Monday, March 29, 2010

PubMed on Tap

Searching PubMed on an iPhone or iPod Touch
Michelle Price

An increasing number of students and faculty come to campus with an iPhone or iPod touch. Aside from recreational use, these devices can be used to search for medical literature, but picking the right applications for searching can be difficult. A comparison was created to find the best application for searching PubMed from an iPhone or iPod touch. The products tested were PubSearch, PubMed on Tap and PubMed for Handhelds. Although equally accurate, PubMed on Tap was the superior product due to its simple method for limiting by date and its readily accessible e-mail feature.

Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries 7: 42-51, 2010

Check out other apps on the HSL iPhone apps page:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Change in Library Hours 3/30 - 4/4

The Library has had to change its hours again for the week of 3/30 - 4/4 because of staff family emergencies and state holidays. The hours will be:

Mon, 3/29 - 8am-10pm (normal hours)
Tue, 3/30 - 8am-8pm
Wed, 3/31 – 8am-10pm (normal hours)
Thu, 4/1 – 8am-8pm
Fri, 4/2 - Closed for Good Friday holiday
Sat, 4/3 - 12pm - 5pm (The MEB will be open as usual)
Sun, 4/4 - Closed for Easter holiday (The MEB will be open)

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Change in Library Hours 3/22-3/28

The Library has had to change its hours this week and weekend due to some staff on mandated administrative leave and other staff having a family emergency. The hours for this week and weekend will be:

Mon, 3/22 - 8am-10pm (normal hours)
Tue, 3/23 - 8am-10pm (normal hours)
Wed, 3/24 – 8am-5pm
Thu, 3/25 – 8am-5pm
Fri, 3/26 - Closed for Prince Kuhio Day
Sat, 3/27 – 9am-5pm
Sun, 3/28 - Closed

We apologize for the inconvenience.

CDC Health Alert GlaxoSmithKline Rotarix (Rotavirus) Vaccine

Distributed via Health Alert Network
Monday, March 22, 2010, 15:54 EDT (03:54 PM EDT)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has learned that DNA from porcine circovirus type 1 (PCV1), a virus not known to cause disease in humans, is present in the Rotarix vaccine. All available evidence indicates that there has been no increased risk to patients who have received this vaccine. PCV1 is not known to cause any disease in animals or humans; therefore, it has not been routinely tested for in vaccine development. Rotarix has been extensively studied, before and after approval, and found to have an excellent safety record (i.e., no unusual adverse events). However, FDA is recommending that healthcare practitioners temporarily suspend usage of the Rotarix vaccine for rotavirus immunization in the United States while the agency learns more about the detection of components of the virus found in the vaccine.

Library Closed Friday, 3/26

The Health Sciences Library will be closed on Friday, March 26, 2010 in observance of Prince Kuhio Day.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Limited Library Services 3/22-3/26/10

Because most UH Libraries, including Hamilton Library, will be closed for Spring Break due to budget constraints and mandated staff administrative leave, the following services will not be available:
  • Scanning and emailing of articles
  • Book transfers (from one library to another)
The Health Sciences Library will be open for regular hours, so you can come in and photocopy articles yourself.

If you have any questions, call the Library at 692-0810.

Please note that the Library will be closed on Friday, March 26th in observance of Prince Kuhio Day.

Continuing Medical Education

AHC Media:

CE Medicus: Your Center for Professional Continuing Education and Learning

Cleveland Clinic

MedPage Today: CME Spotlights

MedscapeCME Today

Online Continuing Medical Education(CME): Annotated List of Online Continuing Medical Education

Physicians' Travel and Meeting Network: CME Planner


University Library, University of Illinois-Chicago: Online CME

Submitted by Gayle Hutchins Tudisco, Health Sciences Library, Eliot Hospital, Manchester, NH;
edited by Lynne M. Fox

Monday, March 15, 2010

MedlinePlus medical dictionary audio pronunciations

Have you ever read a medical word and wondered how to pronounce it? Do your patients ask you for help pronouncing medical words? MedlinePlus can help!

