ISSN 1535-7821 Vol. 30 No. 1 2014
As the polar vortex makes another appearance across North America, wreaking havoc on communities and infrastructure alike, planning for MLA’14 in Chicago has been finalized. Thanks to the hard work of Chair-Elect Kay Smith, the CAPHIS section program Promoting Ethical Awareness among Health Sciences Librarians features four speakers whose presentations represent diverse perspectives on this topic. Three co-sponsored section programs offer conference attendees a considerable variety of content. As well, Immediate Past Chair Meredith Solomon has organized an exciting symposium on Patient Experience and Engagement. I encourage all CAPHIS members to attend the section programs and register for the symposium.
It’s now time to think about the CAPHIS thirtieth anniversary celebration, which will be the highlight of the upcoming CAPHIS board meeting at MLA’14. I encourage you to think back to past CAPHIS events over the years and share your reminiscences and fond memories with Chair Elect Kay Smith. Presenting the Professional Development Award and Consumer Health Librarian of the Year Award promises to be another highlight of the CAPHIS board meeting. Please consider applying for these awards. The submission deadline is April 1 2014 and the application forms are online at http://caphis.mlanet.org/organization/awards.html.
As our thirtieth anniversary unfolds, I look forward to seeing an enthusiastic and vibrant membership continue the many accomplishments for which CAPHIS is recognized and launch new initiatives that highlight current and future trends in consumer health librarianship.
The CAPHIS programs for MLA 2014 in Chicago are shaping up in exciting ways! First, the primary CAPHIS contributed papers session, “Promoting Ethical Awareness among Health Sciences Librarians” on Monday, May 19th from 2:00 to 3:25 p.m. will include a couple of invited speakers along with the contributed papers. The first invited speaker is Ms. Jackie Garner, Consortium Administrator for Medicaid and Children’s Health in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Ms. Garner will speak on the Affordable Care Act and the role of medical librarians in providing information about “Obamacare.” Our second invited speaker is our own Christine Marton, PhD, from the University of Toronto. Christine will talk about consumer health and the provision of birth control information. We also have a couple of excellent contributed papers on academic library public services and the transgender community and connecting with family caregivers via social media. Former CAPHIS Chair, Naomi Broering, will moderate the session.
The CAPHIS Business Meeting, also on May 19 at 4:00 p.m., will be a very special meeting – we’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary at this meeting! To help us celebrate this occasion, we are inviting you to share your memories of past meetings and events, either in writing or in person at the Business Meeting in Chicago. Naturally any photographs relevant to the occasion will be very welcome as well! Contact CAPHIS program chair Kay Hogan Smith at (205) 934-2208 or email@example.com for more information or to send reminiscences or photos. Help us make this celebration another event to remember!
Libraries and librarians have long been providing services and health information to patients and their families in the healthcare setting and in the community. With health care reform and the complexity of the entire health care system increasing, the move toward patient-centered care has reached the consciousness of almost every healthcare professional and institution.
The Patient Experience and Engagement: Improving Patient Centered Care One Person at a Time Symposium is designed for librarians and other information professionals working with patients, case managers, consumers and librarians on clinical care and health education teams. Through this symposium participants will gain a better knowledge of the many definitions of patient engagement and discuss and explore new and existing methods of how to connect the public and providers with quality health information resources and tools, including the Patient Engagement Framework.
This half day long symposium will consist of:
Go to http://mla2014symposium.libguides.com/patientengagement for additional information.
NLM HSDB record created for West Virginia Elk River chemical
A Hazardous Substances Data Bank record was created for 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (Chemical Abstracts Service registry number (CASRN) of 34885-03-5), the chemical found in the January, 2014 West Virginia Elk River chemical spill.
Other terms for the spilled substance are "MCHM" or "crude MCHM" or "4-Methylcyclohexane methanol."
New Dietary Supplement Label Database available
Researchers, health care providers, and consumers can now investigate the ingredients listed on the labels of about 18,000 (and growing) dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) is free of charge. It is hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is the result of collaboration between the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), with input from federal stakeholders. www.dsld.nlm.nih.gov
Dietary supplements, taken regularly by about half of U.S. adults, can add significant amounts of nutrients and other ingredients to the diet. Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and more. They come in many different forms, including tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as liquids and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.
