What's new in midwifery - hyperemesis gravidarum
An interesting piece on BBC Breakfast News this morning about hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), extreme, debilitating vomiting in pregnancy.It seems not uncommon that health professionals tell women with HG that it is " just " morning sickness...Here are some resources which distinguish the two and may be more help.ThePregnancy Sickness Support website is a wealth of support and resources, including a chat facility and a phone number.There is aCochrane review of interventions.And aRCOG Green Top guideline, which covers nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and HG as separate conditions.  BBC Breakfast only remain...
Source: Browsing - October 20, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - safety of maternity services
The Health and Social Care Committee recently evaluated safety of maternity services in England -here are the government's responses.ACQC report into safety, equity and engagement in maternity services. (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - October 20, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 20th October 2021 - New research
Some recent research you might need to know about:A study ofsunflower seed oil to reduce neonatal sepsis and mortality, a study carried out in Uttar Pradesh. A systematic review of howsonographic knowledge can help decrease failed operative vaginal delivery.ThePregnancy Adapted Geneva score (PAG) to assess the probability of pulmonary embolism during pregnancy.A study looking at any association ofepidural anaesthesia with autism spectrum disorder in children.Three Cochrane systematic reviews:Paracetamol/acetaminophen for perineal pain in the postnatal periodInstruments for assisted vaginal birth Physiologica...
Source: Browsing - October 20, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Have not had any Bach lately, so...
I thought it was time for some more Bach.Three very lovely, quiet pieces, very different fromthat famous one or some of the pieces I talked about inan earlier post.Here they are in order (of course) of BWV number.  All played by Leo van Doeselaar, as part of he Netherlands Bach Society All of Bach collection.  Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV 617.  I think it would be lovely if God's opening the heavens was like this, and not crashingly dramatic.An Wasserfluessen Babylon, BWV 653Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott, BWV 721All very lovely at any time but perhaps especially at the end...
Source: Browsing - October 8, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: music Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 16th September 2021
Some recent things you may want to know about.  There may be other items on Twitter - I retweet using #whatsnewinmidwiferyFirst aCochrane systematic review looking at the routine use of ultrasound for foetal assessment before 24 weeks gestation.And an RCT looking at theusefulness of ultrasound to measure the lower uterine segment in women who have had a caesarean before, to determine who is at risk of uterine rupture, In the news,Shrewsbury and Telford hospital admits liability for the death of a baby born stillborn after the concerns of the mother were not heeded, And a discussion ofsupport for postnat...
Source: Browsing - September 16, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Foetal alcohol syndrome
There was an item on BBC's Look North yesterday, 9th September, about this, an interview with a mother whose baby was affected by her excess drinking during pregnancy.9th September is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day, marked by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in the US.Librarians like to point out synonyms - foetal alcohol syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (and the variation in spelling foetal!).   Here are some resources:NIAAACenters for Disease Control and Prevention (US) From the UK:NHS UKTommy's National Organisation for FASD...
Source: Browsing - September 10, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 1st September 2021
I have tagged other things on Twitter: #whatsnewinmidwifery.Some recent things you might want to know:AGuardian news report about MHRA investigations into any link between the COVID vaccine and miscarriage, and the COVID vaccine and changes to periods.  And another on recent research on the effect of mothers'speech on pain scores in preterm infants undergoing a painful procedure.  There is areport in the Guardian,  and theresearch article itself is open access.NICE has new guidance on antenatal care (which I may have mentioned before, but just in case...).Some new research:Does adding placental growth f...
Source: Browsing - September 1, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery: miscarriage
A report of research by Tommy'sreporting PTSD as a result of miscarriage.A personal story, reported in a Guardian opinion piece, and apodcast by the same writer.I retweet items of interest as #whatsnewinmidwifery.  I may include those items on the blog, but quite possibly I may not. (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - August 16, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 16th August 2021 (part 2)
Some things about other topics that you might need to know about (you might need a subscription or a librarian to get access to some of these):A Cochrane review of theuse of low dose misoprostol for inducing labour.A systematic review ofinterventions to reduce complications after shoulder dystocia.A systematic review of the use oflow molecular weight heparin to prevent pre-eclampsia and other placenta mediated complications.Preterm labour and birthA systematic review of the use of theArabin pessary to prevent preterm birth in women with twin pregnancies, A study of the impact of theQUiPP app on threatened preterm labo...
Source: Browsing - August 16, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 16th August 2021 (part 1)
Got a bit behind (again).   First, some COVID related things you might need to know about:First, anumbrella review of COVID-19 and pregnancy, covering clinical presentation, vertical transmission, and outcomes for mother and baby.And then asystematic review and meta analysis of data, looking at clinical presentation and outcomes based on severity of infection.And a Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme rapid report about learning from COVID related maternal deaths in the UK.News itemsHowmixed messaging might be driving vaccine hesistancy in pregnant women in the UK (a few weeks old n...
Source: Browsing - August 16, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 7th July 2021
Some things you might want to know about.   If I see something on Twitter I think you ought to know about, I (@knockels) retweet it with#whatsnewinmidwifery.  Those things may well not be listed on the blog.First asystematic review of whether cold gel or ice packs have an effect on episiotomy pain.Then, a Dutch cohort study ofwhether excision of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia can lead to preterm birth.And then, a systematic review of theefficacy and safety of non-pharmacological interventions to manage labour pain.And two items from the news, both from the Guardian:About the Commons Health Committee...
Source: Browsing - July 7, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 24th June 2021
Some recent things you might like to know.Global healthThe use of SMS to support pregnant and postpartum women living with HIV, particularly to prevent mother to child transmission.And asystematic review of the use of antihelminthics in pregnancy to treat hookworm infestation, a major problem in some low and middle income countries MiscarriageA systematic review ofmethods for managing miscarriage. Postpartum VTEResearch looking at amodel to predict women most at risk. Caesarean sectionResearch looking at efficacy and safety oflocal anaesthetic techniques for postoperative analgesia.And a systematic review lo...
Source: Browsing - June 24, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

