1. Heroin Addiction Pearls

    Clinical CornerAt Internal Medicine Report involving a case of potential infection and heroin addiction, one of the infection vectors brought up was - did the person reuse needles?  For a lot of practitioners that probably seems like a pretty obvious question but one of the Hospitalists brought up a couple of other transmission vectors for practitioners to consider when looking for potential infection sources when dealing with needle administered drug addictions.  Here's 3 things to think about when working with potential infection and a needle drug addiction:

    • Does the person reuse needles?
    • Does the person lick the needle before injection?
    • Has the person put the needle plunger in their ear?

    The hospitalist conveyed that a wide held belief among injection drug users is that licking the needle will make the tip sharper and therefore ease the insertion.  You can easily see that if this is their practice, injection drug users are opening themselves up to any number of contaminates from the mouth and saliva.

    Did they stick the plunger where?  Apparently as needle plungers become less effective, addicts may use ear wax to create a tighter seal to prolong the use of the needle which introduces another transmission vector for infections or pathogens.

    If you know of other journal articles,  pearls or questions like this or have anything else to add, please comment below or send me the information to update this posting - John.Jones@ucdenver.edu.

    Here's some articles that may be of interest:

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  2. FYI - RefScan App for iPhones

    Thomson Reuters RefScan is  a free app powered by Web of Knowledge and EndNote. It allows you to scan and capture your references, gives you access to bibliographic information and times cited counts, and store references to your Endnote Web account to retrieve anytime, anywhere, with no subscriptions required.  The app makes it easier to access the content and tools you need wherever and whenever you need it. This free app is currently available for iPhones only.

    Want more apps to help manage your information? We also suggest reviewing Docphin or Docwise.

    [Jennifer Hicks, Student Assistant]

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  3. Video Training for Ensembl

    ensemblThe Health Sciences Library and CCTSI were pleased to host training in the Ensembl genome database on January 24th.  A video recording of the training session is now available!  Please remember that anytime you need assistance with Ensembl, you can contact helpdesk@ensembl.org

    The Ensembl project provides a comprehensive and integrated source of annotation of, mainly vertebrate, genome sequences. This one-day workshop provided background information for Ensembl users. The workshop is primarily targeted at wetlab researchers.

    The workshop consisted of the following modules. Most modules consisted of a presentation and demo, followed by ample opportunity to do exercises.

    Worked example: guided tour of the most important pages of the Ensembl website
    Data retrieval with BioMart retrieving complex / large datasets using the data retrieval tool BioMart
    Regulation: "best guess" set of regulatory elements, segmentation tracks
    Variation: sequence variants, structural variants
    Custom annotation: visualizing your own data (from bam and vcf files etc.) in Ensembl

    Note: Most examples and exercises in the workshop focused on human as this is by far the richest annotated species. However, most of what is taught in the workshop can be applied to other species in the Ensembl browser as well as to the species in the Ensembl Genomes browser, that contains genomes of invertebrates, protists, plants, fungi and bacteria http://www.ensemblgenomes.org).The only prerequisite for this workshop is general knowledge of molecular biology and genomics and a familiarity with web browsers.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  4. FYI - New Travelling Whiteboards!

    In addition to the three mobile whiteboards that were purchased last year, the Health Sciences Library now has three new whiteboards. Double sided easels, these "travelling" whiteboards are smaller and have rolling casters so they are easier to move around in tight spaces. They also have hooks for flip charts and a generous storage area underneath, making this a versatile tool for both collaborative studying or presentations for meetings. And as always, marker sets are available for check out at the Service Desk.











    Come to the library and grab a whiteboard today!

    [Ruby Nugent, Education & Reference Dept]

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  5. Starting a Journal Club

    No matter what health profession you've chosen, journal clubs can help you develop skills, focus on a learning goal, or broaden your knowledge base.  But organizing clubs and keeping them going can be a challenge.

    There is actually a lot of good advice available to guide journal club organizers and facilitators.  Here are some resources so you don't have wade through PubMed or Google or Google Scholar to find advice for organizing, managing or presenting at journal club.

