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Enhancements to Lexicomp Online – Allergy Interactions Screening, Natural Product Leaflets, and More

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Lexicomp Online Updates

NEW: Drug Allergies, Duplicate Therapy Added to Interactions Screener
Lexi-Interact™, the Lexicomp drug interactions tool, now features allergy screening data from our sister product line Medi-Span®, giving users the ability to search and/or add drug allergies during an interactions screening, as well as to screen for potential duplicate therapies, further enhancing patient and medication safety.
Drug Allergy and Duplicate Therapy Screening, Plus Medication Safety Check
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Clinicians will be able to search and/or add drug allergies during an interactions screening, helping to improve screening efforts.
Screening results are now displayed by interaction type (drug-drug, drug-allergy, and duplicate therapy interactions). Additional enhancements include:
1 Risk Rating Legend – located at the top of the analysis page, this offers a description of the five-tiered risk ratings, which help inform decisions on whether the treatment benefits outweigh the interaction risks
2 Filter Results by Drug or Drug Allergy Interaction – user can filter results to view interactions by drug or drug allergy
3 Jump to Section – users can jump to the drug-drug, drug-allergy, or duplicate therapy interaction results
Drug Allergy and Duplicate Therapy Screening, Plus Medication Safety Check
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ENHANCED: Pharmacogenomics Content
Lexicomp databases contain three new fields for pharmacogenomics information, which identify whether gene testing is required, recommended, or to be considered for specific drug therapy. These new fields are grouped with a fourth existing field, titled “Other Genes of Interest,” to include information about emerging pharmacogenetic factors in drug therapy. In Lexicomp Online, this information is displayed in the left navigation panel under a new “Pharmacogenomics” heading. Reference links within the drug monograph instantly take the user to detailed content within the Lexicomp proprietary Pharmacogenomics database.
Pharmacogenomics Content
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Enhanced pharmacogenomics content helps clinicians determine if gene testing is required or recommended for certain medications, with links to more in-depth information.
NEW: Natural Product Patient Education Leaflets
Now, clinicians can also access and distribute patient education leaflets on natural products.

The Lexicomp Patient Education module offers approximately 140 leaflets on natural products, such as Ginkgo, Echinacea, St. John’s Wort, and more. Fields of information in these leaflets include:

Name – Some natural products have other common names. Leaflets include a suppressed index list (not a visible field) of those terms so that clinicians are linked to the correct monograph when entering an alternative common name. For example, Aloe is also known as Aloe Vera, Burn Plant, Elephant’s Gall, and more; entering any of these terms will lead to the same Aloe leaflet.
What is this product used for?
What are the precautions when taking this product?
What should I watch for?
When do I need to call the doctor?
Where can I learn more?This information is provided only if reputable resources are available.
Natural product leaflets are initially available in English, with Spanish translations to come later.
NEW: 50% More Lab Patient Education Leaflets
At the request of Lexicomp customers, we have added new patient education leaflets on lab tests not previously available in the Patient Education module.

We have increased the number of lab test leaflets by 50%. The module now includes:

Fasting Glucose
Drug Peak and Trough levels
Hepatitis Markers
And many more!
ENHANCED: Food Interactions Field
Drug-food interaction content within drug monographs has been enhanced and streamlined into a single Food Interactions field. This field only appears in monographs for which it is relevant and includes information on drug-nutrition interactions and how ethanol may affect the pharmacokinetics of a drug.

Users can access the Lexi-Interact drug interactions screening module for a greater depth of interactions content, including drug-herbal interactions and how ethanol may affect disease states.

Dogs Do Wellness! April 24th and 29th, 11-1

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Come visit our Therapy Dogs for some wags and kisses.

When: Thurs. April 24, 11 – 1 and Tues.  April 29, 11am – 1pm

Where: Health Sciences Library, Weiskotten Hall

Sponsored by: Pathways to Wellness,

AccessMedicine New & Updated References

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Understanding Global Health, 2e
William H. Markle, Melanie A. Fisher, Raymond A. Smego Jr.

A complete introductory review of global health–updated to reflect the latest issues and challenges

Created with the non-specialist in mind, Understanding Global Health explores the current burden of disease in the world, how health is determined, and the problems faced by populations and health care workers around the world.

Cardiovascular Physiology, 8e
David E. Mohrman, Lois Jane Heller

The best cardiovascular physiology text for USMLE and exam review

Cardiovascular Physiology is a concise and enjoyable way for you to gain a fundamental knowledge of the basic operating principles of the intact cardiovascular system and how those principles apply to clinical medicine. Succinct but thorough, it focuses on the facts and concepts you must know to get a solid “big picture” overview of how the cardiovascular system operates in normal and abnormal situations.

CURRENT Diagnosis and Treatment Cardiology

Concise, clinically focused coverage of the major disease entities and therapeutic challenges in cardiology

Essential for experienced physicians, cardiology fellows, students and residents, nurses, technicians, and other health care staff who provide care for the cardiology patient.

These and other ebooks can be found from the Health Sciences Library website: select Find Books> Electronic Books> and begin typing the title in the ebook  search box.

Short Internet, Cisco VPN and Citrix outage Wednesday at midnight

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Due to Network technical maintenance, a short outage of the internet, the Cisco VPN client and Citrix connectivity to the University will occur for approximately one half hour at Midnight, Wednesday night (4/16) through Thursday morning at 12:30am. This outage affects both hospitals and all locations that use the Upstate internet connection. During the outage you will not be able to go out or come into the University via the internet. The Campus network is not affected by this outage and will function normally. Applications that use the internet, such as library electronic resources, will be affected.

UpToDate user interface changes coming end of April

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The UpToDate user interface will have a new look at the end of the month. The user interface has been redesigned and enhanced with advanced search technology that will enable clinicians to find answers to clinical questions faster than ever.

