Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fluoride in Film - Protection or Poison?

Thanks to Michele Matucheski for sharing this.

By Sarah Eilers Fluoride, a pedestrian topic? You may not think of it as an agitating one, or a source of community division and debate. Your tap water likely includes fluoride, as does your toothpaste. Your dentist may rub it onto your teeth after a cleaning. But the introduction of fluoride into public water supplies 

Michele adds... "I know I’ve had to do research on this very topic for physicians speaking to city officials making the decisions to fluoridate water, or not.   The evidence is pretty clear on the side of benefit.  There’s a lot of crazy and unfounded stuff out there on the Internet about the perils of water fluoridation.  And then I thought about that guy in Dr. Strangelove going on about the communist plot to fluoridate the water …  and how he only drank pure distilled or rain water." 

Dr Strangelove – Water Fluoridation 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

WHSLA Spotlight - Brenda Fay at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI

Hi everyone! I’m happy to have the WHSLA spotlight shine on me this month. I’m Brenda Fay and currently work at Marquette University as the Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies Librarian.

I’ve been a professional librarian for 16 years now, but first worked as a page/shelver at the Menomonee Falls Public Library back when it was called the Maude Shunk Library. I remember getting so excited when I would see books away that I had read as a child…like Circus Baby.

After graduating from library school at UW-Milwaukee I worked as a children’s librarian for 5 years and then came to the world of medical librarianship through a job at Aurora Sinai’s Medical Library. I spent almost ten years as a librarian with Aurora and had the good fortune to work with some very interesting groups of people like Medical Education, Grand Rounds, Integrative Medicine, and Geriatrics. In the library, I spent time on reference, teaching classes, contributing to systematic reviews, managing the Aurora Health Care Digital Repository and much more.

The opportunity to teach more led me to Marquette University. In addition to instruction, staffing the main information desk, and research consults with students and faculty, I’m working on weeding our Nursing and Medicine print and ebook collection. I weeded 108 shelves of books last fall and have 20 more rows to tackle. A long-term project, certainly.

Marquette’e College of Nursing houses the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation. I just took a tour this morning and felt like I was back in a clinical environment. It’s been updated a bit since this 2012 video, but you’ll get an idea of what its like: -

Raynor Memorial Libraries at Marquette has some special things . Our archives houses the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection which includes original manuscripts of The Hobbit, Farmer Giles of Ham, and The Lord of The Rings.  

Monday, February 20, 2017

How Heroic is the Lego Batman? A Psychologist’s Answer

Anyone seen the Lego Batman movie? I saw it over the weekend. It's chock full of action, suspense, jokes, and visually dazzling, but it also has some poignant moments, too. 

I stumbled across this article that talks a little bit about Batman's "inner life". I confess I found it very interesting. Even fictional characters can have hidden depths (or so I tell myself). 

How Heroic is the Lego Batman? A Psychologist’s Answer

Friday, February 17, 2017

It's getting to be tax time - Would winning the lottery make you happier?

I know happiness isn't tied to money, but after doing my taxes the other night I couldn't help fantasize about winning the lottery. But would that make me happier? Our friends from TED-Ed don't think so. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Registration now open for the 2017 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit

Registration is now open for the 2017 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, “Health Literacy: A Critical Link in Patient Engagement.” This event, sponsored by Wisconsin Health Literacy, will be held April 4-5, 2017, at Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.

Summit information is available at www.bit.ly/hlsummit.  An early bird discount is offered through March 7. CME credit is available.

Seven general sessions, twenty-six different breakout workshops, and a poster presentation offer information to improve chronic disease management, patient engagement and satisfaction, clinical outcomes, health insurance literacy and better engagement of people in their health and health care.  A day-long workshop, “Improving Prescription Drug Labels to Help Patient Understanding: A Medication Label Summit” and a half day session on AHRQ’s  SHARE APPROACH on shared decision-making are offered April 3.

The keynote speaker is Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.  Other presenters are Dr. Karen Drenkard, RN, SVP/Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Nurse of the O’Neil Center at GetWellNetwork® Inc.; Cindy Brach, Senior Health Care Researcher for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Christopher Trudeau, JD, Professor of Law, Michigan State University, Kim Parson, Strategic Consultant, Humana; Winston F. Wong, MD, Medical Director, Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente; and Anita Woodley, Emmy Award-winning journalist, health education entertainer, and ethnodrama presenter.

For more information, contact Steve Sparks: steve@wisconsinliteracy.org.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

How Blossom the cow helped eradicate smallpox

Infectious diseases have always been of interest to me. I don't know if it's because they usally come with an interesting historical story, or if I just like strange things. Anyway, here's a video from TedEd about how vaccination, not variolation, became the standard for innoculating people against smallpox, and how Blossom the cow helped eradicate this terrible disease. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Mayo Clinic Libraries - staff changes and a job posting

Matt Hoy, 2014 WHSLA President, has accepted a job as Assistant Director of Mayo Clinic Libraries, in Rochester, MN. Matt was previously at Mayo Clinic Library in Eau Claire. 

Jennifer Schramm, WHSLA Membership Chair, has transferred to Mayo Clinic Libraries-Eau Claire.

Jennifer is looking to hire a Library Specialist in Eau Claire: https://www.mayo-clinic-jobs.com/job/Eau-Claire-Library-Specialist-II-Job-WI-54701/386993300/.

The Mayo Clinic Libraries are located throughout the country, including Wisconsin: http://www.mayo.edu/mayo-clinic-libraries/about

NNLM webinar: 5 healthcare trends to watch in 2017 (coming soon to a computer near you)

There are some great offerings this spring from NLM and regional NNLM offices: https://nnlm.gov/professional-development. Here's one I am especially keen on attending. 


5 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017

Healthcare is an ever-changing field with new policies, discoveries, and technology. Librarians are in a unique position to help others navigate the wealth of health information and resources related to these changes. In this presentation, you will learn about five healthcare trends predicted for 2017. Come prepared to share your thoughts and ideas for how these trends may influence librarian roles and outreach.
Presenter: Christian Minter, Education Coordinator, NNLM MidContinental Region
Class Details:
Region/Office: National
Feb 15, 2017
11:00AM - 12:00PM CT

Building an immunity to fake news: researchers discover a psychological “vaccine” against misinformation

I don't know about you, but I love a good podcast. Last week Science Friday, one of my favorite podcast sources, takes on the topic of our brains and fake news. Does our brain help us build immunity or trick us into believing fake news?