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April 2014

New Look for AccessSurgery

AccessSurgeryAccessSurgery has moved to a new platform! The popular online resource provides medical students, surgical residents, and practicing surgeons with quick answers to surgical inquiries from authoritative sources. The content is basically the same and includes surgical textbooks, such as Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery and Zollinger’s Atlas of Surgical Operations. You’ll also find an extensive collection of images and surgical videos, case files, drug information, patient handouts, and more.

PubMed Links Trial Studies to Systematic Reviews

PubMed users can now go straight from the trial to the systematic review that cites it. This new feature, called a portlet, appears on the right hand side of the abstract display page. For example, the study, “Breast cancer after use of estrogen plus progestin in postmenopausal women,” was cited by five systematic reviews. Links to these systematic reviews are available in the portlet.

Final Farewell to MD Consult

The HSLS subscription to MD Consult ended in late November 2013. However, we recently discovered that access to the site was never deactivated. We apologize for any confusion, but please note that MD Consult will not be available as of April 30, 2014 (we mean it this time!). For more information on its replacement, ClinicalKey, see the September 2013 HSLS Update article, “Introducing ClinicalKey (and Farewell to MD Consult).”

Why Health Literacy Matters

Literacy skills are a stronger predictor of health status than age, income, employment status, education level, and racial or ethnic group. According to a report from the University of Connecticut, “Low Health Literacy: Implications for National Health Policy,” low health literacy is estimated to cost $106–$236 billion annually; and in a finding from the 2003 study, “National Assessment of Adult Literacy,” 36% of adults fall into the basic and below basic health literacy level.

Treasures from the Rare Book Room: Tokens from the 17th Century

Numismatists and hobbyists are familiar with historical tokens (coin-like objects with quasi monetary value, issued by a private group or individual). Some tokens served as emergency “money” during the small-change shortage (Civil War tokens), entrance tickets (Roman spintriae), or store cards (merchant tokens), while others commemorated an event, anniversary, place or person (communion tokens).

HSLS Staff News


Missy Harvey, technology & communication coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region, along with co-author Michael G. Harvey, published “Privacy and Security Issues for Mobile Health Platforms,” in Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Classes April 2014

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Adobe Photoshop, bibliographic management, molecular biology and genetics, and library orientations. For more information, visit the online course descriptions.