Monday, November 25, 2013

Dermatological Spotlight: JID Visual DX

Dermatologists and aspiring dermatologists: looking for a way to exercise your visual diagnostic skills?

Starting from April 2013, each issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (JID) will feature a visual diagnostic quiz focusing on an issue recently discussed in the JID.

Click here for more information about JID Visual DX, and click here to try out the July 2013 JID Visual DX quiz.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Historical Book Spotlight: "Do You Want to Become a Doctor?" (1939)

This is a question that many students sitting in the Tulane Health Sciences Center have encountered at some point during their life (and may likely be considering again at this very moment).

Back in 1939, Dr. Morris Fishbein set out to give aspiring doctors information about the (then current) landscape of the medical field, along with issues that would be faced in the future.

Topics covered in this book include Medical Education Today, Preparation for Medical School, Cost of Medical Education, The Internship, The Specialist, On Beginning Practice, and The Future of Medical Practice. While written over 70 years ago, many of Dr. Fishbein's topics are relevant for aspiring and practicing doctors today.

Tulane's School of Medicine blurb:

Do You Want to Become a Doctor by Morris Fishbeing, M.D. (Call Number: W 21 F532d 1939)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Grand Rounds Reading Lists Now Available: Infectious Beasts of the Southern Wild; Dr. Ralph V. Platou Lecture (ARDS)

References from Medicine Ground Rounds for November 20th: Beasts of the Southern Wild: Interesting Infections from Beyond Your Back Door are now available:

References from Pediatrics Ground Rounds for November 21st: Ralph V. Platou Lecture: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and the Narrative of Discovery are now available:

Monday, November 18, 2013

Great American Smokeout this Thursday

This Thursday, the American Cancer Society will be celebrating the Great American Smokeout. The Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to use the day to make a plan to quit smoking, or to plan ahead to quit smoking that day.

According to the American Cancer Society:
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.
Tulane's Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (theWELL) provides a Tobacco Cessation Coaching Service for students, staff, and faculty. For more information about this program, visit theWELL.

For more information about the Great American Smokeout, visit the American Cancer Society's website.

Friday, November 15, 2013

New Book: "Out of the Shadow of Leprosy: The Carville Letters and Stories of the Landry Family"

Added to the Matas Library collection this past June, Out of the Shadow of Leprosy: The Carville Letters and Stories of the Landry Family tells the story of members of the Landry family and their time spent at the leprosarium in Carville, LA in the early part of the 20th century.

In 1986, the Carville site was renamed the Gillis W. Long Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) Center, and was moved to Baton Rouge in the 1990s. In 1996, the National Hansen's Disease (Leprosy) Museum was founded in Carville.

Check out this book to learn more about the lives of individuals who lived at Carville.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Grand Rounds Reading Lists Now Available: Hepatitis C, pediatric myocarditis

References from Medicine Ground Rounds for November 13th: Hepatitis C are now available:

References from Pediatrics Ground Rounds for November14th: Morbidity and Mortality Update: myocarditis and encephalitis are now available:

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mobile Spotlight: LifeArmor

Created by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), a component center of the Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, housed under the Department of Defense, LifeArmor is a mobile app designed to provide information on 17 topics of importance to members of the US military and veterans, including depression, life stress, mild traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, and post-traumatic stress.

Under each of the topic areas, four menu options are available for further information: Learn, which provides details about the topic; Assess, which provides an assessment in that topic area; Tools, which provide techniques to self-manage problems and symptoms in the topic area; and Videos, which provide testimony from members of the military community about their struggles and triumphs in the topic area.

LifeArmor is available for both iOS and Android. LifeArmor and other apps for military members and veterans, as well as for the health-care professionals who serve them, can be downloaded at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) website.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Featured e-book: Thompson & Thompson Genetics in Medicine

Thompson & Thompson's Genetics in Medicine has been established as a favorite textbook on the field of genetics. The Matas Library currently has a copy of the 2007 edition of this book on General Reserve behind the circulation desk and several older editions in our stacks downstairs.

Want to look at the 2007 edition but it's already checked out? Thompson & Thompson's Genetics in Medicine is also available online through ClinicalKey. To access ClinicalKey, go to the Matas Library website and select ClinicalKey under the Resources tab. Sign-in to your account, select Books from the menu bar at the top of the ClinicalKey screen, and search for Thompson & Thompson's Genetics in Medicine in the "T" section.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Grand Rounds Reading Lists Now Available: Melanoma; Tuberculosis

References from Medicine Ground Rounds for November 6th: Melanoma: New Tools for Diagnosis and Personalized Therapy are now available:

References from Pediatrics Ground Rounds for November 7th: Updates on Tuberculosis are now available:

Monday, November 4, 2013

November is American Diabetes Month

1. Nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes.
2. An additional 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
3. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes is $245 billion in the U.S.

These are just a few statistics from the American Diabetes Association, the sponsors of American Diabetes Month. The American Diabetes Association's vision is a life free from diabetes and its complications, and American Diabetes Month is designed to focus on the nation's attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people impacted by the disease.

For more resources about diabetes, visit the CDC's diabetes awareness page, the American Diabetes Association website, or search for articles in PubMed through the Matas Library homepage.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mobile Spotlight: CDC Contraception 2010 (Free App)

Created by the CDC with guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use 2010 (CDC Contraception 2010) is an app that allows health care professionals to review different types of contraceptives and the factors that may influence the individual suitability of each type of contraceptive for each of their individual patients.

For example, if a patient would like to switch from a barrier method of contraception to combined hormonal contraceptives, this app allows a doctor to review risk factors and evaluate the suitability of that switch for the patient. These factors include age, smoking status, current reproductive tract infections and disorders, and obesity and history of bariatric surgery, among others.

This app is a free download from iTunes, and is designed for both iPhone and iPad. Click here to download this app now.