ICD - implantable cardioverter defibrillator
Christian Eriksen (seethis previous post) is being fitted with an ICD (a " heart starter " , according to a Guardian report.  He suffered a cardiac arrest during the recent Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland.A cardiac arrest, as discussed in that previous post, is not a heart attack.  In a cardiac arrest the heart stops beating regularly, and a defibrillator or ICD shocks it back into a regular rhythm.The British Heart Foundation, as before, come to our aid, withthis page about ICDs, with detail about how they work, how they are fitted, and links to information about them and to informatio...
Source: Browsing - June 17, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: cardiac arrest defibrillators Source Type: blogs

Cardiac arrest
I was watching the Euro 2020 game between Denmark and Finland, I am sure encouraged by the presence of a Norwich City player on one side and a Leicester City one on the other.   I did not see Christian Eriksen fall but I watched as his teammates formed a barrier round him, and perhaps saw too much as the television companies made a decision what to do.I was, along with everyone, so pleased that the prompt treatment given to Christian Eriksen brought him back and that he is now recovering.It was a cardiac arrest - not the same thing as a heart attack - and theBritish Heart Foundation have a useful page about what ...
Source: Browsing - June 17, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: cardiac arrest defibrillators Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 15th June 2021
So much for helping you keep on top of recent research.   A bit of a gap (again), so have been a bit selective.CQC inspectionThe CQC conducted an unannounced inspection of the Jessop Wing, Sheffield's maternity hospital, following information received.  They gave the service an overall rating of Inadequate, making comments about staff skills and patient safety.  Read the CQC report at COVIDA systematic review looking atdifferences in presentation, management and prognosis of COVID in pregnant women and women who were not pregnant.Theincidence, characteristics and outcomes of pregnant wome...
Source: Browsing - June 15, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 18th May 2021
Rather a gap since the last one.  Apologies for that.First two things relating to COVID.  The Nuffield Trust have investigatedadverse outcomes for babies born during the pandemic.  And ascoping review about vertical transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2.And other research.  A systematic review of the maternal, fetal, and child outcomes of mental health treatments in women, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the USA.  ARCT of delivery mode after manual rotation of occiput posterior fetal positions. Two Cochrane reviews: ...
Source: Browsing - May 18, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