Hundreds of new dietary supplements are added to the marketplace each year; others are removed. Product formulations are frequently adjusted, as is information on labels. The DSLD provides product information that can be searched and organized as desired.
Household Products Database
The Household Products Database (HPD) now provides information on over 13,000 products with over 7,130 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) links. http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/
HPD links consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:
An updated version of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXMAP will be available later this year. It will provide an improved map appearance and interactive capabilities as well as a more current GIS look-and-feel. This includes seamless panning, immediate map refresh when zooming to a given location, collapsible side panels for maximum map size, and automatic size adjustment with window size. The new TOXMAP will have improved Census layers and availability by Census Tract (2000 and 2010), Canadian National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) data, U.S. nuclear power plants and improved and updated congressional district boundaries.
TOXMAP is an interactive web site that shows the amount and location of reported toxic chemicals released into and present in the environment on maps of the United States. The site allows users to visually explore information about releases of toxic chemicals by industrial facilities around the United States as reported annually to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA,http://www.epa.gov/tri/). Federal law requires facilities in certain industries, which manufacture, process, or use significant amounts of toxic chemicals, to report annually on their releases of these chemicals to the EPA TRI Program.
Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources"
Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources,” is now available from the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center. The resources on this page may be of value to international responders and response planners as well as to U.S. friends and family of people in the Philippines.
New Agents and Fields added to Haz-Map
481 agents that cause occupational asthma were added to Haz-Map in Feb 2014, bringing the total number of chemical and biological agents to over 9000.http://www.haz-map.com/wotsnu.htm
Three new fields were also added:
Haz-Map® is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the adverse effects of workplace exposures to chemical and biological agents. The main links in Haz-Map are between chemicals and occupational diseases. These links have been established using current scientific evidence.
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Besser, Richard, M.D. with Jeanne Besser. Tell Me the Truth, Doctor: Easy-to-Understand Answers to Your Most Confusing and Critical Health Questions. 276p. Hyperion, 2013. $24.99 978-1-4013-2483-4.
Chapman, Alexandra L. and Kim L. Gratz. Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed. New Harbinger, 2013, 142p. ISBN 978-1-60882-706-0. $15.95.
In this book the authors write about borderline personality disorder (BPD) in plain language, focusing on those who have recently received this diagnosis. Chapman and Gratz, both established professionals with PhDs in the mental health field, emphasize that BPD is not a disease to be cured but rather a disorder with a continuum of severity. The authors have written previously about BPD and their professional focus is on people who struggle with the challenges of this disorder. In this book they debunk various myths about the disorder, with the hopeful view of reducing stigma, and point to newer treatments that can assist folks with BPD.
In their easy to comprehend writing, the authors list a variety of therapeutic methods and medications for assisting folks with BPD. Rather than dismiss some approaches outright, they speak about what people with BPD need in their lives to successfully deal with the disorder and which modalities include those strategies. The authors teach the reader how to be good consumers of mental health by identifying the various levels of practitioners and what to look for in a professional, particularly the ability to work with the best therapeutic methods for BPD. The authors present the information with dignity for the individual and offer much hope and good direction. I recommend this book for libraries that are looking for the latest consumer mental health resources.
Reviewed by: Jackie Davis, Community Health Library at Cushman Wellness Center, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, CA.
Domenici, Paula, Suzanne Best, Keith Armstrong. Courage after Fire for Parents of Service Members: Strategies for Coping when your Son or Daughter Returns from Deployment. New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2013. 248 p. ISBN 978-1608827152. $16.95.
