The dogs are coming! February 19 & 25

February 11th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

Therapy dog Elroy enjoying a belly rub

Come meet our therapy dogs!

Friday, February 19, 2:30-4:00pm
“Therapy Thursdays” February 25, and March 31, 11:30am-1:00pm

The Health Sciences Library (1st floor Weiskotten Hall)

Dogs are the most utilized therapy animals and account for 94% of Pet Partners therapy animal teams. It takes more than just good obedience skills to make a good therapy dog.  They must also have a personality that enjoys interacting with people they don’t know.  Lucky for us, our therapy dogs love hugs and pets from the Upstate community, just take a look at Elroy during his last visit! Learn more about therapy dogs, and join us for some canine bonding!


What’s the Latest with the Flu? Red Book Online Special Alert

February 10th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

What’s the Latest with the Flu?

Red Book Online Special Alert – February 9, 2016

2015-2016 Influenza Season is Ramping Up
Flu activity is on the rise across the US, especially with more reports of severe influenza illness, particularly from H1N1. Most of the sicker patients are young to middle-aged adults, who have reportedly not been vaccinated. Nine deaths in children from influenza also have been reported this flu season. See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Advisory for more information.


More Influenza Illness Suggests Need for More Rapid Antiviral Treatment
Children clinically presumed to have influenza should be considered for early antiviral treatment, when indicated, independent of laboratory confirmation or receipt of influenza vaccine. This crucial approach can help minimize morbidity and mortality, particularly in young children, and those who are hospitalized or who have underlying co-morbidities. Antiviral treatment should be started as soon as possible after influenza illness onset and should not be delayed while waiting for a confirmatory test result because early therapy provides the best outcomes. See the CDC Health Advisory for more information.

It’s More Important than Ever to Get Vaccinated

Vaccination is critical to protect children against influenza. Laboratory data documents that the viruses circulating in communities match the strains covered in the 2015-2016 influenza vaccines. Everyone 6 months of age and older needs influenza vaccine each season. It is NOT too late to be vaccinated and only takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies for protection against influenza. As flu activity increases, it is important to confirm that all children, particularly those at higher risk of developing serious influenza-related complications, have been vaccinated. This includes children with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes mellitus, hemodynamically significant cardiac disease, immunosuppression, or neurologic and neurodevelopmental disorders.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy, Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2015-2016, emphasizes that special effort should be made to vaccinate specific groups, such as all child care providers and staff, and all women who are pregnant, are considering pregnancy, are in the postpartum period, or are breastfeeding during the influenza season.

Avian Influenza

The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service reported detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H7N8 virus in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. No human cases of HPAI H7N8 virus infection have been reported at this time. The CDC recommends the same protective measures for the HPAI H7N8 virus as is recommended for HPAI H5 outbreaks among domestic poultry.


For more information, see the AAP Red Book Online Influenza Resources page and the CDC FluView. The Protect Children from Influenza infographic identifies actions pediatricians can take to help protect children, especially those at highest risk. All “What’s the Latest with the Flu” messages are archived. Members of the AAP also have access to Flu Vaccine Recommendations Speaking Points and updates related to the 2015-16 Influenza Vaccine Supply.


Red Book Online can be found on the library website home page search box> Select the Ebooks tab> enter Red Book.

New Journal: Transgender Health

February 9th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

Transgender Health is the first peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to addressing the healthcare needs of transgender individuals throughout the lifespan and identifying gaps in knowledge as well as priority areas where policy development and research are needed to achieve healthcare equity.

Transgender Health is the premier open source for authoritative, multidisciplinary research, discussion, and debate on the healthcare needs of this patient population. The Journal publishes under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license to ensure broad dissemination and participation. All articles inTransgender Health are rapidly reviewed and published online within 4 weeks of acceptance.

Transgender Health coverage includes:

  • Best practices, protocols, and guidelines to ensure optimal care
  • Disparities in treatment and barriers to care
  • Health services research
  • Cultural competency
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Hormone therapy and surgery

Benefits of publishing in Transgender Health:

  • High visibility, immediate and unrestricted online access to published articles
  • Rigorous and rapid peer review
  • Easy compliance with open access mandates
  • Authors retain copyright
  • Highly indexed – citation tracking and inclusion in bibliographic databases
  • Targeted email marketing

Transgender Health is available from the library home page search box> Journals tab> and search Transgender Health.

What Doctors Need To Know About Zika Virus

February 9th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

The mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to an epidemic of birth defects in Brazil, is spreading quickly throughout the Americas. A case of sexually transmitted Zika in the United States and the possibility of getting the virus through blood transfusions are creating the latest concerns.

By Liz Szabo (bio)

The mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to an epidemic of birth defects in Brazil, is spreading quickly throughout the Americas. A case of sexually transmitted Zika in the United States and the possibility of getting the virus through blood transfusions are creating the latest concerns.

The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.” Here is the latest on what you need to know:

Q: Can you get Zika through a blood transfusion?

A: Yes. Brazil has reported that two people have gotten Zika through a blood transfusion. Blood suppliers can’t screen the blood supply for Zika because there’s no commercial test for it. However, the risk of contracting Zika from a blood transfusion in the continental USA is extremely low because the virus is not spreading among local mosquitoes.

Q: Are blood banks taking precautions?

A: Yes. The American Red Cross is asking people to avoid donating blood if they’ve traveled to Zika-affected areas in the past 28 days. The American Association of Blood Banks issued a similar recommendation. Canadian Blood Services is barring people from giving blood within 21 days of traveling outside Canada, the continental USA and Europe.

