TedMed Talks: Lab testing reinvented

March 26th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

About this talk

At TEDMED 2014, Founder and CEO of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, talked about the importance of enabling early detection of disease through new diagnostic tools and empowering individuals to make educated decisions about their healthcare. Listen to her TedMed Talk.

About Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes is Founder and CEO of Theranos, a company transforming lab diagnostics. With their new technology, soon available at every Walgreens, a single drop of blood (or any other fluid) can be used for multiple tests at a fraction of current costs. Elizabeth started Theranos a decade ago (at age 19) after dropping out of Stanford, where she had studied microfluidics and nanotechnology. Read more about the “Most Impressive Woman on Forbes’ Female Billionaire List.” To read more about this young technology innovator on CNN, visit CNN Money.

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New ebook: Helping Parents and Teachers Understand Medications for Behavioral and Emotional Problems

March 25th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Helping Parents and Teachers Understand Medications for Behavioral and Emotional Problems

A dozen experts contributed to this new edition, ensuring that it remains the most trusted resource for educating parents and teachers about psychotropics prescribed for children and adolescents.

Each medication has its own information sheet – a useful resource for school staff and library patrons, as well as psychiatrists, pediatricians, and neurologists for distribution to parents and teachers.

Edited by Mina K. Dulcan, M.D., and Rachel R. Ballard, M.D.

HS Talks Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection – March Updates

March 21st, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

This month fourteen online lectures have been added to The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection! Twelve of the newly released talks are part of a new series, Human Population Genetics II, edited by Prof Noah Rosenberg and Prof Rasmus Nielsen.

All the lectures can easily be assigned for viewing by students and uploaded to Blackboard.

Access link: www.hstalks.com/access/
On campus, you should be automatically authenticated. Off site, log in with your Novell credentials and use the following if asked for a username and Password:
Username:  UPSTATE
Password:  MEMBER
The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

New series released

Human Population Genetics II

1)Genetic drift in human evolution – part 1 of 2

Prof. Sohini Ramachandran –

2)Genetic drift in human evolution – part 2 of 2

Prof. Sohini Ramachandran –

3)Human migration and population structure – part 1 of 2

Prof. John Novembre – University of Chicago, USA

4)Human migration and population structure – part 2 of 2

Prof. John Novembre – University of Chicago, USA

5)Human molecular evolution since the human-chimpanzee divergence

Prof. Katherine Pollard – University of California, San Francisco, USA

6)Ancient DNA and human evolutionary inference

Prof. Mattias Jakobsson – Uppsala University, Sweden

7)Patterns of genetic variation and admixture in Latin America

Dr. Andrés Moreno-Estrada – Stanford University, USA

8)Local adaptations in humans

Dr. Anna Di Rienzo – University of Chicago, USA

9)Genetic and linguistic evolution and coevolution

Prof. Keith Hunley – University of New Mexico, USA

10)Consanguinity and genomic sharing in human evolutionary inference

Prof. Trevor Pemberton – University of Manitoba, Canada

11)Genetics and human skeletal variation

Prof. Timothy Weaver – University of California, Davis, USA

12)Human pathogen-driven evolution

Dr. Matteo Fumagalli – Imperial College London, United Kingdom

New talks added to existing series

  1. Atrial fibrillation, anticoagulation and vitamins for homocysteine

Prof. J. David Spence – Robarts Research Institute, CA

Series: Cerebrovascular Disease

  1. Gene transfer and gene therapy

Dr. David A. Williams – Boston Children’s Hospital, USA

Series: Gene Transfer and Gene Therapy

Webinar: Global Infectious Disease Informatics and Decision Support

March 20th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

What: Global Infectious Disease Informatics and Decision Support – A Case Study
When: Tuesday, March 24
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Steve Berger, Director of Geographic Medicine and Clinical Microbiology at Tel-Aviv Medical Center

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This 30-minute session will provide a sample case-study in using GIDEON to effectively assess and solve a clinical Infectious Disease scenario. GIDEON is an interactive web-based system designed to simulate any Infectious Disease, in any country. The program also follows the global status of all known diseases, pathogens and antimicrobial agents – in real time. Exhaustive text files are complemented by over 70,000 graphs, charts, maps and clinical images; and 450,000 electronically-linked references.

Join Steve Berger, Director of Geographic Medicine and Clinical Microbiology at Tel-Aviv Medical Center, as he walks us through a sample scenario of a traveler who has just returned from South Korea with complaints of abdominal pain.

The session will cover all aspects of patient diagnosis and management, and assessment of specific infectious diseases using the GIDEON database.

Topics to be covered:

  • Generating a differential diagnosis list
  • Entering signs, symptoms, laboratory tests, details of travel and exposure
  • Exploring global diseases
  • Global overview and country-specific information
  • Graphs, maps, pictures and more
  • Drugs and vaccines
  • Pharmacology – dosages, side effects, breakpoints … and more
  • Drugs by indication
  • Microbiology
  • Laboratory identification
  • Encyclopedia of Bacteria
  • How is GIDEON generated/updated?
  • Live demo – Attendee Q&A

Publish Negative Results – Really? Yes, really.

