Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Everyone at the Health Sciences Library sends their wishes for a happy and safe New Year's!

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Global Library of Women's Medicine

The Global Library of Women’s Medicine is published by Sapiens Global Library Limited (an associated company of Sapiens Publishing Limited).
The website has been developed from the highly-acclaimed, six-volume, encyclopedic textbook Gynecology & Obstetrics, that was first published in 1934 and that has been edited for the last 30 years by Professor John J. Sciarra.
An essential feature of this site is that all elements within it can be updated at any time, so that whenever significant new developments take place they should almost immediately be reflected in updates in the text. The site is also designed to be entirely flexible so that new chapters and other contributions can be seamlessly added whenever appropriate.
A second essential feature of the site is that nothing should appear on it unless is has been peer-reviewed. Because the site does not publish original research the Peer Review process undertaken is not as detailed as that undertaken by good research journals. Nevertheless everything that appears on the site, regardless of the expertise of the author, must have been reviewed by at least one other medical specialist. Every effort will be made to try to ensure the continued quality and currency of the materials provided.
Nurses, midwives, other medical professionals and medical students also have the option of free registration – and they will also gain certain specific benefits from doing so.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happiness: It Really Is Contagious

Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study

The paper on BMJ that has received the widest coverage this week shows that happiness is contagious and can spread from person to person. It is the most read article on our website this week, with 12,327 viewers (see also below). Authors James H Fowler and Nicholas A Christakis followed 4739 participants from 1983 to 2003. By studying social networks, the researchers found that happy people are more likely to be connected to other happy people. They also found that people at the centre of their social network were more likely to be happy than those on the periphery of it.

-Fiona Godlee
Editor, BMJ

NPR Story: Happiness: It Really Is Contagious

Monday, December 01, 2008

How the New NIH Public Access Law Affects University of Hawaii Researchers

NIH Public Access Policy
(Effective May 25, 2008 )

Who:All researches who receive National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant monies and who publish the research results in a peer-reviewed journal.

What:Required by law to submit an electronic copy of their accepted publication to PubMed Central (PMC), the NIH's free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

Importing PMCIDs into EndNote: EndNote has created instructions for importing PubMed Central ID numbers (PMCIDs) into your EndNote library. For more information, visit the EndNote FAQ page.

For more information about the NIH policy:

Library Holiday Hours

The Health Sciences Library will maintain the following Holiday Hour Schedule:

Tuesday, Dec. 16 - the Library will be closed from 11am - 2pm, but will be open regular hours otherwise on that date (8am - 11am, 2pm - 10pm)

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Web data predict flu

Published online 19 November 2008 | Nature 456, 287-288 (2008) :

Two new studies hint at the public-health and research potential of mining the data created as people search the web. Both teams have successfully detected the onset of US seasonal flu epidemics, by extracting patterns of flu-related search terms from the billions of queries stored by Google and Yahoo.

For UHM use only

Friday, November 07, 2008

Dietary Supplements Labels Database Fact Sheet

from the National Library of Medicine

The Dietary Supplements Labels Database includes information from the labels of over 2,000 dietary supplement products in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Improving the Odds for Title Searching in PubMed

Improving the Odds for Title Searching in PubMed

Searchers often copy an article title from another source then paste it into PubMed for a search. If a phrase in the title matches with an author name it can cause the search to fail. To improve title searching, PubMed now ignores phrases that match with author/investigator names that are made up only of stopwords (e.g., During A, May BE, Just BY). For example, in the search for the title, Prediction of performance level during a cognitive task from ongoing EEG oscillatory activities, the phrase, during a, is ignored and the search retrieves the expected citation. This special effect occurs when the phrase is part of a string of other words, none of which have search tags. When a name is entered by itself, e.g., just by, it is interpreted as a name search. To search for an author name (that matches with stop words) plus other terms, use an author search tag, e.g., just by [au] AND seizure.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Library Closed to the Public Sundays and Some Evenings for the Next 5 weeks

The Health Sciences Library will be closed to the public on the following dates and times:

Sunday, Oct. 19
Monday, Oct. 20, 5p-10p
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 5p-10p
Sunday, Oct. 26
Monday, Oct. 27, 5p-10p
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5p-10p
Sunday, Nov. 2
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5p-10p
Sunday, Nov. 9
Tuesday, Nov. 11 (VETERANS' DAY HOLIDAY)
Wed, Nov. 12, 5p-10p
Sunday, Nov. 16
Monday, Nov. 17, 5p-10p

Monday, October 13, 2008

Asian American Health

The Asian American Health web resource, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, is designed to increase public awareness of the health concerns of these important minority groups, who are major contributors to our society's economy, innovation, and vibrancy. Links are provided to an assortment of documents, web sites, databases, and other resources.

Asian Americans represent a large and rapidly growing segment of the U.S. population. A recent U.S. Census estimate puts their combined numbers at over 11 million people and predicts a better than tripling in population by 2050. They are exceedingly diverse, coming from nearly fifty countries and ethnic groups, each with distinct cultures, traditions, and histories, and they speak over 100 languages and dialects. Asian American diversity extends to socioeconomic indicators, with members found throughout the spectra of poverty to wealth, and illiteracy to advanced education (U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features).

