Dec 212012
 

East Carolina University will go green again this winter break in a utilities setback plan that saved the university more than $50,000 last year.

While ECU Physicians clinics will re-open for patients Dec. 27, most of the university will shut down Dec. 22 through Jan. 1 as part of a holiday plan to allow employees a longer break and help reduce utility expenditures and energy use. Most faculty and staff return Jan. 2.

According to University Energy Engineer and Sustainability Committee Chairman Brian Pipkin, the university will use an automatic control system to lower the temperature control points down to around 60 degrees in major campus buildings. All lights and electric hot water heaters will be shut off as well.

“This year, the shutdown will last 12 days and we hope to capture even more buildings,” Pipkin said. “We want [the setback plan] to be as advantageous as possible.”

Employees who have individual spaces and offices are asked to participate in the shutdown as well. Pipkin said individuals should turn off and unplug all non-essential electronics and close all exterior doors and windows.

Students who live in off campus apartments or houses can also participate in the event and save on utilities while they are away by setting back thermostats and turning off water heaters.

“Anything with a remote can be turned off and unplugged,” Pipkin said. “Even when electronics are turned off, they use power when plugged in.”

For more information on the program, visit sustain.ecu.edu.

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Dec 182012
 

With the New Year getting closer by the day, it’s time to start making resolutions. Maybe you want to spend more time volunteering, take a trip or sharpen your cooking skills. And then there’s the old standard: get in shape!

While Laupus Library can’t help you drop those last five pounds, we are here to be your personal research trainer. And, we’ve added a new tool that’s a lot less intimidating than those kettlebells you’ve always been scared to try.

ClinicalKey is the newest subscription resource available from Laupus Library and a great way to trim unnecessary fat from your search results. It can be accessed directly from our E-Resources page here.

ClinicalKey is a clinical insight engine designed to quickly return point-of-care, educational, and research information with a single keyword search. MEDLINE citations, research articles, book chapters, graphs, video procedures and more are all included in result sets. Developed by Elsevier, ClinicalKey replaces the company’s longstanding MD Consult, Procedures Consult and First Consult platforms.

At Laupus, we never break our resolution to provide the health sciences community the cutting-edge research tools necessary to work smarter, not harder. So, come see us in the New Year when you’re ready to make your research a little leaner and meaner.

To learn more about ClinicalKey visit the Laupus Library online.

–Kelly Rogers Dilda
Public Communications Specialist
Laupus Library

Dec 142012
 

The Department of Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology Division held their annual Patient/Family Holiday Celebration on Dec. 3 at the Brody School of Medicine. This year, more than 175 family members of children diagnosed with cancer, sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other chronic blood disorders attended the event. This occasion gives families of newly diagnosed patients the opportunity to meet and support each other and other families something to look forward to year after year.

This event would not be possible without the tremendous support of the ECU community, local organizations and volunteers. Many of the volunteers want to give back because they have been affected by cancer or some other chronic disorder.

All of the attendees enjoyed a pizza supper sponsored and served by volunteers from Riley’s Army. Riley’s Army is an organization aimed at providing support to children with cancer and their families in Eastern North Carolina.

A patient’s sibling shares her wish list

Volunteers with the ECU Child Life Student Association, advised by faculty advisor, Priti Desai, PhD. Nakeyshia Tucker who was also a pediatric Hematology/Oncology patient assisted attendees with Holiday crafts. ECU HOSA student volunteers assisted with turning the area into a festive winter wonderland for all to enjoy. New Genes provided a dance routine and musical entertainment during the event.

No holiday party would be complete without a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! All the kids received gifts graciously donated by Beau’s Buddies. Beau’s Buddies Cancer Fund is a nonprofit organization that works to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer in Eastern North Carolina.

Marvin sits on Santa’s lap and shares his wish list

Pediatric cancer patients from Vidant’s Children’s Hospital were able to attend as well with the help of pediatric nurses and child life staff.

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Patient/Family Holiday Celebration is a component of the division’s Rainbow Services program. Rainbow Services also sponsors Camp Rainbow and Camp Hope which are week long camp experiences for children diagnosed with cancer, hemophilia and sickle cell disease.

If you would like more information about how you or your community organization can sponsor Camp Rainbow/Camp Hope scholarships and other events to support children and their families, please contact Jacquelyn Sauls, program director at saulsj@ecu.edu or (252) 744-4102.

 

Hope you enjoy this video from 2012 Camp Hope and Camp Rainbow.

Dec 112012
 

* Information taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website: www.cdc.gov.

Did you get your flu vaccine?  Sure, it’s December, but there’s still time to get it! Vaccination before December is best since this timing ensures that protective antibodies are in place before flu activity is typically at its highest. However, flu season can last as late as May so getting vaccinated later in the flu season could still provide protective benefit. About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against the influenza viruses in the vaccine develop in the body.

Other key points about the flu vaccine from the CDC:

  • There are two types of vaccines:
  • The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Three kinds of influenza viruses commonly circulate among people today: influenza B viruses, influenza A (H1N1) viruses, and influenza A (H3N2) viruses. Each year, one flu virus of each kind is used to produce seasonal influenza vaccine.
  • A flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The influenza viruses contained in a flu shot are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection. Flu vaccine manufacturers kill the viruses used in the vaccine during the process of making vaccine, and batches of flu vaccine are tested to make sure they are safe.
  • The most common side effect of seasonal flu shots in adults has been soreness at the spot where the shot was given, which usually lasts less than two days. The soreness is often caused by a person’s immune system making protective antibodies to the killed viruses in the vaccine. These antibodies are what allow the body to fight against flu.
  • There are several reasons why someone might get flu-like symptoms even after they have been vaccinated against seasonal flu.
    • People may be exposed to one of the influenza viruses in the vaccine shortly before getting vaccinated or during the two-week period that it takes the body to gain protection after getting vaccinated. This exposure may result in a person becoming ill with flu before protection from the vaccine takes effect.
    • People may become ill from non-flu viruses that circulate during the flu season, which can also cause flu-like symptoms (such as rhinovirus). Flu vaccine will not protect people from respiratory illness that is not caused by flu viruses.
    • A person may be exposed to an influenza virus that is very different from the viruses included in the vaccine. The ability of a flu vaccine to protect a person depends largely on the similarity or “match” between the viruses or virus in the vaccine and those in circulation. There are many different influenza viruses.
    • Unfortunately, some people can remain unprotected from flu despite getting the vaccine. This is more likely to occur among people that have weakened immune systems or the elderly. However, even among these people, a flu vaccine can still help prevent complications.
  • If you get sick, there are drugs that can treat flu illness. They are called antiviral drugs and they can make your illness milder and help you feel better faster. They also can prevent serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia.
  • There is no shortage of vaccine this year.  Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even in some schools.

If you haven’t done it, now’s the time to get your flu shot!  Once vaccinated, you can enjoy this holiday season knowing that you have taken the single best step to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu.

Dec 072012
 

The first few weeks of the holiday season are often the most hectic – fighting the crowds while gift shopping, scrambling to confirm travel plans and trying to slow down time to complete end-of-year work obligations. But here on the Health Sciences campus, another December tradition occupies our time before we even begin to think about what to get Uncle Joe for Hanukkah or whether we can get a direct flight to Grandma’s.

Exam time.

Each year, our medical, nursing, dental and allied health students harness Laupus Library’s countless learning resources to help them tune out the holiday noise and prepare for final exams. And just like Santa’s elves might celebrate the latest toy from the workshop, Laupus faculty become excited to unveil new learning resources that will benefit our Health Sciences community. Topping our “Favorite Things” list this year? NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide online library service.

Laupus Library now provides Health Sciences faculty and students with exclusive access to this comprehensive database, which offers free electronic information on a variety of topics. Designed for at-home use, NC LIVE provides access to educational eBooks, magazines, newspapers, journals, media and other online materials from any internet connection via the Laupus Library website.

Laupus Library is proud to be one of the nearly 200 North Carolina libraries with access to NC LIVE. And while we appreciate its capacity to serve the Health Sciences community year-round, having NC LIVE on our campus makes us feel extra jolly this holiday season. After all, isn’t an “A” on the final exam at the top of every one’s wish list?

To learn more about how to access NC LIVE, visit the Laupus Library online.

–Kelly Rogers Dilda
Public Communication Specialist
Head of Communications and Development
Laupus Library