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Firefox Blocks Adobe Flash Because Of Security Concerns

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
Firefox has blocked Adobe Flash Player Plugin (click-to-play) because of security concerns.
Why was it blocked?
Old versions of the Flash Player plugin have known vulnerabilities. All users are strongly recommended to check for updates on our plugin check page.
How can I work around this?
Many library resources use the Flash player. If you are impacted and need to enable Flash, please try a different browser, or update your Adobe Flash player by visiting

Details of the block can be found at Firefox:


TED Talk: The Power of Introverts- check out the book

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

TED Talk speaker: Susan Cain

Co-Founder of the Quiet Revolution, Susan Cain has become an activist of sorts for introverts.  In her 2012 TED Talk, “The Power of Introverts,” she explains how in a world where action is favored over contemplation, people look towards  leaders who are charismatic and outspoken, and group-think is encouraged in education and the workplace, introverts are often undervalued and not utilized to their full potential.

As much as 1/3-1/2 of the world’s population can be characterized as introverts. That means that almost half of all people, under the right working conditions, could rise as leaders and contribute more effectively on tasks with their peers. Cain explains how unlike extroverts who thrive in group work, introverts work much better in quiet, low-key environments. Under these conditions introverts have actually proven to be more intelligent and yield better, more thorough, results than extroverts. Introverts can also rise to become better leaders, Cain refers to Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Gandhi, because they tend to be more open to others’ ideas.

The take away message from Cain’s talk is not that we need to stop collaborating and all work in solitude, but rather the world needs to be more accommodating towards people who work better alone. She calls for a more balanced society where both types of people have access to an environment that allows them to succeed.

To learn more about this topic, check out Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t stop Talking in the Health Sciences Library today!

Also, click the following link to view the TED Talk:

Clinical Medicine ebook collection added from ScienceDirect

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
The following ScienceDirect ebooks have been added to the HSL site:

June 19th Webinar: The effects of pediatric obesity on drug disposition

Monday, June 8th, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years. Recent studies show nearly 18% of children in the U.S. ages 6-11 and nearly 21% of those 12-19 are obese. 1, 2 When treating these patients, are you confident you understand how their weight and physiology might affect drug therapies and dosing?

Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information is committed to bringing you practical information to help you safely and appropriately treat obese pediatric patients. Whether you are treating patients directly or helping define policies and best practices for your organization, you’ll want reserve an hour to review key topics with pediatric clinical pharmacy specialist Brady Moffett, PharmD, in the webinar “Drug Disposition in Obese Pediatric Patients.”

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 19, at 3 p.m. ETto explore:

  • The epidemiology of pediatric obesity and the impact of pediatric obesity on the healthcare system
  • Changes in patient physiology, as they relate to drug disposition, that may occur in obese pediatric patients
  • Strategies for dosing of medications in the obese pediatric patient


1. Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. “Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012.” Journal of the American Medical Association 2014; 311(8):806-814.
2. National Center for Health Statistics. “Health, United States, 2011: With Special Features on Socioeconomic Status and Health.” Hyattsville, MD; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2012.

Test drive PsycBOOKS Database & Harvard Review of Psychiatry free for June

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Ovid if offering free access to featured resources for the month of June.
How do I get access? To test drive your complimentary access to databases and journals for the month of June, click on the “Test Drive Free” link and fill out the form. You will receive a confirmation email with a user name and password. You can then log into Ovid® and access the resource until the end of the month.

PsycBOOKS Database
During June access PsycBOOKS, a unique full-text database of books and chapters from the American Psychological Association (APA).
Test Drive Free

Harvard Review of Psychiatry
Access this renowned, authoritative source for scholarly reviews and perspectives on important topics in psychiatry for the entire month of June!
Test Drive Free

The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection – new series on Vaccines

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

This month, thirteen online lectures have been added to The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection, as part of a new series on Vaccines edited by Dr. Wayne Koff from the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, USA. Henry Stewart Talks: The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection features over 1,500 online lectures by leading world experts.

SUNY Upstate has full access to all the lectures.

Access link:
On campus, you should be automatically authenticated. Off site, you may be asked for a username and Password.
Username:  UPSTATE
Password:  MEMBER

The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection


New Added Series: Vaccines

History of vaccines

Prof. Stanley Plotkin, University of Pennsylvania and Sanofi Pasteur, USA

Vaccine manufacturing – part 1 of 2

Dr. Don Gerson, PnuVax, Inc, CA

Vaccine manufacturing – part 2 of 2

Dr. Don Gerson, PnuVax, Inc, CA

Recommendations of the U.S. advisory committee on immunization practices

Prof. Jonathan Temte, University of Wisconsin, USA

Dengue vaccine development: l. status

Prof. Scott Halstead, International Vaccine Institute, Korea

Dengue vaccine development: II. problems to be solved

Prof. Scott Halstead, International Vaccine Institute, Korea

Biodefense and special pathogen vaccines in development – part 1 of 2

Dr. Gerald Kovacs, Advanced BioScience Laboratories, USA

Biodefense and special pathogen vaccines in development – part 2 of 2

Dr. Gerald Kovacs, Advanced BioScience Laboratories, USA

Cancer vaccines – part 1 of 2

Prof. Cornelis Melief, Leiden University Medical Center, NL

Cancer vaccines – part 2 of 2

Prof. Cornelis Melief, Leiden University Medical Center, NL

Vector mediated immunoprophylaxis

Dr. Bruce Schnepp, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA

Future directions for vaccine discovery – part 1 of 2

Dr. Chris Wilson, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Future directions for vaccine discovery – part 2 of 2

