The Most Common Holiday ER Visits – And How to Avoid Them

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on 12/24/2015.

For many people, the holidays are a joyous and festive time to spend with family and loved ones. However, even with all of the warm holiday wishes and holiday cheer of the season, this time of year can also be an accident waiting to happen. During the holiday season, emergency rooms across the U.S. see an increase in visits due to holiday-related injuries and illnesses. Read on to learn about some of the most common holiday injuries and how you can avoid them.

What dangers are lurking in your holiday plans?

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The Librarians’ Book Recommendations – With a Medical Twist!

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

Do you have a goal to read more books? If you don’t, maybe you should! Besides being downright fun, science shows that reading for pleasure can actually be good for your mental and physical health.

According to a study by Dr. Josie Billington at the University of Liverpool, people who read regularly for pleasure report lower levels of stress and depression than non-readers. Pleasure readers also report higher levels of self-esteem and greater ability to cope with difficult situations. Researchers believe this may result from readers gaining expanded models and repertoires of experience when they read that allow them to look with new perspective and understanding on their own lives. According to an expansive study carried out by the UK’s National Literary Trust, reading for pleasure has also been shown to reduce feelings of loneliness in adults and increase ability to prioritize and make decisions.

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Ted Talk Round-Up: Diversity Topics

It’s Diversity Week here at the UCF College of Medicine, and we’re spending all week celebrating the vast diversity of our faculty, staff, and students! We believe that the diversity of our community makes us stronger, more inclusive, and more interesting! To help you celebrate the diversity in your community, we’re rounded up a selection of thought-provoking Ted Talks on various diversity topics. Enjoy!

Immigrant Voices Make Democracy Stronger, Sayu Bhojwani

In politics, representation matters — and that’s why we should elect leaders who reflect their country’s diversity and embrace its multicultural tapestry, says Sayu Bhojwani. Through her own story of becoming an American citizen, the immigration scholar reveals how her love and dedication to her country turned into a driving force for political change. “We have fought to be here,” she says, calling immigrant voices to action. “It’s our country, too.”

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Fun (and informative) things for COM Staff at the HSL!

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on October 13th, 2016.

No one could ever deny that we love what we do for our students each and every day – our fun posts across our various social media platforms make that pretty obvious. While most of our efforts are directed at preparing our students for life after medical school, we want our staff at the College of Medicine to know that we’re here for them as well! Here’s a short list of offerings from the Health Sciences Library that we hope our staff keep in mind and take advantage of.

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Monday Morning Round-Up #16

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

Older adults report frequently mishearing clinicians via The JAMA Network

Another effect of age-related hearing loss: problems understanding what your clinician is telling you. In a new survey of 100 older adults, 43 of them said they had misheard a physician, nurse, or both during either a primary care visit or hospital stay, possibly contributing to the higher prevalence of medical errors among older patients.

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TED Talk Round-Up: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Between work, school, family and relationships, community obligations, and attempting to maintain a semblance of a normal sleep schedule and exercise routine, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and to feel like you can’t quite manage it all. With everything that’s crammed into my work and personal schedule, I find myself feeling that way on a fairly regular basis, which is why I’m always looking for tips on working more efficiently, simplifying my workload, and improving my focus and balance. If you’re in a similar boat, fear not! This week we’ve rounded up a collection of TED Talks aimed to inspire you and give you tips on improving your focus, improving your efficiency, goal-setting, and showing you  how to work smarter, not harder. Hopefully, with these talks under your belt, you’ll be able to feel a little more balanced and empowered to manage all of your life roles. Let’s get started!

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes by Andy Puddicombe

Learn from mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe about the transformative power of integrating a short daily mindfulness exercise into your routine. You’ll learn how doing so can help strengthen your focus and change your perspective to give your brain the boost it needs to handle its daily tasks.

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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 12, 2015.

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.

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

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Spotlight on Health: Lightning Safety!

An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on July 9th, 2015.

With summer fun in Florida comes summer thunderstorms, which brings along a serious safety threat: lightning. Florida leads the U.S. in lightning-related deaths, and the area from Tampa to Titusville is even known as “Lightning Alley” by meteorologists. Central Florida thunderstorms alone generate hundreds of thousands of bolts that cause billions in damage each year. To help keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy, we rounded up some lighting myths and facts from the National Weather Service.

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Monday Morning Round-Up #13

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

Explosive data: See how fireworks injuries skyrocket on the Fourth of July via Stat News

Every year, the Fourth of July brings patriotic displays of color, smoke, and sound — and a slew of emergency room visits from burns and blast wounds. Federal researchers track data on those injuries year-round using the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, a national probability sample of about 100 hospitals in the U.S. and its territories. Fireworks injuries don’t only happen in July, but they are, unsurprisingly, far more common in that month versus the rest of the year.

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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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