Health Sciences Library Early Closing, Friday May 29, 2015

May 25th, 2015 by Barbara Hopkins

The library will be closing at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015.  A power shut-down will take place to accommodate system testing by Physical Plant.

We plan to open as normal at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

We apologize for any inconvenience which this early closure may cause.

Internet Resources: Freely available medical images

May 20th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Finding medical images freely available online can be difficult. Often they are protected under copyright or are not very high quality. These sites contain a variety of images of medical and health subjects that can be used for educational purposes. The images are mostly available in the public domain or licensed under a Creative Commons license, but as with all multimedia, make sure to follow the usage and attribution rights for each.

American Society for Microbiology: MicrobeLibrary
A peer-reviewed digital media center for microbiology educators. Material is intended for an undergraduate audience, but the images may be applicable to wider audiences. The collection is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Public Health Image Library (PHIL)
PHIL contains photos and illustrations that can be used by educators, researchers, and health care providers to easily communicate public health messages. Most of the material is in the public domain.

Flickr: Specimens (Pathology)
Gross and microscopic images of pathology specimens taken by Ed Uthman, a practicing pathologist in Houston, TX. Contains over 930 images, all licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.

National Cancer Institute: Visuals Online
Over 2,000 photos, diagrams, and drawings that can be used to help communicate meaning, describe concepts, and tell stories of biomedical, science, and patient-care topics. Most of the images are in the public domain.

National Library of Medicine: Images from the History of Medicine
From the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division, this collection contains over 70,000 pictorial items on the social and historical aspects of medicine ranging from the Middle Ages to the present. While many of the items are protected under copyright, there are a number available in the public domain. Trauma Image Database
A repository of trauma images, freely available for educational use, that are submitted by trauma care professionals from around the world. Content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.5) license.

University of Utah: Health Education Assets Library (HEAL)
HEAL, housed at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Digital Library, contains over 22,000 freely available digital materials for health sciences education. Specific collections in HEAL include neuroscience, hematology, histology, and dermatology, among other subjects.

From MLA News Submitted by Andrea C. Kepsel, AHIP, Libraries, Michigan State University−East Lansing; edited by Talicia Tarver

Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee Day is May 20

May 19th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Participating Dunkin’ Donuts shops will donate $1 from every iced coffee sold Wednesday, May 20 to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes available on the HSL website

May 12th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter


You can find ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes in various library resources such as DynaMed, 5-Minute Clinical Consult, as well as on the web. Check out the following resources:

From the HSL website

5-Minute Clinical Consult (ebook)

Delivers guidance on diagnosis and treatment of 700+ medical conditions. Look for “Codes” on the left hand column of selected content.


5-Minute Emergency Consult (ebook)

A clinical support reference that puts over 600 urgent care topics at your fingertips in a proven, rapid-access format. Look for “Codes” on the left hand column of selected content.

5-Minute Pediatric Consult (ebook)

Delivers the practical advice you need when treating infants, children, and adolescents, with information on over 460 diseases, including differential diagnosis, treatment options, and continuing care. Look for “Codes” on the left hand column of selected content.

DynaMed (database)

Look for “ICD-9/ICD-10 Codes” on the left hand column of selected content.


On the web:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services @ ICD-9 lookup, ICD-10 info

Questions? Contact a Reference Librarian at 315-464-7091 or by email,

HS Talks Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

May 11th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

This month, nine online lectures have been added to The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection. All nine of these talks are part of our new series on Nanomedicine edited by Prof Thomas J. Webster.

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

Access link:
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

The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

New Series Added: Nanomedicine

Thymosin β4 coated nanofiber scaffolds for the repair of damaged cardiovascular tissue

Prof. Arun Kumar, University of Delaware, USA

Nanosensors for determining the presence of bacteria

Prof. Edgar Goluch, Northeastern University, USA

Integrating nanomaterials and 3D nano/microfabrication techniques for improved cartilage and bone regeneration

Prof. Lijie Grace Zhang, The George Washington University, USA

Nanotechnology for intracellular nucleic acid delivery

Prof. Ke Zhang, Northeastern University, USA

Protoporphyrin IX (PpIX)-conjugated self-lighting nanoparticles or photodynamic therapy: synthesis and characterization

Dr. Homa Homayoni, University of Texas

Implantable nano sensors

Dr. Sirivisoot Sirinrath, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

NanoEngineering the cell surface for targeted drug and cell delivery

Prof. Jeff Karp , Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA

Nanotechnology for CNS delivery of biological therapeutics

Prof. Mansoor Amiji, Northeastern University, USA

New nano biomaterials inspired by biomechanics

Prof. Lei Yang, Sachoow University, China

Test drive our demo ergonomic workstation

May 6th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Have you seen the ergonomic workstation on the 1st floor of the library near the printers? Research indicates that changing position periodically or standing for regular intervals throughout the day can reduce fatigue and improve alertness and productivity. Regardless of how good your working posture is, working in the same posture or sitting still for prolonged periods is not healthy.

