Author Archives: leabate

Goodbye: National Guideline Clearinghouse

The National Guideline Clearinghouse has ceased operation and links to it have been removed from the Himmelfarb Library website.  The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality released a statement on July 2, 2018 which stated that the National Guideline Clearinghouse would cease as federal … Continue reading

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Can genetic information catch a killer?  And, cost you your privacy?

Can genetic information catch a killer?  And, cost you your privacy? A recent essay published the New England Journal of Medicine explores the value and potential societal costs posed by access to private genetic information.  In Sociogenetic Risks — Ancestry DNA Testing, … Continue reading

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Can being a Washington Capitals’ fan make you HAPPIER?

As the Washington Capitals’ winning record brings them closer to the Stanley Cup, Himmelfarb Library looks to the health sciences literature to assess if being a Washington Capitals’ fan can make you happier. In this article, researchers explored the relationship of emotional expression … Continue reading

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Between fatalism and denial: living with a genetic diagnosis

In the recent NEJM essay p53 and me, Shekinah N.C. Elmore describes the experience of living with a genetic diagnosis as “flying between fatalism and denial”.  Dr. Elmore was diagnosed with Li–Fraumeni syndrome during her 1st year of medical school having already survived childhood rhabdomyosarcoma and … Continue reading

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Gene therapy for transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia patients?

Can gene therapy eliminate the need for blood transfusions for patients with transfusion-dependent β thalassemia? This article reports the results of two phase 1-2 studies studied on the use of a gene therapy.  In these studies, patients with transfusion-depenent β-thalassemia received gene … Continue reading

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What’s happening in May? Flowers, embassies…and a parade!

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PolicyMap now available @ Himmelfarb!

PolicyMap is now available via Himmelarb Library! PolicyMap allows users to create maps by combing access to a data library with mapping and reporting tools.  PolicyMap provides access to more that 150 data sources and also allows users to upload their own data.  Users can then … Continue reading

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