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Issue 38 Library e-newsletter 29 Nov 2017

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Articles  - Vitamin D

1. D is for Development: Vitamin D may be responsible for establishing the architecture of the nervous system
By Estroff Marano, Hara.
Psychology Today. Nov/Dec 2017, Vol. 50 Issue 6, p33-34.
: This article focuses on vitamin D which may be responsible for establishing the architecture of the nervous system. Topics discussed include the recommended daily allowance for vitamin D and other body systems where vitamin D is a key player including calcium and other mineral absorption in the gut, bone health and cardiovascular function

2. Calcium myths and facts
By Tweed, Vera.
Better Nutrition. Nov 2017, Vol. 79 Issue 11, p26-28. 2p
: The article discusses the facts related to calcium intake in terms of nutrition, hormones, and bone health. According to the author calcium intake won't ensure strong bone throughout the life stated by the British Medical Journal analysis and excess calcium intake also causes heart conditions and kidney stones. It is suggested that Calcium can be consumed at any period of time in a day.

3. Vitamin D: Way more important in critical care than we may have recognised
By Alspach, JoAnn Grif.
Critical Care Nurse. Jun 2017, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p11-15. 5p
: The author reflects on the importance of vitamin D in critical care. Topics include the adverse effects of vitamin D deficiency (VDD) with respect to cardiovascular disease (CVD), immunity, infection, cognition, and mortality, the food sources of Vitamin D including eggs and fortified milk, and the adverse effects of VDD like increased complications for kidney transplant patients, poor muscle development, and higher risk of falls and fractures.

4. Bone smarts: Bess dawson-Hughes
By Liebman, Bonnie.
Nutrition Action Health Letter. Jul/Aug 2017, Vol. 44 Issue 6, p3-6. 4p
: An interview with Bess Dawson-Hughes, director of the Bone Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tuft University in Boston, Massachusetts, is presented. Topics covered include the reason why people are so confused about calcium, whether calcium causes heart attacks, and how vitamin D helps lower the risk of fractures.

5. Preparing for old(er) age 
By Hayhurst, Chris.
PT in Motion. Feb 2017, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p16-22. 7p.
: The article presents information on how physical therapists (PTs) can assist adults prepare for their older years early in life. Topics include the need for PTs to education people how to become flexible, improve balance, and work on endurance, the effectiveness of the process of aging in place, and the PTs' necessity to consider an individual's susceptibility to certain ailments and diseases.

6. What have we learned about vitamin D?
By Rose, Andrea M.
MLO: Medical Laboratory Observer. Jan 2017, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p18-21. 3p.
: The article presents information on vitamin D such as recommended dietary intake (RDI), supplementation advisability, and optimal serum concentration. Topics include the availability of vitamin D in ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation from the sun, fish liver oils, and egg yolks, the Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline on vitamin D, and the use of immunoassay techniques in routine testing for the vitamin.

Articles - Sexual Health

7. Midlife and older women's experiences and advice about sex with men, risk behaviors, and HIV prevention education.
Altschuler, Joanne.
Journal of Women & Aging; London Vol. 29, Iss. 1, (Jan-Feb 2017): 63-74.
: This article reports on older women's experiences and advice on condom use, male-female relationships, HIV risk, and prevention education. Analysis revealed four themes: (a) Gap between condom use advice and condom use behavior; (b) invisibility with age; (c) negative expectations of men; and (d) desire for education that breaks the silence on sex.

8. The ‘holder of secrets’: A day in the life of a sexual health nurse
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Sep 2017, 25(3), p34-34. 1p.
: The article describes a typical day in the life of a sexual health nurse in Australia. Topics discussed include the author's encounter with several patients with different sexual health issues, services offered at the sexual health clinic, and details on how the author deal with her patients.

9. Providing sexual and reproductive healthcare in general practice: Historically, much of the work relating to women's health in general practice fell to female GPs. Now, it is more likely to be the general practice nurse who shoulders most of the workload relating to contraception and sexual health.
By Hunt, Katherine
Practice Nurse. May 2017, 47(5), p20-25. 6p
: The article looks at essential elements of sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) that nurses can gain competence and confidence in. Topics include undertaking repeat contraceptive checks for women already taking oral or injectable contraception; assessing whether a woman is at risk of pregnancy; and undertaking a risk assessment to determine if a patient is at risk of a sexually transmitted infection

Articles – Recreational Drugs

10. Education: Crystal Methamphetamine -- ICE.
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal. Jun 2017, Vol. 24 Issue 11, p36-37. 2p.
: This article offers information about Crystal Methamphetamine (ICE). Topics covered include the reported percentage of Australia population using amphetamine or methamphetamine according to the "2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS)," the different properties and functions of ICE, and the short-term effects of ICE.

