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

Football and dementia
A link between playing football and dementia was in the news again this week.  Sir Geoff Hurst, member of course of the 1966 England team that won the World Cup, is giving interviews,reported in the Guardian.  Four of that squad have died with dementia, and one other is living with it now.  Jeff Astle, of West Bromwich Albion and England, had repeated heading of footballs recorded as a cause of his death (described by the coroner as an " industrial injury " ).  Arecent retrospective cohort study conducted in Scotland compared former soccer players and controls.  Death with ...
Source: Browsing - November 21, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: dementia football Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 18th November 2020
Some things you may want to know about.  Apologies for the long gap since the last list.  Maybe monthly is more realistic, or maybe I need to be more organised.First,COVID, a systematic review by three Ethiopian authors on The effect of coronavirus infection (SARS-CoV-2, MERS-CoV, and SARS-CoV) during pregnancy and the possibility of vertical maternal-fetal transmission: a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the open access European Journal of Medical Research.The Guardian reports thatmothers are needlessly separated from their babies after birth, and has articles about pregn...
Source: Browsing - November 18, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: COVID-19 midwifery Source Type: blogs

Daniel Hale Williams
, born in 1858,  has been credited with performing the first open heart operation.An article by W. Montague Cobb in the Journal of the National Medical Association in 1953 (1) records that Williams was famed as the first person to operate on the heart (rather than using the specific phrase " open heart surgery " ).  Cobb relates that a planned biography of Williams found that there were earlier cases, and as a result that biography was not published.  The heart operation performed by Williams was the suturing of a stab wound to the pericardium, published in 1897 (2).  Another article in t...
Source: Browsing - November 1, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: Black History Month medical history Source Type: blogs

Dr Jane Cooke Wright
I recommend Christie Watson's book about her experience of nursing, The language of kindness (1).  There is a chapter about cancer nursing, which mixes Watson's experience of nursing cancer patients with her experience of her father living with cancer, and being nursed by a Marie Curie Nurse.In that chapter, Watson mentions Dr Jane Cooke Wright (1919-2013), clinical oncologist, who discovered the anticancer properties of methotrexate, and investigated anticancer agents in vitro.  She was one of the founders of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, which was started because the America Association for Ca...
Source: Browsing - November 1, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: Black History Month medical history Source Type: blogs

Gender and other bias
I teach a session to MRes students entitled " Synthesising research evidence " , looking at the process of doing a systematic review.   As part of that we consider bias, both in finding evidence and in the individual pieces of evidence.So, when searching, there are issues around whether all studies are written up, and whether the " standard " databases are good at indexing journals published in Africa, South and Central America, and Asia (research I did for a poster at ICLC2019, the International Clinical Librarians'Conference, indicates they are not, so we also look at alternative sources lik...
Source: Browsing - October 24, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: critical appraisal Source Type: blogs

Dr James McCune Smith
James McCune Smith (1813-1865) was the first African American to gain a degree in medicine.  He was unsuccessful in gaining a place at medical school in New York state, his home state, so his friends and benefactors paid for him to travel to Glasgow, so he gained a degree at the University of Glasgow.  That university isbuilding a new learning hub and naming it after him.As well as being a physician, he was an abolitionist, working with Frederick Douglass, and made contributions to the fields of physiology and medical statistics.  TheWikipedia page about him is a good starting point. I found t...
Source: Browsing - October 15, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: Black History Month medical history Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 15th October 2020
Language!First, a project designed to make us change the language we use when talking about people with Down's Syndrome,Language Creates Reality.  It has produced some cards and other downloadable resources, and was featured on BBC Breakfast this morning (at 06.42).  I think its principles apply to other areas too.  So, not " a Down's baby " , but " a baby with Down's syndrome " .  Not " suffering from " but " has " Down's Syndrome.  And not " a normal baby " , but " a typical baby " .  Note for University of ...
Source: Browsing - October 15, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

Dr Harold Moody
was the subject of theGoogle Doodle on 1st September.  The image caught my eye as the designer intended, and I followed the link.And then, I started reading Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I am no longer talking to white people about race, and there he was again.Moody was born in Jamaica, came to England to study medicine (at King's College London), and then worked in London as a general practitioner.  In 1931, he founded the League of Coloured Peoples, a civil rights organisation.I could find nothing in medical journals about him, but did find thisbook chapter by David Killingray, published in Manchester Openhi...
Source: Browsing - October 1, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: Black History Month Congregationalism medical history Source Type: blogs

What's new in midwifery - 30th September 2020
In the newsFirst in this fortnightly update, some news stories.  An article in the Guardian by Zoe Williams, Bilge, booze and misogyny: why I'm outraged by a new idea to police pregnant women, about NICE proposals in their draft guidelines on fetal alcohol syndrome, to record a mother's alcohol intake on the child's health record.  See the previous What's new post for more.This,about an the first prosecution of an NHS trust for lack of candour, the case involved the death of a patient from a perforated endoscopy, but the duty of candour regulations apply across health care.  The CQC brought th...
Source: Browsing - September 30, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: midwifery Source Type: blogs

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 17, 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

COVID-19: information for health and care professionals
Last updated 24th November 2020, 0920 UK time - entries added marked NEW.On this page, evidence summaries, guidelines and government and related information for practitioners.See also theepidemiology and genetics andcurrent awareness pages.  There is a page ofjournal and database publishers making content available free.NEW - REACTFindings from the Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission studyResources from Royal Colleges (list maintained by HEE)Clinical TrialsThe WHO ICTRP indexes trials from a number of sources, including the US and EU registries.  From thelaunch page you can download lists of ...
Source: Browsing - June 27, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus COVID-19 NCOV Source Type: blogs

COVID-19: Current awareness and literature searching
Content last changed 21st November 2020, 2010 UK time, with items added at that time identified with NEW.To keep up to date with new scientific literature about COVID-19, use one of the searches or curated lists below.Literature searchesTwo dedicated databases:NEW LitCovid (NLM database of COVID articles)NEW WHO COVID-19 database Search strategies:PubMedMy strategy, last amended 17th March 2020 - sorted by date added to PubMed.  You are welcome to use this. Robert Polson, University of the Highlands and Islands library), search and feed of results.Public Health England's Finding the ...
Source: Browsing - June 27, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Tags: coronavirus COVID-19 NCOV 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...
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