Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Isch?® Library Thanksgiving Holiday Hours are as follows:

Tuesday, November 22nd 8 am – 10 pm
Wednesday, November 23rd 8 am – 6 pm
Thursday, November 24th CLOSED
Friday, November 25th CLOSED
Saturday, November 26th CLOSED

We will reopen on Sunday, November 27th 1:30 – 10 pm for Regular Hours.

The Dental Library remains closed for HVAC repairs.

Think Pink!

So weÔÇÖre officially halfway through breast cancer awareness month.?á The aim is to educate, empower and promote awareness about the disease. Awareness tip: a mammogram can detect breast cancer up to 3 years before a lump can be detected during a self-exam. Have you had a mammogram?

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Labor Day Hours

The Labor Day Holiday Hours for John P. Isch?® Library are as follows:

Friday, Septermber 2nd 8am-6pm Regular Hours
Saturday, September 3rd 9:30 am – 6 pm Regular Hours
Sunday, September 4th CLOSED
Monday, September 5th CLOSED University Holiday

Tuesday, September 6th 8 am – 10 pm Regular Hours

Have a safe and dry Labor Day weekend!

Independence Day Hours


The John P. Isch?® Library will close Sunday, July 3rd and Monday, July 4th in observation of Independce Day, a scheduled University Holiday. The Dental Library will also be closed.

The Library will reopen on Tuesday July, 5th at 8am for standard hours of operations.

We hope everyone has a fun and safe Independence Day!

Bike Your Way to Health


Looking for a way to get in shape and help the environment? . . . If so-look no further.

In addition to May being National Physical Fitness and Sports Month it is also National Bike Month which is supported by the League of American Bicyclists.

In addition to decreasing your carbon footprint there are multiple benefits to riding a bicycle on a regular basis. According to Discovery.com the perks of cycling include

    Fitness/Weight loss
    Reduced anxiety and Depression
    Lung Health
    Improved Coordination

If this activity seems like something you might enjoy, donÔÇÖt forget to be safe and follow the rules of the road.

Visit MapMyRide.com for a fun way to plan your next bike route

Happy Biking!

Bob Marley & Melanoma

Thirty years ago today, Bob Marley died from a melanoma that metastasized and spread from his toe to his brain, liver, and lungs. Despite projects like Melanoma Monday and the National Melanoma Awareness Project, mortality from Melanoma is on the increase. And judging by the number of BAD sunburns I saw out at Jazz Fest, people are still not being careful about sun exposure.

Easter Hours

The Isch?® Library will have special hours in observence of the Easter Holiday. They are as follows:

Thursday, April 21st 8 am to 8 pm
Friday, April 22nd CLOSED (University Holiday)
Saturday, April 23rd CLOSED
Sunday, April 24th CLOSED

Monday, April 25th 8 am to 10 pm Regular Hours

The LSUHSC Dental Library will also close Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 23rd. Click here to view their regular and holiday hours.

Happy Easter!

Space Medicine

From the Civil War to the first manned space flight, April 12th is a busy day. firstmaninspace11-sr

LSUHSC Libraries owns a few books on the medical implications of space flight. All are cataloged under the subjects Space Flight or Aerospace Medicine. All the books in our collection are between 50 and 20 years old, as this isn’t a popular area for monographs.

My personal favorite:
America’s astronauts and their indestructible spirit by Fred Kelly with a foreward by Buzz Aldrin. Published 1986, the author was a former NASA physician and a 1951 alum of the LSU Medical School.

Happy 175th NLM!

The National Library of Medicine turns 175 this year. The Library began in 1836 as the library of the US Surgeon General. Today it is the largest biomedical library in the world.

NLM was created as part of the Public Health Service, but it was transferred to the National Institutes of Health in 1968.

As part of the anniversary celebration, NLM is challenging the public to create a short video on NLM & You! The deadline is March 31st & the top prize is $1000.

Check out the webpage created for this milestone.

Love Your Kidneys

In the world of Medical Observances, the month of March is considered National Kidney Month. But did you know that March 10th is sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) as World Kidney Day?

On this day the NKF encourages you to ÔÇ£love your kidneys!ÔÇØ
According to resources provided by http://www.kidney.org/news/wkd/index.cfm your kidneys perform the following vital functions:

1. Filter 200 liters of blood a day, removing two liters of toxins, wastes and water
2. Regulate the bodyÔÇÖs water balance
3. Regulate blood pressure by controlling fluid levels and making the hormone that causes blood vessels to constrict
4. Support healthy bones and tissues by producing the active form of vitamin D
5. Produce the hormone that stimulates bone marrow to manufacture red blood cells
6. Keep blood minerals in balance
7. Keep electrolytes in balance
8. Regulate blood acid levels
9. Remove drugs from the blood
10. Retrieve essential nutrients so that the body can reabsorb them

Learn more about your kidneys and what you can do to take care of them by visiting http://www.kidney.org/news/wkd/index.cfm

Dental Assistant Recognition Week

LSUHSC-NO School of Dentistry Library honors the Dental Assistants that make our clinics great. Thank you!


Contributing to quality dental care, todayÔÇÖs dental assistants are role models of professional development. Strengthening the entire dental team, they enhance patient satisfaction throughout the world.

March 6-12, 2011, has been designated by the American Dental Assistants Association, along with the American Dental Association, the Canadian Dental Association and the Canadian Dental AssistantsÔÇÖ Association, as the perfect time to acknowledge and recognize the versatile, multitalented member of the dental teamÔÇöyour Dental Assistant.

National Nutrition Month

Adding color to your day is always a good idea; after all colors can brighten a room, lift your mood, and apparently improve your nutritional health.

The month of March is National Nutrition Month sponsored by the American Dietetic Association. The theme for this year is ÔÇ£Eat Right With Color,ÔÇØ encouraging everyone to add a burst of color to their plate with vegetables and fruits.

Find out easy ways to improve your daily eating habits at http://www.eatright.org/nnm/

American Heart Month

Promoting awareness in its 48th year, the American Heart Association is going red for American Heart Month.?á Did you know that Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer of women ages 20 and older and more women die of heart disease more than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer??á In America, an estimated 2,200 die each day due to heart related disease. By doing away with smoking, increasing physical activity, reducing cholesterol in diet and losing weight will help to prevent heart disease.

Warning signs of heart disease include but are not limited to:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, lightheadedness & nausea

Expand your knowledge

Take a peek at an interactive tool with the Heart Attack Risk Calculator to measure your risk of heart disease in the next 10yrs.

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Hand Washing saves lives!

In honor of National Hand Washing Week, December 5-11, remember that washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of disease and infection. Wash up for 20 seconds every time you sneeze, cough, blow your nose, and after you use the restroom. People notice when you don’t. And we talk. Check out the Center for Disease Control’s site for more information.

World Aids Day 2010


Today, December 1st, is the date globally recognized as World Aids Day. This annual observance was designated in 1988 as a way to bring attention to the AIDS/HIV epidemic.

According to the Louisiana Third Quarter 2010 HIV/Aids Report published by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals 17,944 persons is currently living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana. Between the months of January- December 2009 1,220 persons were newly diagnosed with HIV in Louisiana. These are only some of surprising statistics.

For more information about this observance and AIDS Awareness in general visit aids.gov.