Human Trafficking [Resource of the Week]

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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
Here are some related resources for information, research, awareness, and assistance. They are all from the UT Library Guide Human Trafficking.



hotlineAdditionally, here are some tips and information from the National Human Trafficking Hotline


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New Medical Subject Headings (for MEDLINE portion of PubMed)



Every year the National Library Medicine (part of NIH) expands its vocabulary of subject headings. Here are some of the new ones for 2009. Some are relatively new concepts, others concepts have been around for a few years. Remember that when searching PubMed/Medline, these subject headings are not retroactively added to articles before 2009. The only exception is Systematic Reviews because the Medline catalogers consider this to be an important concept/topic.
More at

Aggressive Driving
Big Data
Build Environment
Child Labor
Clinical Trial Protocols as Topic
Conscientious Refusal to Treat
(Refusal of health professionals to provide medical services on the basis of moral or religious beliefs.)
Data Visualization
Disability Studies
Drug Development
Economic Status
Endurance Training
Family Separation
Forensic Psychology
Genetic Profile
Gray Literature -Works that include publications such as reports, theses, conference papers, translations and limited circulation government
documents which are not normally available through commercial publication sources. (LCSH)
Natural Disasters
Negative Results
Preprint (Publication Type)
Race Factors
Road Rage
Screen Time
Synthetic Drugs
Systematic Review (Publication Type)
Traffic -Related Pollution
Web Archive

Puzzled about Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and how to use them?
Check out our PubMed Library Guide
Consult with a Mulford Librarian

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MedlinePlus – A gateway to consumer and some professional health information [Resource of the Week]

MedlinePlus Trusted Health Information for You


Looking for basic information on Seasonal Affective Disorder for patients, family or friends?
Or maybe just a few recent biomedical articles on herbal medicine?

The NIH Web site MedlinePlus brings information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language that many can understand. One can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up-to-date. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 1000 diseases and conditions. There are directories, a medical encyclopedia, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

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Stress Reliever Tips [Resource of the Week]

Need some stress reliever tips that do not require much time?
The UT Library Guide Mindfulness, Stress and Burnout just might have what will work for you.**

For example

  • Take some deep breaths
  • Exercise  –  Aim for 30 minutes/day
  • Eat well – Minimize sugars, refined carbs, caffeine, chemical preservatives,hormones

    Eat more Omega-3 fatty acids to give your mood a boost –
    fatty fish(salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines), seaweed, flaxseed, and walnuts

  • Listen to guided practices as breathing and bell sounds

**Is stress and/or burnout overpowering? We encourage you to contact the UT Counseling Center for information on their services and/or referrals.

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Microplastics in our food and Lake Erie

Two recent articles

Microplastics in food — Many unanswered questions among scientists and the general public

BfR Consumer Monitor: More than half of the population is concerned about microplastics in food
BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment


Where 45 percent were previously concerned about microplastics in food, this number has now risen by 11 percentage points to more than half of all respondents. It is of particular interest to the BfR whether public perception differs from the scientific estimation. From previous studies, it cannot be calculated just how many microplastic particles consumers really do ingest through the consumption of fish, for example. Microplastics have been determined above all in the gastrointestinal tract of fish which are not usually eaten. “In order to assess the actual risk of microplastics in the food chain, we require more reliable data, ” explains BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. “The BfR is currently conducting studies on the uptake of microplastics via the intestines and their possible health effects”.


Sunday Magazine Article about plastic pollution in the Great Lakes by Blade Outdoors Editor #MattMarkey and Blade artist #JeffBlasting. It appeared in the  November 4 20183 edition of #TheBlade (aka The Toledo Blade).



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Mulford Library Exam Week, Intersession, and Winter Break Hours (2018)

Below are the Mulford Library hours for Exam Week, Intersession, and Winter Break. (December 7-13).
We wish you the best on your exams and relaxation during the Winter Break.
Exam Week (Dec 7 – 13)
Friday         7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday    8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday      8:00 am – 1:00 am
Monday-    7:30 am – 1:00 am
Intersession (Dec 14-23)
Saturday, Dec 15      7:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, Dec 16        9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday, Dec 17       7:30 am – 7:00 pm
-Friday, Dec 21
Saturday, Dec 22      9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, Dec 23        9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Winter Break (Dec 24- Jan 1)
We are closed for Winter Break, Dec 24 through Jan 1.
We resume our regular hours on Wednesday, Jan 2.
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ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) – Great additional article locator for Public Health, Psychology, Health Professionals Education, and more! [Resource of the Week]

The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an academic search engine that can be used to search educational journals through the Collection Tab. The Thesaurus tab uses subject headings to locate articles. Education journals include topics of interest to health science students and researchers in areas as

  • Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Access to Health Care
  • Psychology
  • Health Professionals Education
  • SociologyOther article locating resources including health related articles include
  • Social Sciences Citation Index – An international multidisciplinary index to the literature of the social, behavioral and related sciences.
    Categories include Family Studies, Gerontology, Health Policy & Services, Nursing, Psychology, Rehabilitation, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Substance Abuse.
  • JSTOR– Platform for cross-searching full text of scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences
    Subjects include Health Policy, Health Sciences, Public Health, Biological Sciences, Statistics, Population Studies, Psychology, and Urban Studies
  • SocINDEX with Full Text –  broad range of studies, including gender studies, criminal justice, social psychology, religion, racial studies and social work
    Topics include Aging, Cultural Differences, Healthcare, Mental Health, Human Behavior, Public Health, Social Development, Substance Abuse, Violence, and Women’s HealthResource of the Week
    Nov 11-17, 2018
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Wolfram Alpha – “Computational Knowledge Engine” for data, including the health sciences [Resource of the Week]


Wolfram Alpha is striving to make all systematic knowledge available to everyone via the World Wide Web. It supplies curated structured data via web search or API and supplies the data licensed to Apple behind its Siri product.It searches the Web for organized data sets as time series.  More below***

Looking for potential biomedical applications? Check out their Health/Medicine example page for canned searches as medical computations, visual acuity test info, incidence of conditions/diseases.

Also, check out the Food/Nutrition example page for canned searches as food nutrition comparison, food preparation (how much for how many), and dietary reference/standards.

On a related note, UToledo Library Guides includes Locating Health Statistics for links to finding aids, direct links to international, national, state & local stats and much more.

Cannot find what you are looking for through Wolfram Alpha or our LibGuide? Please do not hesitate to consult with a Mulford Reference Librarian for professional yet friendly service!

***Wolfram Alpha’s data is derived from “different sources, combined and curated by the Wolfram|Alpha team. At the bottom of each relevant results page there’s a “Source information” button, which provides background sources and references.” More info on
Wolfram’s data at .

Drexel University Libraries has a great guide to Wolfram Alpha. It includes how to use popular features (as math problem solutions, and inputting images and data for analysis and processing)

Resource of the Week
Nov 18-24, 2018

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The Doc’s Kitchen – Evidence Based Eating for Every Day People [Resource of the Week]

   The Doc’s Kitchen – Evidence Based Eating for Every Day People

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From the Bio
Dr. Ed McDonald is a trained chef and board certified physician dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities through nutrition education. … During medical school, he developed an interest in community health education and subsequently developed program focusing on training local hip-hop and spoken word artists as health educators with funding support from the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.  This program was inspired by his experience of training barbers as health educators at the CNN featured, Project Brotherhood, a clinic focusing on the health of African-American men in Chicago.  His experience at Project Brotherhood made him keenly aware of the impact of social determinants of health, but he was most interested in the effects of nutrition on health and disease.

Some recent blog items
 A Dope, No Fat, No Added Sugar, Low Calorie Cole Slaw Recipe

Do you know how much water you waste when throwing away food?
All Food Has a Water Footprint.

Do You Think Apple Cider is Good for You? Here are 5 Proven Health Benefits

***What does the symbol in your logo mean?

The logo’s symbol is a west African Adinkra symbol.  The Adinkra symbols were created to visually represent important concepts, sayings, and aphorisms for the Akan people, the indigenous ethnic group of Ghana and the Ivory Coast.  The symbol is a stalk called NYAME NTI which means “by God’s Grace.”  The Adinkra Dictionary by W. Bruce Willis describes the symbol’s significance as illustrating “to the Akan people that food is a basis of life and that they could not survive if not for the food that God has placed here on Earth for their nourishment. ”  Given the link between nutrition and chronic disease, I feel it is a fitting visual depiction of the vision of The Doc’s Kitchen.

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US Preventive Services Task Force [Resource of the Week]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in disease prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services.


The Information for Health Professionals page includes

community guideGuide to Community Preventive Services
A collection of the evidence-based findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force.

AmericanFamilyPhysicianPutting Prevention Into Practice (PPIP): An Evidence-Based Approach
A series of short reports and quizzes by the American Family Physician based on Task Force recommendations.


epssA widget for primary care clinicians to identify appropriate preventive services
The results grade individual preventive services with recommendation grades of A-D and I for uncertainty

Check out the widget by going to          




Screening test information can also be found through

ClinicalKey ClinicalKey

For example search with the phrase HIV screening and limit (left column) to Guidelines or Clinical Overviews/First Consult

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Enter a phrase as HIV screening


Even more screening/testing resources at the UT Library Guide Resources for Residents: Diagnosis


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