A health librarian watching television: tuberculosis
I watched some of an interview with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who wrote Hancock's Half Hour, a 1960s comedy radio and television show which my Dad was a fan of, and Steptoe and Son, a 1970s television show which he definitely was not!Both writers had been in a sanatorium, with TB, at the age of 18 or so, so I am guessing in the 1940s or 1950s - that was how they had met.There were no antibiotics, so no treatment except bed rest.   The sanatorium where they were had a radio station, and its own newsletter.  The patients undertook work for outside organisations.I've looked in PubMed to see what literat...
Source: Browsing - May 3, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: tuberculosis Source Type: blogs

A health librarian at the cinema: The Dig
This is a film about the excavations at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, of what turned out to be Anglo Saxon burial mounds.   The excavations were initially done by Basil Brown, a local " amateur " " excavator " .I was attracted to this one as it's set near where I grew up, and also because we had seen aBBC video about the dialect coach who helped Ralph Fiennes with his Suffolk accent.   The dialect coach is from Sudbury, and has the sort of accent I heard growing up.  I was impressed that Ralph Fiennes wanted to learn the accent and dialect, and that the coach had an input int...
Source: Browsing - May 3, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: East Anglia language Source Type: blogs

A health librarian at church: Doubting Thomas
Thomas, one of Jesus'12 disciples, did not believe the other disciples when they told him Jesus had risen from the dead, and would not believe until he had seen Jesus for himself.Jesus appeared to him (and to the group he was with) and invited Thomas to put his hands into his wounds, something portrayed in several works of art.  And then he did believe.So, he gained the name " Doubting Thomas " , a name in English that is, or was, anyway, applied to people who were sceptical or would not believe without seeing for themselves.I am not sure how fair the name is applied just to him, as in the Gospel accoun...
Source: Browsing - May 3, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: science and religion Source Type: blogs

Something you might be interested in
 My son has been working on a project for the past year or so and has finally begun to start working on it again, he has been striving towards getting his school to have Sanctuary Status (meaning they will accept refugees into his school) and he posts regularly on his blog, the link is below if you want to support him:https://ahdfizhum.blogspot.com/  (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - May 2, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 23rd April 2021
 #whatsnewinmidwifery is a tag I shall use on Twitter (@knockels) if retweeting things of interest.  Let's see how that goes.Some retweeted things may be in these blogposts as well.Here are some things you might need to know.COVID-19Pregnant women to be offered the vaccine.NewsIn the news, stories about thesix week check not looking at the health of the mother, abouthealth and safety at work and pregnancy,  and perhapsan indication of your future workload!And a report aboutone consequence for women attending prenatal appointments alone.One woman ’s experience of postpartum psychosis, .  And relate...
Source: Browsing - April 23, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Decolonising Nelson
I wrote in an earlier post about Admiral Lord Nelson, who, being a Norfolkman like my Dad, did get talked about in my house growing up.And I have written a few posts about decolonisation.  Here is one about both.Nelson, English (maybe British) hero, victor over the French, standing proud on his famous column in central London.And Nelson, famous Norfolkman.Are there other viewpoints from which to view his life?Well, although he fought in battles against another European power, they were not always in European waters.   He is remembered for Trafalgar, but there was also the Battle of the Nile. &...
Source: Browsing - April 6, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: decolonisation Source Type: blogs

