Read More About it @ Brickell Library: Anatomy

Anatomy falls within the field of Biology and may be defined as “the science concerned with the shape, structure and the relationship of parts of organisms”.  The word “Anatomy” is Greek in origins, ana – meaning up and tome meaning cutting.  Anatomy then is naturally linked to dissection. These two words are not interchangeable however, dissection is “the act or process of dissecting or separating”.  Human Anatomy is then the study of the “shape, structure and the relationship of parts of” a human body.

Without doubt human bodies are amazing!  It is via the study of Human Anatomy that we learn astonishing facts about our bodies. For instance; from Nemours Teen Health “If the skin of a typical 150-pound (68-kilogram) adult male were stretched out flat, it would cover about 2 square yards (1.7 square meters) and weigh about 9 pounds (4 kilograms)” or that our digestive system can be 27 feet long!  Learning about human anatomy stretches back thousands of years with the first recorded teaching of human anatomy occurring in Egypt in 275BCE and happens today here at EVMS.

Curious to learn more about the human anatomy? Click on the links below;
The Final Bequest (EVMS Magazine)
Anatomy (MedlinePlus)
Atlas of the Human Body (American Medical Association)

Discover more about health issues, search Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library collections and databases by visiting the library’s website at http://www.evms.edu/library.
This blog is about consumer health topics of interest to the general public and a vehicle to promote the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library and library outreach events.

Ruth Smith, MLIS

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Read More About It @ The Brickell Library: It’s Cold Outside! Cold Weather Health Tips

With the first day of Winter behind us, we are still experiencing winter weather. Temperatures in our area of Virginia range from 35 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit during the month of January. Cold weather can impact our health. In 2013, 34 hospitalizations were attributed to “unintentional injuries sustained due to cold weather” per Anne M. Zehner, MPH Epidemiologist, Virginia Department of Health

24 deaths due to cold weather were reported in the United States by NOAA in 2013 none of these deaths occurred in Virginia. Winter injuries are much more common and range from frost bite and hypothermia to carbon monoxide poisoning.

While we are waiting for the weather to warm up how can we be healthy in cold weather?

Read what the EVMS Emergency Medicine Department has to share about cold weather and health;
Cold Weather Tips From EVMS Emergency Medicine

Want to learn more about cold weather health? Click on the links below;
Winter Weather Emergencies (MedlinePlus)
Take Precautions In Extreme Cold Weather (Virginia Department of Health)
Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide To Promote Your Health and Safety (CDC)
Common Winter Injuries (And How To Prevent Them) (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)

Discover more about health issues, search Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library collections and databases by visiting the library’s website at http://www.evms.edu/library.
This blog is about consumer health topics of interest to the general public and a vehicle to promote the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library and library outreach events.

Ruth Smith, MLIS

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Read More About It @ The Brickell Library: Ebola

We have been hearing news stories about Ebola daily capturing the attention of the nation. According for the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) the 2014 outbreak of Ebola in the West Africa region is the largest ever recorded.The first reported outbreak of Ebola, also known as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola Fever, was in 1976. The media, along with the CDC has identified 4 cases of Ebola in the US to date.

We have learned that this virus is spread via direct contact with body fluids from someone who is symptomatic. How do we prevent this virus?
Prevention recommendations include from simply staying away from areas experiencing outbreaks, avoiding those infected with Ebola and hand washing to the World Health Organization’s “Listen to and follow directives issued by your country’s respective Ministry of Health”.
In the United States prevention steps currently range from the quarantine of US troops and medical workers returning from the West African region to airport screenings. Drugs are also in development to combat this virus.

Learn what EVMS Infectious Disease experts say about Ebola by visiting;
EVMS Faculty Provide Facts on Ebola

Curious to learn more facts about Ebola? Visit the websites below;
Ebola (MedlinePlus)
Ebola – Frequently Asked Questions (Virginia Department of Health)
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (CDC)
Ebola Facts: Where are the most new cases being reported? (New York Times)

Discover more about health issues, search Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library collections and databases by visiting the library’s website at http://www.evms.edu/library.

This blog is about consumer health topics of interest to the general public and a vehicle to promote the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library and library outreach events.

Ruth Smith, MLIS

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Read More About It@ The Brickell Library: Healthy Living

In 1948 the World Health Organization declared that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease”. Their definition remains unchanged to this day. In order to achieve a positive state of health in our Hampton Roads community we must be willing to face a variety of local health challenges including, the rate of diabetes, infant mortality, and obesity. How can we meet these challenges as individuals? By adopting a healthy lifestyle.

