the infinite sea of misinformation are clues about how Apple will go toe to toe in court with the FBI later this month. If you were as confused as I was about what all this Apple/FBI/Congress fuss is about then you’re not the only one. So here’s, as far as I can tell, how it all went down Capitol Hill.

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