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February 28, 2007

New Classes of AIDS Drugs Developed

2 New Drugs Offer Options in H.I.V. Fight - New York Times

The first new classes of drugs against AIDS since the 1990s, one developed by Pfizer.

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February 26, 2007

Paul Farmer talk available online

From the AADL website:
Paul Farmer's talk at UM on February 12, 2007

may now be viewed on the website of the University of Michigan William Davidson Institute.

Dr. Farmer is one of the world's foremost medical anthropologists and physicians and has been working in Rwanda for nearly two years. His lecture was entitled "Building a Health Care Movement: From Haiti to Rwanda."

The website also includes a one-on-one interview with Dr. Farmer.

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February 21, 2007

Another Great Report from "Give Kids a Smile"

School of Dentistry News Release Big Turnout for Give Kids a Smile Program

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February 19, 2007

Dental hygiene outreach event

Dental hygiene outreach

This University Record write-up and photo is about the "Give Kids a Smile" event that the Health Sciences Libraries participated in on Feb 3.

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February 14, 2007

The Hidden Epidemic: Heart Disease in America

Coronary heart disease occurs when the arteries become narrowed and hardened due to a buildup of plaque. Are you at risk? Watch "The Hidden Epidemic: Heart Disease in America" on Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at 9 pm on PBS.

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February 10, 2007

New Cochrane Reviews about Tobacco and Smoking Cessation

Know someone who wants to stop smoking? The Cochrane Collaboration has some new and updated evidence-based reviews describing what really works or doesn't.

Family-based programmes for preventing smoking by children and adolescents / Thomas RE, Baker P, Lorenzetti D.

Antidepressants for smoking cessation / Hughes JR, Stead LF, Lancaster T

Telephone counselling for smoking cessation / Stead LF, Perera R, Lancaster T.

More Cochrane reviews about tobacco are available here.

Cochrane Collaboration: Cochrane Reviews: Tobacco Addiction:

Cochrane Collaboration: Tobacco Addiction Site:

Thanks to Denise Silber for the alert about these -- Stop Tabac

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February 09, 2007

Consumer Health Information in Many Languages

Health Information Translation is a product of three Ohio-based medical centers to provide high quality consumer health information in a variety of languages and topics.

LANGUAGES: Arabic; Chinese Simplified; Chinese Traditional; English; French; Hindi; Japanese; Korean; Russian; Somali; Spanish; Ukrainian; Vietnamese.

TOPICS: Disaster Preparedness; Diagnostic Tests; Diseases and Conditions; Exercise and Rehabilitation; Food and Diet; General Information; Health and Wellness; Home Care; Pain and Comfort; Pregnancy and Baby Care; Safety; Stress and Coping; Surgery & Treatments.

Health Information Translations:

While Health Information Translations is realtively new (2005) and much needed, there are other excellent sources of information for consumer health information in non-English languages. Much of the United States government health information has been translated at least into Spanish. Here is a gateway page to help you find those.

NNLM: Multilingual NIH Publications:

SPIRAL is a resource that focuses on providing information in Asian languages.

Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages (SPIRAL):

The 24 Languages Project identified the most important health information and has collected it in the most diverse collection of languages of these types of projects.

The 24 Languages Project: Consumer Health Brochures in Multiple Languages:

In Australia, the government funded an effort to locate and collect translated health information wherever they could find it. This massive database is searchable and contains over 10,000 consumer health items in various languages.

Australia: Victorian Government Health Information: Health Translations Directory:

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February 05, 2007

HSL Participate with "Give Kids a Smile"

During the annual "Give Kids a Smile" community outreach program offered by the School of Dentistry on February 3, members of the Health Sciences Libraries staff were able to distribute information about and the American Dental Association (ADA) to over 55 families. A colorful flyer highlighting MedlinePlus and ADA web pages was passed out along with other MedlinePlus materials (trifolds, bookmarks, pens) while people were in line to register and wait for their appointment with the dental teams for x-rays, cleanings and simple fillings. Over 100 children were accommodated during the day (surpassing participation in previous years) by a large contingent of dental students and supporting Dental School faculty and staff.

A delightful part of the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) involvement during the free clinic was meeting a 5th grader interested in starting a 'health club' at her school. She was so interested in the health club idea, that she came back a second time to talk with HSL staff. She left us with her Principal's name in hopes that arrangements could be made for HSL librarians to talk at her school about health information.

Special thanks to Dr. Steve Stefanac, Associate Dean for Patient Services, and Andrea Fraser, VP Give Kids a Smile for their willingness to partner with the Health Sciences Libraries during this event. All-in-all it was a successful day, for the participants, for the School of Dentistry, and for the Health Sciences Libraries.

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February 02, 2007

HSL Patron Survey

Please help us understand what you see as your information challenges and ways in which we can help you meet them. Please take our three question survey.

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February 01, 2007

New Health Sciences Libraries Blog

The Health Sciences Libraries are pleased to present our new blog! The blog will provide information we hope will be helpful and interesting.

With a blog, you can either browse the content when you wish, or you can subscribe to an RSS feed to receive notifications of new additions to the blog.

We will be providing more information on these options in the future. We hope you find it useful!

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