Summer Sun Safety

An oldie but a goodie – this post was originally published on June 23rd, 2016.

Summer is here and that means spending more time doing the things we love, like going to the beach, swimming, and just generally being more active outdoors. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who can’t wait to get a nice summer tan, read on. Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States? This week we’re sharing some important information you need to know to be safe in the sun this summer.

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Monday Morning Round Up #12

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

Why poor workplace posture can lead to pain (and what to do about it) via The Washington Post 

Forward head, slumping shoulders, tilted pelvis. Sound like the Hunchback of Notre Dame in 15th-century Paris? Maybe, or just your average Joe and Jane glued to their cellphones and computer monitors in 21st-century Washington or just about anywhere in the world. “Bad posture can contribute to things like disk herniation, pinched nerves, tingling, arthritic changes in the joints, and tissue getting shorter and tighter,” says Haim Hechtman, a doctor of physical therapy and the co-founder of Point Performance, a physical therapy practice in Bethesda.

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Monday Morning Round-Up #11

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

Measles outbreak in Minnesota surpasses last year’s total for the entire country the Washington Post

Minnesota’s measles outbreak has exceeded the total number of cases reported in the entire United States last year, with no sign of slowing. Health officials worry that the holy month of Ramadan, which began Friday night and brings Muslims together in prayer and festivities, will accelerate the spread of the highly infectious and potentially deadly disease, which is plaguing the close-knit Somali American community.

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Monday Morning Round-Up #10

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

Cholera death toll in Yemen reaches at least 180: Red Cross via Reuters Health News

Cholera has killed at least 180 people in Yemen in recent weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Monday, a day after authorities declared a state of emergency in the capital Sanaa and called for international help.

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Spotlight on Health: Stand up before you read this

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on January 22, 2015. 

Did you make a New Year’s resolution on January 1st? Was it to exercise more? New research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that instead of just exercising more, we may actually need to sit less. The systematic review and meta-analysis synthesizes the results of 47 studies and comes to the conclusion that sitting for long periods of time can lead to an increased risk of early death, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Ever felt like this? Get up and walk around for a bit!

Ever felt like this? Get up and walk around for a bit!

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MedlinePlus: The Best Database You’re Probably Not Using

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on February 12th, 2015.

MedlinePlus: It's like you have a medical professional right in your computer

MedlinePlus: It’s like you have a medical professional right in your computer

Did you know you can access up to date, authoritative information on nearly 1,000 health topics in easy to read (i.e., non-medical jargon) language for FREE? The U.S. National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine have a terrific resource called MedlinePlus geared toward the general public, and not health professionals.

Health topics in MedlinePlus are available in many different languages, from Japanese to Samoan, even Swahili and Polish. Topics are categorized by body location/system, disorders and conditions, diagnosis and therapy, demographic groups, and health and wellness. You can also find information on drugs and supplements, and watch videos and tutorials.

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The Best Apps for Managing Stress

Stress isn’t always a bad thing. In the short-term, low level stress can help us focus and improve our performance. It can give us the boost we need to finish a big project or make an important decision. However, I think we can all agree when we say that an overabundance of stress is the absolute worst.

First, a quick primer on stress: Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life.  When your brain perceives a threat (anything from a fast approaching deadline to a fast-approaching wild animal), it signals your body to release a burst of hormones that increase your heart rate and raise your blood pressure. This “fight-or-flight” response fuels you to deal with the stressful situation at hand. Once the threat (or stress-inducing trigger) is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal, relaxed state. However, given the nonstop complications of modern life,  many of us rarely return to that relaxed state, merely hopping from one stressor to another.

It’s easy to get stressed out from day-to-day demands. Luckily, there are healthy ways to manage your stress.

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5 Reasons to Eat Seasonally

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on March 24th, 2016. 

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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Tech Talk Thursday: Technology Events As Far As the Eye Can See!

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‘Tis the season of technology events and pumpkin spice! So while you’re preparing your holiday gift list or enhancing your career as a tech expert, do your homework first for all your tech savvy needs. Check out one or many of these upcoming events!

 

VMworld!

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Held in Las Vegas August 28 – September 1, 2016, virtual mogul VMWare’s annual convention will offer hands-on training labs and certification exam centers. Can’t go to the one in the US? They’re also holding a WMworld 2016 in Europe on October 17 – 20!

