What's new in midwifery - 16th September 2020
The gap since the last post suggests weekly is too difficult, so I will aim to post on this topic once a fortnight.  In the newsPlans to record pregnant women's alcohol consumption on their child's medical records are being considered by NICE, according to theGuardian, This isNICE's consultation on a quality standard for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.  It certainly suggests recording alcohol consumption on the woman's records, and transferring that information to the child's records.  This is statement 2 in the document at https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-qs10139/...
Source: Browsing - September 16, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

COVID and pregnancy
As a member of the departmental EDI group, I wrote this as an email to Library and Leicester Learning Institute staff, as part of a series on how COVID affected protected groups.  Here is the email, minus anything specifically University of Leicester.All links were checked on 3rd July 2020.NHS,including information in British Sign Language.NHS Inform (from NHS Scotland): haslinks to health information in languages other than English, and the COVID information may include information about pregnancy. There is information in Arabic, Bengali, British Sign Language, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian...
Source: Browsing - September 10, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 26th August 2020
This is the first of these for some weeks - first, I was away on leave, then, I was just disorganised.There are too many new research articles and systematic reviews to list, so I suggest you go to McMaster'sEvidence Alerts and search for your topic of interest.Start on the launch page, where you can see how they identify studies to include.  Then go to Search and enter your term(s) - Advanced Search Options lets you specify things like diagnosis, discipline (e.g. Obstetrics) and population (e.g. Neonates).  Although your search term may mean you don't need to specify discipline or population, of course...
Source: Browsing - August 26, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

A health librarian and music - more Vaughan Williams and Bach
I mentioned in my Vaughan Williams post hisFantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis. It's so lovely that I think you should listen, if you don't know it.Here are the Toronto Symphony Orchestra playing it.Also lovely is hisFive variants of Dives and Lazarus. This, as I understand it, is five versions of the same folk tune, collected by Vaughan Williams himself, rather than five variations on one tune. It is an illustration of the folk tradition at work, the same song appearing in different geographical places, with differences in music or words. The song itself is the story of Dives and Lazarus that Jesus told (recorded in Luke...
Source: Browsing - August 14, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: music Source Type: blogs

Meeting as a church virtually (3)
Here are the first andsecond posts in this series (as it has become).So, we can now meet in the buildings.  No singing.  We sit 2 metres apart (unless we are in the same household).   In one church there are tables and chairs set out, in the other the cinema style seats are up or down and must remain so.  No one can move to another chair.   No one passes on the stairs and there are one way systems.  There is hand sanitiser and wipes.  No one else can use the space for 72 hours afterwards or we have to deep clean.   When it becomes law...
Source: Browsing - July 23, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 22nd July 2020
Some recent things you might like to know (two weeks'worth)In the newsHundreds more potentially avoidable baby deaths found at Telford and Shropshire NHS Trust (Guardian)COVID-19Pregnancy and COVID-19: a systematic review of maternal, obstetric and neonatal outcomes Vertical transmission risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the third trimester: a systematic scoping review Postpartum ischaemia and haemorrhageA systematic review of diagnosis and treatment of acute limb ischemia during pregnancy and postpartum periodMechanical and surgical interventions for treating primary postpartum haemorrhageCaesarean deliverySk...
Source: Browsing - July 22, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: COVID-19 midwifery Source Type: blogs

Nasal and throat swab test
Our younger son was chosen at random to take part in a trial, to try and see who has COVID-19 now but without symptoms.   People were chosen at random from GP registers.Once enrolled, he was sent a nose and throat swab testing kit, with a link tothis subtitled video to explain to him and us what to do.  Because he is under 13, we had to administer the test, which he was not pleased about, arguing he could do it himself.  But protocols are protocols.  We ran the risk of invalidating our part in the experiment by not doing the test properly, but would letting him do it himself do the same?S...
Source: Browsing - July 18, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: COVID-19 NCOV Source Type: blogs