A health librarian and music: Billie Holiday
My Dad was in the habit of playing music on records (those have made a comeback) or cassette tapes (those have not) around the house, and if it was not folk music, it was traditional jazz.   And one of the singers was Billie Holiday, so I have been listening to her for some years.   When I left home I took with me tapes of some of some things from his collection, including two of Billie Holiday, one from early in her career, with sparse jazz accompaniment, and one from much later, where her voice had become deeper, huskier and slower, with an orchestra.I knew something of her life, but not, as it turns ...
Source: Browsing - April 5, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: decolonisation jazz Source Type: blogs

The Antiques Roadshow does decolonisation
BBC1's Antiques Roadshow is usually on, although I often don't watch it as such.  Last night (3rd April)  I did, and there were two items that are actual practical examples of decolonisation, which show how you can look at existing British history from a new viewpoint.The programme was fromCulzean Castle in Ayrshire.  If you are not familiar with it, members of the public take along an antique or collectible that they have, and someone expert with that sort of art or craft talks about it, and values it.  The programme visits different venues.  That is relevant to example 1, the ...
Source: Browsing - April 5, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: decolonisation Source Type: blogs

Decolonisation - what it is and what it is not
I lead a group at work to look at decolonising the Library's collections, and practices, and at how we can help academic colleagues who want to decolonise their teaching.What is " decolonising " ?It certainly is not ditching " traditional " things like Chaucer or the British Empire.   It certainly does not mean the Library will throw away all the Chaucer.   I doubt many in academia think it means that, and we are explicit in our group's publicity that we do not mean that either.  You do not have to remove Chaucer from the curriculum in order to decolonise the curriculum.&nb...
Source: Browsing - April 5, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: decolonisation Source Type: blogs

COVID vaccination
Being of a certain age I recently had a (national NHS, I think) letter inviting me to book my COVID vaccination.  I booked both jabs online and went today for the first one.  For the historical record, here is what happened.I went to the Sheffield Arena.   It was signposted on the approach as an NHS Vaccination Centre and there were security staff (I suspect a company that usually work at gigs) at the entrance to direct you to the car park and tell you where to go next.Then to a desk where I put on a new face covering (and had it pointed out to me that I had it on inside out!) and sanitised my...
Source: Browsing - April 3, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 31st March 2021
COVID-19Two that appeared in a Medline alert I have running for Long COVID:Kotlar B; Gerson E; Petrillo S; Langer A; Tiemeier H. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal and perinatal health: a scoping review. Reproductive Health. 18(1):10, 2021 Jan 18.Vardhelli V; Pandita A; Pillai A; Badatya SK. Perinatal COVID-19: review of current evidence and practical approach towards prevention and management. European Journal of Pediatrics. 180(4):1009-1031, 2021 Apr.Then, a systematic review looking atintrauterine fetal death in women who had tested positive for COVID on admission for delivery. A systematic review from...
Source: Browsing - March 31, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