Dr. Chris Wilson, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA


Specially commissioned talk by Prof Kim Lewis:

Teixobactin kills pathogens without detectable resistance

Prof. Kim Lewis, Northeastern University, USA

A Nobel laureate’s practical advice for young scientists

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Over the years, there’s been much practical advice offered to young scientists in the PLOS Ten Simple Rules Collection.

Now here to answer the quintessential question, “How do you win the ultimate prize in scientific achievement?” is Richard J. Roberts’ article Ten Simple Rules to Win a Nobel Prize. Dr. Roberts is the winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and a PLOS author.

The result is a bit of fun and, at the same time, makes some important points. Some of the rules may surprise you.
Read now: 10 Simple Rules to win a Nobel Prize

Bill Gates Just Described His Biggest Fear- And It Could Kill 33 Million People In Less Than A Year

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

From the Journal of Nursing

By Drake Baer

You would think that Bill Gates, the ever-so-friendly richest man in the world, wouldn’t be afraid of much.

But recently he acknowledged he does have some major fears for humanity.

“I rate the chance of a nuclear war within my lifetime as being fairly low,” says Gates. “I rate the chance of a widespread epidemic, far worse than Ebola, in my lifetime, as well over 50%.”

Gates is 59 years old.

- See more at: features Care of Children Exposed to the Traumatic Effects of Disaster

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

PsychOnline Book of the Month: June

Care of Children Exposed to the Traumatic Effects of Disaster
by Jon A. Shaw, M.D., M.S., Zelde Espinel, M.D., M.A., M.P.H., and James M. Shultz, M.S., Ph.D.

You can access the Book of the Month from the PsychiatryOnline books homepage.

Care of Children Exposed to the Traumatic Effects of Disaster addresses the effects of disaster on children and their families, and explores the various resources that mental health practitioners and others who routinely interact with children, such as teachers, first responders, health care professionals, child care providers, child welfare professionals, and faith-based community members, can use to help them in their hour of need.

The three co-authors have had extensive, and intensive, experience working with disaster victims and preparing both professionals and laypeople to intervene effectively in extreme events. Those on the front lines will find the book’s practical and insightful observations, techniques, and strategies indispensible.

You’ll have access to Care of Children Exposed to the Traumatic Effects of Disaster as a PDF download for the month of June at

VisualDx Minute: Help Prevent Melanoma

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Diagnosis Challenge

A 15-YEAR OLD teenager experiencing a fever, joint pain, and decreased appetite visited his primary care physician. He removed his shirt to show the doctor a painful pustular rash covering a wide area of his chest and back. There were many cysts draining serosanguineous fluid and pus.

Can you diagnose the patient? Use the Differential Builder in VisualDx to help you. HINT: Start with the “Pediatric Skin – Child < 18 Years – Multiple Lesions or Rash” clinical scenario, then add other key findings.

Look for the answer on Visual Dx’s Facebook page on Tuesday, June 2.

Melanoma No More

DESIGNATED BY THE American Academy of Dermatology, May is National Melanoma Prevention Month. Despite efforts to address risk factors, melanoma rates have been increasing in recent years. It’s vital that skin cancers such as melanoma, an often deadly form of skin cancer, are prevented and detected early.

As a health care provider, you can use this month to raise awareness about skin cancer in your community. Here are three ways you can help people take action to prevent or detect melanoma:

  • Encourage families to adopt good habits together, such as wearing sunscreen and limiting their time in the sun. One of the strongest predictors of a child’s sun protection is his or her parents’ own sun protection habits. (1)
  • Partner with a local hospital, state fair, or similar organization to host a skin cancer screening event. Read more on the American Academy of Dermatology’s volunteer and mentor opportunities page. Encourage patients to perform regular, thorough skin self exams. All available studies on patterns of melanoma detection indicate that patients most commonly detect their own lesions, either incidentally or during a deliberate skin self exam. (2)

Most skin cancers are treated successfully if they are caught early. Knowing what to look for is the key to early detection. To review over 70 images showing variations of melanoma, go to VisualDx:

1. Turner LR, Mermelstein RJ. Psychosocial characteristics associated with sun protection practices among parents of young children. J Behav Med. 2005 Feb;28(1):77-90. [PubMed]

2. Hamidi R, Peng D, Cockburn M. Efficacy of skin self-examination for the early detection of melanoma. Int J Dermatol. 2010 Feb;49(2):126-34. [PubMed]