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Last Build Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:30:52 +0000


Texas Medicaid Cuts Hurts Rural Kids With Disabilities

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:30:52 +0000

More than a year ago, Texas lawmakers ordered the state to cut the amount of money for therapists who work with children with disabilities. After the Texas Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit against the cuts, they are finally taking effect. The cuts are significant—taking away $350 million in Medicaid reimbursement—and they impact some […]

Hospital Quality Data Available

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:00:42 +0000

The Joint Commission has released its 2016 annual report on America’s hospitals. The report contains data contributed by more than 3,300 hospitals nationwide. Extensive changes were made to the metrics collected in past years. Several measures previously included were dropped from the data collection process because hospital performance was consistently high and considered to no […]

Surgeon General Releases Landmark Report Regarding Addiction in America

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:30:39 +0000

In a landmark report, the United States Surgeon General issued a report on alcohol, drugs and health. The report comes at a time when many organizations are calling for action in the U.S.’s opioid epidemic. “With this report, I’m calling our country to action around one of the most underrecognized and underaddressed public health issues […]

Meet Me Monday: Katelyn Helberg, UT-Austin iSchool

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:30:43 +0000

Katelyn Helberg is a second year MSIS student at the UT-Austin iSchool. Prior to graduate school, Katelyn worked as a Pre-K Teacher and Assistant Director before working in circulation for the Harris County Public Library system. Since beginning her Masters program, she has held a variety of student positions and internships, also gaining experience in […]

Study Suggests Women Who Have Kids Later Are More Likely to Live Longer

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:30:35 +0000

According to an article on MedlinePlus, a study, which is the first of its kind, suggests women who have children at 25 and older are more likely to live to the age of 90. The research also found that these women were more likely to be married, have college degrees and have a higher income. […]

Three New Mexico Counties See Shigellosis

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:30:30 +0000

The New Mexico Department of Health just reported Tuesday that counties Lea, Chaves, and Eddy have all seen an outbreak of bacterial disease shigellosis. Shigellosis is a diarrheal disease that causes about 500,000 cases of diarrhea annually. Other symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, cramps and toxemia. Oftentimes, diarrhea will contain blood or mucus. Since May […]

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:00:49 +0000

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program is a one year postgraduate program for recent graduates to learn about health sciences librarianship while working at the NLM in Bethesda, MD. For almost sixty years this program has prepared recent library and information science graduates for careers and leadership roles in the health science library field.  A current […]

SCR Regional Highlight: Arkansas Offers Abundance of Healthy Outdoor Activities

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:30:27 +0000

As many people know, every state within the U.S. has a nickname. California is the Golden State, Texas is the Lone Star State, and Florida is the Sunshine State. But what is Arkansas? Arkansas has been nicknamed the Natural State. Does it seem odd? It shouldn’t. Arkansas was nicknamed the Natural State because it is […]

Meet Me Monday: Spencer Acadia, Stephen F. Austin State University

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:30:17 +0000

Spencer Acadia is an Associate Librarian at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In addition to an MLS, he holds a PhD in sociology and a master’s degree in psychology. His research interests include medical sociology and health psychology, as well as knowledge management in academic libraries. Spencer also has an interest in […]

Vaping Leads to Teen Cigarette Use

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:30:08 +0000

Back in September, we posted a blog about teens using e-cigarettes (or “vapes”) for flavor. A new article published on says teens who regularly use e-cigarettes are more likely to be heavy smokers. A survey studied students from 10 Los Angeles schools and found teens are twice as likely to start smoking cigarettes on a weekly […]