A health librarian and music - Ralph Vaughan Williams
Writing about Ina Boyle leads me to write about Ralph Vaughan Williams, who she studied with.  Early on I knew about Fantasia on Greensleeves, perhaps his most well known work (although Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis is lovelier).  And because I was brought up listening to traditional folk music, thanks to my late Dad, I knew there was a folk song tune lurking in the middle of it*.  And because I was taken to church as a child (thanks to both parents) I knew that he had written some hymn tunes.Vaughan Williams arranged folk songs for " classical " voices and piano, something Dad cer...
Source: Browsing - July 18, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: music Source Type: blogs

A health librarian and music - Ina Boyle
I was driving back from the computer shop after buying a plug in keyboard to address the fact that my laptop was no longer (or loner) allowing me to type g and h.And this was on the radio. The car radio told me what it was called, but not who wrote it.  I thought it sounded like Ralph Vaughan Williams, but it was not.  It was in fact (as you may have known) by Ina Boyle.  She lived in County Wicklow, Ireland, composed symphonies and concertos, settings of Irish and English language poems, including English translations of Scottish Gaelic.  She was a student of Vaughan Williams.  ...
Source: Browsing - July 18, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: music Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 9th July 2020
Some things you may need to know (two weeks'worth).COVID-19COVID-19 in Pregnant Women and Neonates: A Systematic Review of the Literature with Quality Assessment of the StudiesEffects of COVID-19 Infection during Pregnancy and Neonatal Prognosis: What Is the Evidence?Perinatal mental healthInternet ‐based intervention for postpartum depression in China (“Mommy go”): Protocol for a randomized controlled trialPostpartumCan postpartum pelvic floor muscle training reduce urinary and anal incontinence?: An assessor-blinded randomized controlled trialLabourHealth resource utilization of labor induction versus expec...
Source: Browsing - July 9, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 24th June 2020
Some recent things you may need to know...ResearchEffect of a Patient-Centered Decision Support Tool on Rates of Trial of Labor After Previous Cesarean Delivery: The PROCEED Randomized Clinical Trial (JAMA) Effect of delayed interval delivery of remaining fetus(es) in multiple pregnancies on survival: a systematic review and meta-analysis (AJOG) Effect of progestogen for women with threatened miscarriage: a systematic review and meta-analysis (BJOG) MAVRIC: a multicenter randomized controlled trial of transabdominal vs transvaginal cervical cerclage (AJOG)Twelve-hour fasting compared with expedited...
Source: Browsing - June 26, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 17th June 2020
Some recent things you may need to know...Current news‘Black mothers were already scared’: coronavirus home births (Guardian video, about experiences in Pennsylvania)Global healthMonitoring intrapartum fetal heart rates by mothers in labour in two public hospitals: an initiative to improve maternal and neonatal healthcare in LiberiaRelated blog postClinical effectivenessLabor dystocia (AHRQ)ResearchDoes low-dose aspirin initiated before 11 weeks'gestation reduce the rate of preeclampsia? (AJOG)Early amniotomy after cervical ripening for induction of labor: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized con...
Source: Browsing - June 17, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

A health librarian at the theatre: The Madness of George III
It's been several weeks since I " went " to the theatre, but I have just watched the Nottingham Playhouse's production of this Alan Bennett play, on theNational Theatre Live YouTube channel.I saw the film (called The Madness of King George) some years back and I was aware of the idea that the King was not mad, but had porphyria.  The clue was the blue urine, which none of the doctors (in the play) thought was important.But I had not realised that view has been questioned.  There are several articles in the medical literature, many by Timothy Peters of the University of Birmingham (UK). &n...
Source: Browsing - June 13, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: medical history psychiatry Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 10th June 2020
Some recent things you might need to know...COVID-19Complications and outcomes of SARS- CoV-2 in pregnancy: where and what is the evidence?ResearchOral fluconazole use in the first trimester and risk of congenital malformations: population based cohort study (BMJ)Strategies for optimising antenatal corticosteroid administration for women with anticipated preterm birth (Cochrane systematic review)Acknowledgements: McMaster Evidence Alerts. (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - June 10, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