Q. How serious is the risk of sexual transmission?

A. Scientists have known since 2008 Zika can be transmitted through sex, but they say such transmission is extremely rare. Doctors aren’t sure if a person needs to be sick with obvious symptoms in order to spread the virus through semen.

Health officials in Texas on Tuesday confirmed a case of sexually transmitted Zika. The WHO said the case is cause for concern and requires further investigation, but said mosquitoes are the most common means of transmission and should be the primary focus for disease control.

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Questions about the Zika Virus?

February 5th, 2016 by Virginia Young

Did you know the Upstate Health Sciences Library has a guide to information about infectious diseases, including the Zika virus?

Click below for resources on infectious diseases such as:





Zika and more!

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Management Information Research Center also has gathered resource lists for Public Health emergencies.  See the Library blog:


New Inclusion and Diversity Guide- send us your resources

February 5th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

The Center for Bioethics & Humanities has initiated the Inclusion & Diversity guide ( to promote inclusion and diversity in the classroom.

We invite you to share your ideas and research.

Faculty, staff, students and others are invited to share their expertise. Please send us selected readings, articles, and websites you rely on to address disparities and bias — whether in healthcare practice, the classroom or when considering how to develop a more diverse university.

The Inclusion & Diversity guide is a crowd-sourced guide. The current guide is a starting point, and we’re looking to the Upstate community to contribute.

The basis for this guide is cultural humility, recognizing our own privilege and biases as we commit to learning about marginalized groups. It also involves a commitment to community engagement and collaboration.  We hope to work collaboratively with you on this guide. To submit references or resources, please contact Rebecca Garden, PhD ( or Kate Ghezzi-Kopel ( February Book of the Month

February 4th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

PsychOnline Book of the Month: February 2016

Title: The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression
By Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.

You can access the Book of the Month from the home page at

In The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression,Kernberg demonstrates his belief that the collaboration of psychoanalysis and neurobiology has the potential to significantly advance our understanding of the human mind. This volume collects his recent work in several areas: severe personality disorders, couples in conflict, and religious experience. In addition, the book addresses the challenges that psychoanalysis faces in the current medical environment, and the need to strengthen its ties with academic institutions.

Otto Kernberg is a towering figure in the field of psychoanalysis and has accomplished seminal work in object relations and the treatment of borderline and narcissistic patients. The full spectrum of mental health clinicians, as well as educated general readers, will find this to be a work of creativity and substance.

You’ll have access to The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression as a PDF download for the month of February at

Upstate celebrates National Wear Red Day February 5th

February 4th, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

Wear something red on Friday, Feb. 5 to show your support for National Go Red For Women Day and take advantage of free heart-healthy activities that Upstate Medical University’s Go Red committee has planned, including exercise and dance classes, a “reduce your stress” activity and health screenings. – See more at:

Check out the Go Red activities on Feb. 5:

Community Campus (all activities will be held in the Community Room).
• 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employee health screenings. (cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, TC/HDL ratio, glucose, blood pressure, weight and BMI). Take 10 minutes and receive your results. Clinical staff and a registered dietitian will review your results with you. Call 464-8668 to schedule a time that fits your schedule.
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood pressure screening.
• 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Introduction to Pilates with Chris Rieger, PT, certified Pilates instructor.
• 1:30 p.m. Introduction to Yoga with Deb Delaney.
Downtown Campus (all activities will be held in the 11th floor Kinney Performance Center, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Note: blood pressure screenings will also take place outside the small cafeteria.)
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood pressure screening by medical students and staff from Upstate’s Keuka Learning Community,
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make a card for your valentine.
• Exercise activities:
- 11-11:15 a.m. Work Day Work Out (Suzanne Brisk)
- 11:15-11:30 a.m. NIA (Cindy Paikin)
- 11:30-11:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to noon. Belly dancing (Robin Grabowski)
– Noon to 12:15 p.m. Cupid Shuffle, Whip, Nae Nae and Wobble (Kristin Thompson)
- 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. NIA (Cindy Paikin)
- 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. Saturday Night Fever, Macarena, Electric Slide (Suzanne Brisk)
- 12:45 to 1 p.m. Stretching (Suzanne Brisk)
- 1 to 1:15 p.m. Work Day Work Out
- 1:15-1:30 p.m. Saturday Night Fever, Macarena, Electric Slide (Suzanne Brisk)
- 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. Cupid Shuffle, Whip, Nae Nae and Wobble (Kristin Thompson)
-1:45 to 2 p.m. Stretching (Suzanne Brisk)

Follow on Twitter @upstatenews for Go Red.
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Upstate’s celebration of Black History Month

February 3rd, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

February 10

Damon Tweedy, MD, author of the New York Times best-seller “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine” will discuss his memoir at two public lectures Wednesday, Feb. 10 as part of Upstate Medical University’s Black History Month celebration.

Two lectures:

Noon in 9295 Weiskotten
5 p.m. in 1159 Weiskotten

Read more at news from Upstate.

Feb. 17, 18 and 19

The movie Selma will be shown Feb. 17, 18 and 19 at 6 p.m. in 103 Weiskotten Hall. This event is part of Upstate’s celebration of Black History Month.

February 24

Elizabeth Blackwell Day is Feb. 24

Upstate President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, will speak at Elizabeth Blackwell Day celebrations Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium. For more information, contact Margaret Maimone at or 464-8526.

NLM Resource Lists for Public Health Emergencies

February 3rd, 2016 by Laura Schlueter

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated.  Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on our NLM Disaster Health home page.

Please share these resources freely!

Zika Virus Health Information Resources:

Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak:

Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System:

These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as:

  • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
  • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
  • Social media resources for situational awareness

To keep up-to-date on these and other Disaster Health resources, please sign-up for our email updates: