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Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health

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The Dana Medical Library has the honor of hosting a very special National Library of Medicine exhibition. Taking an in-depth look at health on a global level, this exhibition explores what people of all professions are doing to improve health care around the world. “Communities, in collaboration with scientists, advocates, governments, and international organizations, are taking up the challenge to prevent disease and improve quality of life” (Against the Odds brochure).
This fascinating exhibition will be on display at the Dana Medical Library through December 16th . Stop by and check it out.

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine.

In conjunction with this traveling exhibition, the Dana Medical Library has compiled a series of images for our main foyer screen that give a glimpse of global health programs here at UVM.

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Catherine Akin and Leah Houde with children in a village in Bangladesh

The University of Vermont has welcomed the opportunity to go abroad, learn from other medical situations, bring resources and access to information, help improve essential health care, fight deadly outbreaks of disease, and make an impact by teaming up with doctors and nurses in other countries. The programs that have been developed see these immersions as an opportunity for reciprocity in knowledge, culture, and understanding. Some of the places that UVM doctors, students, and professors have been are Uganda, China, Russia, Vietnam, Liberia, India, Tanzania, the Netherlands and many others.
Look for this slide show to be up and running the week of Monday November 16th.
Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695. Thank you!

Photo courtesy of Professor Hendrika Maltby in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

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.

Health Statistics Abound in New OECD iLibrary

Obesity, mental health and cardiac care are just a few of the health-related topics covered in the new OECD iLibrary. OECD iLibrary contains all the publications and datasets released by OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998 — some 390 complete databases, 2.500 working papers, 5.500 books, 14.000 tables and graphs, 21.000 chapters and articles.

OECD iLibrary has the following new features:
• Navigation by country or theme
• Granular content – users can search and click directly to tables, chapters or articles.
• Integrated search results, showing all available file formats (PDF, HTML, XLS)
• A citation tool for all content, compatible with popular bibliographic management systems.
• Content in context – related content is one click away
• Links to previous editions, with the option to download any full-text item such as tables or chapters from the table of contents
• Every content level has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and fixed URL
• Users can navigate back and forth via hierarchical “breadcrumb trails”
• Executive summaries available for key titles in up to 20 languages
• Data available as ready-made, downloadable tables, or, for experienced users, in databases for users to build and extract their own tables
• OECD.Stat is fully integrated, offering multiple export formats (including SDMX) explanatory metadata and links to related publications
• 44,000 home pages with Google friendly URLs