    BMJ Careers: Journal Clubs

    What Is a Journal Club?

    Rediscovering the Value of the Journal Club

    Practical Tips in Starting a Journal Club

    How To Make Journal Clubs Interesting

    Suggestions for Leading a Journal Club

    How to do a Journal Club

    Web Guru / Journal Clubs

    What makes evidence-based journal clubs succeed?

    Journal Club Tips for Presenters and Journal Club Presentation Tips

    Need ideas for distributing journal articles electronically for Journal Club?  Request a consultation with a Health Sciences Library librarian.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  6. Searching for Evidence Based Information

    Learn the best resources for searching for evidence based information at the Library's Searching for the Evidence class.

    The class objectives include:

    • Recognize options for limiting literature search retrieval to valid and reliable research studies appropriate for clinical decision making;
    • Search The Cochrane Library, Dynamed, FIRSTConsult, and other clinical information support resources;
    • Limit an Ovid or EMBASE search to evidence based limits;
    • Search PubMed MEDLINE using “Clinical Queries” and learn to set up NCBI filters for EBHC

    Can't make it to class?  You have other options:

    1. View a set of video tutorials anytime, anywhere to learn skills for Searching for Evidence Based Information
    2. Make an appointment online with a librarian for training at a convenient day and time at your office, a conference room, or in the Library
    3. Review the Resource Guide, Evidence Based Health Care (EBHC), and learn about more resources supporting evidence based health care.

    Questions?  Contact an education or reference librarian to discuss your training or searching needs so that we can tailor your session to your specific learning or searching tasks.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  7. Chicago Artist Zerbe to exhibit at Library starting February 1, 2013


    The University of Colorado Health Sciences Library will be hosting a display of small-scale collages by Chicago artist Jay Zerbe in its 3rd Floor Gallery.  The show, “Abstract Juxtapositions” will run from Feb. 1 through April 30th.

    On display will be about 40 items dating from the last ten years.  According to Zerbe, “Collages, just by their (usual) small scale, invite an intimate relationship, with the artist as well as the viewer.  Unexpected relationships develop because of the juxtaposition of materials used.  Intuitive decision-making is inherent to the process.  Painted papers, graphite, ink, crayons, acrylic paint, found paper, and archival prints of my original materials and photographs generated and altered via the computer comprise my collage resources.”

    The 2nd edition of a survey publication of Zerbe’s collages from 2003-2012  is now available at lulu.com.  Plan to visit the Library and experience this intimate, immediate show.

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  8. New PubMed MeSH Terms

    Have you had your Breakfast?new mesh1

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    That's  just one of the new subject headings available to PubMed searchers in 2013.  The example to the left illustrates how MeSH (medical subject heading) terms are used in PubMed.

    Basic searches in PubMed often include MeSH terms.  This is because PubMed tries to enhance your results through automatic term mapping.  When PubMed recognizes that one of your keywords matches a MeSH term, your results are retrieved through a combination of your own keywords and added MeSH vocabulary.

    This is possible because when articles are indexed, indexers can select from a MeSH vocabulary list.  Searching with MeSH terms can increase the relevance of results to your topic.  For more on searching using MeSH terms, view the Library's MeSH search tutorial or view PubMed's Quick Tours on searching using MeSH.

    Each year the National Library of Medicine considers hundreds of possible subject heading additions to use when searching PubMed. They also consider changing outdated or inaccurate terms and they delete terms that are no longer useful.  Then from that year forward, articles can be indexed using those terms.   There may be articles from earlier years addressing these subjects, but you can't search them using these new MeSH terms. Prior to this year, you may have to use a broader or different term to search for indexed articles on your topic.  You can always searched for these terms as a keyword in your basic search strategy.

    Here are a few of the new terms that you can search this year! You'll see that some are relatively new concepts, such as "crowdsourcing" or old concepts such as "carbonated water" that have finally reached a threshold needed to be a MeSH term.

    Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

    Binge Drinking

    Carbonated Water


    Field Hospitals


    Image-Guided Biopsy

    Literature Based Discovery

    Motivational Interviewing

    Noninvasive Ventilation

    Parental Death

    Return to Work

    Smoke-Free Policy

    Symptom Assessment

    Urinary Catheters

    Waste Water

    These are just a few of the hundreds of new terms.  Which of the new terms will you search regularly?  Leave us a comment!

    Need a little help putting together a good search strategy?  Schedule a consultation with a librarian!

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  9. Health Sciences Library | University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

  10. Clinical Corner

  11. We're Not Monkeying Around!

    The Health Sciences Library has designated the 2nd floor for quiet study in response to feedback from student users that they need a quiet environment to focus and study.  The Library has posted signs to remind users that the 2nd floor of HSL is a quiet zone.

    When you are on the 2nd floor, please refrain from cell phone and other conversations.  Move to another floor of the Library if you need to talk.  Please close the door and be sure your group is quiet coming and going into study rooms.  Please note that our study rooms are not sound proof and loud behavior or phone conversations in rooms can carry to the next rooms as well as out in the halls.

    Library staff members are available to reinforce our expectations for the 2nd floor.  We ask that patrons self-police and the noise of others; often reminding loud groups or individuals is enough to have them quiet down or move to another floor.  Please let us know if other Library users are loud on the 2nd floor by stopping at the service desk and we can help quiet them down.

    2nd Floor Quiet

    [Tami Hoegerl, Library Technician]

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  12. New for Mendeley Users: Citation Editing Tool

    Scholars using the Mendeley research support and collaboration tool can now edit citation styles so that citations in their papers are formatted just the way they need them to be.


    Mendeley has created an open source citation style editing tool, integrated into the latest version of Mendeley Desktop.   The tool was created in collaboration with Columbia University Libraries, and with support provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It is based on the open XML Citation Style Language (CSL).

    Editing and creating citation styles was the most requested feature on  the Mendeley Feedback Forum. Instead of creating a proprietary citation editing tool and style library, Mendeley chose to release the code for the tool as open source under the MIT license, which means other applications that work with citation data can also benefit from this work.  Mendeley was able to not only make it easier for researchers to customize and create styles, but also to make it easier for them to collaborate with colleagues who may use a different tool that implements CSL.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  13. HSL’s New Decals are For the Birds

    You may have noticed a new design feature on some of the Health Sciences Library’s windows. While walking around the Library early this fall, Electronic Resources Librarian Heidi Zuniga noticed several dead birds near the windows south of the entrance. She kept track of the number of dead birds in that location, and soon realized that the birds, mistaking the large windows for an opening, were flying into the glass. After consultation with Library Assistant to the Director Debra Silva, the library administration, and campus facilities, aspen leaf decals were applied to the problem windows. Heidi has been monitoring the area, and there have been no more dead birds since the installation.

    [Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

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  14. FYI: What Will it Take to Reach Your Goals in 2013?

    What Will it Take to Reach Your Goals in 2013? is meant for the business workforce, but there's a lot of great advice for anyone in a workplace setting.  Whether you work primarily in a clinical, educational, or research setting Matthew Ferrara's checklist is worth a look.

    [Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]

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  15. FYI: Art and Science from a Camera Lens

    Have you ever wanted to see the blood-brain barrier in an organism?



    Now that you have finished your finals, make time for some fun.  Check out Wired.com's article and online gallery of the winners of Nikon’s Small World Microscope Photography contest.   This photo won first place in the competition.  It was taken by Jennifer Peters and Michael Taylor from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  The subject is “The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo.” Another image you might want to check out would be the third place entry submitted by Dylan Burnette from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland of the veiw of human bone cancer (osteosarcoma). Althought these particular pictures have a medical connection, all the photos are fascinating and a unique way to rediscover the world around us.

    [Deidre Adams-Buckley, Access Services]


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  16. Flu Resources