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FTC Fines App Marketers Over False Melanoma Diagnosis Claims

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission levied fines against the marketers of two mobile health applications over misleading claims that the apps could be used to diagnose and assess the risk of melanoma, the Washington Post‘s “The Switch” reports.

Under the settlements:

  • Health Discovery Corp., the marketer for MelApp, will pay $17,063; and
  • New Consumer Solutions, developer and initial marketer of Mole Detective, will pay $3,930.

The settlement also bars the marketers from claiming that the apps can “accurately detect or diagnose symptoms of melanoma,” according to “The Switch.”

Both marketers have agreed to the settlements (“The Switch,” Washington Post, 2/23).
Read the full article.

JAAPA Case of the Month: Post-trauma implications of a complex Gustilo type 3B fracture

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants presents the Case of the Month:
Post-trauma implications of a complex Gustilo type 3B fracture

A 41-year-old man presented to the orthopedic office for a consultation appointment regarding chronic pain in his left lower leg. The tenderness was focused on the medial side of the left lower leg, proximally. The patient reported that because of pain, he had been unable to bear weight on that leg for 2 weeks and was walking with a cane. The pain has been treated unsuccessfully with oral ibuprofen 800 mg, hydrocodone/acetaminophen 10/325 mg, and promethazine 25 mg. He denied noticing any redness or warmth. The patient attributed difficulty with ambulation to traumatic injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident more than 10 years ago. The trauma description indicated significant neurovascular injury in addition to periosteal stripping and bone damage to the left lower leg. He has had more than 60 surgical repairs to the leg since the accident, including skin, muscle and bone grafts, plate removal, plate revision, and tibial nail revisions. He has also had a history of recurrent postsurgical infections.

Read the case online – read the rest of the case facts, get the diagnosis, and learn how the case progressed. It’s the Case of the Month in JAAPA: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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HS Talks: The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

New Talks Released:



For this and more, visit Henry Steward Talks, available from the Resources>Databases section of the library website.

Bake Sale in the Library 2/19 & 2/20

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Come satisfy that sweet tooth!

Proceeds to benefit team Where the Wild Things Are Bald as they shave their heads on March 1st to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. Team Where the Wild Things Are Bald is raising money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U. S. government. Your gift will give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

When: Thursday, Feb. 19 & and Friday, Feb. 20 from 10am – 5pm (or until the last treat is gone!)

Flyer attached.

Starting with Cells: Rethinking Science as a Place for Women

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

A blog post from the Wing of Zock:  Academic Medicine in Transformation, by Ann C. Bonham, PhD and Diana Lautenberger, MA.

The recent Science article on stereotypes about innate genius and the impact it has for women in science fields is the latest in a series of discouraging reports. It brings to mind the 2012 Yale study published in PNAS, which concluded that both male and female scientists regard female undergraduates as less competent than male students with the same accomplishments and skills. Why are we still grappling with the differential assignment of competence by gender? What will it take to upend the stereotypes about the capacities of women that remain in our cultural subconscious? It’s not that women don’t have an innate talent for science: Women working on important discoveries challenge this notion every day. One answer may be that our cultural blinders inhibit us from seeing women as authorities, and this lack of visibility for women in science fields perpetuates a cycle of cultural stereotypes.

Read the full article.


About the Wing of Zock:

Wing of Zock was created to be the online community of choice for faculty, residents, students, and executives at medical schools and teaching hospitals. Through a blog format, we hope to provide a venue for practitioners of academic medicine to share success stories; and to help academic medical centers (AMCs) prepare for health care transformation by sharing best practices. We will highlight innovations in clinical care, community engagement, medical information, technology and more. It is our goal to create an open community of learning that features idea sharing, communication, and robust discussion.

Braving the shave for childhood cancer research

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Join us in supporting our library staff members Clare Rauch, and Michelle Bergquist as well as, Sharon Huard, Associate Dean for Student and Multicultural Affairs, as they shave their heads on March 1st to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research.

Clare and Michelle have witnessed the toll cancer can take on the young patients, their families, and all involved, while working at the Family Resource Centers in the Children’s Hospital, and the new Cancer Center. Clare participated as a shavee in 2012. She is not only braving the shave again, but is happy to have a friend join in the shaven-headed fun for such a good cause. Michelle has pulled together her collection of hats in anticipation of the cold.

Sharon’s reasons for losing her wild locks hits close to home. She spoke of how childhood cancer touched her life when growing up, “First we lost a boy on our street, and later in high school, one of my best friends had cancer and survived.” Having lost her mother to cancer, she understands first hand the devastation the disease can bring to loved ones.

Please take a moment to either share the information with your networks, or learn about where we are currently in the fight against childhood cancers:

Every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Help fund the research that will save their lives!

Did you know that kids’ cancers are different from adult cancers? It’s true. In fact, childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded.

Consider making a donation to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. This volunteer-driven charity funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U. S. government. Your gift will give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

Donate to Clare & Michelle’s team Where the Wild Things Are, or Sharon’s personal page, all contributions go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and research for a cure! features The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Monday, February 9th, 2015

PsychOnline Book of the Month: February

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Looking Back and Moving Ahead

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Looking Back and Moving Ahead honors the 75th anniversary of the ABPN by reviewing the Board’s history and evolution, describing the subspecialties and the role that certification plays in their practice, explaining the current status of the ABPN’s programs, and exploring future directions.

This book is a substantive contribution to our understanding of the historical and contemporary issues that confront the Board, the profession, and the community of practitioners.

You can access the Book of the Month from the Books page, scroll down the page to find Book of the Month. From the Health Sciences Library website select Resources> Databases> and search PsyhchiatryOnline.

You’ll have access to The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Looking Back and Moving Ahead as a PDF download for the month of February.

New York State Physician profile website on chopping block

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

From Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to pull the plug on a free state website that provides details about New York doctors’ medical malpractice records, hospital affiliations and other background information.

A two-sentence item buried in Cuomo’s proposed budget says the New York State Physician Profile website should be eliminated because much of the information is available elsewhere on the web. Scuttling the website would save the state $1.2 million annually.

The state enacted a law in 2000 that called for the creation of the website. The legislation was spurred in part by some highly publicized cases in which patients were harmed by doctors with sketchy track records.

The state Health Department operates the website. In addition to legal actions taken against doctors, the website sheds light on their medical education and training, disciplinary actions for professional misconduct, board certifications, health insurance plans they accept and other background information.
Read the full article.

Name our fish!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Hi Everyone,
The library has acquired a charming male beta fish to man the Service Desk with our wonderful staff. We are having a contest to name him. Come to the HSL to vote! There is a white board at the front desk with all the fish name options on it. Please take a few minutes break some time this week to come out and cast your vote!  The name choices are as follows:
  • Omega3
  • Poseidon
  • Rubin (‘s Pathology)
  • Bates (Guide to Physical Examination)
  • Finn (Finnegan)
  • Blue
  • Hippo (Hippocrates)
  • Phil (Philosophy)
  • Gil (Gilbert)


New York State Library and ScienceDirect

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The New York State Library continues to review their Elsevier ScienceDirect license in light of concerns about cost per use and fiscal sustainability.  ScienceDirect journals will be unavailable while this review takes place.

Rest assured that the HSL will connect you to the articles you need through ILLiad.  Please submit your requests using the usual procedure, by logging into ILLiad and completing the article request form or using the “Request this item via interlibrary loan” link on the citation lookup search results page.

If you need assistance with article retrieval or interlibrary loan, please call the Library Services Desk at 464-7091.

Please let us know which Elsevier ScienceDirect titles you use most.