We’ve set up one of our student computers at the new ergonomic workstation. Check it out! The desk can easily be adjusted from sit to stand.

Are these desks something you would like to see available at SUNY Upstate? If so, speak up! Let us know by:

  • submit a comment card (feedback boxes located near the desk, and on the 2nd floor)
  • email
  • text us at 315-464-0528



On My Own Time – Employee Art Exhibit

May 4th, 2015 by Jennifer Olivia Maggio

Stop by the library to view the newest art show featuring artwork created by fellow Upstate employees. The exhibited works are part of a regional program by CNY Arts called On My Own Time. CNY Arts’ On My Own Time is a unique program linking the business and cultural sectors in Central New York to promote an appreciation of the arts and recognize workforce creativity. It is presented each year in cooperation with Everson Museum of Art. The show will be on display on the first floor of the Library in Weiskotten Hall through the end of May.

Individual artworks will be judged by a panel of professional artists. The winners are selected to show their work at the Everson in the fall, along with judges’ selections from other participating businesses in the area. For more information on the program and CNY Arts, please visit the following link:


What’s your App-titude? OB Wheels Mobile App

May 1st, 2015 by Christine Kucharski

Welcome to What’s your App-titude

Our monthly post to share information about Health Sciences mobile apps!

The Health Sciences Library wants to hear from you!

Tweet us your favorite app @upstatehsl #upstateapps                                                                                                                                                              

Post the app info to our Facebook page!

  OB Wheels    (Download here)

  OB Wheels combines 

  •    Calendar calculator to determine EDD (EDC) from LMP or sonogram report, provides gestational age (EGA)
  •    A wheel you can pinch, rotate and zoom, similar to the paper wheels!
  •   Best practice guidelines on reconciling due dates from LMP and sonograms from recent ACOG committee opinions

 Created by Joshua D. Steinberg MD and HeeRak Kang MS2

Recommended by iMedicalApps as one of the 10 Best Medical Apps released in February & March 2015.

DynaMed EBM Focus: Nicotine replacement therapy

April 30th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Last week 544 journal articles were evaluated via DynaMed‘s Systematic Literature Surveillance and summaries of 173 articles were added to DynaMed content.

Based on criteria for selecting “articles most likely to inform clinical practice,” one article was selected by the DynaMed Editorial Team:

Nicotine Patch Treatment for 52 Weeks May Be Safe, but May Not Be More Effective than 24 Week Treatment for Smoking Cessation

Reference: JAMA Intern Med 2015 Apr 1;175(4):504 (level 2 [mid-level] evidence)

Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality. Approximately 20% of adults in the United States smoke cigarettes and although 69% of smokers report a desire to quit, only 4-7% are successful each year (MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2012 Jun 15;61 Suppl:38). Nicotine replacement therapy with transdermal nicotine patches is considered a first-line medication option for the treatment of tobacco use (Am J Prev Med 2008 Aug;35(2):158). A recent randomized trial attempted to determine the effect of even longer use by comparing nicotine patch treatment for 8 weeks vs. 24 weeks vs. 52 weeks in 525 adult smokers (mean age 46 years) interested in quitting. All included patients smoked ≥ 10 cigarettes per day and received patches containing 21 mg nicotine plus smoking cessation counseling.

The results of this study suggest that nicotine replacement therapy with a transdermal nicotine patch may be safe for 52 weeks of use, but it may not be more effective than 24 weeks of treatment for increasing smoking abstinence rates.

For more information, see the Nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation topic in DynaMed.

MedlinePlus Everywhere: Access from Your Phone, Tablet or Desktop

April 28th, 2015 by Laura Schlueter

Today, MedlinePlus ( and MedlinePlus en español ( released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel.

The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  See the announcement page for more details.

Because this latest release enables all users to access a layout of optimized for their device, there is no longer a need for the separate mobile ( sites.  These sites are now retired; visitors to them will be redirected to the new version of

We invite you to try out MedlinePlus’s full responsive design on your smartphone, tablet or desktop at and .  Take a tour of the redesigned site at (also available in Spanish).  Please send us your feedback and comments about the new design via the Contact Us link that appears on every MedlinePlus page.