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Need to know more about drugs and breastfeeding? Use the LactMed Database! Mobile version too!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) produces the Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed): LactMed is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Its information covers maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider. More information in the LactMed fact sheet.

LactMed now includes information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products. CAM products generally consist of dietary supplements derived from botanicals (herbals), "nutraceuticals" (natural and synthetic nonherbals, such as coenzyme Q10), and related products. Special emphasis is placed on potential side effects in mothers and infants. The CAM product records feature a new field for the products' scientific genus and species names.

You can also access LactMed with your mobile device. The LactMed App for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android can be downloaded at

LactMed is part of the NLM's Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®).

August is National Breastfeeding Month!

Aug 09, 2011 | Categories: News, New Resources | msholinb

Digital media tutorials from UCB Journalism School

The Knight Digital Media Center at UCB's Graduate School of Journalism has made available several dozen online tutorials. All are freely available.

Topics include:

  • buying and using video cameras,
  • web development,
  • podcasting,
  • using Flash,
  • creating mashups with Google Maps,
  • finding public records,
and much more.

"The Knight Digital Media Center was launched in April 2006 to focus on helping journalists succeed in the rapidly changing media landscape of the 21st Century."

Aug 09, 2011 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

WHO urges ban on TB blood tests

"Blood tests designed to detect active tuberculosis (TB) are inaccurate and should be banned, the World Health Organization has said. More than 2 million such tests are carried out annually, but the WHO says they are unethical and lead to misdiagnosis and the mistreatment of patients. The organisation's review of these tuberculosis test kits says they give wrong results in around 50 percent of cases. The kits are mainly sold in the developing world. However, most of the 18 kits on the market are produced in Europe and North America."

Complete story is on the WHO Media Centre web site.

An estimated 9 million new cases of tuberculosis occur worldwide each year. WHO's goal for tuberculosis (TB) control is to detect 70 percent of new, smear-positive TB cases. However, many cases go undetected (see

See also WHO's Global TB control report 2010, which includes links to TB data files.

Aug 03, 2011 | Categories: News | msholinb

Report on Carcinogens: Industry pressure postponed release

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released the 12th Report on Carcinogens, a science-based document that identifies chemicals and biological agents that may put people at increased risk for cancer.

The industrial chemical formaldehyde and a botanical known as aristolochic acids are listed as known human carcinogens. Six other substances - captafol, cobalt-tungsten carbide (in powder or hard metal form), certain inhalable glass wool fibers, o-nitrotoluene, riddelliine, and styrene - are added as substances that are reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens. With these additions, the 12th Report on Carcinogens now includes 240 listings. It is available at, as well as the Public Health Library's Cancer Resources web page.

The listing of formaldehyde and styrene, two widely used chemicals, was fought by the chemical industry. Release of the report was held up, but the report was finally released a few weeks ago.

View the press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. View a blog post from the Natural Resources Defense Council describing the controversy.

Jul 01, 2011 | Categories: News, New Resources | msholinb

Hundreds of New Online Books Now Available

The UC Libraries now provide access to the 2011 e-books from Wiley, available on the Wiley Online Library.

The Wiley ebook collection will serve a wide range of research needs in the life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. The 2011 books will be added to the collection throughout the year as they are published, and they will be findable in OskiCat.

2011 titles of possible interest include:

  • Patty's Industrial Hygiene
  • Textbook of Psychiatric Epidemiology, 3rd Edition
  • Collaborative Computational Technologies for Biomedical Research
  • Cigarette Smoke Toxicity: Linking Individual Chemicals to Human Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Effects of Inhaled Ultrafine and Nano-Sized Particles
  • Urban Remote Sensing: Monitoring, Synthesis and Modeling in the Urban Environment

and many more

Jun 08, 2011 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

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