The MedlinePlus medical dictionary now includes audio pronunciations. Learn how to say words like ptosis , Sjogren's and fibrillation . Search the medical dictionary on MedlinePlus. Then click on the red speaker icon next to your word to hear the pronunciation.

Friday, March 12, 2010

NLM on Twitter

NLM invites the Media to follow it on Twitter

News Feed Will Link to the Latest on Health IT, Online Resources and Much More

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), a longtime leader in harnessing information technology to improve the public health, announces the creation of a Twitter feed, to spread news, information and important links primarily to members of the news media. The feed may be found on Twitter ( at nlm_newsroom. NLM is a component of the National Institutes of Health.

"We recognize that social media sites are an important and essential way to further enhance the role of NLM in the 21st century," observed NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. "The public, and journalists in particular, are turning to outlets such as Twitter as gateways to understanding and further exploration."

NLM, the world's largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services, delivers trillions of bytes of data to millions of users daily.

Every day 3.5 terabytes of data are downloaded to users. By making research results - from DNA sequences to clinical trials data to published scientific articles and consumer health information - readily available, the Library magnifies the positive impact of the NIH's investment in the creation of new knowledge.

By organizing increasing amounts and types of biomedical and health information, NLM fuels new research discoveries, informs patient care decisions, helps people exert control over their health and health care, and aids disaster preparedness and response.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Online Searching Tips, Resources, Library Services for Busy JABSOM Faculty

Tuesday, March 9, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
"Online Searching Tips, Resources, Library Services for Busy JABSOM
Faculty”, by Virginia "Ginny" Tanji, MSLS, MEd Director, Health
Sciences Library.

Intended Audience: School of Medicine faculty,
Community Physicians, students, other health care providers.

Medical Education Building Room 301. For more information, and/or
disability accommodation, please contact: Wendy Shimamoto at:
email:; phone: (808) 692-0923; FAX: (808)692-1252

Sponsored by: Hawai’i Consortium for Continuing Medical Education.

Fifth Annual Cancer Research Information Day

Fifth Annual Cancer Research Information Day

Saturday, March 15 2010
Japanese Cultural Center

The program targets the general public, patients and families,
and anyone interested in learning more about prostate cancer
(one of the 4 top cancers in the nation and Hawaii) and viral
hepatitis and liver cancer (Hawaii has the highest incidence
in the US) related to our high incidence of Hepatitis B and C
in our migrant Pacific Islanders and Asians who come to Hawaii
from countries where the diseases are endemic.

The prostate cancer section will be in the morning. Among the
speakers will be Dr. David Wei, a urological surgeon, Dr. John
Lederer, radiation oncologist, Dr. Celestia Higano, medical
oncologist from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and University
of Washington, and Sylvie Aubin, PhD, a clinical psychologist
from Segal Cancer Center at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.
A married couple will talk about their journey with prostate cancer.

In the afternoon session on viral hepatitis and liver cancer, Dr.
Naoky Tsai and Dr. Linda Wong will be presenting. We will also have
two liver transplant patients sharing their personal experiences.

Pre-registration by March 5th is high recommended to ensure that
attendees get lunch and refreshments. Mahalo for your help in
disseminating this information.

Contact is:
Sharon Shigemasa, R.N., M.S.
Public Information Officer
University of Hawaii
Cancer Research Center of Hawaii
677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 901
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 586-3011
Fax: (808) 586-3052

Friday, March 05, 2010

OutbreakNet Foodborne Outbreak Online Database

Foodborne Outbreak Online Database

The Foodborne Outbreak Online Database has been designed to allow the public direct access to information on foodborne outbreaks reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most outbreaks are reported to the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) by the state, local, territorial, or tribal health department that conducted the outbreak investigation. Outbreak reporting is voluntary. Multi-state outbreaks are generally reported to NORS by CDC.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Library closing at 8pm, Thurs, Mar 4th

The Health Sciences Library will be closing at 8pm on Thursday, March 4, 2010, because of short-staffing issues.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.