Tech Talk Thursday: A Quick Preview of the Myo

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Myo ArmbandHats off to the savvy and forward thinking minds at Thalmic Labs where they have combined biometrics with technology. The Myo (pronounced “my-oh!”) is a gesture control armband that can be worn by business professionals, engineers, and gamers alike! By using sensors to read your arm’s ligament movements, the Myo acts as a hands free controller for your presentation, robot or droid, or (best of all) game! Bringing presentations to a whole new level, this new gadget is sure to impress!


There will be a live demo of the Myo at the HSL Info Expo – Summer  2015 Technology Symposium. Look out for your invitation soon!


To learn more about the Myo, follow this link:

Summer E-book Suggestions

Reading on the beachJuly is just around the corner, and July is also National Anti-boredom Month (yes, it’s true!). So to help bust your summer doldrums, here are some lists of e-books worth checking out on your tablet of choice.

Amazon Kindle – Top 100 FREE Kindle E-books

Amazon Kindle – Top 100 Paid Kindle E-books

Barnes & Noble – BN Top 100 Bestselling Nook Books

Goodreads – Best E-books

New York Times Best Sellers List – E-book Fiction

New York Times Best Sellers List – E-book Nonfiction

Happy summer reading!

Spotlight on Health: National Men’s Health Week

Get Active!June 15th – 21st marks National Men’s Health Week. Since 1994, this event has been celebrated the week leading up to Father’s Day and is a part of the grander Men’s Health Month, which is recognized throughout June. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage detection and treatment of disease among men. It’s not just about dads though; it’s important to encourage all of the men you care about to live healthy lives, be they sons, best friends, boyfriends or co-workers! If you’re a guy, this is a good chance to turn the focus inward and assess if you’re being your healthiest you. Here are some ways, courtesy of the CDC, to do less of some things or quit others altogether to make health improvements.

1. Decrease alcohol use.
Men are more likely than women to drink heavily. Excessive alcohol use increases your risk of injury and cancer, can interfere with male hormone production and sexual function, and can result in hospitalizations, and death.

2. Quit using tobacco.
Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and causes most lung cancer. It also causes other cancers and heart and respiratory diseases. In 2014, 26% of men used tobacco products every day or some days. If you are ready to quit, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569 for Spanish speakers) or visit Quit Smoking for free resources, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to other resources where you live. Get tips from former smokers.

3. Avoid drowsy driving.
Up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers. Commercial drivers, shift workers, drivers with untreated sleep disorders or those using sedation medications, and drivers that do not get enough sleep are more likely to drive drowsy. Prevent drowsy driving. Get enough sleep to prevent drowsing driving—7 or 8 hours each night; seek treatment for possible sleep disorders, and refrain from drinking alcohol or taking sedation medications before driving.

4. Reduce number of sex partners.
Reducing your number of sex partners can decrease your risk for sexually transmitted diseases. Be sexually active with only one person who has agreed to be sexually active only with you. Get tested because most STDs don’t have symptoms and often go undiagnosed and untreated. Find free, fast, and confidential testing near you.

5. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. In 2011, more than 38,000 men in the United States were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin. To protect you and your family from the sun, seek shade, wear protective clothing and sunglasses, and wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15.

6. Reduce stress
Physical or emotional tension are often signs of stress. They can be reactions to a situation that causes you to feel threatened or anxious. Learn ways to manage stress including finding support, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and avoiding drugs and alcohol.


For more men’s health resources, you can visit the official National’s Men’s Health Month site, the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, and the Men’s Health Network.

Try a new source for your health news this summer

Looking for a fresh place to get your health news this summer? Try from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This portal for all things health-related has a lot to offer, including daily headlines, an A to Z list of health topics, a weekly digest of new stories on various topics, and much more. Can’t remember when National Fruits & Veggies month is (Spoiler alertit’s September)? You can even find a list of national health observances. Stay connected by signing up to get all of your health news via the site’s many social media outlets, or subscribe to get information delivered to your email inbox. You can even read up about health care reform, or browse information on over 500 health subjects.


