Monday, August 30, 2010

Modified Hours for HSL

The Health Sciences Library has modified hours for 3 dates in September due to staffing issues.

Hours will be from 8:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Wed, Sept 1
Mon, Sept 13
Wed, Sept 15

We apologize for the inconvenience.

UH Voyager Server Maintenance Mon 9/6 (Labor Day)

UH Voyager Server Maintenance Mon 9/6 (Labor Day)

Server maintenance will be done on the UH Voyager library catalog system this Monday September 6th (Labor Day Holiday) for approximately 2 hours starting around 5am. This will require the UH Voyager library catalog to be unavailable. In addition, access to all online journals and databases will be unavailable, because this includes maintenance to the proxy server that allows you to login to UH journals and databases.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime

Digital devices deprive brain of needed downtime

The New York Times reports that at the University of California, San Francisco, scientists have found that when rats have a new experience, like exploring an unfamiliar area, their brains show new patterns of activity. But only when the rats take a break from their exploration do they process those patterns in a way that seems to create a persistent memory of the experience.

The NY Times journalist of the story above was interviewed by NPR's Fresh Air and describes a scientific retreat he was able to attend with scientists studying the brain and gadget use.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Smoking On Screen Declines, But Half Of Top Films Still Feature Tobacco

Mind if movie stars smoke? Actually, quite a few people do.

Actor Michael Madsen smokes outside the British premiere of Kill Bill - Vol. 2 in London in 2004.
Adam Butler/AP

Actor Michael Madsen smokes outside the British premiere of Kill Bill - Vol. 2 in London in 2004.

Foes of smoking say that when larger-than-life celebrities light up on the big screen, it raises the odds that young people will take up the bad health habit.

An advocacy group audited the cameo roles of tobacco in the top-grossing movies going back to 1991 and found the number of smoking scenes has fallen in recent years. But they're still pretty common.

After peaking in 2005, on-screen smoking in the top movies has declined by almost half to 1,935 recorded instances in 2009. All told, 51 percent of the top movies in 2009 didn't show tobacco use at all, the first time a majority, albeit a thin one, of big films have been tobacco-free.

For movies kids are most likely to see (rated G, PG and PG-13), 61 percent were tobacco-free last year.

The findings appear in the latest issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, where you can find lots more details on how the movie watchers cataloged smoking incidents.

You might recall that back in 1998, tobacco companies agreed to stop paying to have their cigarettes placed in movies and such. Since then, antismoking groups have been ratcheting up the pressure on movie makers to eliminate the depiction of smoking in their films.

The movie analysis was funded, in part, by the antismoking American Legacy Foundation and the California Tobacco Control Program.


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Monday, August 16, 2010

Library Closed for Statehood Day, Fri, Aug 20

The Health Sciences Library and the Medical Education Building will be closed on Friday, August 20th, in observance of Statehood Day.

Normal hours will resume on Saturday, August 21st.

Think Twice Before Eating White Rice?

Think Twice Before Eating White Rice?

According to an article published in Archives of Internal Medicine, eating more white rice raised the risk for type 2 diabetes in a large clinical study, whereas eating more brown rice reduced the risk.

Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing health problems in Americans of all ages. Being overweight or inactive increases your chances of developing the disease. Research suggests that eating more refined foods, including white bread and sugary foods, might also raise the risk.

The new study followed about 200,000 people for up to 22 years. The people who ate at least 5 weekly servings of white rice had a 17% higher risk than those who ate less than 1 serving per month.

On the other hand, people who ate at least 2 servings of brown rice a week had an 11% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate less than 1 serving a month.

"We believe replacing white rice and other refined grains with whole grains, including brown rice, would help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes," says study co-author Dr. Qi Sun of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

For UHM users only:
PMID: 20548009 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Friday, August 13, 2010

Library Catalog Article Requests down Sat/Sun

Due to a software upgrade, you will not be able to log into the Voyager Library Catalog in order to make article and/or book transfer requests from Saturday, Aug 14th through Sunday, Aug 15th.

You will be able to search the Voyager Library Catalog.

Everything should be back to normal by Monday, August 16th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

CDC Report looks at Foods and Foodborne agents associated with Outbreaks in the United States

CDC Report looks at Foods and Foodborne agents associated with Outbreaks in the United States

A total of 1,097 foodborne disease outbreaks were reported in 2007 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a CDC analysis. State investigators reported 21,244 illnesses and 18 deaths as a result of these outbreaks. The report also provides the most recent data on how many illnesses were linked to specific types of foods.

Monday, August 09, 2010

NIH Genomic Mapping Study Finds Largest Set of Genes Related to Major Risk Factor for Heart Disease

Scanning the genomes of more than 100,000 people from all over the world, scientists report the largest set of genes discovered underlying high cholesterol and high triglycerides — the major risk factors for coronary heart disease, the nation’s number one killer. Taken together, the gene variants explain between a quarter and a third of the inherited portions of cholesterol and triglyceride measured in the blood. The research, representing scientists from 17 countries, appears in two papers in the Aug. 5 issue of Nature.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Trial of Nature Protocols

Hamilton Library has a trial of Nature Protocols going until September 30, 2010.

Nature Protocols is an interactive online resource for laboratory protocols for bench researchers. Protocols are presented in a 'recipe' style providing step-by-step descriptions of procedures that users can take to the lab bench and immediately apply in their own research. Protocols on the site are fully searchable and organized into logical categories to be easily accessible to researchers.
Access is only for UH Manoa faculty, students, and staff.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Wiley Interscience down Aug 6-8th

Wiley Blackwell e-journals will be going down this weekend from 10 p.m. HST, Friday, Aug. 6 until 6 a.m. HST, Sunday, Aug. 8.

Wiley will be transitioning from its current Wiley Interscience platform to its new Wiley Online Library during the downtime. For more information on new features in Wiley Online Library, visit:

After the transition, if you encounter any problems accessing Wiley e-journals, please let the Library know ( or 692-0810)

Monday, August 02, 2010

Library closing at 8pm on Wed, 8/4

The Health Sciences Library will be closing to the public at 8pm on Wednesday, August 4th, due to staffing issues.

We apologize for the inconvenience.