Monday, September 26, 2005

Playing Catch Up

Posts have been in short supply lately, because I've started the 5th of 6 semesters for my Master's in Library and Information Science, which I'm working on part-time while also working at medical library full-time. You're thinking, "You need a Master's to check out books?!?" Um, no. Those people who check out and stamp your books are probably not "real" librarians, but are likely library assistants, volunteers, or student workers. "Real" librarians have to be managers, budget experts, purchasers, license negotiators, equipment evaluators, teachers, faculty members, copyright law advisors, and masters of all things information-related. And they are all of those things while providing you with expert help on whether there is research on how to prevent non-traumatic blood loss in ICU's or where to find that blue book by that guy that has something to do with brain tumors, how many miles of shoreline Lake Michigan has, or how many people in Georgia had bachelor's degrees in 1990. For more along these lines, check out this post entitled, "Why you should fall to your knees and worship a librarian." Ahem.

That said, I've been a very busy woman. Here are some links to recent women's health items that have caught my eye, but I haven't had time to dig into thoroughly.
  • Contraception for women over age 40 - National Guideline Clearinghouse
  • Contraceptive choices for breastfeeding women - National Guideline Clearinghouse
  • Digital mammography trial results announced - National Institutes of Health
  • Drug offers alternative to surgical treatment after miscarriage - National Institutes of Health
  • Mothering the Mother During Childbirth and After - NYTimes story on doulas assisting low-income teenagers
  • On Moral Grounds, Some Judges are Opting Out of Abortion Cases - NYTimes
  • More first-time moms opting for c-sections - National Women's Health Information Center
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