How to calculate the reproductive number, R0
This epidemiological concept is often mentioned in the general media and is discussedin this article in the Guardian, and we know that if it goes above one, that is a bad thing.  But what is R0 and how do you calculate it?  Here are some things that might help.Health Knowledge  - this piece from their public health textbook discusses the concept in general, and other related concepts.  The site was originally designed for people undertaking specialist public health training as public health specialist registrars.Public Health England -this blog post from May 2020 discusses how R numbers a...
Source: Browsing - June 8, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: epidemiology Source Type: blogs

Meeting as a church virtually (2)
We are also using Facebook Live when it is communion (first Sunday of the month).  The minister is responsible for the creative side of all this, writing the service and sending printed copies and a small container of communion wine to church folk.   The order of service goes onto the church website.Then at 1030 (service time for Hillsborough Tabernacle) and 245 (service time for Tapton Hill) the minister goes onto the Sheffield Congregational Churches'Facebook page and we go live, with a family member holding the mobile phone to film and broadcast it live.  When we finish the broadcast, the r...
Source: Browsing - June 7, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

PICSO: Population, Intervention, Control, Setting, Outcome
Things likethis NICE manual talk aboutsetting, when formulating a search question, and there is the SPICE scheme, where S is the setting.   But I am not sure I have seen a version of the PICO grid which includes setting.If there is one, it would be good to know about it and you can tell me in the comments.&nbsp But if not, I may have just invented it.  But I can't claim the credit.  My eye was caught bya Guardian article today about whether face masks work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and my eye was particularly caught because the author is Professor Trisha Greenhalgh of Oxford Unive...
Source: Browsing - June 6, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: EBP literature searching Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing
Last updated: 4th June 2020 at 2320 UK time.American Psychiatric Association Publishing - Resources for Psychiatrists and on Coping with the OutbreakCoronavirus and your wellbeing (MIND)Coronavirus: how to protect your mental health (BBC)I have posts covering other aspects of COVID-19. (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - June 5, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: COVID-19 mental health NCOV Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 3rd June 2020
Some things you may need to know.  Nothing last week as I was " on holiday " , so two weeks'worth this time.COVID-19A systematic scoping review of COVID-19 during pregnancy and childbirth (International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology)ResearchProgression to type 2 diabetes in women with a known history of gestational diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis (BMJ)**Leicester authors**Comparative impact of pharmacological treatments for gestational diabetes on neonatal anthropometry independent of maternal glycaemic control: A systematic review and meta-analysis (PLoS Medicine)Maternal cardiovas...
Source: Browsing - June 3, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Meeting as a church virtually (1)
Places of worship are doing lots of things online.  Here is how things are being done, technically, at Hillsborough Tabernacle and Tapton Hill Congregational Churches in Sheffield.Our sons do the filming, I do the processing and uploading, and the Tabernacle website.I didn't know too much about this sort of thing before the lockdown, and that may show in my narrative below, which to some people might be stating the obvious!  Sunday ReflectionsThese are filmed with a digital SLR, which I then plug into my Windows laptop with a USB cable, so I can copy the file across.  The recordings are 5-10 minute...
Source: Browsing - May 28, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

Meeting as a church virtually
Places of worship are doing lots of things online.  Here is how things are being done, technically, at Hillsborough Tabernacle and Tapton Hill Congregational Churches in Sheffield.Our sons do the filming, I do the processing and uploading, and the Tabernacle website.I didn't know too much about this sort of thing before the lockdown, and that may show in my narrative below, which to some people might be stating the obvious!  Sunday ReflectionsThese are filmed with a digital SLR, which I then plug into my Windows laptop with a USB cable, so I can copy the file across.  The recordings are 5-10 minute...
Source: Browsing - May 28, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

