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Finals and spring break hours

March 20th, 2012 by Mary Wood

Study Rooms available all open hours

Carlson Health Sciences Library

3/20 Tuesday                     8:00am-10:00pm

3/21 Wednesday               8:00am-10:00pm

3/22 Thursday                   8:00am-10:00pm

3/23 Friday                        8:00am-6:00pm

3/24 Saturday                    CLOSED

3/25 Sunday                       1:00pm-5:00pm

3/26 Monday                      8:00am-10:00pm

3/27 Tuesday                     8:00am-10:00pm

3/28 Wednesday               8:00am-10:00pm

3/29 Thursday                   8:00am-10:00pm

3/30 Friday                        10:00am-6:00pm

3/31 Saturday                   1:00pm-5:00pm

4/1 Sunday                        1:00pm-5:00pm


PSE Library finals hours

  • 8:00am-10:00pm — Tuesday Mar. 20-Friday Mar. 23
  • 10:00am-6:00pm — Saturday, Mar. 24
  • 1:00pm-5:00pm — Sunday, Mar. 25

Shields library is open longer hours:

  • 7:30am-2:00am — Tuesday Mar. 20-Thursday Mar. 22
  • 7:30am-1:00am — Friday Mar. 23
  • 8:00am-6:00pm — Saturday Mar. 24

BMJ Best Practice Trial (through April 30, 2012)

March 14th, 2012 by Bruce Abbott

We have instituted a trial of BMJ Best Practice, an evidence based point of care medicine resource.

Access to this resource is available from this link:

Off-campus access through the VPN is available here:,

Please contact Bruce Abbott ( with any comments you have regarding this resource.

From the Best Practice Getting Started flier. Getting Started with Best Practice From the homepage type a condition in the Search box on the right hand side e.g. Diabetes and click the magnifying glass. Alternatively you can browse conditions on the site by clicking on the arrow next to show conditions and you can either find your condition using the A to Z format on the right hand side or search by area of medicine on the left hand side. Best Practice content is split into three monographs: Conditions, Overviews and Assessments. Condition monographs will cover specific conditions e.g. Anorexia Nervosa, Overview Monographs will give an overview of a group of conditions e.g. Diabetes, where more than one type of a condition exists. Assessment Monographs will guide you through the treatment of a particular symptom e.g. a chronic cough. Use of the content is subject to the disclaimers and terms on our site.

Endocrine disruptors and household products: a study

March 9th, 2012 by Mary Wood

MedlinePlus Health News Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Many Household Products: Study

Tests of more than 200 common household products found that the products contain chemicals that research suggests may be linked to asthma and hormone disruption, researchers report.

Products tested included a wide range of household products, such as soaps, lotions, detergents, cleaners, sunscreens, air fresheners, kitty litter, shaving cream, vinyl shower curtains, pillow protectors, cosmetics and perfumes.

Researchers identified 55 chemicals that studies have shown may have health consequences. Among the chemicals detected were various types of phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive abnormalities and asthma; bisphenol A (BPA), which is being phased out of many baby bottles and children’s toys because of concerns about the effect on fetuses and young children; and parabens, which some research suggests may mimic estrogen in the body and have been associated with breast cancer…

This news is based on the recently published paper:

Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Consumer Products
Dodson, Nishioka, Standley, Perovich, Brody, and Rudel


Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)

….also in 120(3):

EHP: monthly peer-reviewed journal
NIH, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
All EHP content is free online; the journal’s impact factor is 6.09

Pet Therapy

March 5th, 2012 by Mary Wood

Morning Edition NPR
5 March 2012
by Julie Rovner



Dogs, cats birds, fish and even horses are increasingly being used in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions. A growing body of scientific research suggests interacting with animals can make us healthier — and benefits them, too.


UC Davis – related information:

School of Veterinary Medicine

PHR 406 – Human-Animal Interactions in Veterinary Science
Human relationships with companion animals, and, secondarily, on food, laboratory, and wild animals from the perspectives of veterinarians and their clients’ needs.
Dr. Lynette A. Hart

CCAH Animals in Society

Companion Animal Behavior Program
Dr. Melissa J. Bain

Animal Science

ANS 42 – Introductory Companion Animal Biology
Companion animal domestication. Historical, contemporary perspectives. Legislation concerning companion animals. Selected topics in anatomy, physiology, genetics, nutrition, behavior and management. Scientific methods in studying the human-animal bond. Discussions: application of biological concepts to problems related to companion animals.
Dr. Anita M. Oberbauer

ANS 104 – Principles and applications of Domestic Animal Behavior
Application of principles of animal behavior in the management of domesticated species. External and physiological mechanisms influencing behavior will be discussed. Topics include reproductive feeding and social behavior as well as animal handling and human-animal interactions.
Dr. Cassandra B. Tucker


Mentioned in article:

Dr. Aubrey Fine, author, clinical psychologist and professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Handbook on animal-assisted therapy : theoretical foundations and guidelines for practice /
Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Academic Press, c2006.
Carlson Health Sci Library WM 460.5.B7 H236 2006 Regular Loan

Handbook on animal-assisted therapy : theoretical foundations and guidelines for practice /
San Diego : Academic Press, c2000.
Carlson Health Sci Library WM460.5 B7 H236 2000 Regular Loan

Contributing authors include:
LA Hart, Psychosocial benefits of animal companonship
LA Hart, Understanding animal behavior, species, and temperament as applied to interactions with specific populations

Children’s Inn at NIH

The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health is a residential “place like home” for sick children and their families. Children come from across the country and around the world to stay together with their families in The Inn’s healing environment while receiving groundbreaking medical treatments at the NIH, the world’s leading biomedical research center. While the NIH takes care of the child’s medical needs, The Inn tends to the child’s heart, soul and spirit.

Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research
NIH National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

HAI Research is defined as studies of the association between pet ownership/caregiving and physical and mental health, as well as the use of animals in both physical and psychological therapeutic treatments…
The National Institutes of Health recently created the HAI research program to study human-animal interaction. The program, operated through the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, offers scientists research grants to study the impact of animals on child development; in physical and psychological therapeutic treatments, and on the effects of animals on public health, including their ability to reduce or prevent disease…

Essential Evidence Plus (Trial until 03/31/2012)

March 2nd, 2012 by Bruce Abbott

We are offering a trial for Essential Evidence Plus.  Please send any comments on the trial to Bruce Abbott:

The link to Essential Evidence Plus is: djc5lql

If you’re off-campus use the VPN:,

From the Product Description:

The only database system of filtered, synopsized, evidence-based information, this integrated search engine allows you to simultaneously search, via keyword, multiple databases:

Essential Evidence Topics

EBM Guidelines

POEMs Research Summaries

Cochrane Systematic Reviews

NGC Practice Guidelines

Decision Support Tools

H&P Calculators

Diagnostic Test Calculators

Derm Expert Image Viewer

E/M Coding

ICD-9 Lookup Tool.

Access the Essential Evidence Plus User Guide to help you and your end-users use EE+ more effectively:

To get anytime access via a mobile device, click here for instructions on setting up a Personal Profile:

Self-Paced Online Learning Modules: