Category Archives: News & Announcements

Library Restores Connectivity and Power in Study Area

DTK_5492At the beginning of March, workmen installed power and data into many of the carrels and tables around the library. With the addition of the seven tables along the back wall, carrels by tech services, the reference desk, and the new hallway; wireless, data, and electrical capability are strong once again in the student study areas at Dana Library allowing patrons more opportunity to use power and data.

This increased connectivity was needed. You may have noticed with the addition of the Larner classroom, the study area moved from the front to the back of the library reducing the number of tables and carrels with power and data temporarily. The new study area of the library had less than half the connectivity and power available in the former space. The wireless capability has now tripled and data ports and electrical outlets are available at nearly all study tables and carrels.

Now nursing, health science, and medical students are able to study in the library without worrying about electricity or losing data. This upgrade is a final stage of the collaboration to build the classroom with the College of Medicine.

For more information please contact: Donna O’Malley at 656-4415 or
Donna.OMalley@uvm.edu

MEDSINC App Co-Developed by UVM Medical Faculty

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University of Vermont Professor (Pediatrics, Microbiology, and Molecular Genetics) and Pediatrician Barry Finette has co-developed a mobile phone app MEDSINC (Medical Evaluation and Diagnostic System for Infants, Newborns and Children) set to be deployed in the field later this year. This app, which is downloadable onto any mobile device, has the ability to medically assess children in developing countries even if healthcare workers aren’t available.

Finette, having treated sick children with limited access to medical care in some of the world’s poorest countries, saw a great need for this app; which provides users (even those with little or no medical training) a series of questions to ask when assessing a sick child. The app then determines the severity of the child’s conditions and gives recommended treatment based on the user’s skill set. This app allows for life saving treatment even if the patient’s underlying condition can not be determined.

For more information, head over to Seven Days: Burlington Vermont’s weekly newspaper recently featured an article that highlights the MEDSINC app.

The Natural Standard Changes Name to Natural Medicines

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The Natural Standard database which offers trustworthy information on complementary and alternative therapies, diets, exercise and nutrition has recently changed their name to Natural Medicines and upgraded their database features.

Natural Medicines was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. Grades are used to reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition. Users can search by treatment, condition, or herb/supplement. Natural Medicines provides a Foods, Herbs and Supplements database that includes interactions. It also offers interactions and depletion checkers.

Head over to Natural Medicines to find out more.