Friday, October 29, 2010
How to be a Doctor for Kids
Kid to Kid
Madison's second book, authored at the age of ten, speaks to other children about what to expect during a hospital stay. Being hospitalized can be a scary thing, and Madison felt it was important to give other children a fellow child's perspective on what they will expect during their visit.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Surgery is tough enough even when everything goes perfectly. But if the surgeon leaves something inside you, well, that's just plain bad.
Those leftovers can lead to infections, pain and other complications. Then there's the possibility of another operation to retrieve the stuff. Now, more operating rooms are being equipped with new gadgets to avoid misplaced equipment.
Some research indicates about 1 in around 1,000 patients undergoing abdominal surgeries wind up with an unintended souvenir. A push to improve quality has put mistakes like those on a list of "never events," errors that just shouldn't happen — ever.NPR Blogs October 6, 2010
L.A. Times October 5, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Last week, University of Michigan Taubman Medical Library won the MLA Midwest Chapter's Jean Sayre Innovation Award for their Plain Language Medical Dictionary widget at http://www.lib.umich.edu/plain-language-dictionary.
It is based on CDC document, Plain Language Thesaurus for Health Communications, which I found online at http://depts.washington.edu/respcare/public/info/Plain_Language_Thesaurus_for_Health_Communications.pdf
More on how to use this widget is described in Patricia Andersen's blog at http://etechlib.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/plain-language-medical-dictionary-igoogle-gadgets-beyond-google/.
You can easily add to your iGoogle page.
Thanks to the University of Michigan and PF Anderson for this information.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
CAPHIS, the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section, is a section of the Medical Library Association, an association of health information professionals with more than 5,000 individual and institution members. MLA fosters excellence in the professional achievement and leadership of health sciences library and information professionals to enhance the quality of health care, education, and research.
Friday, October 08, 2010
An experimental brain cancer vaccine has been found to nearly double the life expectancy of some patients with the most aggressive form of the disease.
This study comes from research at Duke university medical center and M-D Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. Karen Vaneman has one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer -- a glioblastoma, which usually claims its victims within about 15 months after diagnosis.WebMD Brain Cancer Vaccine video
For UHM users only:
Immunotherapy of Malignant Gliomas Using Autologous and Allogenic Tissue Cells.
Brain cancer vaccine doubles survival
Monday, October 04, 2010
Consumer Health Complete
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Friday, October 01, 2010
CDC Vital Signs offers recent data on the important health
topics of key diseases,conditions, or risk factors. Data is
gathered from CDC's national monitoring systems to show
progress in important areas of public health, and the ways
people can increase their health, prevent or control disease.