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Spring 2012 Remodeling: construction complete, nearly ready for move-in

The plastic sheeting no longer hangs from the ceiling, and visitors can see clearly into the new offices on the second floor. Once HVAC adjustments and the final inspection are completed, library faculty can finally move into new offices! While we have referred to this as a recent remodeling project, it actually began in the […]

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Health literacy begins by bridging gaps

Discussion of health literacy in relation to patient-physician communication, encouraging healthy behavior, and the complexity of our healthcare system.

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What’s your community health literacy profile, eh?

New interactive map showing health literacy levels across Canada.

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Google teaching search, lesson plans included

Google’s Search Education site offers a matrix of lesson plans for learning to search effectively, with its accompanying pros and cons.

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Another step on the road to a better search: Google Knowledge Graph

With little noticeable fanfare, Google recently made a change to its interface that has important implications for anyone with online content. Now when you search using Google, it looks at the terms in your search and identifies the things in it. Based on previous searches on your topic, the Google search engine may offer a new […]

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Health literacy and prevalence of stroke: interpreting a CDC report

The number of strokes nationwide has decreased little in the last four years, and regional and socio-economic disparities are strong indicators of their continued prevalence, according to the CDC.

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Sick in America? Cost and care are serious problems, poll indicates

Recent poll found “Many Sick Americans Experience Significant Financial Problems and Report their Care is not Well-Managed”

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Weight of the Nation video: great video series from CDC

As reported on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s site, Obesity is common, serious, and costly. More than one-third of adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% of children and adolescents are obese. To confront this epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating “with public health researchers and practitioners, partners, state […]

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Remodeling project: furniture in place

Office furniture is now in place, and the spring remodeling project is moving steadily towards completion.

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Predicting disease outbreaks using…Twitter?

While raising ethical concerns, monitoring Twitter and other social media may anticipate disease outbreaks faster than traditional data-gathering methods.

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