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Library Adds uCentral and Unbound MEDLINE with Grapherence

In August 2012 the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library initiated a site license for Unbound Medicine’s uCentral. uCentral brings together clinical references and journal literature where you need it – on your smartphone, tablet, and on the web.

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Health Literacy Advisor software is now available!

The Health Literacy Advisor evaluation software is now available for in-library use on a laptop computer at Eccles Library.  Use this software to evaluate the literacy level of your patient education documents or other materials.  The software helps you rework document text for easier reading by patients. Available in English and Spanish. For more information, […]

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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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Search engines and usability for finding medical information online: a new study

Search engines may be good places for people with adequate or better information literacy skills, but what of the majority of the population that has low health literacy?

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An example of health literacy and reduction of perceived post-operative pain

Viewing a pre-op video of what to do and expect may result in less pain and more patient involvement.

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Addressing health literacy gaining traction

As mentioned previously, health literacy is “the ability to get information, understand it, and use information to lower risk and better health.” People “with low health literacy are more likely to report poor health, have an incomplete understanding of their health problems and treatment, and are at greater risk of hospitalization” (Pawlak, 2005). Many organizations, […]

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Breast cancer online decision tool

New online decision tool from Stanford for women at risk of breast and ovarian cancer due to BRCA gene mutation.

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Health literacy: simple definition, thoughtful implementation

Found a concise definition of “health literacy,” and a thoughtful YouTube video as well.

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Hurrying to the bottom: deteriorating ranking of U.S. health status

New study shows U.S. falling behind most developed countries in terms of improvements in health outcomes.

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“Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat.” heart-attack awareness program

Excellent heart-attack awareness program for women by the U.S. Dept. of H.H.S.

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