Great advice and nice listing/categorizing of links
Contents of this site include
- General Tips on how to assist customers/patrons/patients
- General Online Health/Medical resources
- Popular medical guides
- Evidence Based Medicine Resources
- Mental Health
- Diagnostic Tests
- Alternative Therapies
- Ask an Expert
- Think Cultural Health – An Informative Web Site from the US Office of Minority Health (jflahiff.wordpress.com)
- Misleading information on health social sites (and tips on how to evaluate health/medical information) (jflahiff.wordpress.com)
- Consult with a librarian to find information more efficiently and effectively! (peer reviewed study summary) (jflahiff.wordpress.com)
Digital Librarian is a carefully selected list of great resources on just about every t0pic one would expect covered in a public library setting.
Librarian Margaret Vail Anderson updates this listing almost every month.
Of particular interest in the health/science areas are
… has just launched a new medical apps forum for the medical community to discuss mobile apps and technology.
- Apple Makes Finding Medical Apps for Professional A Little Easier (jflahiff.wordpress.com)
- Health and Wellness Information and Tracking Apps (jflahiff.wordpress.com)
Solomon Shereshevsky could recite entire speeches, word for word, after hearing them once. In minutes, he memorized complex math formulas, passages in foreign languages and tables consisting of 50 numbers or nonsense syllables. The traces of these sequences were so durably etched in his brain that he could reproduce them years later, according to Russian psychologist Alexander R. Luria, who wrote about the man he called, simply, “S” in The Mind of a Mnemonist.
Want to read the rest of the article? Check your local academic or public library.
It just might be available online through the library’s Web pages
Microbial communities on skin affect humans’ attractiveness to mosquitoes – could be basis for antimalarial research
[Author's note - I came down with malaria at least 3 timeswhile a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa (1980-81). Fortunately malaria was less virulent in West Africa than East Africa at the time. So, each bout was similar to a one day flu bug. Each time I came down with malaria, it was because I forgot to take the weekly preventive and came down with malaria two days later]
The microbes on your skin determine how attractive you are to mosquitoes, which may have important implications for malaria transmission and prevention, according to a study published Dec. 28 in the online journal PLoS ONE.
Without bacteria, human sweat is odorless to the human nose, so the microbial communities on the skin play a key role in producing each individual’s specific body odor. The researchers, led by Niels Verhulst of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, conducted their experiments with the Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto mosquito, which plays an important role in malaria transmission. They found that individuals with a higher abundance but lower diversity of bacteria on their skin were more attractive to this particular mosquito. They speculate individuals with more diverse skin microbiota may host a selective group of bacteria that emits compounds to interfere with the normal attraction of mosquitoes to their human hosts, making these individuals less attractive, and therefore lower risk to contracting malaria. This finding may lead to the development of personalized methods for malaria prevention.###
Citation: Verhulst NO, Qiu YT, Beijleveld H, Maliepaard C, Knights D, et al. (2011) Composition of Human Skin Microbiota Affects Attractiveness to Malaria Mosquitoes. PLoS ONE 6(12): e28991. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028991
- Mosquitoes Pick Out Human Meals With Help from Microbes (livescience.com)
- Mosquito bites ‘down to whether they like how you smell’ (mirror.co.uk)
- Scientists engineer mosquito immune system to fight malaria (medicalxpress.com)
- Mosquito genes modified to zap malaria (holykaw.alltop.com)
- Scientists engineer mosquito immune system to fight Malaria (eurekalert.org)
- Scientists Engineer Mosquito Immune System To Block Malaria (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Study Could Lead To Strategies For Controlling Mosquitoes And The Diseases They Spread (medicalnewstoday.com)
- The first malaria-proof mosquito (holykaw.alltop.com)
- Malaria Lifecycle Part 2: Mosquito Host (milkandcookies.com)
People with diets high in several vitamins or in omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease than people whose diets are not high in those nutrients, according to a new study published in the December 28, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology…
- Diet, nutrient levels linked to cognitive ability, brain shrinkage (jflahiff.wordpress.com)
- Diet patterns may keep brain from shrinking | Logicamp (logicamp.wordpress.com)
- Diet Patterns May Keep Brain From Shrinking (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Nutrients May Stop Brain Shrinkage Linked To Alzheimer’s (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Diet patterns may keep brain from shrinking (eurekalert.org)
- Omega-3 Diet + Vitamins Help Keep Brain from Shrinking (psychcentral.com)
- How Your Diet May Affect Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease (healthland.time.com)
- Fast food may damage brain: study (windsorstar.com)
- Fast food may damage your brain: study (vancouversun.com)
- Diet rich in fish, vitamins may reduce brain shrinkage (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
From the 19 December 2011 Beth Medical Newsletter
Study gauges baseline interest in three-site OpenNotes trial
BIDMC Contact: Jerry Berger
BOSTON – Patients are overwhelmingly interested in exploring the notes doctors write about them after an office visit, but doctors worry about the impact of such transparency on their patients and on their own workflow, a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) study suggests….
While many of the more than 100 primary care doctors who volunteered to participate in this experiment predicted possible health benefits from allowing patients to read their notes, the majority of those who declined participation were doubtful about positive impacts. And among the 173 doctors completing surveys, the majority expressed concerns about confusing or worrying patients with the content. Doctors also anticipated that they would write their notes less candidly and that responding to patient questions might be exceedingly time-consuming.
In contrast to the doctors surveyed, the nearly 38,000 patients who completed the baseline survey were almost uniformly optimistic about OpenNotes, and few anticipated being confused or worried
“The enthusiasm of patients exceeded our expectations,” wrote Walker. “Most of them were overwhelmingly positive about the prospect of reading visit notes, regardless of demographic or health characteristics.”
More than 90 percent favored making the notes available. Well over half anticipated improved adherence to their medications, 90 percent expected to feel more in control of their care, and four out of five predicted they would take better care of themselves….
- Doctors are cautious, patients enthusiastic about sharing medical notes (eurekalert.org)
- Patients eager to see doctor’s notes; physicians, not so much (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Patients Want to See What Doctors Write about Them, Says Survey (onehealthyblog.wordpress.com)
- Patients, Docs Differ on Online Notes (abcnews.go.com)
- Patients Want Electronic Link To Doctor’s Notes (informationweek.com)
- How much guidance do patients want with their medical decisions? (jflahiff.wordpress.com)