Although Asian Americans in the United States suffer from the same health problems as the population at large, certain illnesses predominate. There is a particularly high rate of liver cancer among Asian Americans, while lung cancer is their leading cause of cancer death. Vietnamese women's cervical cancer rate is five times that of Caucasian women. Asian Americans have among the highest rates of tuberculosis and hepatitis B in the United States. Asian Indians have an unusually high rate of coronary artery disease, and parasitic infections are particularly widespread among Southeast Asian refugees (Cancer Facts on Asians & Pacific Islanders).

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Directory of Info Resources (DIRLINE)

DIRLINE (Directory of Information Resources Online) is the National Library of Medicine's online database containing location and descriptive information about a wide variety of information resources including organizations, research resources, projects, and databases concerned with health and biomedicine. Each record may contain information on the publications, holdings, and services provided.

DIRLINE contains over 8,000 records and focuses primarily on health and biomedicine, although it also provides limited coverage of some other special interests. These information resources fall into many categories including federal, state, and local government agencies; information and referral centers; professional societies; self-help groups and voluntary associations; academic and research institutions and their programs; information systems and research facilities. Topics include HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, most diseases and conditions including genetic and other rare diseases, health services research and technology assessment.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Database/journal access restored

Hamilton Library was able to restore remote access to the online resources. Please notify us if you have any difficulties accessing the online resources.

Phone: 692-0810

Thank you for your patience while we investigated the problem.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Remote access to databases down; however, if you're in the library. . .

The server that allows UHM folks to access journals and databases from outside of the library is having some technical difficulties. However, if you are in the Health Sciences Library or computer lab, you will be able to access the following resources by clicking the links below:







You can also try this from inside the Library or Computer Lab:

Once you get to that brownish page, and instead of clicking on the link to go to the resource, right-click and select "Copy Link Location" (wording may vary slightly depending on your browser), then pasting that into the address bar and deleting everything the " " (everything before the second http://)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Women's Health Resources

Women's Health Resources was created in a partnership between the National Library of Medicine Office of Outreach and Special Populations and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health. The purpose of this page is to present topics pertaining to women’s health collected by National Library of Medicine information products to support the mission of the Office of Research on Women’s Health to promote research in the field.

Monday, September 08, 2008

US FDA :Office of Women's Health

From the U.S. Food and Drug Admininistration:

OWH Science Program
The Office of Women's Health established its Science Program in 1994 with three specific goals in mind:
-To address gaps in current scientific knowledge
-To encourage new directions in research
-To set new standards of excellence in women's health

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Prescribing Guide for Hawaii

Created by University of Hawaii JABSOM Faculty Member Dr. Chien-Wen Tseng.

The Prescribing Guide is a free resource for Hawaii’s providers so that they can easily find which drugs are covered (and more affordable) for their patients.

The Website provides the following links to…
  • 4 major formularies in Hawaii
  • HMSA
  • HMSA Quest
  • AlohaCare
  • Medicaid FFS
  • Walmart $4/$9 generic list , Costco, and Longs Drugs
  • - to look up Part D health plan formularies
  • - to look up pharmacy assistance programs
  • Online search for ICD-9 codes

Monday, August 18, 2008


Access to U.S. Government information on organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Minority Health Archive

From the University of Pittsburgh
Center for Minority Health, Graduate School of Public Health

The Minority Health Archive, created in collaboration with the Center for Minority Health and the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, is an online archive of print and electronic media related to the health of the four nationally recognized minority groups: Blacks/African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders . The Minority Health Archive provides the opportunity not only to research and gather documents in a variety of subject areas, but also serves as a resource to deposit other related materials not already posted to the archive.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Natural Standard - New Database!

The Health Sciences Library has started a new subscription to the database, Natural Standard.

Natural Standard provides evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. A grading scale is used to indicate the level of scientific evidence available for a given therapy or indication. Written in varying reading levels to accommodate professionals and consumers in making informed therapeutic decisions.

A link to Natural Standard can be found on the Library's More Databases page.

Monday, July 07, 2008

A Student's Guide to Medical Literature

This site has been designed especially for medical students, but it can be used by anyone who wants a guide to the medical literature. If you are having trouble researching a medical question, or want an easy guide to critical appraisal of journal articles, this is the site for you!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Women's Health Resources

This resource was created in a partnership between the National Library of Medicine Office of Outreach and Special Populations and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health. The purpose of this page is to present topics pertaining to women’s health collected by National Library of Medicine information products to support the mission of the Office of Research on Women’s Health to promote research in the field.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wiley & Blackwell Online Journals Down June 27-29

Wiley has acquired Blackwell Publishing and is migrating all journals from the Blackwell Synergy site to Wiley Interscience. As of Monday, June 30th 2008, Blackwell journal content—including full-text HTML and PDF versions of articles from current issues, backfiles, and issues published online before print—will be incorporated into Wiley InterScience.

