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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]

TED Talk: Mindless Eating- check out the book

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Cornell expert’s TED Talk on mindless eating is May 29.

Dr. Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, will discuss how to change eating habits by changing your environment Friday, May 29 at noon in room 9405A at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. This TED Talk was previously recorded. You are welcome to bring your lunch. For more information on Pathway to Wellness programs, visit or or contact Suzanne Brisk at or 464-4565.

If you can’t make the event, you can still watch the Ted talk on Youtube.

Or, check out the book from the HSL: Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More than We Think (Bantam, 2006)

Internet Resources: Freely available medical images

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015


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

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

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



DynaMed EBM Focus: Nicotine replacement therapy

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

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.

Without Support for Research, There Will Be No Medical Breakthroughs

Monday, April 27th, 2015

From the Huffington Post:

Many in the scientific community lament that the purchasing power of the National Institutes for Health has decreased 25 percent over the past decade. Despite the economic (not to mention lifesaving) benefits of medical research, our Congressional leadership has not stepped up to ensure the future: “We wish we could, but we simply cannot make this a priority.” It’s a startling example of political myopia — valuing short term savings over long-term commitment and an investment in greatness.

If funding for biomedical research continues to decline — if the U.S. abdicates its global leadership role — future researchers and their medical advances will be lost–and the nation will suffer from its leadership’s myopia. And since each generation trains the next, losing a generation of scientists will have a debilitating long-term impact. Government, private enterprise and philanthropic investment in biomedical research is critical if we hope to benefit from the paradigm-shifting breakthroughs that could be made by today’s young researchers.

Read the full article.