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How Are Disease-Related Facebook Pages Used?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds 32.2% of Facebook pages about diseases are for marketing and promotional purposes, while just 9.4% of such pages are used for general social support.

The study also shows:

  • 20.7% of disease-related Facebook pages aim to raise awareness; and
  • 15.5% provide Wikipedia-type information.

The study was conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School, Partners HealthCare’s Center for Connected Health and Stanford University School of Medicine.

See full story.


5 things that are bigger threats to your health than Ebola

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

From the American Public Health Association:

Ebola, the serious, often fatal disease spread by interaction with the blood or fluids of a symptomatic infected person, has been making headlines across the country. And for good reason: this is the largest Ebola outbreak in history. The public is asking questions and wondering if they’re at risk.

But the truth is, unless you live in West Africa, where the latest Ebola outbreak has been focused, or if you are a health worker who works with Ebola patients, you’re probably safe.

These five threats, however, are lurking nearby.

  1. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria- from skin infections to mutated strains of sexually transmitted diseases
  2. Severe weather- storms, flooding, and droughts
  3. Mosquito viruses- malaria, chikungunya, dengue and West Nile virus, among other diseases
  4. Vehicle and pedestrian safety- vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for young people in the United States
  5. Obesity- more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, which can increase a person’s risk of developing a myriad of diseases

Learn more from the American Public Health Association.

 

 


Helpful Resources on Depression

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The recent death of Oscar-winning actor and comedian, Robin Williams, has brought attention to the challenges of those who suffer from depression.  It is estimated that 1 in 10 adults struggle with depression (Centers for Disease Control).  Depression can be debilitating to those who suffer, as well as affecting their family and friends.  It can also adversely affect outcomes of chronic and other health conditions.

 


AAAS/Science free special collection on the Ebola virus

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Given the current widespread and lethal outbreak of the Ebola virus, AAAS’ journals Science and Science Translational Medicine offer a freely available collection of research and news articles on the viral disease to researchers and the general public.

View the special collection.
Learn more about the Ebola virus by listening to HealthLink On Air “Understanding the Ebola virus” presented by Upstate’s Timothy Endy, MD, MPH.

Description: Timothy Endy, MD, MPH, helps us understand the Ebola virus, a severe, often fatal illness in humans, and discusses the international outbreak. Endy is professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Public Health and Preventive Medicine and division chief of Infectious Disease at Upstate Medical University.


New Library web site coming next week

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The Health Sciences Library will be launching a redesigned web site the week of August 18th. The new site will include a simplified navigation, enhanced search features, and a new look to match Upstate’s updated web style, as seen on pages such as Current Students.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to take a look at the site prior to it’s launch by visiting http://hsl.upstate.edu/home. Please be aware this link is available on-campus only.

Have comments or feedback on the new design or functionality? Send us feedback or report a problem by emailing library@upstate.edu, and include “New Website” in the subject line.

Interested in helping us test prior to launch? Contact Laura Schlueter at schluetl@upstate.edu to set up an appointment.


APHA releases Ebola resource during global outbreak

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
In light of the ongoing Ebola outbreak, called the “largest in history” by CDC, the APHA Bookstore has made the Ebola-Marburg virus chapter of its forthcoming Control of Communicable Diseases Manual (CCDM), 20th Edition, available online as a free download to aid public health workers responding to the disease.

APHA is accepting pre-sales online now for its 20th edition, which is currently in production.


Librarians available until 7 pm Mon-Thurs – Beginning August 4, 2014

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Fall semester 2014 – Evening Help!

  • Beginning Monday, August 4, 2014:

   Reference Librarians will be available extended hours

Monday-Thursday, 9 am – 7 pm to assist with your research questions!

  • Reference hours remain 9 am-5 pm Fridays and 10 am-2 pm Saturdays.
  • Contact us at 464-7091 or library@upstate.edu
  • Visit the Health Sciences Library for Help!

New library web site coming week of August 18th

Monday, August 4th, 2014

The Health Sciences Library will be launching a redesigned web site the week of August 18th. The new site will include a simplified navigation, enhanced search features, and a new look to match Upstate’s updated web style, as seen on pages such as Academics> Current Students.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to take a look at the site prior to it’s launch by visiting http://hsl.upstate.edu/home. Please be aware this link is available on-campus only.

Have comments or feedback on the new design or functionality? Send us feedback or report a problem by emailing library@upstate.edu, and include “New Website” in the subject line.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Justin Bieber’s style provides a positive influence on adolescent health

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Who says Justin Bieber isn’t a good influence on the long-term health of today’s youth, especially regarding skin cancer? Research reported in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that the photoprotective effect of bangs sweeping over the entire forehead-a hairstyle popularized by the pop icon circa 2009-has resulted in fewer freckles and less sun damage in kids who followed Bieber’s style cues. The journal’s viewpoint discussing the research is titled, “The Big Bang Theory.”

Read the Inquisitr News story: http://ow.ly/zxDAH

JAMA Pediatrics discusses “The Big Bang Theory”: http://ow.ly/zxCKI


Don’t Pop That Bubble Wrap!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

Is it time to stop idly popping sheets of bubble wrap? Scientists at both Harvard and Stanford have discovered bubble wrap makes an inexpensive alternative to glass test tubes and culture dishes. Just inject a bubble with blood and chemicals, seal the pinprick with nail polish, and you can test for anemia. Researchers also have grown worms and bacteria in the tiny sterile pockets. The discovery could be a boon to corners of the world where basic lab equipment comes at a premium.

Full article on npr.org: http://ow.ly/zvome