While there are many self-help books written for spouses, children, and servicemen coping with deployment, very little is written for the parents. In this sequel to Courage after Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their Families, the authors fill this gap. As psychologists, yet not parents of servicemen, they blend their expertise with information gleaned from military families to impart thoughts, stories and advice. All aspects of the reintegration years are covered in detail. While the book may be read cover-to cover, extensive cross-referencing makes it easy to find help by topic. The use of heartfelt quotes and examples add compassion and let parents know they are not alone dealing with complex reintegration issues. Frequently seen physical, mental, and psychological problems of post deployment are included as well as symptoms to watch for and how to address them. Helpful scripting and tips for parents to use when talking to their service sons and daughters highlight each chapter and quick review bullets sum up each topic. This is a much needed book that will give parents the courage, resilience, and knowledge to understand, accept and cope with the process of helping their loved ones in the post deployment years. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Nancy O’Brien, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, IA
Haltzman, Scott D. The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity. The Johns Hopkins Press, 2013. 312p. ISBN 978-1421409429. $19.95.
The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity is the newest self-help book by Scott Haltzman, M.D., author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men, The Secrets of Happily Married Women, and The Secrets of Happy Families. Dr. Haltzman, a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, is pro-marriage and writes this book to help couples rebuild their marriages after infidelity. Finding that many books on the market speak only to the victim of the affair, Dr. Haltzman addresses both spouses. He hopes the couple will take the time to examine how affairs happened, look into heart of their marriage and its worth, and see clearly what it takes to forgive and rebuild.
The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity is very user-friendly. Chapter 5 “Giving the NOD to an Affair” explains how even the most unlikely candidate for an affair might stumble into one. N is for need, and can run the gamut from boredom to sexual kinks. Opportunity is O, and is increasingly an issue with social networking putting us in touch with an endless supply of sex partners. Disinhibition is the big D. Everything from ADHD to substance abuse to an ill-timed evening of drinking can compromise the ability to use your better judgment. Using compassionate language, Dr. Haltzman helps couples understand what happened and gives a roadmap for recovering from betrayal. The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity is a recommended light read for a heavy, emotional topic.
Reviewed by: Margot Malachowski, MLS, Baystate Health, Health Sciences Library, Springfield, MA
Kivowitz, Barbara, and Weisman, Roanne. In Sickness as in Health: Helping Couples Cope with the Complexities of Illness. Roundtree Press, 2013. 224p. [no index]. ISBN-13: 978-1937359133 $18.95
Kivowitz is an MSW therapist and consultant and is a co-author of The Manager’s Pocket Guide to Knowledge Management. Weisman has co-authored books in the Own Your Health series and one of the Harvard Medical School Guides. Both have written for magazines and blogs.
The co-authors are an effective team who have both experienced severe illness and the impact of illness in their relationships. They present examples, based on interviews, of how specific couples have coped with illness and grief. These are poignant personal histories that fully engaged this reader. Along with, and sometimes interrupting the personal stories, the authors present commentary from experts in medicine and psychology, as well as from leaders of different spiritual traditions. There are few current books for comparison. Unlike older books, such as Couples Confronting Cancer (2003), this book refers readers to a web site (http://insicknessasinhealth.com/ ) rather than providing a list of resources. A subject index and references – in the text or online - would be welcome additions. Samples of the text ranged in reading level from 6th to 12th grade and above. Even with these concerns, this book is highly recommended for its powerful stories.
Reviewed by: Diane Wolf, MSLS, Gail P. Gill Community Health Library, Christiana Care Health System, Newark DE
Krouck-Gordon, Dafna and Jackins, Barbara D. Moving Out: A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities. Woodbine House, Inc., 2013. 225p. index. ISBN 978-1-60613-021-6. $24.95.
Authors Krouck-Gordon and Jackins have put together an extremely helpful resource book to help the interested, confused or struggling person or parent know where to start when looking for residential care or to make living arrangements for an adult child with special needs. Together, the authors bring more than 60 years of experience in this type of work. Dafna Krouck-Gordon is the founder and President of Toward Independent Living and Learning (TILL). This organization is a leader in helping people with disabilities find housing options. Barbara Jackins has an adult child with developmental disabilities and lives in a TILL facility. She is also an attorney with much experience in special needs planning and has served on boards of agencies that provide residential services to adults with disabilities. She has authored several books including The Special Needs Trust Administration Manual: A Guide for Trustees (coauthor) and Managing a Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees (coauthor, 2012).