Check out for more easy-to-read and up-to-the-minute health news and information.

Tech Talk Thursday: Exploring a Device for Cluster Headache Stimulation Therapy

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Technological advances in medicine are diving into prevention and treatment of chronic headaches and migraines with an electronic implant! Autonomic Technologies, Inc. has created their own ATI Neurostimulation System, an implant that would be inserted in the upper gums of your mouth to stimulate the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) nerve bundle. While the exact cause of cluster headaches is unknown, the SPG is closely associated with the trigeminal nerve, which is the main nerve involved in headache disorders. During cluster headaches, pain signals carried by the trigeminal nerve pass through the SPG and sometimes trigger autonomic reactions like tearing of the eyes or nasal congestion.

Click here to see how it works! You could have a remote control for your face if you suffer from chronic headaches! Cool huh?

In November of 2013, Horizon Scanning Centre, part of the National Institute for Health Research, reported and predicted earliest commercial availability in the UK for the ATI Neurostimulation System would be over two years, and it looks like we’re getting close! In August 2014 ran an article about the first US patient to receive the implant for study. Other test subjects were also set up at the time. Currently data is being collected on these studies! If you know someone who suffers from debilitating chronic headaches or migraines…keep them in mind, hah!


Interested in Articles and Studies on this subject?

Long Term Safety of the ATI Neurostimulation System

Data Collection on the ATI Neurostimulation Stystem

European Results on Efficacy of ATI Neurostimulation System



Beyond the COM: May 2015 Conference Adventures! Part 2

We hope you enjoyed our post last week introducing the two conferences our library staff attended this month. This is Part 2 of that post, which focuses on our trip to Austin, Texas, for the Medical Library Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting.

Unlimited Potential at MLA 2015

Nadine Dexter, Michael Garner, Pamela (Pammy) Herring, and Melodie Gardner journeyed to Austin, Texas for the 2015 Medical Library Association annual conference. The conference began with an awesome lecture by the first African-American woman NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison. She captured the audience’s attention with her numerous Star Trek references (she was on an episode of ST:TNG and is an astronaut, so why not?), and kept them captivated with her talk on the 100 Year Starship program. For humans to get to the point where we can travel to the next galaxy, we’re going to have to think outside the box. As the world of medical libraries changes, Librarians will need to do the same.

Pammy, Michael, and Nadine presenting our poster

Pammy, Michael, and Nadine presenting our poster

Later in the day, we presented our poster, “Redefining the Role of the Library: Connecting Users to New Technologies for Education, Research, and Patient Care,” which shared the creation and implementation of the Library Technology Lab (LTL). The poster generated great interest, and we were able to share our findings and experiences with several other librarians.

Pammy spent most of the time in the exhibit hall speaking with vendors about new products, resource renewals, or simply saying hello to people we’ve only spoken with through email and telephone. It’s always nice to put a face to a name. When she wasn’t in the exhibit hall, she joined the rest of the gang in attending some fabulous lunch-and-learns, sessions, and technology showcases. Some of the major themes from the conference include: research collaboration, data management and sharing, re-defining library services, and engaging patrons both in the library and online.

One session Pammy attended was for the MLA Research Agenda Systematic Review Project. The project is 15 teams consisting of 10 librarians each examining a research question picked from the final result of a three-phase Delphi study. Pammy is a member of Team 6 and attended to support her group and listen to the updates on the projects of all the teams. The updates ran the gamut from successfully completed systematic reviews to teams disbanding due to team leader issues. If you would like to learn more about Team 6’s work, please check out their Google+ Community.

Of course, being Austin, we did find time to check out some of the awesome local cuisine while we were there. Check out some of the delicious meals below!