Detection dogs
There was an interview on BBC Breakfast last week with a detection dog, or, strictly, with someone fromMedical Detection Dogs, accompanied by a detection dog.  Dogs have been used to " sniff out " malaria and Parkinson's, and there are investigations into whether they can be trained to detect COVID-19.There are details of that trial, which involves the University of Durham, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Medical Detection Dogs,on this Government webpage. So what is in the literature?   A PubMed search for detection dog finds some papers, but also a lot about detec...
Source: Browsing - May 24, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 20th May 2020
Some new things you might like to know...COVID-19COVID19 during pregnancy: a systematic review of reported cases (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology)ResearchAnalgesic Efficacy and Adverse Effects of Meperidine in Managing Postoperative or Labor Pain: A Narrative Review of Randomized Controlled Trials(Pain Physician)Pelvic floor muscle training for preventing and treating urinary and faecal incontinence in antenatal and postnatal women. (Cochrane)Vaginal preparation with antiseptic solution before cesarean section for preventing postoperative infections. (Cochrane) Acknowledgements: McMaster Evidence Alerts (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - May 20, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Famous nurses (4): Betsi Cadwaladr
Part 4 of this series is somewhat overdue, since parts 1-3 were done in 2015!  Investigating Florence Nightingale again for her bicentenary has brought Betsi Cadwaladr to my attention.  Born in Bala, North Wales, in 1789, Cadwaladr went to the Crimea.  There is more about her in the resources below.There are two spellings of each of her names (Betsy, as well as Betsi, and Cadwaladyr, as well as Cadwaladr).  She is also known as Elizabeth Davis, one reason given being that some people could not pronounce her name...Atenstaedt and Beddoe will need a subscription, which your library may have...
Source: Browsing - May 13, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: nursing Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 13th May 2020
Some new things you might want to know...COVID-19Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and pregnancy: a systematic review (Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine)ResearchAspirin or heparin or both for improving pregnancy outcomes in women with persistent antiphospholipid antibodies and recurrent pregnancy loss (Cochrane review)Association of Gestational Age at Birth With Risk of Perinatal Mortality and Special Educational Need Among Twins (JAMA Pediatrics)Any problems accessing full text?  If you have a librarian, ask them!Acknowledgements:McMaster Evidence Alerts (you can sign up with them to receive...
Source: Browsing - May 13, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Florence Nightingale 200
I wrote about Nightingale in 2015, when I met her in my elder son's AS level revision and discovered her connection with Sheffield.  It is time to meet her again, as 12th May this year is the bicentenary of her birth.A quick search of Cinahl suggests the nursing journals are busy publishing commemorative articles, and findsa quarter page in the Danish nursing journal Sygeplejersken about a commemorative anniversary Nightingale Barbie doll (p. 9).  I was intrigued by the subtitle of an article in Gastrointestinal Nursing by a lecturer at De Montfort University (also in Leicester) looking at her legacy ( "...
Source: Browsing - May 11, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: nursing Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 6th May 2020
Some recent things you might need to know about...COVID-19Maternal and perinatal outcomes with COVID-19: a systematic review of 108 pregnancies (Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica) (Open access)StatisticsChild and Maternal Health (Public Health England)A range of data including mental health in pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, anda profile of data relating to conception and birth.  Data can be searched by geographical areaMaternity services monthly statistics, January 2020 (NHS Digital)BooksGuardian Book clinic: Which novels or memoirs will help prepare me for motherhood?Acknowledgemen...
Source: Browsing - May 6, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

A health librarian and music: Johann Sebastian Bach
I discovered Bach's organ music as a student, listening on the radio to BBC Radio 3's Choral Evensong (that was the sort of student life I led).  I knew thefamous one but not the rest.  I liked the way the bass often plays the tune, but also that sometimes other parts of the register do.  I liked the patterns as the tune moved up and down the scale and the way that several patterns weave in and out of each other (all those are non-technical descriptions, of course!).  That love of Bach's organ music has continued and while working at home in these locked down times, I sometimes listen to ...
Source: Browsing - May 5, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: music Source Type: blogs

