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Celebrate Constitution Day today, September 17th

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

To commemorate the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America in 1787 Constitution Day is observed September 17. In accordance with section 111 of Division J of Public Law 108-447 we celebrate!

For a free pocket size publication “The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America” visit the Health Sciences Library on September 17th!

The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. Empowered with the sovereign authority of the people by the framers and the consent of the legislatures of the states, it is the source of all government powers, and also provides important limitations on the government that protect the fundamental rights of United States citizens”.

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New online lectures: Molecular Genetics of Human Disease

Monday, September 15th, 2014

A new series of online lectures has been added to Henry Steward Talks: Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection on Molecular Genetics of Human Disease.

The new series is edited by Prof Maher, Head of Medical Genetics at University of Cambridge and contains 10 specially prepared animated online lectures on subjects ranging from cardiopulmonaryneuromuscular and chromatin associated diseases to cancer, imprinting disorders, diagnosis treatment and prevention by an eminent international group of speakers.

Henry Stewart Talks can be found from the libray home page under Resources> Databases> and search for Henry Stewart Talks: Biomedical & Life Sciences.

New library furniture

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

New furniture has been delivered to the Health Sciences Library, offering a comfortable seating area adjacent to the Library Services Desk. Come browse our Leisure Reading or Health + Wellness collections, take a break, meet a colleague, and enjoy our new chairs and loveseats.

Join us for Hot Topics In Research, register now!

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Research Administration presents “Hot Topics in Research”

What: PMIDs, PMCIDs, & NIHMSIDs: What are They and Why Should I Care?

Speaker: Amy Slutzky, PhD, MSLIS, Upstate Health Sciences Library Reference Librarian

Target Audience: Faculty & Investigators

When: Tuesday, September 9th 11:30am -12:30pm

Where: 2231 Weiskotten Hall

Please register to attend by 9/5 by emailing

eBook of the month: Comprehensive Gynecology

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

R2 Digital Library presents: Comprehensive Gynecology

Authors: Gretchen Lentz, MD, Roger Lobo, MD, David Gershenson, MD, Vern Katz, MD

Comprehensive Gynecology provides you with complete, timely, and easy access to vital information on all the medical and surgical issues affecting your practice. Whether you’re a resident or practioner, you’ll get all the practical, in-depth coverage you need to stay at the forefront of your field. Now in its sixth edition, this core reference, formerly edited by Drs. Droegemueller, Stenchever, Mishell and Herbst, continues to be your primary resource for in-depth and up-to-date information.

You can access Comprehensive Gynecology from the Health Sciences Library website select Resources> eBooks> and browse or search by title. features Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

PsychOnline Book of the Month: September
Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists
by American Psychiatric Association

September brings Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists by American Psychiatric Association.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was passed in March 2010, includes provisions to expand the scope of mental health care available to most Americans. What do psychiatrists need to know about the provisions of the health reform law to practice most effectively and best serve their patients?

Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists is a compilation of resources designed to educate psychiatrists and other mental health professionals about key elements of the reform law. At its core are three articles from a special section on health reform that appeared in the November 2010 issue of Psychiatric Services. Each article addresses a key question for the organization and financing of mental health and substance abuse care under health care reform::

  • How should states set up their health exchanges to ensure that the needs of people with mental illness are addressed?
  • Will coverage of mental health services be adequate under the law’s provisions?
  • Can integration of mental and physical health care—a particular focus of health reform—improve the quality and efficiency of care for people with mental illness?

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 Resources> Databases> and search PsyhchiatryOnline.

You’ll have access to the Health Care Reform: A Primer for Psychiatrists as a PDF download for the month of September.


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.