Blackwell Synergy will close at the end of business (Pacific Standard Time) on Friday June 27th, and we anticipate that the migration will be completed by Monday June 30th. Over the weekend of June 28th and 29th, there will be a period when both Blackwell Synergy and Wiley InterScience will be unavailable while the they transition and re-index data.

Monday, June 23, 2008

NIH Launches Undiagnosed Diseases Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced a new clinical research program that will aim to provide answers to patients with mysterious conditions that have long eluded diagnosis. Called the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, the trans-NIH initiative will focus on the most puzzling medical cases referred to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., by physicians across the nation.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Library Summer Hours

The Health Sciences Library will observe the following Summer Hours:

Monday, June 23 - Thursday, July 3, 2008:

Mon - Fri

8am - 5pm


9am - 5pm


12pm - 5pm

The Library will be closed on Friday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Why Don't We Do it in our Sleeves?

The Maine Medical Association, along with Central Maine Medical Center and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, created this entertaining video about coughing and sneezing into your sleeve rather than hands. It's funny and educational!

Google Video (flash):

Windows Media:


Monday, April 28, 2008

NIH Drug Information Portal

The NLM Drug Information Portal gives users a gateway to selected drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies, including drug inserts. At the top of the page are links to individual resources with potential drug information, including summaries tailored to various audiences. Resources include the NLM search systems useful in searching for a drug, NLM research resources, resources organized by audience and class, and other NIH and government resources such as FDA and CDC.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Disaster Information Management Research Center

The National Library of Medicine® (NLM) is pleased to announce a new Website about its Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC). The DIMRC Website seeks to provide access to quality disaster health information at all stages of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.

DIMRC is tasked with the collection, organization, and dissemination of health information for natural, accidental, or deliberate disasters. The Center is committed to providing this information as part of the federal effort to help prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the adverse health effects of disasters. It will work with federal, state, and local government, private organizations, and local communities.

DIMRC will focus its efforts on providing disaster health information resources and informatics research that will be directly beneficial for public health officials, healthcare providers, special populations, and the public.

Monday, April 07, 2008

NLM Health Disparities Webpage

There is a new Health Disparities webpage from the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus website. The webpage has links to specific disease conditions, statistics, journal articles, and more.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hamilton Library Closed March 28th

Hamilton Library will not have electricity this Friday (March 28) because its
power line will be down to enable repairs to a leaking transformer at
Mid-Pacific Institute. Therefore, Hamilton Library will be closed all day on
Friday. It was scheduled to be open from 8 am - 5 pm, but without
electricity, the Library cannot provide safe and secure facilities for users
and staff.

There is a possibility that the power outage will also disable the Library's
server, which would also shut down the Library web access to holdings and
electronic resources. Campus Services, Mid-Pacific Institute, and the Library
apologize for this inconvenience.

lab), you will be able to access the following resources by clicking
on the links below:

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Soap & Water vs. Alcohol-based Hand Wash

The CDC has created an interactive Hand Hygiene website to review standard precautions and key concepts in hand hygiene when working with patients.

Do you know which is better? Soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs? Visit the Hand Hygiene website to find out the answer and more!

Monday, March 17, 2008

TOXNET: Toxicology Data Network Fact Sheet

TOXNET: Toxicology Data Network Fact Sheet

TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) is a cluster of databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas. It is managed by the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Monday, March 10, 2008

Intro to Health Services Research: A Self-Study Course

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is offering an online self-study course on Health Services Research.

This e-learning course is made up of seven modules and provides a description of several research scenarios to enlarge your health services research skills (case studies). The modules offer information on the content and history of health services issues, describe an introduction to the NLM health services research databases, and to literature analysis and study design.

This course is presented by the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

E-Resources Down 8 - 8:30am on Sat, March 1st

The Library has been informed that there will be a power outage at Hamilton Library on Saturday, March 1st, from 8am - 8:30am. Unfortunately, this means that remote access to the online resources will be unavailable during the power outage.

IF YOU ARE IN THE HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY (including the computer lab), you will be able to access the following resources by clicking on the links below:







Monday, February 25, 2008

National Center for Health Statistics Data Briefs

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Briefs

Data briefs are statistical publications that provide information about current public health topics. Each report takes a complex data subject and summarizes it into text and graphics that provide readers with easily comprehensible information in a compact publication. So far, four have been published:

No. 1. Obesity Among Adults in the United States—No Statistically Significant Change Since 2003–2004. 8 pp. November 2007.

No. 2. High Serum Total Cholesterol—An Indicator for Monitoring Cholesterol Lowering Efforts: U.S. Adults, 2005–2006.

No. 3. Hypertension Awareness, Treatment, and Control—Continued Disparities in Adults: United States, 2005–2006.

No. 4. HIV Infection in the United States Household Population Aged 18–49 Years: Results from 1999–2006.

Citation of the source is appreciated when using quotations from National Center for Health Statistics’ publications. Please see How to Cite NCHS Publications for examples.