Authored by Emily Bowden, Historical Collections Assistant at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Hilda Franklin and Richard Bell on their wedding day, 26 May 1945. Image 005-2_001_438. Courtesy of Dick and Frazier Bell.
Earlier this summer, Historical Collections made the news when two brothers visited the library to see the wedding dress worn by their mother, Lt. Hilda “Frankie” Franklin. Franklin was a 1938 graduate of UVA’s Nursing School and a member of the 8th Evacuation Hospital, the medical unit sponsored by UVA during World War II. During her service with the 8th Evac., Franklin spent time in North Africa and Italy, endured icy winters, tended patients from the frontlines, and met Capt. Richard P. Bell Jr., a doctor and fellow UVA alumnus (School of Medicine, 1938). At the end of the war, Hilda Franklin and Richard Bell were married in Italy, surrounded by their 8th Evac. colleagues. Due to wartime shortages, materials like silk were hard to come by, but Franklin was determined to have a dress for her wedding. Writing to her friend, Vivian Gibbs, in 1945, Franklin announced, “I have the material for my dress and it is beautiful—white silk nylon—a friend of ours got it for me—use your imagination and you can guess what it is.”  Continue reading
The Health Sciences Library invites you to tour the world with us this summer! Not literally, of course, but you can sample a world of international public health information with us in August as we sponsor a trial of the Global Health Database.
Global Health is produced by CABI, an international organization whose mission is to improve public health by applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Derived from over 6,000 journals, reports, books and conferences, Global Health contains over 2.2 million scientific records from 1973 to the present. Around 170,000 records are added each year, and over 96% of these records include an English abstract. Publications from over 100 countries in 50 languages are abstracted, and all relevant non-English-language papers are translated to give access to research not available through any other database. The database’s open serials policy and coverage of international and grey literature means that 40% of material contained in Global Health is unique to the database. Everything from proceedings, theses, electronic-only publications and other hard-to-find sources are included. Global Health also has a growing number of full text articles (over 45,000) from journals, conferences, and reports.
After you complete your ‘world tour’, please let the Library know what you think by sending your comments about Global Health to email@example.com . The trial access to the Global Health Database will only be available August 1-30. No passport needed!
We recently made a few changes to our home page in response to feedback we received during usability testing. Thanks to all who participated in the testing, as we are always looking for ways to make our site more user friendly. If you would like to provide feedback, please contact the CMHSL webmaster, David Moody, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to some font and design enhancements, here are the major changes:
- Library News has been relocated to the middle of the lower section
- Library Services and Rooms & Spaces are now featured in the upper left section
- The Library calendar has been moved to the right of the lower section
- Library Tutorials have been renamed FAQs
- Library hours are now displayed in the blue bar at the top of the page
Listening to podcasts is a great way to keep informed while relaxing, commuting, or multi-tasking. Three of the most popular medical publications in the world, The Lancet, JAMA, and New England Journal of Medicine, offer a great selection of informative podcasts, available either through the publisher’s website or a podcast aggregator, such as iTunes or Stitcher. Provided below are links to podcast pages and sample episodes.
The Lancet News
Sample Recent Podcast:
3D printing: in a special bumper podcast, we discuss the new 3D Print Exchange launched by the US National Institutes of Health, as well as the arrest of a former Novartis employee in Japan who stands accused of falsifying clinical data related to the hypertension drug valsartan. Also, the implications of India’s Supreme Court ruling to recognise a third gender.
The Lancet Weekly
Sample Recent Podcast:
Ursula Bauer, Richard Horton, and Rebecca Cooney discuss priorities for the prevention of chronic diseases in the US in the 21st century.
NEJM Weekly Audio Summary
Sample Recent Podcast: NEJM This Week — July 3, 2014
Sample Recent Podcast:
Clinical Trial Transparency — Antidote to Weaker Off-Label-Promotion Rules? Interview with Professor Kevin Outterson on the FDA’s guidance on off-label promotion and the move toward clinical trial transparency.
JAMA Weekly Audio Summary
Sample Recent Podcast: No. 1 | July 02, 2014 (06:37)
JAMA Author Interviews
Also check out the fine selection of medical podcasts from the UVA Health System on RadioMD.
For additional information, please contact Dan Wilson at email@example.com.
The FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label found on most food packages in the United States. The Nutrition Facts label, introduced 20 years ago, helps consumers make informed food choices and maintain healthy dietary practices. If adopted, the proposed changes would include the following.
1. Greater Understanding of Nutrition Science
- Require information about “added sugars.” Many experts recommend consuming fewer calories from added sugar because they can decrease the intake of nutrient-rich foods while increasing calorie intake.
- Update daily values for nutrients like sodium, dietary fiber and Vitamin D. Daily values are used to calculate the Percent Daily Value listed on the label, which help consumers understand the nutrition information in the context of a total daily diet.