March 19th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Positively Negative: A PLOS Collection Focusing on Negative Results

“I never quit until I get what I’m after. Negative results are just what I’m after. They are just as valuable to me as positive results.” – Thomas A. Edison

Without the publication of negative, null and inconclusive results, the research record is incomplete. Making these results discoverable is critical not only to help prevent duplication of research endeavors, but also to assist in reproducibility efforts and ultimately to accelerate research progress.

The challenge for authors to find a home to publish their negative results, however, has led to concerns that these findings are increasingly missing pieces in the scientific literature.

In response, PLOS ONE launched the Missing Pieces Collection to showcase negative, null and inconclusive results, and to encourage submissions of genuine findings from well-executed experiments, no matter their outcome. Articles have been peer reviewed for ethical, technical and sound science criteria.

Below are a few selected works from the collection:

Visit the collection at www.ploscollections.org/missingpieces and to have your work considered for inclusion contact collections@plos.org.

Cochrane Clinical Answers trial through April 10

March 13th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane systematic reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform decision making at the point of care. Each Cochrane Clinical Answer contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to ‘drill down’ to the evidence from relevant Cochrane reviews.

Based on the high-quality evidence of Cochrane systematic reviews, this clinical support tool provides evidence-based answers when and where you need them most, making it easy to find authoritative answers to your clinical questions. Cochrane Clinical Answers focuses on important patient-centered outcomes, enabling you to apply the results of Cochrane reviews in practice.

Link to Cochrane Clinical Answershttp://cochraneclinicalanswers.com/
Questions? Comments? Send feedback to library@upstate.edu.

World Sleep Day is March 13th

March 12th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter
Upstate Sleep Center physician is co-chair of World Sleep Day.

Antonio Culebras, MD, neurology consultant for the Upstate Sleep Center, has been named co-chair of the eighth annual World Sleep Day, hosted on Friday, March 13, 2015. The international event is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM), and aims to raise awareness of sleep disorders and highlight the burden that they place on society. This year’s theme is “When sleep sound, health and happiness abound.”

According to WASM, only one-third of the global population achieves sound sleep, which centers on three elements of sleep quality: duration, continuity and depth.

“Sound sleep refers to seamless, satisfying, refreshing sleep,” said Culebras. “It can be achieved, in the absence of medical disorders, by following World Sleep Day’s 10 Commandments.”

The ‘10 Commandments’ of sleep proclaimed by World Sleep Day include:
  • fix a bedtime and awakening time
  • do not exceed 45 minutes of daytime sleep if in the habit of napping
  • avoid excessive alcohol ingestion four hours before bedtime and do not smoke
  • avoid caffeine six hours before bedtime
  • avoid heavy, spicy or sugary foods four hours before bedtime
  • exercise regularly–but not right before bed
  • use comfortable bedding
  • find a comfortable temperature setting for sleeping and keep the room well ventilated
  • block out all distracting noises and eliminate as much light as possible
  • reserve the bed for sleep–do not use the bedroom as an office, workroom or recreation room

- See more at: http://upstateonline.info/static/March12-March192015/blog/story-3-2/index.html#sthash.msgyvXEA.dpuf


Therapy Dogs in the Library

March 11th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

What: Dogs Do Wellness!
When: Tues. March 17 11am-1pm
Wed. March 18 11am-1pm
Where: Health Sciences Library, Weiskotten Hall

Come to the library and visit with the therapy dogs for some stress relief and affection.

Thursdays celebrate National Nutrition Month

March 10th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Upstate and Morrison Healthcare are celebrating National Nutrition Month throughout March at both the Upstate University Hospital Downtown and Community campuses. As part of the celebration, tastings will be hosted every Thursday in March from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeterias. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Taste of the Americas.” As such, the tastings offered at Community will focus on cuisine from North America, South America, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean. The tasting tables will offer recipes, educational information and a series of games and puzzles, and a chance to enter a drawing for a cafeteria gift card. Each menu item being featured throughout the weekly tastings will also be highlighted on complimentary recipe cards.

When: Thursdays in March from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Downtown and Community cafeterias

Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease new URL

March 6th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease (ebook URL http://hsl.upstate.edu/ebook371) has moved to a new, more powerful platform.

With the new platform, you can:

  • Search and browse easily with simplified navigation.
  • Interact with your content with new multimedia features.

Due to site capabilities, the following browsers are supported:

  • Chrome (Version 18 or greater)
  • Safari (Version 5.1 or greater)
  • Firefox
  • IE9 or IE10

The previous Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease link will be discontinued March 7th, 2015 so we ask that you update the link in any bookmarks or classroom materials as soon as possible.
Questions? Contact Laura Schlueter at schluetl@upstate.edu.