The authors take a step by step approach to solving this challenging dilemma. Various models of living arrangements are listed and discussed. Stories from parents traveling down this road are sprinkled throughout for the reader to identify with and learn from. It is also written in a style that allows one to read the entire book from cover to cover or to pick topics out that are needed for just that moment in time. Their expertise on this often difficult and confusing journey is invaluable. In the consumer health library where many go to look for answers to life’s crossroads, this book would be a helpful addition.
Reviewed by: Monique McCollum RN, MPH Patient Education Coordinator, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colorado
Krucoff, Carol. Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less. New Harbinger Publications, 2013. XIV, 230p. ISBN 978-1-60882-700-8. $16.95.
Carol Krucoff, E-RYT, is a yoga therapist at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC, and co-directs the Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors teacher training. She is a contributor to the Yoga Journal and has written for numerous national publications. She is author of the book Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain, creator of the CD Healing Moves Yoga and co-creator of the DVD Relax into Yoga for Seniors. Krucoff developed this book after hearing from her regular Yoga students and others that they rarely practice Yoga at home because of lack of time and thinking it is too difficult to do alone. She focuses on short practices, called Sparks, that can be done without a mat and in regular clothing. Each chapter is divided into sections concentrating on posture, breathing, meditation, or principle sparks.
Overall, it is a useful book. It is well organized and easy to read. I must admit that I was very skeptical at first since in order to do Yoga one has to be in a peaceful mind first so that one can concentrate on one’s breathing, etc. After reading the book, I think it is possible once one has read the introduction and has become familiar with the basic postures or if one has had some experience with Yoga. One of the drawbacks of the book is its binding. The softcover edition does not stay open when you want to follow one of the Yoga practices. It would have been much better to have a spiral binding.
Reviewed by: Hella Bluhm-Stieber, Milton J. Chatton Medical Library, Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System, San Jose, CA.
There is perhaps no more irritating piece of advice to a couple struggling with fertility issues than that often repeated bromide to “Just relax,” as if it were that simple to find relaxation amongst the the treatment plans and emotional landmines associated with infertility. Dr. Victoria Maizes, family medicine practitioner and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, frankly addresses the limitations of Western medicine and our “Type A society” in addressing the mind/body issues associated with fertility problems.
Drawing on a range of complementary and traditional healing practices, including Eastern traditions, nutrition and dietary supplements, and mind/body & spiritual practices, Dr. Maizes presents very detailed assessments of the potential of each approach to complement modern medicine’s technical methods of addressing infertility, as well as the evidence basis (or lack thereof) for these complementary techniques.
In fact, it is in this apparent - and worthy - desire to document the evidence for integrative medicine in supporting fertility that the book’s weakness lies. Even if the reader is highly literate, as the reading level of the work requires, the recital of clinical studies supporting each technique in every chapter grows tiresome after a while. While there are personal anecdotes of individuals who have used these complementary methods in their own struggles to become pregnant included in the chapters that help to increase the reader’s interest, they are few and far between. Some illustrations, charts or other ways to break up the dense text would have been helpful. Still, these faults notwithstanding, this well-researched and authoritative guide would make a good addition to any complementary medicine or infertility collections. Recommended.
Reviewed by: Kay Hogan Smith, MLS, MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL.
Mayer, Tommye-Karen. One-Handed in a Two-Handed World, DiaMedica Publishing, 2013. 218p., index. ISBN 978-0-9823219-8-0. $19.95.
The fourth edition of One-Handed in a Two-Handed World has come a long way from the first spiral bound edition in 1996. The author lost use of one arm in her twenties and went on to run a marathon and write a book that empowers others to become independent and adapt nearly any activity to one-handed success. The book is for adults who have lost use of one hand (temporarily or permanently), not for teaching skills to babies or young children born without use of one hand. It doesn’t address prostheses or artificial hands, but focuses on how to do (practically) anything with one hand.
