Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month in October!

The month of October is packed with a plethora of national awareness campaigns, including the aforementioned Health Literacy Month in our last blog post.  And the marathon of mindfulness continues with National Dental Hygiene Month!

For the seventh straight year, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program (WOHP) are proud to bring you National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM). All month long, we are celebrating the hard work dental hygienists do and helping you Start the Conversation about the importance of good oral health and doing the Daily 4.

Click this link to see how you can get involved!

October is Health Literacy Month

October is a busy month.

We all know October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It’s hard to miss the pink everywhere.  But did you know that October is also Health Literacy Month, Dental Hygiene Month (more on that one later!) and many more?

What is Health Literacy?

Health literacy is the ability to find, understand, and use information on health issues and medical services so that you can make informed decisions about your health.  A patient’s health literacy affects their health outcomes and quality of life greatly.  Only about 12 percent of U.S. adults have the skills to manage their health and prevent disease, according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy. And without this essential knowledge, it can be hard for many people to learn how to improve their health.

The Institute of Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality have all made it a priority to provide health information in a clear, easy to understand manner for patients.

For more information about health literacy and health literacy initiatives, take a look at the following links:

What is Health Literacy?

Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion

What Did the Doctor Say?: Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety

Plain Writing Act of 2010


National Action Plan for Health Literacy

MedlinePlus: How to Write Easy-to-Read

Health literacy and patient safety: Help patients understand (and a shorter version here)

Health Literacy


Happy 70th to the CDC

We’re just over a month late, but July 1 was the anniversary for the founding of the Centers for Disease Control. The Center was founded in 1946 from the Malaria Control in War Areas, a program within the U.S. Public Health Service. Enjoy this timeline of their history.

26th Anniversary of the ADA!

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 26th anniversary yesterday on July 26! This monumental act began a drastic shift in civil rights for Americans by outlawing any public form of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Today, the ADA continues to benefit and create more universal accessibility, opportunities, and better healthcare for those with disabilities.

You can find more information about the ADA and how the Center for Disease Control and Prevention furthers the awareness, provide information, and promote universal accommodations for those with disabilities.

May the Fourth be with you

Here’s a little treat for all of you Star Wars fans out there looking for a slightly different way to celebrate May the Fourth with a more health sciences slant.

For psychological analyses of the Dark and Light sides of the Force:

Finally, there is the classic article about the potential of a tinea imbricata infection as demonstrated on everyone’s favorite Gungan:

Happy May the Fourth and remember the Force will be with you always.

CDC – Bring Your Brave




We’re almost half way through breast cancer awareness month. Bring Your Brave is a new campaign focusing on young women with breast cancer. While breast cancer usually effects women over the age of 45, it does occur in about 11% of younger women. Breast cancer can be hereditary however that’s not always the case. There are ways you can reduce your risk of getting breast cancer such as limiting your alcohol intake, maintaining a healthy weight and breastfeeding.

Breast cancer symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Lump in the breast or underarm/armpit area
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.

It is important to get screened if you notice any symptoms early on, in order to start fighting back sooner than later.

For more information, visit:



Happy Veterans Day

The Libraries are open regular hours today, but would like to take a moment and thank all of our veterans as well as those currently serving.

If you haven’t seen it elsewhere, meet the oldest known living veteran, 107 year old Richard Overton of Texas who will be honored at the White House today. I don’t know that his recommendations of whiskey in your coffee and cigars would really work for all of us.

It’s AcWriMo 2013!

Inspired by the hugely successful NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), PhD2Published, a blog dedicated to helping academics publish, has announced that November is also AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month).

AcWriMo is a month long academic write-a-thon for academics at all stages of their careers. ?áPhD2Published will support writers with dedicated posts about academic writing and thousands of Tweets to encourage you to keep going throughout the month.





According to their website:

“There are 6 basic rules:

1. Decide on your goal. You might count words, hours put in or projects achieved ÔÇô itÔÇÖs up to you. But try and push yourself a bit. (And if you need help counting our?áPhDometer app?áÔÇô the proceeds from which help fund this month-long writing extravaganza ÔÇô was designed for just that!)

2. Declare it! Basically, just sign up on the?áAcWriMo 2013 Writing Accountability Spreadsheet?áand fill in the sections on what youÔÇÖd like to achieve by the end of the month. Being accountable is key to this working for you. You need to feel a bit of pressure to get the work done. So sign up and add your goals as soon as you can.

3. Draft a strategy. DonÔÇÖt start AcWriMo without doing a bit of planning and preparation. Get some reading done, carve out time slots in your schedule to dedicate to writing, even buy your favorite coffee. Sort out whatever youÔÇÖll need to write, and get it done now, there wonÔÇÖt be time when November comes around.

