I was at the Ann Arbor YMCA the other day and overheard two women questioning the safety of chemicals used in makeup and other over the counter personal products. This conversation was prompted by someone's sunscreen running into their eyes, making them partially blind for a few minutes, causing her to wonder if there are … Continue reading Chemical Concerns : What is in My Makeup?
Is this the future yet? There's been another potential discovery of use for Google Glass in medicine: autopsies and post-mortem examinations. An Article titled "Google Glass for Documentation of Medical Findings: Evaluation in Forensic Medicine" explored the use of hassle free photography from investigators. Taking photos during autopsies has been a challenging for forensic scientists, … Continue reading Up and Coming: Google Glass Used in Autopsies?
Wondering the best way to calculate an H-Index? You're not alone! There was some recent chatter on a medical librarian listserv about methods and inclusion differences between Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science. It was some new information for me, so I thought I'd share.First, what exactly is an h-index? It's a calculation of … Continue reading H-Index: Google Scholar vs. Scopus vs. Web of Science
In case you haven't heard (or used your common sense and figured this one out already), Wikipedia is the leading source for health information on the internet for both providers and patients. 50% of users went to Wikipedia when they identified a gap in their knowledge base, especially when it comes to more severe conditions … Continue reading Newsflash (sorta): Wikipedia is a Big Deal!
There's been a lot of chatter lately on the seemingly steady stream of hospital library closures lately. It seems every month or so there's an email on the medical library listserv relaying the news of a closure, the most recent of which has caused quite a bit of conversation on what can be done. There's … Continue reading Endangered Species Watch: The Hospital Library
We all search our symptoms. We want to understand what's happening to our health and figure out what the next steps are. Rest and fluids? A trip to the doctor's office? There's lots of debate on the implications of this common practice, so I've singled out three things that the literature tells us to be … Continue reading Searching Your Symptoms: Three Things You Should Know
As libraries become increasing virtual and continue to innovate physical spaces (much like THL!), they are able to increase their accessibility for people who have disabilities. Many libraries are taking great steps in ensuring accessibility to collections and spaces, but there are many improvements still needed. A major step forward for the ability of libraries … Continue reading Accessibility in Libraries: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward
The relationship between policy and science leaves much to be desired. Policy decisions don't always reflect the best scientific evidence available for a variety of reasons. An updated systematic review was published that explored these barriers in an effort to understand the greatest obstacles in integrating science and policy. According to the systematic review that … Continue reading Barriers to Use of Evidence in Policy: A New Systematic Review
This blog post has two themes: 1.) Recent studies show that taking multivitamins doesn't actually have any positive impact on health outcomes 2.) Isn't it annoying how science is reported in the news? This morning as I was going through my twitter feed, I followed a tweet from the Detroit Free Press that said "Stop … Continue reading Science in the News: Stop Taking Multivitamins
OCLC, in an effort to give libraries better online presence, is partnering with Yelp to increase the information about libraries in Yelp records. To do this, Yelp is pulling data from OCLC Library Spotlight program to supplement existing information about libraries. Anything missing from a record, like hours, phone numbers, addresses and much more, has … Continue reading Yelp Partnering with Libraries to Improve Online Information