You may already be living a healthy lifestyle, reducing stress, quitting smoking, eating vegetables and squeezing in exercise into your busy day. Perhaps you are interested in learning what else you can do to improve upon your own state of health. For additional tips to lead a healthy life visit read more about it @;
Health Tips for Every Woman (EVMS Magazine)
Healthy Living (MedlinePlus)
Tips for a Safe and Healthy Life(Centers for Disease Control)
Choose a Healthy Lifestyle (American Heart Association)
Four ways to Reduce Risk – Adopt a Physically Healthy Lifestyle (American Cancer Association)

Discover more about health issues, search Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library collections and databases by visiting the library’s website at http://www.evms.edu/library.

This blog is about consumer health topics of interest to the general public and a vehicle to promote the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library and library outreach events.

Ruth Smith, MLIS

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Read More About It@ The Brickell Library: Palliative Care

In a recent EVMS Magazine article, Robert Palmer MD, Director of the EVMs Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology said “Any patient with a progressive, chronic disease should be receiving palliative care.”  A chronic disease is an illness that is ongoing.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) one in two American Adults has a chronic illness.

What is Palliative Care?  In the same article, EVMS Physician Marissa Galicia-Castillio, MD shared “Palliative care medicine provides the whole spectrum of care for patients diagnosed with serious illness.  This can mean pain and symptom control communication and coordination and emotional support for both the patients and their families or caregivers.  Palliative care medicine can begin at any age and at any stage of the diagnosis.”

Is Hospice Cate the same as Palliative Care?  Palliative care is not hospice care.  Hospice care is a “subgroup of palliative care” and occurs near the end of life, “when two physicians would not be surprised if death occurred in the next six months.”

Curious to learn more about Palliative Care?  Click on the links below.
Palliative Care: Teamwork, communication & compassion provide quality-of-life care (EVMS Magazine)
Palliative Care (MedlinePlus)
WHO Definition of Palliative Care (World Health Organization)
Palliative Care: An Explanation of Palliative Care (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization)

Want to learn more about the EVMS Center that Dr. Palmer leads?  Visit the EVMS Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology.

Learn more about health issues search Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library collections and databases by visiting the library’s website at http://www.evms.edu/library.

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Read More About it @ The Brickell Library: Type 1 Diabetes

Did you know that there are two types of Diabetes? Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. “As many as 3 million Americans may have Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)”.
Although there is no known cure for Type 1 Diabetes, EVMS Physicians research efforts offer hope for a new treatment. Associate Professor of Internal Medicine Yumi Imai, MD will be awarded a CIT grant of $100,000. Working in a collaboration with Jerry Nadler, MD, EVMS Vice Dean for Research, Chair of Internal Medicine and the Harry H. Mansbach Chair in Internal Medicine, Dr. Imair will research a Type 1 Diabetes combination treatment focusing on beta cells. “Beta cells are the body’s only cells that produce insulin, so patients with Type 1 disease must inject insulin to stay alive”. To learn more about this EVMS research effort read the EVMS magazine article “CIT grants supports study of Type 1 diabetes treatment”

Did you know that EVMS has a center focused on Diabetes? Visit on the Strelitz Diabetes Center to learn more.

Curious about Type 1 Diabetes? Visit the links below;
Type 1 Diabetes (MedlinePlus)
Type 1 Diabetes Facts (JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
Type 1 Diabetes: What is it? (KidsHealth from Nemours)
Type 1 Diabetes (American Diabetes Association)

The Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library wishes you a happy and healthy Spring!

Learn more about health issues search Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library collections and databases by visiting the library’s website at http://www.evms.edu/library

This blog is about consumer health topics of interest to the general public and a vehicle to promote the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library and library outreach events.

Ruth Smith, MLIS

 

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Read More About It@ The Brickell Library: Back Pain

If you  suffer from back pain you are not alone, “By one estimate, 80 percent of Americans will experience low-back pain at least once during their lifetime”. Although a typical problem of aging, anyone can develop back pain including children. Causes of back pain are many and range from over-activity, pregnancy, to arthritis and disk issues including disk degenerationBack pain is one of the most common reasons for people to visit their doctors.  “One frustration for doctors is the lack of an objective diagnostic test”.  Learn  about the EVMS Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s effort to develop an objective diagnostic test by reading the article “A new way to measure back pain” in the latest edition of the EVMS Magazine

Discover additional information about back pain by visiting the links below;
10 Tips for a Healthy Back (North American Spine Society)
Gardening and Your Health: Protecting Your Knees and Back (Virginia Cooperative Extension)
Back Pain (MedlinePlus)
Back Pain (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
Back Pain In-Depth Report (New York Times)

Have fun in your garden this Spring! Have fun Spring cleaning?! And remember to lift with your knees!

This blog is about consumer health topics of interest to the general public and a vehicle to promote the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library and library outreach events.

Ruth Smith, MLIS

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