A health librarian at the theatre: Frankenstein
This is thelatest performance from National Theatre Live.  I mentioned in an earlier post my attitude to English Literature at school, so I was very late reading the novel, written in 1818 when Mary Shelley and friends were competing with each other to write a story.Like all stories, I guess, it is about all sorts of things.  In the theatre production I could see things about education of people not like the educators, education of women, class, our view of those different from ourselves.  About men's view of the place of women (or one woman's view of that, from her own experience and background, I am s...
Source: Browsing - May 2, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: medicine in fiction Source Type: blogs

A health librarian at the theatre: Twelfth Night
Part of our lockdown routine is to watch theNational Theatre Live performances on YouTube, and last week it was a recording of a performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.I managed to get through school without reading any Shakespeare, aided by the fact that I dropped English as fast as I could after O levels (that's what GCSEs used to be, in case you are not sure!)I came round in the end to the idea of English literature, and did an A level as an adult. I enjoyed that a lot, so the lesson there is not to give up completely on a subject!  For A level, I read Hamlet, and one theme in that is that of madness.And it tur...
Source: Browsing - April 30, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: medicine in fiction Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 30th April 2020
Updated 30th April after posting (sorry)Some new things that you may need to know...  ResearchEffects of psychoeducation on the mental health and relationships of pregnant couples: A systemic review and meta-analysis.  (International Journal of Nursing Studies)Outcome of Coronavirus spectrum infections (SARS, MERS, COVID 1 -19) during pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology MFM)Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Adolescents and Women to Prevent Preterm Delivery: Updated Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services...
Source: Browsing - April 30, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: global aspects
I shall continue to collect resources of use to " my " students and to librarian colleagues in the UK.But coronavirus is having an impact all over the world and in some countries is raising issues that are not so much of an issue in the UK.  So on this post I shall collect resources that look at the impact of the pandemic on lower and middle income countries and on the world as a whole.  To start with here are two:Global Justice podcasts - some are about coronavirus.TheNew Humanitarian's Coronavirus coverage includes discussion of the impact on aid and migration, and a newsletter.I will a...
Source: Browsing - April 24, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus COVID-19 NCOV Source Type: blogs

Reading Albert Camus' The Plague in today's world
Here are two new articles in the medical journals about this novel, the subject of an earlier post.  They both apply Camus'story to this present situation.Narrative medicine: thinking with stories during The Plague, by Barend Florijn of the Leiden University Medical Centre and published in the American Journal of Medicine.  Florijn talks about the insights that patients'stories give, using the stories of characters in Camus'novel.Albert Camus ’ ‘The COVID-19 Plague’ Revisited, by Carlos Franco-Paredes of the Anschutz Medical Center, University of Colorado and published in Clinical Infectiou...
Source: Browsing - April 24, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 22nd April 2020
Some new things to know about...ResearchEffect of delayed cord clamping on umbilical blood gas values in term newborns: a systematic review.  (Obstetrics and Gynecology)Effects of maternal smoking on body size and proportions at birth: a register-based cohort study of 1.4 million births (BMJ Open)Ask your librarian for advice if you can't see full text.Acknowledgements: Science X Newsletter, Evidence Alerts (McMaster) (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - April 22, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

A health librarian at the theatre: Jane Eyre
As part of our lockdown routine we are enjoying theNational Theatre Live on YouTube.  Each week there is a recording of a National Theatre production. This week it was Treasure Island, and last week Jane Eyre.  Mr Rochester is about to marry Jane Eyre, when it is made known that he is already married and Mrs Rochester is the mysterious unseen character who lives in the attic and who might be responsible for various strange goings on in the house.So why is she hidden away?  What has happened to her?  Is she ill?As one does as a medical librarian, I looked in PubMed and found a paper publis...
Source: Browsing - April 18, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: Huntington disease medicine in fiction Source Type: blogs

A medical librarian at the theatre: Jane Eyre
As part of our lockdown routine we are enjoying theNational Theatre Live on YouTube.  Each week there is a recording of a National Theatre production. This week it was Treasure Island, and last week Jane Eyre.  Mr Rochester is about to marry Jane Eyre, when it is made known that he is already married and Mrs Rochester is the mysterious unseen character who lives in the attic and who might be responsible for various strange goings on in the house.So why is she hidden away?  What has happened to her?  Is she ill?As one does as a medical librarian, I looked in PubMed and found a paper publis...
Source: Browsing - April 18, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: Huntingdon disease medicine in fiction Source Type: blogs

