Archive for the ‘Etc.’ Category

February 7, 2010

Site maintenance

We’re working on fixing some bugs that people have reported in the last few weeks, including problems with RSS feeds. If something looks off for the next few hours– no worries! We’re on it.


January 20, 2009

Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare Releases Online Tutorial for Healthcare Consumers and Advocates

Some of you may be familiar with the Cochrane Collaboration, an international effort to improve healthcare through the creation of systematic reviews that look at and summarize the best available evidence on medical interventions.

There is also a US Cochrane Center. It supports the Collaboration and houses the Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare (CUE). The CUE’s mission is as follows:

Empowering consumers, public health policy makers, and healthcare providers to make informed decisions based on the best current evidence through research, education, and advocacy.

Our Bodies Ourselves is a member of the CUE, along with other organizations such as the Black Women’s Health Imperative, National Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health, National Women’s Health Network, and others.

The CUE has released an online workshop to help you better understand the concept of evidence-based medicine, navigate medical information, critique research studies, and use that information to advocate for better public policy and healthcare. The workshop is freely available but requires a simple registration. I haven’t been through all of the modules yet, but it looks like a good source for those who want to understand evidence-based medicine and the skills needed to critique the evidence for medical procedures and approaches.


December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!

We’re taking the day off to be merry — we’ll be back tomorrow with a look at the year’s top health stories and other best-of posts.

Cheers to all!


August 5, 2008

New Look for Our Bodies, Our Blog!

In an attempt to address some of our ongoing technical problems (slow page loading, difficulty publishing comments, etc), Our Bodies, Our Blog has moved to a new server. We’ve also changed blogging software, to WordPress from Moveable Type. We’re taking advantage of these transitions to make some small design changes as well, such as highlighting the Our Bodies, Ourselves books in a new third column and adding a calendar of OBOS and women’s health events (which we will fill in soon—promise!).

We hope the transition will go relatively smoothly, but… you never know! Please let us know if you’re having any problems, or if you have any other feedback for us.

We want to give a special thanks to technical consultant extraordinaire Mark Dickson, for guiding us through the transition, and for putting up with our endless requests for “just one more thing.” Thanks, Mark!


March 17, 2008

New Website for Women’s Health Information

The National Library of Medicine and Office of Research on Women’s Health have teamed up to provide a new website to help you find research and resources on women’s health topics, especially those featured in the 2008 National Institutes of Health Priorities for Women’s Health [PDF].

Although this announcement lists two websites, one from NLM and one from ORWH, they seem to have overlapping content that is organized slightly differently. The NLM site is probably easiest to use, as it lists resources by topic rather than by the database or website they’re contained in.

Subjects covered include caregiving, family planning, senior health, health disparities, substance abuse, cancer, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, heart disease, hormone therapy, bone and joint health, and many others. For each topic, you’ll find links to consumer health information, a searchable database of clinical trials, journal citations, journal citations that are specifically for results from clinical trials, major reports, and other relevant resources.

This could be a great starting point if you’re looking for an easy way to find this type of women’s health information online, and links primarily to resources from the National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine, so you know that the sites are vetted in a way that the results from a plain internet search are not.

As a medical librarian in “real life,” I’m especially interested in whether this new site is helpful to you; let me know in the comments. I’m happy to take questions about how to use the PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov sites that are linked from this resources as well.


March 4, 2008

A Feel-Good Story with a Jolt

I’m not one to get sappy over Starbucks, but this story about a 51-year-old barista who is donating one of her kidneys to a customer with polycystic kidney disease is too good to pass up.

Sandie Andersen took the job more than four years ago for the health benefits, which her husband’s job does not provide. Now she’ll share her health with Annamarie Ausnes, 55, a university administrative assistant who started coming in for a daily pick-me-up about three years ago. The women bonded by way of over-the-counter conversation, and that’s how Andersen learned Ausnes needed a transplant and no one in her family was match.

The surgery is scheduled for March 11.

“I asked my surgeon, ‘Will I be able to snowboard afterward?’” said Andersen. “He said, ‘Do you snowboard now?’ I said, ‘No, but I’m hoping to.’”

Here’s a toast to them both.