11. Herbert, Annie; Gilbert, Ruth; Cottrell, David; Li, Leah.
Causes of death up to 10 years after admissions to hospitals for self-inflicted, drug-related or alcohol-related, or violent injury during adolescence: a retrospective, nationwide, cohort study
The Lancet. Aug 5, 2017, 390, (10094), 577-587.
: Emergency hospital admission with adversity-related injury (ie, self-inflicted, drug-related or alcohol-related, or violent injury) affects 4% of 10-19-year-olds. Their risk of death in the decade after hospital discharge is twice as high as that of adolescents admitted to hospitals for accident-related injury. We established how cause of death varied between these groups.

12. Hutson, Matthew
Last night a DJ saved my life
Psychology Today. May/Jun 2016, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p40-42. 3p
: The author presents a personal narrative about his life as a troubled teenager, his depression, the impact of psychedelic drugs and raving, and his decision to change his life after listening to the trance music from a disc jockey's mix tape while driving home from a rave in Connecticut in 1996

13. Recent Increases in Cocaine-Related Overdose Deaths and the Role of Opioids.
By McCall Jones, Christopher; Baldwin, Grant T.; Compton, Wilson M.
American Journal of Public Health. Mar 2017, Vol. 107 Issue 3, p430-432. 3p
: This article examines the trends in cocaine overdose deaths and examine the role opioids play in these deaths. Opioids, primarily heroin and synthetic opioids, have been driving the recent increase in cocaine-related overdose deaths. This corresponds to the growing supply and use of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl in the United States.

Journal - Table of Contents

Canadian Nurse, November/December 2017 Vol. 113 No. 6

14A. From the CEO: Directional shifts
14B. President’s message: Reflection and intention
14C. News: NAFTA renegotiations
14D. News: How long can humans live”; Pumping up seniors’ strength and muscle mass; Your social class is written all over your face; Protein shows promise in treating heart failure
14E. Calculations: November is Radon Action Month
14F. Nurses’ perceptions of two tools for assessing patients with alcohol withdrawal [The modified Richmond agitation-sedation-scale-alcohol withdrawal and the revised clinical institute withdrawal assessment for alcohol scale]
14G. Preparing a publishable research manuscript: Practical guidelines
14H. Vaccines an aid in tackling AMR [What is the relationship between vaccines and antimicrobial resistance?]
14I. Plein Sevrage: A community-based project on drug withdrawal management
14J. Determined to make a difference in the lives of young mothers [Susan Jack’s career transition from public health practice to public health research]
14K. The last word: A call to follow through on relationship building

Conferences & Seminars

15. Shrinking portions to low and middle‐income earners: Inequality in Wages & Self‐Employment 1998‐2015
Presenter: Dr Bill Rosenberg
Date: 6 December 12.30 – 1.30pm
Venue: CTU Board Room, Wellington
RSVP: Eileen Brown –

16. Professor Penny Russell: 'Extended Families:Politics and Practice in Family History'
How does this passion for genealogy change the way we read, understand and respond to history?
Date: Monday 4 December, 2017
Time: 5.30-6.30pm
Venue: National Library of New Zealand. 
Free Lecture All welcome No RSVP

17. Goodfellow Symposium 2018
Date: 24th & 25th March 2018, 8.30-5.30pm
Venue: Vodafone events centre
770 Great South Rd, Wiri, Manukau
Programme Overview:
Keynote speaker: The human brain is not designed for thinking
Discounted early bird registrations for Nurses

18. National Rural Health Conference 2018
"Healthy Rural Communities – Mauri Ora, Whanau Ora, Wai Ora"
Date: Friday, March 31 2018 and Saturday, April 1 2018
Venue: TSB Arena-Shed 6 complex
More Information:

News National

19. Christchurch doctor Rakesh Chawdhry stands trial on sex charges
Stuff - November 13 2017
A Christchurch doctor will stand trial on Monday in one of the most significant prosecutions brought against a New Zealand medical professional. Rakesh Kumar Chawdhry​, 62, pleaded not guilty to 15 charges of indecent assault and one of unlawful sexual connection ahead of the judge alone trial in the Christchurch District Court.

20. Pacific Trust Canterbury leaves debts of $825,000 after failing to deliver services
Stuff - November 26 2017
A chaotic Christchurch Pasifika health and social services agency has been wound up owing $825,930 to unsecured creditors. Pacific Trust Canterbury (PTC), established in 1999 to improve the health and conditions of Pasifika people, operated a medical clinic and provided social services under contract from Government agencies.

News International

21. Euthanasia to be legal in Victoria from 2019
Noel Towell – The Age
Dying Victorians will be able to legally end their own lives after State Parliament passed the government's voluntary assisted dying bill on Wednesday morning. After more than 100 hours of sometimes rancorous debate, the bill had a low-key final passage through the lower house just before midday.

22. Health checks for older doctors to prove they're fit to practise
Sydney Morning Herald – 28 November 2017
All Australian doctors aged 70 or over will have to undergo regular health checks to prove they are fit to practise, as part of a new plan to weed out dangerous medical professionals. Those who work in isolation, such as solo GPs, will also face additional scrutiny, as will those who have received multiple proven complaints against them.

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