Beyond the COM: May 2015 Conference Adventures! Part 1

Over the course of the last month or so, most of us in the library have been busily preparing to participate in two big library conferences that occurred one after the other this past week. This year, we were very fortunate to be presenting at both the Florida Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, and the Medical Library Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX! This will be a two part recap of our adventures; first up is FLA 2015!

Inspiring Innovation at FLA 2015

Shalu and Natasha at FLA 2015

Natasha and Shalu at FLA 2015

This year, the Florida Library Association’s annual conference was held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL, from May 12 – 15. It has always been a great conference to attend to get fun new ideas for improving our public services (our Step 1 Survival Coffee Cart actually came about in part because of a session we attended at the 2013 conference!). Further, we can connect with the more traditional side of librarianship we don’t get to hear so much about in the medical librarianship world. We had two of our staff attend, our Public Services Librarian Shalu and myself (hi there, Natasha here!), as well as our colleague Kerry, who recently moved onto a new position out of state.

Because we’re really proud of how our approach to public services has evolved over the past few years, we wanted to share these successes with our colleagues. Back in November, we submitted a proposal to put on an hour long session titled “Keeping It Fun! Innovative Ways to Build Relationships with Library Users”, which was accepted! It was a lot of fun to show everyone how much we enjoy working with all of you, and how your feedback is vitally important to how we operate and improve on the services we provide. We had quite the packed house, too!

Of course, we can’t talk about our services without mentioning Popcorn Day. We all had a good laugh about how well-received this particular event is. Check out this video below that our co-worker Raney put together especially for this portion of the presentation!

Overall, FLA 2015 was a good time. We had a chance to sit in on a variety of sessions, from website traffic data analyzing, to making use of 3D printers. We had a few tweets over on our Twitter account throughout the conference under the hashtag #flacon2015 if you’d like to check those out.

Next week, we’ll have Part 2 of this post; our recap of the trip to Austin, TX for the Medical Library Association’s meeting!

You Asked, We Answered: Here’s What You Asked Edition!

Ever wonder what kinds of questions the Health Sciences Library gets asked every day? Lucky for you, the library tracks this stuff! Here is a word cloud of the types of questions the library team was asked for the month of March. Words appearing larger represent more frequently occurring subject matters, while smaller words are for the not-so-common requests. It was a busy time for the FIRE module, so poster printing and reference citing questions were at the top of the list.


HSL March wordle

Tech Talk Thursday: Your One-Stop-Shop for Medical App Reviews

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Looking for a healthcare app? Check out the website iMedicalApps. This physician-curated and edited site has extensive information on mobile technology and healthcare apps for both medical professionals and patients. According to iMedicalApps, information for the site is based on the editorial team’s experiences in hospital and clinical settings.

Key features of the site include the top 15 free Android, top 10 free iPad, and top 20 free iPhone medical apps for healthcare professionals, as well as the best apps for family medicine and internal medicine.

You can also search for apps by a range of specialties, including anesthesiology, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, radiology, and more. Looking for Windows or Blackberry apps? You can search by platform, too. For patients, iMedicalApps has a host of information on wearables, apps for disease monitoring, and much more.

Be sure to check out the reviews on iMedicalApps before deciding to download the next healthcare app onto your device.

Looking for medical news? Look no further!

Did you hear that antibiotic shortages are increasing in the U.S.? Or that ovary removal can reduce breast cancer death in BRCA1 gene carriers? How about that people with osteoporosis could be at higher risk for hearing loss?

medline plusIf you are looking for the latest in medical news from just-published studies, then look no further than MedlinePlus. This free government site from the National Library of Medicine provides daily health and medical news updates from HealthDay news service, as well as press announcements from major medical organizations. Health stories found here cite the latest studies from medical journals. You can also sign up to receive the latest health news delivered right to your email inbox, and search for news stories by date or topic. The coolest part? News stories are tagged with links to MedlinePlus entries on related topics. So when you read about ovary removal and the BRCA1 gene, you can also brush up on breast cancer, genetic testing, and ovarian cancer.

Happy news reading!