COVID lateral flow testing
I was able to help a local secondary school conduct on sitelateral flow testing for COVID.   Here is a note of how it worked, for the historical record.In the school sports hall, there were six " booths " , one volunteer per booth.  Students administered the test to themselves, but the volunteer was there to explain how to do it, and hand them the swab.Behind each, another volunteer ready to test the sample.Also present, two " runners " (I was one), one and sometimes two people to ask the student to fill in their name and date of birth on a card, and one to enter the data.Students ar...
Source: Browsing - March 29, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: COVID-19 Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 17th March 2021
Trying to return to regularity.First, a BMJ" living systematic review " about COVID and pregnancy has been updated.  Aresearch letter in JAMA reports a possible case of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from an infected pregnant mother to her newborn And theGuardian reports a case of a baby born with antibodies to the same virus, after mum received her vaccine when 36 weeks pregnant.  This is reported in apreprint in medRxiv.  Preprints are an important source of research information in COVID, I think, as they are rapid, but note that preprints have not been peer reviewed.   (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - March 17, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 8th March 2021
OnInternational Women's Day, here are some things you might want to know about.First, research on the use of oxytocin combined with other agents to prevent postpartum haemorrhage in women undergoing a Caesarean for arrest of delivery.  Here is thePubMed record is at , the article itself appears to be free to read and is inObstetrics and Gynecology if you can't read it, and have a librarian to ask, ask the librarian for advice!).Then, some news items:In the Guardian about personal experiences of the treatment of pregnant women in the workplace.The Guardian's report ofan enquiry into systemic racism in materni...
Source: Browsing - March 8, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Admiral Lord Nelson and vaccinations
The links for Nelson and Emma Hamilton are to pages at the National Portrait Gallery.  The link to the National Maritime Museum is to its Research Guide, with biography and details of sources held at the Museum.Horatio, Admiral Lord Nelson came up in conversations when I was growing up.  Not because he fought the French (!), or because he had an affair (tut, tut), but because he was from Norfolk, as my Dad was, and as my maternal grandmother was.   Dad left Norfolk when he was 8 or 9, for the Fens, but always felt very much a Norfolkman.  Nanny Shiplee had left as a toddler, but only got ...
Source: Browsing - February 14, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: vaccines Source Type: blogs

A health librarian at church: clean hands
At church, we had alreadytwinned our toilets through Tear Fund.   So our loos have a picture of our twin toilet, and the church gave money to Tear Fund for the work their partner churches to do provide toilets in areas that do not have them, and health education materials so that people know the health benefits of using them.And nowHillsborough Tabernacle in Sheffield hastwinned its taps, to provide clean running water to a community that has none.  Washing your hands frequently, as per COVID guidance, is of course impossible if you have no clean water.  And if you don't, of course, that ...
Source: Browsing - February 13, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: water Source Type: blogs

A health librarian at church: leprosy
This started life as apost from 2015.  I have removed the links that have broken since, including a chapter in the Encyclopaedica Judaica, which seems not to be freely available anymore.  Your local library might have access. In Mark 1:40, in the Christian New Testament, Jesus heals a man with leprosy. I'd certainly come across the idea that " leprosy " in the Bible might not actually be the leprosy (Hansen's disease) that we know today.  There is work by Biblical scholars and others to back up my memory - thisarticle by Cochrane (not Archie), and an article from ...
Source: Browsing - February 9, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: leprosy Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 3rd February 2021
Some recent things you might need to know.First, aCochrane review looking at single dose nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for perineal pain in the postpartum period.And then an analysis inJAMA Network Open of a randomised trial of high dose vitamin D in pregnancy  and its effects on neurodevelopment in children.  The trial compared high dose vitamin D with the standard dose.Last of all, a Guardian article discussing reports thatpregnant women having to attend scans alone are not being allowed to film the scan.Stay safe. (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - February 3, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Epidemics and pandemics (1): Cholera and Sheffield
Sheffield's Cholera Monument stands above the railway station ( " Sheffield Midland " , as some signs and things still call it).  The foundation stone was put in place in December 1834 by James Montgomery, the poet, and the monument completed in April 1835.   There it stayed till it was damaged in a storm in the 1990s.  It was put up again, completed in 2006.A board by the monument records that 402 people died, and were buried in the " grounds " where the monument stands.And that the " total number of persons attacked by this disease " was 1347.Sheffield City Libraries...
Source: Browsing - February 2, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: cholera sheffield Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 26th January 2021
Some new things you might want to know:Maternal healthTheGuardian wrote about a new report from MBRRACE-UK, showing that black women are more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth.  The report itself is the one called " Improving mothers'health " , available fromhttps://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/mbrrace-uk/reports.  There is another new one on that page, on stillbirths and neonatal deaths in twin pregnancies.Audits - perinatal mental healthNational Maternity and Perinatal Audit –Mental health sprint audit report (Scotland data), .  This looks at mental health and maternity data from Scot...
Source: Browsing - January 26, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Robert Burns: a man's a man for a' that
On Burns'Night it seems appropriate to write about Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, or one of them anyway!  Today, 25th January, is the anniversary of his birth.Some of his poems, includingAddress to a Haggis, will be read all over Scotland and beyond (even in my house), tonight at Burns'Suppers.   As well as that light hearted verse, he wrote in Scots a wide variety of styles and on a wide variety of subjects - tryA red, red rose, The wren's nest andA man's a man for a'that.   He took part in a grand project to, effectively, collect Scottish folk songs (perhaps the first of those ...
Source: Browsing - January 25, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: poetry; Robert Burns Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 4th January 2021
Happy New Year.  Here's hoping it will be better and less strange than the old one!Some things you might want to know.COVIDATommy's survey finds most new and expectant mothers are more anxious because of COVID.  The same survey reveals some myths about pregnancy are still out there.  The article has a link to Tommy's Pregnancy Tool, which is broken, but I wonder if it is theirPregnancy Hub, . This does include some tools and calculators.Evidence updatesManagement of Primary Headaches in Pregnancy. (US) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 234.  O...
Source: Browsing - January 4, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Sid Watkins
Romain Grosjean's awful crash at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, towards the end of the Formula 1 season, when he was attended within seconds by Alan van der Merwe and Ian Roberts in the medical car, and evacuated to hospital by helicopter, made me look up Dr Sid Watkins, an earlier medical officer in Formula 1.  Sid Watkins was a neurosurgeon, a published researcher who also compiled two brain atlases.  He was always interested in motor racing and had already had a medical role at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and at races near where he had worked in the United States, when he was appointed by Be...
Source: Browsing - December 28, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: Formula One motor racing Source Type: blogs