 

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The annual convention for cloud-based identity management service Okta will be held August 29-31, 2016 in Las Vegas. At first glance, I honestly had no idea how an identity management service works or how it might benefit me, but the name was too cool to pass up. Upon closer inspection, I saw that they have some awesome guest keynote speakers such as B.J. Novak, Malcom Gladwell, and Adam Savage lined up, which is enough to have completely peaked my interest!

 

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IFA 2016 - IFA Eröffnungspressekonferenz – Melinda Crane, Moderatorin, Hans-Joachim Kamp, Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats der gfu; Miss IFA; Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Vorsitzender des ZVEI; Dr. Christian Göke, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, Messe Berlin GmbH, Jens Heithecker, Executive Director, IFA (v.l.n.r.) IFA 2016 - IFA Opening Press Conference – Melinda Crane, Moderator; Hans-Joachim Kamp, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of gfu; Miss IFA; Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Chairman Household Appliances Divisions ZVEI; Dr. Christian Göke, CEO, Messe Berlin GmbH; Jens Heithecker, Executive Director, IFA (l.t.r.)

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Melinda Crane, Moderator; Hans-Joachim Kamp, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of gfu; Miss IFA; Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, Chairman Household Appliances Divisions ZVEI; Dr. Christian Göke, CEO, Messe Berlin GmbH; Jens Heithecker, Executive Director, IFA (l.t.r.)

The Internationale Funkaussetellung Berlin (International Radio Exhibition Berlin, or “Berlin Radio Show”) will be held September 2-7, 2016 in Berlin. The IFA is one of the longest standing industrial exhibitions in Germany and has become one of the leading trade shows for electronics and home appliances in the world. Bookending the IFA event is also a Samsung press event on September 1 and a LG Press event September 6.

 

Apple Press Event

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Tim Cook holds the billionth iPhone at an employee meeting in Cupertino.

Coming September 7, 2016 at 10am PDT is one of the most anticipated annual releases here in the U.S. While there’s a lot of speculation as to what new and innovative products Apple will release this year, it seems certain that a 7th iPhone will be unveiled!

 

PlayStation Press Event

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Also on September 7, Sony is rumored to announce an improved PlayStation 4. Perhaps the perfect gift purchase for Black Friday?

 

TechCrunch Disrupt SF

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Silicon Valley’s leading influence on technology startups and innovative ideas, TechCrunch Disrupt SF, will be held in San Francisco on September 12-14, 2016. With segments titled “Hackathon,” “Crunch Match,” and “Startup Battlefield,” any investor, hacker, entrepreneur, or tech fan will have something to see at this highly anticipated event.

 

Microsoft Ignite

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Held in Atlanta on September 26-30, 2016 and already sold out, this year’s Microsoft event is geared towards enterprise technology. Combined with the Microsoft Data Science Summit, Ignite offers training, certification and sharing of ideas for big data engineers, IT pros, and machine learning practitioners.

 

Dell World

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Where to begin? I’m not a huge Dell fan, but perusing the DellWorld’16 site has sold me on attending this event. The event will be held October 18-20, 2016 in Austin (yeah, did I mention it’s in Austin, TX?). Not sure you can swing the time off? The event’s website offers a “The Top 3 things to tell your boss” printable page to support your case to your superior on why you should attend this event. DellWorld’16 will offer hands-on labs, demonstrations, and breakout sessions for IT and business professionals.

 

So, whether you’re an IT professional interested in enterprise technology or simply appreciate and enjoy consumer electronics this technology conference season holds something for you. For these and MANY more technology events visit: https://www.techmeme.com/events

 

Come Check Out Our Exhibit!

Every year, the Health Sciences Library works to bring in informative, historical, fun, and unique exhibits to the College of Medicine through the National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Program. This year, we will be fortunate to host two exhibits; one is currently on display outside of the library.

The Literature of Prescription

“The Literature of Prescription” exhibit on display in the atrium

We are proud to host The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wall-Paper, which will be on display until Friday, January 23rd in the 2nd floor atrium. From the promotional brochure:

“In the late nineteenth century, women challenged traditions that excluded them from political and intellectual life as medical experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story title “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” Her famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and social conventions that restrict women’s professional and creative opportunities.”

The exhibit is open to the public for viewing, as well! Please note the business hours for the College of Medicine while planning your visit. If you can’t find an opportunity to come by the library to view the physical exhibit, you can visit the exhibition website to learn all about it.