- Require manufacturers to declare the amount of potassium and Vitamin D on the label, because they are new “nutrients of public health significance.” Calcium and iron would continue to be required, and Vitamins A and C could be included on a voluntary basis.
- While continuing to require “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat” on the label, “Calories from Fat” would be removed because research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount.
2. Updated Serving Size Requirements and New Labeling Requirements for Certain Package Sizes
- Change the serving size requirements to reflect how people eat and drink today, which has changed since serving sizes were first established 20 years ago. By law, the label information on serving sizes must be based on what people actually eat, not on what they “should” be eating.
- Require that packaged foods, including drinks, that are typically eaten in one sitting be labeled as a single serving and that calorie and nutrient information be declared for the entire package. For example, a 20-ounce bottle of soda, typically consumed in a single sitting, would be labeled as one serving rather than as more than one serving.
- For certain packages that are larger and could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings, manufacturers would have to provide “dual column” labels to indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calories and nutrient information. Examples would be a 24-ounce bottle of soda or a pint of ice cream. This way, people would be able to easily understand how many calories and nutrients they are getting if they eat or drink the entire package at one time.
3. Refreshed Design
- Make calories and serving sizes more prominent to emphasize parts of the label that are important in addressing current public health concerns such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
- Shift the Percent Daily Value to the left of the label, so it would come first. This is important because the Percent Daily Value tells you how much of certain nutrients you are getting from a particular food in the context of a total daily diet.
- Change the footnote to more clearly explain the meaning of the Percent Daily Value.
Proposed rule in Federal Register.
Historical Collections Assistant, Janet Pearson, assembling “Frank L. Lowther: Enlisted Man, Fledgling Archivist”
Frank L. Lowther: Enlisted Man, Fledgling Archivist will be on display from June 18 to September 1 in the lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. The exhibit features items from the library’s collections that were owned by Frank L. Lowther. Lowther was an enlisted man in the 8th Evacuation Hospital Unit, a UVA-sponsored unit that served in North Africa and Italy during World War II. Items in the exhibit, which include letters and uniforms, relate to Lowther’s time in the 8th Evac. You can learn more about the 8th Evac. and its personnel by visiting the library’s exhibit about the unit online.
If you entered CMHSL five years ago, you would have quickly found our general collection of print books, as it was predominately housed in the center of the largest room on the second floor of the library. Today, you’d have to look in the far reaches of the library, the Cabell Room, to find our general collection of books. Why? Because our print book collection is quickly becoming out-of-date as we purchase more ebooks. To illustrate, in 2013 we added 167 print books to our collection. During the same period of time, we added 1,072 ebooks. And that gap will grow larger in the years ahead. The reason is quite simple: ebooks are always available, they can be searched in a database, and they are where you need them/when you need them.
Where to Find eBooks
AccessMedicine: Collection of e-books on medical science and clinical medicine (including Harrison’s) plus drug information, patient education information, clinical practice guidelines and study guides.
ClinicalKey: Includes over 1000 medical and surgical reference books.
R2: Limited simultaneous use, title by title: 1 or 2 simultaneous users per title
Includes over 50 medical, nursing, and general health books
ebrary: Over 70,000 recent e-books from university presses and other scholarly publishers.
Safari Books Online: Books on all aspects of computers, programming and the Web from such publishers as O’Reilly, Sams, New Riders, Adobe.
Browse eBooks by Subject
New CMHSL eBooks in Virgo.
In an age in which we all struggle to find ways to save natural resources, a request from the Library to leave computers ON may surprise you because it seems counter-intuitive to the practice of good environmental stewardship.
Here’s why we’re making that request: downloading and installing updates from Microsoft is an automated process that can span several hours, which is why the Library chooses to have it done overnight- the time least likely to interfere with your work. If the computers are turned off and don’t receive the updates during the night, other automated attempts will be made throughout the day (possibly during presentations, exams, in the middle of working on a paper) and the computer may even shut itself down with little warning- which might make you feel like this:
This guy is really, really angry.
We absolutely don’t want you to feel that way, so please: don’t turn off any of the Library computers.
In an effort to make you feel more like this:
That’s much better!
here’s a list of the Library’s green practices:
- All public (and most staff) printers and copiers allow for double-sided printing
- Several large recycling bins (for both paper and plastic) are available throughout the Library
- All rooms which have only one door (such as the group study rooms and staff offices) have motion-sensors: after fifteen minutes of no movement, the lights are turned off automatically
- The Library is working to upgrade the switches on which the computers currently operate. The new switches will be approximately 75% more energy-efficient than our current ones!
If you have thoughts on how the Library could do more to improve its green practices, please don’t hesitate to let us know (434-924-5444; firstname.lastname@example.org). But please: don’t turn off the computers!