Buffalo, buffalo, KAA Gent! A Native American in Belgium
Looking over my son's shoulder as he played FIFA, I was struck by the fact that the badge of the Belgian football club KAA Gent is a Native American (1) man, with feathered headdress, and I wondered why that was.    On the club's website (Flemish,French, English) is the story of how Buffalo Bill's show came to Ghent (English spelling has the " h " , the Flemish does not).  That is the origin of the chant which is the title of this post.  The club's badge came from the fact that there were Sioux people in the show.  The club argue that the image is not stereot...
Source: Browsing - December 28, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: football Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 22nd December 2020
Some things you might like to know about...NewsMore Guardian debate aboutthe role of doctors in childbirth  , and about the" natural birth " debate and whether it is the best thing In other news items,hospitals are being urged to reconsider the current " ban " on birth partners And the Guardian reportsreaction to the NHS decision not to offer breastfeeding women the COVID vaccine  Global healthTheLife for African Mothers newsletter.Systematic reviewsTwo Cochrane reviews:Uterotonic agents for postpartum haemorrhage Interventions for leg cramps in pregnancy The next What...
Source: Browsing - December 22, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

A health librarian and music: more Johann Sebastian Bach
Time for another Bach post.  Here are some Bach organ works I have become rather fond of in these strange times.  They are (of course) in order of BWV catalogue number.Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582.  An example of Bach's bass.  The feet play the tune, which carries on (occasionally migrating to another register), with increasingly complex things going on around and above it.  The link is to the All of Bach recording by Reitze Smits.Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 614.  The old year has (is) gone.  I think this seems rather sad.  Was the old year ...
Source: Browsing - December 11, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: music Source Type: blogs

