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An important topic returns with new speakers and new research. Join the VCU Wright Center's Health Equity Series for a community-oriented discussion of inequities in lung health in Black and Brown communities. Speakers will highlight a path forward for the community, health researchers and provide...
12/14/2021 10:00 AM
<p> An important topic returns with new speakers and new research. Join the VCU Wright Center&#39;s Health Equity Series for a community-oriented discussion of inequities in lung health in Black and Brown communities. Speakers will highlight a path forward for the community, health researchers and providers. They include: Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam, VCU Health pulmonologist and physician-scientist, Rachel Hunley, the Wright Center&#39;s community engagement program manager, and Sherrick Hill, community health educator and facilitator in the VCU Massey Cancer Center Office of Health Equity and Disparities Research.</p> <p> This online program is free and open to everyone.</p> <p> <a href="https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0td-yrqjoqGt1Q_EJeyjRCxUsZL2dmayhy" target="_blank">Register online</a></p>
Join the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research’s Discovery Dialogues series, where VCU Health doctors and VCU professors present for a patient and public audience. On Dec. 13, Dr. Matthew Barrett, a neurologist, presents his research into Parkinson's Disease and individualized trea...
12/13/2021 12:00 PM
<p> Join the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research&rsquo;s Discovery Dialogues series, where VCU Health doctors and VCU professors present for a patient and public audience. On Dec. 13, Dr. Matthew Barrett, a neurologist, presents his research into Parkinson&#39;s Disease and individualized treatment.</p> <p> This program is free and open to all.</p> <p> <a href="https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0oceyrrjsuEtC6e13tkylWzZVDOWjXQ7GE" target="_blank">Register online</a></p>
Niraj Kothari, M.D., will speak on SGLT2is for CKD management in the next session for the Diabetes and Hypertension Project ECHO. Learn more about today's best practices in diabetes and hypertension care through didactic presentations and real, de-identified patient cases presented by current prac...
08/26/2021 12:00 PM
<p> Niraj Kothari, M.D., will speak on&nbsp;SGLT2is for CKD management in the next session for the Diabetes and Hypertension Project ECHO.&nbsp;Learn more about today&#39;s best practices in diabetes and hypertension care through didactic presentations and real, de-identified patient cases presented by current practitioners through the Project ECHO model.&nbsp;Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Madeleine Wagner at <a href="mailto:echoDMHTN@vcuhealth.org">echoDMHTN@vcuhealth.org</a> or visit <a href="http://vcuhealth.org/echodmhtn">vcuhealth.org/echodmhtn</a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=TW3FNKLHND">Registration</a> is required.&nbsp;</p>
By: Dana L. Ladd MS, Ph.D., AHIP |  Health and Wellness Librarian | Health and Wellness Library, Tompkins-McCaw for the Health Sciences During the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, information abounds from various sources including websites, social media, television, and even from fri...
04/07/2020 12:00 AM
<p> By: Dana L. Ladd MS, Ph.D., AHIP |&nbsp; Health and Wellness Librarian | Health and Wellness Library, Tompkins-McCaw for the Health Sciences</p> <p> During the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, information abounds from various sources including websites, social media, television, and even from friends and family members. A simple search on Google for &ldquo;COVID-19&rdquo; yields over 12,210,000,000 results. Facebook feeds are full of shared posts from friends with information about COVID-19. With all of this information, how can we know what is trustworthy health information and what is not?&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> Before using any information to make decisions about your health it is important to critically evaluate the information you find or hear from others for reliability and trustworthiness. Use the following criteria to evaluate the information you find online or hear about from others:&nbsp;</p> <p> Evaluation of Information:&nbsp;<br /> <em>Authority</em><br /> Find out the source of the information provided. Anybody can post health information online and on social media but the person writing the information may not be an expert or qualified to provide reliable information. Find out who authored the health content of the page or information. Does the author have the appropriate knowledge of COVID-19? Search for the credentials of the author to help determine this. This information can usually be found under the &ldquo;About Us&rdquo; section of the webpage. A caution to note is that even if the author has the appropriate credentials he/she may be biased (see below).</p> <p> <em>Bias</em><br /> Evaluate the information for possible bias. Look for the purpose of the information provided. Some websites exist to educate and inform based upon scientific research.&nbsp; Other sites or sources of information may exist only to sell a product or to perpetuate a personal or political belief that may not be based on scientific facts. Fear may make people more susceptible to being taken advantage of.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Accuracy</em><br /> Ask yourself if the information you received is accurate. Determining accuracy may be difficult for those who are not medical professionals but there are steps you can take to verify accuracy. Compare information to known reliable sources of information. Compare the information to the medical and scientific research being published. When searching online for information about COVID-19 use sites that are librarian-vetted, reliable sources of information. A list of trustworthy websites about COVID-19 is found below. A librarian can help you find consumer information and medical research literature.</p> <p> <em>Currency</em><br /> Check the site to see if the information is up to date. COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation with new medical research and information being disseminated every day so it is even more important to make sure you are receiving current information.</p> <p> <strong>The following are current, reliable, and trustworthy sites for information about COVID-19:</strong></p> <p> The Centers for Disease Control<br /> <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html">https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html</a></p> <p> National Institutes of Health<br /> <a href="https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus">https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus</a></p> <p> World Health Organization&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.who.int/">https://www.who.int/</a></p> <p> World Health Organization<br /> Myth Buster<br /> <a href="https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters">https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters</a></p> <p> <strong>For local (Virginia) information, about COVID-19:</strong></p> <p> Virginia Commonwealth University Health (VCUH) website<br /> <a href="https://www.vcuhealth.org/news-center/news-center-category?&amp;id=11">https://www.vcuhealth.org/news-center/news-center-category?&amp;id=11</a></p> <p> The Virginia Department of Health<br /> <a href="http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/">http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/</a></p> <p> The Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences has created a LibGuide with many resources about COVID-19<br /> <a href="https://guides.library.vcu.edu/diseaseoutbreaks/COVID-19">https://guides.library.vcu.edu/diseaseoutbreaks/COVID-19</a>.</p> <p> <strong>For more information about evaluating information visit:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial<br /> <a href="https://medlineplus.gov/webeval/webeval.html">https://medlineplus.gov/webeval/webeval.html</a></p> <p> Virus Outbreak (mis)Information and How to Cope<br /> <a href="https://apnews.com/dedd5a5f5367b1da634a1e84dbb369ed">https://apnews.com/dedd5a5f5367b1da634a1e84dbb369ed</a></p> <p> When reading any information about COVID-19 or any health-related topic, first stop and think. Evaluate the information before acting on or sharing information with others. Before making decisions that will impact your health be sure to talk to a qualified health care provider.</p> <p> If you are still unsure about the reliability of the information or need to find information about COVID-19 or any health-related topic, you can always ask a librarian. The staff at the Health and Wellness Library is here to help you find reliable health information. We can direct you to quality, accurate, reliable consumer health websites and information. Call us at <a href="tel:+18048282432">(804) 828-2432</a> or email <a href="mailto:healthlibrary@vcuhealth.org">healthlibrary@vcuhealth.org</a>.</p>
Interested in learning basic lifesaving resuscitation skills? Join us for "CPR Anytime" on Thursday, Feb. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the VCU Medical Center Health and Wellness Library, and take part in this lunchtime program sponsored by VCU HR WorkLife. CPR Anytime allows you to learn basic life...
02/13/2020 12:00 PM
<p> Interested in learning basic lifesaving resuscitation skills? Join us for &quot;CPR Anytime&quot; on Thursday, Feb. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in the VCU Medical Center Health and Wellness Library,&nbsp;and take part in this lunchtime&nbsp;program sponsored by VCU HR WorkLife.</p> <p> CPR Anytime&nbsp;allows you to learn basic lifesaving skills in about 20 minutes. CPR Anytime was developed to teach more people lifesaving CPR by bringing hands-on CPR training directly to them. AED (automated external defibrillator) training will be discussed as well.</p> <p> The program is free and open to everyone. Lunch is provided. Space is limited so register <a href="https://vcu.libcal.com/event/6418916">here</a>. For more information, contact 804-828-2432 or ricasatakj@vcu.edu. The Health and Wellness Library is located in VCU Health Gateway Building, ground floor, RM G-112.</p>