Friday, April 30, 2010

Crude Oil Spills and Human Health

A new page of links to information on "Crude Oil Spills and Human Health" is now available at .

The page has links to information on how the US responds to oil spills, state agencies in the Gulf region that respond to spills, occupational hazards for professionals and volunteers assisting with clean-up, seafood safety and more. The links under "Featured Sites" focus on the latest updates about the recent spill and subsequent controlled burning of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit oil platform. The page will continue to expand as needed.

If you want to stay informed on disaster health information and resources, please consider joining the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv. About 400 librarians and other informational professionals use this listserv to share ideas and information about disaster health resources, including publications from grey literature sources, webinars, conferences, and training. List members may also post questions, news, announcements, job openings and other content of interest to those involved in disaster information outreach. You can sign up at . The listserv is provided by the National Library of Medicine's Disaster Information Management Research Center. ( For more information, please send me an email at .

thanks to Elizabeth Norton for this post

Monday, April 26, 2010

Increased efforts needed to reduce smoking and save lives

New CDC Report Says Increased Efforts, High-Impact Strategies Needed to Reduce Smoking and Save Lives

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages all states to implement coordinated, high-impact strategies to end the stall in the decline of U.S. smoking rates—a move that will prevent millions of smoking-related heart attacks, cancers, strokes, and deaths.

Hawaii Tobacco Quit Line

American Lung Association of Hawaii:Tobacco

Friday, April 23, 2010

Films on Demand at Hamilton Library

Films on Demand at Hamilton Library
Films on Demand provides streaming access to educational videos in the humanities, social and natural sciences, business and health.

For example:

The global statistics are alarming: diabetes kills one person every 10 seconds, and a limb amputation is carried out as a result of the disease every 30 seconds. What can 21st-century medicine achieve...

From Series: Medical Challenges of the 21st Century |

52 Minutes
One day, microbes will eliminate our dirt and garbage, filter our exhaust systems, and help make self-cleaning clothing possible. This program takes viewers on a global journey-from the U.S. to Icelan...

This program takes viewers into the fascinating world of laparoscopic and arthroscopic surgery. Looking over the shoulders of several pioneering doctors, we see how once-major operations are being rep...

For UHM users only

Monday, April 19, 2010

CDC Report Shows Success in Fighting E. coli O157:H7

CDC Report Shows Success in Fighting E. coli O157:H7

The rate of a severe form of Escherichia coli diarrhea significantly decreased in 2009, reaching the lowest level since 2004, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The incidence of the disease, called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157 infection, also met the national 2010 Healthy People target in 2009. Infection with E. coli O157 is of particular concern because in 5 percent to 10 percent of cases the infection causes kidney failure and it can be especially dangerous for children and the elderly.

The data were collected through CDC’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, known as FoodNet, the most complete and up-to-date source of information about trends in foodborne illnesses in the United States. FoodNet conducts active surveillance for nine pathogens commonly transmitted through food, and leads studies designed to help health officials better understand how foodborne diseases are impacting Americans. Annual data are compared with data from the previous three years and with data from the first years of surveillance (1996-1998) to analyze trends and measure progress.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Online Drug Information

Health Sciences Library provides you with the following drug information:
Online Databases (For UHM use only):
Access Medicine
Natural Standard (Alternative Meds)
UpToDate (On Campus Access Only)

From NLM:
DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA labels (package inserts). This Web site provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides this as a public service and does not accept advertisements.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Track Medicare Hospital Spending

New U.S. Gov Online Database Lets Users Track Medicare Hospital Spending

HHS has launched a new Web site, called CMS Dashboard, that allows consumers to track Medicare hospital spending for the 25 most expensive conditions, Modern Healthcare reports.
The Web site also lets users compares Medicare hospital spending by state. The site's data are based on more than 40 million hospital admissions and will be updated monthly.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

To help public health professionals in their roles as health information providers and health literacy promoters, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a free "Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals Online Training" program. The purpose of this training is to educate public health professionals about limited health literacy and how to address this issue in a public health context.

The web-based course may be accessed 24/7 by any computer with Internet access. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Continuing education credit is available for a variety of health professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and health education specialists. To access the training program, visit

For a link to CDC's and other HHS agencies' health literacy sites, visit the AHRQ's Health Literacy and Cultural Competency Resource Links at:

Monday, April 05, 2010

GE & Science Prize for Neurobiology and Life Scientists

The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology acknowledges the increasingly active and important role of neurobiology in advancing our understanding of the functioning of the brain and the nervous system -- a quest that seems destined for dramatic expansion in the coming decades. This international prize, established in 2002, encourages the work of promising young neurobiologists by providing support in the early stages of their careers. It is awarded annually for the most outstanding neurobiological research by a young scientist, as described in a 1,000-word essay based on research performed during the past three years.

The winner of the Eppendorf and Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded US$25,000 and publication of his or her essay in Science. The essay and those of up to three finalists are also published on Science Online. The award is announced and presented at a ceremony at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Eppendorf provides financial support to help enable the grand prize winner to attend the meeting.

How can you help? Download and print this PDF flyer, and help spread the word to young scientists.

The GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists

Dedicated to rewarding brilliance

The GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists exists to recognize and reward outstanding Ph.D. graduate students from around the world in their work within the field of molecular biology.

The brainchild of GE Healthcare and Science/AAAS, the prize seeks to foster visionary thought and research by supporting scientists at the onset of their careers. To this end, we hope that you will use this Web site as a forum for the sharing and gathering of experiences and views. We believe that the dynamic interchange of ideas is essential to breakthrough scientific advancement and by tapping into brilliant ideas, we will build better realities.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Library Opens Late on Sat, 4/3 - 12p-5p

Due to a scheduled water outage for the JABSOM Kakaako campus on the morning of April 3, the Health Sciences Library will open at noon.

Health Sciences Library Saturday, April 3 hours will be 12pm - 5pm.

The Medical Education Building itself will open at its regular time.

We apologize for the inconvenience.