October is National Health Literacy Month

“Health Literacy” is the ability to read, understand and act upon health information.1 Health literacy is defined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Title V, as “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.”2 According to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, almost 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using routine health information.1


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A Treat (No Tricks!) for National Medical Librarians Month

Medical Librarians are so awesome, we have an entire month devoted to us! That’s right, October is National Medical Librarians Month. All this month, we are encouraging COM to participate in a little contest to raise awareness of the importance of working with your medical librarians when searching for evidence based information. If you want to play, simply head to the second floor of the medical education building and look for these flyers:

October is National Medical Librarians Month!

October is National Medical Librarians Month!

Then stop by the health sciences library front desk and let our friendly staff know:

(1) How many of these “Are You a Risk Taker?” flyers did you see on the second floor; and

(2) What event are the flyers advertising?

Answer correctly and you will be rewarded with a pretty awesome treat (no tricks, promise)!

Happy hunting! And remember to visit the health sciences library to ask for some expert help from our wonderful medical librarians.


Tech Talk Thursday: S’more to Come Soon: Google’s Nexus Event and the dawn of “Marshmallow”

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Android MarshmallowApple wasn’t the only company holding product events this month. Google had its Nexus event the evening of September 29th and unveiled what’s to come for the next year.

Some of it we already knew about, like the release of the latest Android operating system, Android 6.0 (named  Marshmallow), which will be available next week. However, some of he information unveiled at the event was brand new!

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