What’s the future of women’s health care? 

maternalchildHow will proposed changes to health care law affect women’s health in the United States?

A new article in Women’s Health Issues explores this issue.  In The Risk of Remaining Silent: Addressing the Current Threats to Women’s Health, the authors assess how changes to the Affordable Care Act, insurance coverage for contraception, Planned Parenthood, and additional Department of Health and Human Services programs might affect health care for women.
Dr. Claire Brindis from the University of California, San Francisco is the first author in this paper.  The George Washington University’s Dr. Amita Vyas is the editor for Women’s Health Issues and is also the program director of the Maternal and Child Health Program in GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.
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Get out in DC!

healthynovTry one (or more!) of these great events around DC in November to help you reduce stress, eat better, and exercise!


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Postponed: 2-Step Authentication

GW’s transition to 2-step authentication for faculty and staff accounts has been postponed.

Additional information on this initiative is available from GW’s Division of Information Technology.


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GW Launches Two-Step Authentication


Beginning October 24, GW will require faculty and staff logging into the GW Google Apps (email, calendar, drive, etc.) to set up and use two-step authentication.

What is two-step authentication?  Two-step authentication is a way of enhancing security by connecting a user’s login/password with their cell phone or home/office phone number.  When user enters their login/password, they’ll be alerted that a code has been sent via text or phone (depending on how the user prefers to be contacted).  Once the user enters that code, the user can access their GW Google account.

How do I set up Two-Step Authentication?  On Tuesday October 24, access your GW Google account.  After you enter your login/password, you’ll be prompted to set up two-step authentication and should click on the Set it up now button.  You’ll be able to select how you would like to contacted: text message, mobile app, or phone.  More detailed instructions are available here:

Will I need to use Two-Step Authentication when I use my GW login/password to access Himmelfarb Library resources?No – Two-Step Authentication will be used for GW Google Apps (email, calendar, drive, etc.) but will not be needed for other services which use your GW login/password such as library access or Blackboard.

Will students be required to use Two-Step Authentication?  Students will also use two-step authentication beginning on November 8, 2017.

Where can I get help with Two-Step Authentication?  SMHS faculty, staff, and students can contact or stop by Computer and Applications Support Services (CASS) on the 3rd floor of Ross Hall.  SON and GWSPH faculty, staff, and students may obtain assistance from the Division of Information Technology via phone, email, and in person.

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Google Scholar – New Look, Same Great Options

scholarGoogle Scholar recently made some interface updates and so may look a bit different, but still offers Himmelfarb Library users some great options to customize the search interface.    Many of the customization options are available from the menu in the very upper left portion of the screen (three horizontal lines); the Settings option available there will allow you to:

  • Search Results: in the Bibliography Manager section, change the ‘Show links to import citations into’ to RefWorks.
  • Library Links: if you’re off-campus, search for George Washington and add the full-text links for Himmelfarb Library to improve your access to full-text articles.

Google Scholar also revamped the Cite and Save options.  These options appear under each citation, moved left, and are now represented by icons rather than text.  The Cite option is available under the quote marks icon, and the Save option is available via the star icon.
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What is the research experience at GW?

Himmelfarb librarians interviewed health sciences students and faculty at GW Research Days 2017 about their research and the experience of participating in Research Days.

Watch the video to learn about research directly from participants including exploring the topics of research and takeaways and what it’s like to conduct research at GW.

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Is there a genetic cause for preterm births? 

genomeWhile evidence has suggested that this is true, the first study identifying specific genetic factors that exist in women with preterm deliveries was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  This study used data from nearly 50,000 women and identified specific genetic variations which can predict length of gestation and risk of preterm birth.

Image citation: Ricciardi, R. (2013). Human genome [online image].  Available at:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/ricricciardi/11622986115

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