healthfinder.gov – FDA Wants to Update Food Labels

January 24, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration is overhauling food and nutrition labeling. healthfinder.gov – FDA Wants to Update Food Labels.


High Noon at Miner on 1/29: Medicine in Movies & Television

January 23, 2014

High Noon at Miner on 1/29: Medicine in Movies & Television

Dr. Kildare. MASH. Scubs. Grey’s Anatomy. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Call the Midwife.

These are just a few of the hit movies and TV shows that have captured the funny, dramatic, and mysterious sides of medicine.
Please join us at Miner on Wednesday, January 29 at HIGH NOON when librarians Linda Hasman and Valorie Hallinan will take you on a whirlwind tour of medical drama on the screen and how it has changed to reflect the times.

Sit back, relax (bring your lunch or popcorn if you’d like) and enjoy scenes from classic and ground-breaking drama, and some of the latest and greatest shows still in production. We’ll solve a few medical mysteries and watch a medical “blooper” or two, when the writers and directors obviously forgot to consult the experts.

Everyone is welcome to this free event. For more information, contact Linda Hasman at 275-3399 or Valorie Hallinan at 275-6873.


National Library of Medicine Releases Digitized Collection of Its Publications and Productions

January 8, 2014

Are you interested in the history of medicine?  If so, you’ll be pleased to know that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has added over 500 items to its Digital Collections.

You can read more about what is available here: NLM Releases Digitized Collection of Its Publications and Productions.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of medicine right here at Highland, please visit the Historical Collections website at Williams Health Sciences Library. Our Finding Aid details what is available from the  historical archives of Highland Hospital. We’ve also been digitizing selected images from the collection, making them accessible on New York State’s research portal, New York Heritage.


New Tool From AHRQ: Risk Assessment of Surgical Site Infection in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

December 11, 2013

While cleaning out my inbox today, I came across an email about a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), published in April 2013.

According to their website, a recently completed AHRQ-funded study explores the use of a proactive risk assessment to identify hazards that can lead to surgical site infections (SSIs) in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting.

The report, “Proactive Risk Assessment of Surgical Site Infection in Ambulatory Surgery Centers” describes the use of a tool, the Socio-Technical Probabilistic Risk Assessment (ST-PRA), to estimate the risk of SSI in the ambulatory surgery environment, examines single point failures as well as combinations of events that lead to the outcome of interest, and proposes an intervention for future deployment.

The entire report can be read at http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/stpra/stpra.pdf


Highland Family Medicine Receives Award for Successfully Treating Depression

December 9, 2013

Highland Family Medicine Receives Award for Successfully Treating Depression – News Room – University of Rochester Medical Center.

Congratulations to Dr. Campbell, and all the staff at Highland Family Medicine on receiving the Robert Oppenheimer Impact Award on December 5, 2013.

Well done, and well deserved!


“There is no evidence to suggest…”

December 3, 2013

20131203_114208_1While checking in journals for the week, I stumbled on a thought-provoking opinion piece in the Nov. 27 JAMA issue. It’s on the need for clarity with evidence-based medicine statements: those hypotheses and declarations that we see in article abstracts, summaries, and findings.  The author critiques use of the phrase There is no evidence to suggest. It’s about a 5 minute read, which I recommend, and if you have any thoughts to add, feel free to share.

Find the full article in our current journals onsite, or online through the library website.

Braithwaite R. EBM’s Six Dangerous Words. JAMA. 2013;310(20):2149-2150. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281996.


This Wednesday: Fun & Fabulous Feasts for the Holidays

November 19, 2013

Williams Health Sciences Library:

Catch a ride over to University of Rochester Medical Center and stop in at Miner Library for a High Noon holiday treat:

Originally posted on Bibby Library News & Tips:

Head over to Miner Library on Wednesday, November 20 for this month’s High Noon presentation: “Fun & Fabulous Feasts for the Holidays.”

Calling all foodies! Join us for a fun, light-hearted talk on holiday cooking and entertaining. Learn from an expert! We will cover the basics of surviving and thriving the holidays with flair. We will discuss Thanksgiving dinner, from traditional courses to leftovers. We will also delve in to holiday cookies and presenting your creations with style.

Release your inner Martha Stewart! Please join us at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Miner Library’s History of Medicine room. Stacey Ragone, a recent graduate of MCC’s Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts program and Miner Library staff, will lead the discussion.

Admission is FREE. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch.

For more information, contact Linda Hasman at (585) 275-3399.

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