Jane Eyre
As part of our lockdown routine we are enjoying theNational Theatre Live on YouTube.  Each week there is a recording of a National Theatre production. This week it was Treasure Island, and last week Jane Eyre.  Mr Rochester is about to marry Jane Eyre, when it is made known that he is already married and Mrs Rochester is the mysterious unseen character who lives in the attic and who might be responsible for various strange goings on in the house.So why is she hidden away?  What has happened to her?  Is she ill?As one does as a medical librarian, I looked in PubMed and found a paper publis...
Source: Browsing - April 18, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: Huntingdon disease medicine in fiction Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 15th April 2020
Things you might want to know about...ResearchThe cost-effectiveness of progesterone in preventing miscarriages in women with early pregnancy bleeding: an economic evaluation based on the PRISM trial (BJOG)Antibiotic prophylaxis for operative vaginal delivery (Cochrane review)Umbilical cord milking in preterm infants: a systematic review and meta-analysis (Archives of Diseases in Childhood)Telehealth Interventions to Improve Obstetric and Gynecologic Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review (Obstetrics and Gynecology)Includes discussion related to smoking cessation, breastfeeding and pre-eclampsia.Ask your librarian if you hav...
Source: Browsing - April 15, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Social distancing
I don't think I had come across the phrase before, and certainly I have been very bad at socially distancing.  I have been finding it very hard keeping 2 metres away from other people at the supermarket shelves, or from other people walking in the park.  So I have found it very helpful that supermarkets have been putting markers on their floors and at the tills!But is social distancing a new idea?A search in Web of Science Core Collection for the phrase " social* distan* " finds a lot dating back to the 1970s, but most of it at least is from the psychology literature, seeming to describe a psycholo...
Source: Browsing - April 13, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: infection Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 8th April 2020
Some recent things you may need to know...PPERCM guidanceRCM press release  A reminder ofPublic Health England guidance.RCOG e-learningUniversity of Leicester students have free access to this through the LME Network (students elsewhere should check with their education provider).  To access you need an RCOG e-learning account. There is material on many topics including neonatal high dependency and intensive care, maternal resuscitation, labour ward management and gestational diabetes.ResearchEffectiveness of a brief motivational intervention to increase the breastfeeding duration in the first 6 months ...
Source: Browsing - April 8, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 1st April 2020
Published after 12 noon on April Fools'Day, so definitely not an April Fool prank!  Here are some things you may need to know...ResearchMindfetalness to increase women`s awareness of fetal movements and pregnancy outcomes: a cluster-randomised controlled trial including 39 865 women (BJOG)Effectiveness of a brief motivational intervention to increase the breastfeeding duration in the first 6 months postpartum: Randomized controlled trial. (Journal of Advanced Nursing)Patient safetyHealthcare Safety Investigation BranchSummary of Themes arising from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch Materni...
Source: Browsing - April 1, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: journal, books and databases with some freely available content
Last updated 8th April 2020, 2240 UK time.  Items added at that time are marked NEW.Some publishers are making COVID-19 related content available in PubMed Central - they are asterisked on a list from the WellcomeGIDIF-RBM (an Italian association for health librarians) have a list of freely available resourcesAmerican Academy of Pediatrics - Critical updates and resources for pediatriciansAmerican College of Physicians - A collection of Annals of Internal Medicine articles related to coronavirus is freely available.American Medical Association - JAMA Network COVID-19 inform...
Source: Browsing - March 26, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus COVID-19 NCOV Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: journals and databases with some freely available content
List transferred from another page.  Last updated 26th March 2020, 1835 UK time.  Items added at that time are marked NEW.Some publishers are making COVID-19 related content available in PubMed Central - they are asterisked on a list from the WellcomeGIDIF-RBM (an Italian association for health librarians) have a list of freely available resourcesAmerican Medical Association - JAMA Network COVID-19 information collectionAmerican Society for Microbiology - research articles about COVID-19, and a toolkit to help spread information.BioOne - articles in journals hosted in ...
Source: Browsing - March 26, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus COVID-19 NCOV Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 25th March 2020
Some recent things you may need to know.ResearchMembrane sweeping for induction of labour (Cochrane systematic review)Efficacy of Digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Insomnia Symptoms Among Pregnant Women: A Randomized Clinical Trial(JAMA Psychiatry)Waterbirth in low ‐risk pregnancy: An exploration of women’s experiences (Journal of Advanced Nursing)Ask your librarian if you are having problems accessing full text (for University of Leicester staff and students,that's me librarians@le.ac.uk)Coronavirus resources, my lists, being kept up to date.Stay safe. (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - March 25, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