4. Discuss your progress. OK so being on Twitter and Facebook with us all day isn’t acceptable ÔÇô you’ve got work to do ÔÇô but checking-in at certain times is really important! We want to know how youÔÇÖre getting on? What is working for you and what isn’t? Do you need help? Do you want to share a writing triumph? (YouÔÇÖll find most discussion about AcWriMo on Twitter using the?á#AcWriMo?áhashtag, but if?áFacebook?áis more your thing, go there. Or use your own blog to keep in touch. You can even write little updates you want to share in the?áspreadsheet.)

5. DonÔÇÖt slack off. As participant Bettina said of the first AcWriMo, you must ÔÇÿwrite like thereÔÇÖs no December!ÔÇÖ If you push yourself, youÔÇÖll quickly discover the tips and techniques that work best for YOU and thatÔÇÖll save you even more time in the long-run.

6. Declare your results. ItÔÇÖs great to use the spreadsheet everyday (or as often as you can) to chart how youÔÇÖre getting on, but even if you canÔÇÖt do that, you MUST announce your results at the end of the month. Our writing community benefits not only from sharing in your achievements, but knowing what didn’t work and being reminded that, at the end of the day, weÔÇÖre all human!”

So everyone should go forth and WRITE… That’s what I’ll be doing this month!

CDC Celebrates Mothers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a feature this week in anticipation of Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week.?á This feature, Ways to Help Make Mother’s Day Healthy, offers advice on how Moms can keep themselves healthy for their families.

They also created a feature, Celebrate Moms who Protect Children’s Health, so Mom’s who don’t smoke deserve extra love!

This Month in History: Enjoy Rabbits Playing Piano

A brief interlude for your busy day: Harvey the virtuoso rabbit and her YouTube accompaniment, Elissa watch?v=0NzN8ksnJhA.

As you might have guessed, rabbits are not particularly adept at playing the piano (certainly not as well-attuned as a famous piano-playing cat, Nora: most-outrageous-piano-playing-cat.htm). In an attempt to challenge unfair bunny stereotypes, Dr. Waid H. Dean, Instructor of Physiology at LSU Medical School, chose Harvey to prove the musical worth of her species.

Though Dr. Dean openly admits “there is no scientific purpose to this demonstration”?á in a 1958 Times-Picayune article, he says the rabbit’s performance “is merely to demonstrate that animals can be trained to respond to signals.” As with many high-achieving parents, Dr. Dean is not easy to please and expects the best from his tiny Leporidaean maestro. Harvey cannot live up to expectations, however–quickly tiring out after a couple of notes and anxious for her next treat. Though she may not be 6 feet 3 inches tall like another famous Harvey, she is decidedly more cuddly.

On that note, Happy Spring from the staff at John P. Ische Library!



PIG (Pediatric Interest Group) is sponsoring a toy drive.?á Drop off boxes are in Lecture Halls A & B on the 1st floor of the MEB. Last day to donate is Tuesday December 18th, so hurry!

November is American Diabetes Month

So now that turkey day is over and done with, answer these questions:

  • Are you overweight?
  • Exercise less than 3x per week?
  • Have high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
  • Have any immediate relatives with diabetes?

Today there are millions at risk for developing type-2 diabetes. Many people donÔÇÖt understand the severity of the disease which often leads to stroke, heart disease and even blindness.

You can do a lot to improve your chances of NOT getting type-2 diabetes such as monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels, exercising and being more active, eating healthy, etc.

For more info, please visit:





Happy Halloween from the CDC

Just what everyone wants today,?átips and?áHealth-e-Cards from the CDC. I am particular fond of the flossing vampire. Cards are available in English & Spanish.

Screen capture from Health-e-Card

Happy National Taco Day!

If youÔÇÖre in the mood to celebrate a wonderful fake holiday, check out this abc news bit wherein the newscasters wear sombreros and taunt the audience with deliciously unhealthy food and free taco promises.

And if (like me) youÔÇÖre really into the autumn momentum, check out these online recipes for pumpkin tacos: http://www.wearenotmartha.com/2010/09/pumpkin-chicken-tacos/ or http://mommymishmash.com/2010/01/pumpkin-tacos-not-a-typo/.

Happy National Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Avast me hearties! In celebration of this wondrous event, hereÔÇÖs an amusing cartoon for your mid-afternoon enjoyment.

If youÔÇÖre interested in learning more about pirate surgeons, try searching for information on the ÔÇ£Father of Sea Surgery,ÔÇØ John Woodall, who authored The SurgeonÔÇÖs Mate. The British Journal of Surgery has a neat article on this very subject.

And for the sake of our other patrons, please try to keep your swashbuckling to a minimum in the Library.