Historical Medical Posters

I had a wonderful website emailed to me from the medical librarian email list that contained a digital collection of historical medical posters from the 1940’s on.  Yale University and the Harvey Cushing/ John Hay Whitney Medical Library have compiled an excellent collection of authentic medical posters complete with digital images and original publishing information. […]

Variety in US Life Expectancy

CBS reported this week on an interesting trend in life expectancy.  While the US average for life expectancy is still increasing, in many counties throughout the country, it is actually falling.  Some of the theories outlined in the article include a shift in population to areas where health care is more available or more affordable, […]

Googling Tips

If there is one thing I have come to expect in my years of teaching library instruction, it is that when students get frustrated they will always turn to Google.  As often as I encourage them to use more scholarly resources, I feel that they should also be able to use such a widely know […]

Healthy Travels!

With the promise of warmer weather right around the corner, I have no doubt many of you will be planning trips over the summer months.  The CDC has also been anticipating the summer travel season with the release of the 2012 Traveler’s Health Yellow Book.  In it, you’ll find tips about recommended vaccines, travel notices, […]

How it Feels to Have a Stroke

In this post I’m going to be showing you a video from the group called TED.  For those of you unfamiliar with TED, it is a non-profit group that focuses on getting ideas out to the public.  They cover everything from social issues, to technology, to health.  Each video or lecture is designed to spread […]

Reducing Health Disparities

The Associated Press reported on a plan to reduce the disproportionate amount of minorities that are affected by serious health conditions.  One of the best things about the plan is that it relies only on money that is currently available and will not be affected by the current budget debate. Some concrete goals include increasing […]

Federal Health IT Strategic Plan

As a part of the American recovery and reinvestment act, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released a strategic plan to increase technology in health care environments.  The mission stated in the summary of the strategic plan was: “To improve health and health care for all Americans through the use […]

Medical Advancements of the Civil War

This past Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of attending a lecture given at the Rose Melinick Medical Meseum by Dr. Peter D’onofrio.  Dr. D’onofrio gave the lecture in an authentic Union dress uniform. He spoke about the rapid advancements in military medicine that were made during this time out of necessity. Before the Civil […]

Drug Pricing Gets Political

An article in TIME this week highlighted the pharmaceutical company KV Pharmaceuticals.  They recently released news that they would be selling a newly engineered progesterone drug for more than 150 times the cost of competitors.  The drug was used for many years as a hormone replacement when a clinical trial discovered that it could also […]

Health Literacy Tools

A recent article from the kaiser foundation focused on health literacy.   Health literacy has been getting more attention recently because of a 2007 study that showed it can add up to $238 billion to national health care costs annually.  This article explains about the different types of health literacy, from basic reading skills to applying […]