Philosophical considerations about COVID-19
And the third.For some algorithmic reason, my phone alerted me to one of these pieces on the Daily Nous, "information and news for and about the philosophy profession " .They are about some of the philosophical issues raised by the pandemic, including reflections on reactions to it, discussion of how we count things, and the need for transparency in data.   Thinking Rationally About Coronavirus COVID-19Further Philosophical Considerations about Covid-19:Why We Need TransparencyWhile you in the Daily Nous, you might look for the piece discussing what academic journals need to do in this time of...
Source: Browsing - March 19, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus Source Type: blogs

Plague paintings
My second trip beyond the medical and health science of epidemics.Here is an interesting Guardian article by Jonathan Jones, about paintings that depict plague.  Along with portrayals of victims, saints, and the Apocalypse, there is a lovely portrait by Rembrandt of Hendrickje Stoffels.  She was his partner in business and also in life.She died of the plaguewhen a ship from Algiers brought the plague to Amsterdam....  even then there were ways for disease to make long journeys.I think the portrait is this one in the National Gallery in London (closed from tomorrow because of the current coronavirus...
Source: Browsing - March 18, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus Source Type: blogs

Albert Camus' The plague
First of three epidemic/pandemic related posts, but going beyond the medical and health science.As it happens, I was reading this book when the current coronavirus outbreak started.  There is aninteresting piece about the book, written at the end of last week, on Literary Hub.The novel describes a fictional outbreak of bubonic plague in the town of Oran in Algeria, people's reactions to it, and each other, and the decisions that had to be taken.I am not (and neither is the author of the piece) comparing COVID-19 to bubonic plague but reading the story now does make some of those issues take on a certain relevance. (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - March 18, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 17th March 2020
Some things you may need to know, a day earlier than usual ... CQCGetting safer faster: key areas for improvement in maternity servicesNICEFetal alcohol spectrum disorder - consultation on Quality StandardNHS EnglandBetter births four years on: a review of progressBetter births was published in 2016 and examined ways to reduce perinatal and maternal mortality.ResearchIdentified through McMaster's Evidence Alerts.  Links are to full text but you may need advice from your library if you cannot access it.Pharmacological interventions for promoting smoking cessation during pregnancy(Cochrane review)Universal screenin...
Source: Browsing - March 17, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: Current awareness
Last updated 14th March 2020, 1720 UK time.Keep up to date with the scientific literature (new page)PubMed (my strategy, last amended 24th February 2020) - sorted by date added to PubMedPubMed (Robert Polson, University of the Highlands and Islands library), search and feed of resultsList of recent publications (CDC)NEW - Scientific findings about coronavirus (WHO database, accessible from this page)QxMD are maintaining a collection of papers about the coronavirus.To run your own search you are welcome to use my strategy (see above), or:A more detailed search strategy from PHE's Finding the Ev...
Source: Browsing - March 14, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus COVID-19 NCOV Wuhan Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 11th March 2020
University and College Union industrial action is disrupting my blogposts at the moment, but I thought this one could not wait...RCOG guidance on managing coronavirus in pregnancyNews itemRCOG guidance on COVID-19 and pregnancyRCOG information for pregnant women and their families (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - March 11, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus COVID-19 midwifery NCOV Source Type: blogs