A health librarian at the cinema - Radioactive
Not at the cinema, really, but a DVD, but it was a feature film.The film is about the life and work of Marie Curie, and her work with Pierre Curie.Marie and Pierre, and Henri Becquerel, were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1903.  The film has Pierre reporting that the Nobel Committee did not name Marie on the award.  And that Pierre told them that if they did not name her, he would not accept the award.  I don't know if those things were so.  The film does have a scene where Pierre comes back from Stockholm, having accepted the award, and it is clear that Marie has not attended.  Roc...
Source: Browsing - December 10, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 10th December 2020
Things you might want to know about...First, theindependent review into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which has actions for every hospital trust.  Then, several pieces of research:An overview of systematic reviews on the benefits and risks of upright positions in the second stage of labour (International Journal of Nursing Studies) A systematic review on COVID-19 in pregnant women, including perinatal outcomes (Scientific Reports) A Cochrane Review comparing intravenous and intramuscular prophylactic oxytocin in the third stage of labour to reduce postpartum blood ...
Source: Browsing - December 10, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: Vaccines
Last updated 5th December 2020, 1935 UK timeMedicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency - Coronavirus - VaccinesNHS  - Coronavirus vaccinesEuropean Medicines Agency - COVID-19 vaccinesDepartment of Health and Social Care announcement of the approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccinePublic Health England'sPublic Health Matters blogpost about the role of the MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisations. Find the latest research with this PubMed search  (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - December 5, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus COVID-19 NCOV Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: Long COVID
NICE, the RCGP and SIGN are developing guidance on the long term effects of COVID ( " long COVID " ).  Resources and articles already publishedPublic Health EnglandRoyal College of General Practitioners response to the call for guidance (PDF), which includes tips for caring for patients.Article in Journal of the American Medical Association (October 2020, open access)Feature in theBritish Medical Journal (July 2020, open access) (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - December 4, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus COVID-19 NCOV Source Type: blogs

World AIDS Day - some reading
Today isWorld AIDS Day.  Here are some relevant books and chapters.  The University of Leicester Library has these as ebooks, your library might have too.ABC of HIV and AIDS / edited by Michael W. Adler, 2012 (this is the latest edition)AIDS: global status / Stephen Berger, 2015 (published by GIDEON, the infectious diseases database)AIDS between science and politics / Peter Piot and Laurence Garey, 2015.  (Piot was founding director of the UN AIDS programme)Then there are chapters in larger textbooks:Oxford Textbook of Medicine, 2020Chapters 8.5.23 and 8.5.24 (8.5.24 discusses low and middle i...
Source: Browsing - December 1, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: AIDS HIV Source Type: blogs

Fictional patients as literature search examples
Not simulated patients used in exams, but fictional patients as literature search topics.I have used fictional patients for some years.  I looked back to see if I have ever given them names, and can't find any evidence of that.  That is good, as perhaps there is a danger the names would not be diverse.  For the medical students who started in 2017, I had this:" Your patient is a five year old with head lice.   Their parent asks if they should use an insecticide lotion to eradicate the lice.   Will this work, and better than the alternatives?  Are there any ad...
Source: Browsing - November 30, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: literature searching Source Type: blogs

Avian influenza (H5N8)
There are reminders in the news that other infectious diseases carry on, with reports of outbreaks of H5N8 avian influenza in wild birds and on farms.A few resources (more may follow):UK government advice on avian influenza, with updates on the latest situation.NHSA flu diary - blog kept by Michael Coston.  There is a post from yesterday describing an outbreak in North Yorkshire, and one from the 11th November about other cases, so scan the posts. (Source: Browsing)
Source: Browsing - November 30, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: avian influenza H5N8 Source Type: blogs

Critical appraisal and gender or ethnicity bias
I do a session with students on a Fundamentals of applied health research module which includes a brief consideration of bias in studies.  I inherited the session from a colleague and was familiar already with only some of the topics.  I have gained confidence in teaching the others and this year felt the section on bias was beginning to make sense.  That bit is certainly informed by work I am involved in about decolonisation and diversification.  So this year I found myself wondering if the " standard " critical appraisal checklists ask if the study being appraised shows a...
Source: Browsing - November 22, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: blogs