  • Click here for an overview of the changes.
  • Click here to watch a brief video demonstrating the changes

UpToDate welcomes your feedback —  Customer Support team will be pleased to answer questions at


Leisure Reading collection featured selections

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Have you checked out our leisure reading collection? We offer over 250 current and past “bestseller” books. Our Bestsellers Collection is located in the front of the library near the Library Services Desk. Bestseller books can be borrowed for up to 3 weeks with the option to renew. Browse the collection.

Bestseller selections include:

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
by Adam Makos
This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies over wartime Germany on 21 December 1943 –the American–2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17–and the German–2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.

Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
by Julia Angwin
“We see online ads from websites we’ve visited, long after we’ve moved on to other interests. Our smartphones and cars transmit our location, enabling us to know what’s in the neighborhood but also enabling others to track us. And the federal government, we recently learned, has been conducting a massive data-gathering surveillance operation across the Internet and on our phone lines. In Dragnet Nation, award-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America’s surveillance economy, offering a revelatory and unsettling look at how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data. In a world where we can be watched in our own homes, where we can no longer keep secrets, and where we can be impersonated, financially manipulated, or even placed in a police lineup, Angwin argues that the greatest long-term danger is that we start to internalize the surveillance and censor our words and thoughts, until we lose the very freedom that makes us unique individuals. Appalled at such a prospect, Angwin conducts a series of experiments to try to protect herself, ranging from quitting Google to carrying a “burner” phone, showing how difficult it is for an average citizen to resist the dragnets’ reach. Her book is a cautionary tale for all of us, with profound implications for our values, our society, and our very selves.” — Publisher’s description.

And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
Presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another, and how choices resonate through subsequent generations. Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything; there is an unparalleled bond between these two motherless siblings. What happens to them, and the large and small manners in which it echos through the lives of so many other people is example of the moral complexity of life. In this multigenerational novel revolving around parents and children, brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, the author explores the many ways in which family members love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another.

Browse the Bestsellers Collection in the Library Catalog

ebook of the month: The Atlas of Emergency Radiology

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

AccessSurgery presents: The Atlas of Emergency Radiology

Authors: Jake Block, Martin I. Jordanov, Lawrence B. Stack, R. Jason Thurman

The Atlas of Emergency Radiology provides nearly 1500 carefully selected diagnostic images combined with succinct descriptions of the radiographic features of over 330 emergent medical diagnoses to facilitate its readers in acquiring this expertise. Each medical condition is presented in the following format: radiographic summary, clinical implications, and radiographic pearls. The radiographic summary succinctly describes the radiographic findings necessary to support the diagnosis. The clinical implications section provides a rationale to bridge the radiographic findings to the clinical findings. Each diagnosis concludes with 2-4 radiographic pearls, choice tips, or unique aspects about the condition. Chapters include:

 Book of the Month for April: The Language of Mental Health

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Book of the Month: April
The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance
By Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D., and T. Byram Karasu, M.D.

The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary text that synthesizes some of the most essential information for successful weight control:

  • The role of the environment, including diet, disordered eating, and portion control, in weight management
  • The National Weight Control Registry and the study of those successful at weight control
  • The importance of differentiating weight loss from weight loss maintenance
  • The qualitative and quantitative measurements of physical activity, including the role of exercise for maintenance of weight loss
  • The contribution of genetics to “the obesities”
  • Depression and obesity: cause or consequence?
  • Psychotherapeutic strategies, including cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Medical and surgical treatment approaches and their effectiveness

Drs. Karasu have drawn from both professional and personal experience to write The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide To Weight Loss and Maintenance. Both had fathers who suffered from morbid obesity. One died at the age of 56, while the other lived to be 91. The authors’ professional curiosity led them to question how differences in environment, genetics, and overall physical and psychological health can affect one person’s longevity and another’s early passing.

You can access the Book of the Month from the homepage, scroll to the bottom of the page to find Book of the Month. From the Health Sciences Library website select Find Articles> Databases> and search PsyhchiatryOnline.

You’ll have access to The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance as a PDF download for the month of April.

Library resources intermittently unavailable

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Health Sciences Library is  experiencing intermittent outages that may prevent access to our electronic resources. This issue was first reported on Thursday, and is continuing to cause intermittent outages for all online resources, as well as SelfServe. We are aware of the issue and are working with campus Information Management & Technology (IMT).  In some cases, refreshing the browser/reloading the page multiple times may resolve the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Additionally, EBSCOhost databases and services may be intermittently unavailable while Ebsco performs network upgrades. The upgrade will impact Ebsco specific resources from Friday 9PM to 11PM EST.

Questions? Contact the library at 315-464-7091.


April 8 webinar: What are the risks pharmacists face with controlled substances?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Webinar title: Dispensing controlled substances- what’s your responsibility?
Presenter:  Larry Cote Full bio
When: Tuesday, April 8, 2 p.m. EST

Register now.

How do you stop a helpful medication from becoming a danger or a crime?

Pharmacists know they have to be on guard when dispensing controlled substances and listed chemicals. But how much responsibility for misused or diverted controlled substances lies with the pharmacist, and how can healthcare professionals make sure they stay in control?
Join former DEA attorney and expert on laws regarding controlled substances Larry Cote for the webinar “Controlled Substances: Understanding Pharmacists’ Obligations and Risks” on Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar will explore:
■ Your obligations as a pharmacist when dispensing prescriptions for controlled substances
■ DEA’s expectations of pharmacists and its enforcement approach to diversion
■ Concept of corresponding responsibility
■ Identifying red flags associated with diversion of controlled substances

Educational Webinar Series Presented by Lexicomp®, Facts & Comparisons® and Medi-Span®