Part coach, part cheerleader, Tommye-Karen Mayer uses a straightforward and comprehensive product-manual approach to managing cooking, chores, work, sports and more with “four fingers and a thumb”, body positioning and gadgets. Clear photographs accompany her detailed but understandable instructions, and the table of contents and index pinpoint whatever one needs to do quickly. This edition contains some new entries, such as cutting a whole fresh pineapple with one hand (a formidable task even with two hands!) and using an e-reader. A new chapter on “Taking Care of your One Hand” shares lessons learned and tips for keeping the usable hand in the best condition possible. The book has improved through the decades through Ms. Mayer’s own experiences and communication with other “one-handers” who share their best practices with her. She reaches out to readers, especially in areas where she doesn’t have experience, such as parenting. An appendix offers durable URLs for adaptive products by chapter, that she sells in her own online store.
Reviewed by: Cara Marcus, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Boston, MA
Radio personality and supplement vendor Gary Null’s previous dietary-advice books include The Food-Mood Connection and Kiss Your Fat Goodbye. Reboot Your Brain contains some common-sense recommendations to cut down on unhealthy fats and wear a helmet when bicycling. But this is interspersed with more specious claims that combining Null’s vegan recipes with a prescribed combination of supplements will cure conditions such as depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, and insomnia. Each condition is discussed in its own chapter, complete with testimonials from self-identified sufferers about how they were healed. For those lacking a diagnosis, there is a chapter on “brain allergies,” which are characterized by symptoms of many medically recognized conditions.
The quality of evidence given for the recommendations in Reboot Your Brain is poor. Many sources cited in the end notes were published more than 10 years ago; often these sources are popular press articles about lab and rodent studies. Readers are referred to Null’s commercial cite for information on purchasing vitamins and supplements. Not recommended for health libraries.
Reviewed by: Mira Geffner, Breast Cancer Connections, Palo Alto, CA
This book is a new publication from husband and wife team, Mary NurrieStearns, a psychotherapist and yoga teacher, and Rick NurrieStearns, a meditation teacher, who previously co-authored Yoga for Anxiety. Yoga is a set of practices that include chanting mantras, quiet meditation, body positions (poses), and massage. Part of the ancient Ayurvedic tradition of India, yoga has become popular in the West in recent years. This well-written self-help guide provides readers with easy-to-follow instructions for relieving emotional trauma associated with psychologically damaging childhood events and life experiences, through the adoption of yoga practices. Yoga practices can be as simple as gazing at a beautiful or religious object or chanting a soothing mantra, or they can comprise an exercise regimen in the form of yoga poses, which are clearly illustrated by black-and-white photos in this book. The authors extensively reference the spiritual and religious literature of yoga. They also cite medical research on yoga as a healing modality published in reputable journals, such as, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, PLOS ONE, and Science. Yoga for emotional trauma will be a valuable addition to consumer health collections as patients and the public alike continue to seek simple and inexpensive ways to alleviate pain and suffering associated with mental and physical health conditions.
Reviewed by: Christine Marton, PhD, CAPHIS Chair
Palmieri, Mark J. Psy.D. BCBA-D and Powers, Kristen M. M.S., OTR/L. Feeding Your Child with Autism: A Family-Centered Guide to Meeting the Challenges. Woodbine Press, 2013. 145 pp. ISBN978-1-60613-012-4. $21.95. (available in print and e-book formats)
Although much has been written about autism and eating in the medical literature, this book offers parents and caregivers a step-by-step plan to meet the challenges of children with autism and feeding difficulties. Written by a licensed psychologist/behavioral analyst and a practicing occupational therapist, this book is for parents, caregivers, and teachers with overviews on topics related to this little known but important variable in persons with autism.
The book is divided into chapters covering content on understanding the basis of food challenges, proactive strategies to assist the child, integrating treatment at home as well as in the community when eating out, and promoting long term healthy eating habits. Tips for modifying the natural environment to provide structure, rewards, practice, and repetition are highlighted. Included are specific illustrations to complement the content and assessment guides and checklists to evaluate effectiveness of interventions. An index of terms and comprehensive reference/resources are from a variety of treatment studies that have been completed.
This title is part of a series of books on autism that cover topics as diverse as activity schedules, communication skills, and social interactions and the series together would provide a comprehensive resource base for parents and family members in either a consumer health or public library setting. For those interested in this topic, The Autism MEAL Plan: A parent-training curriculum to manage eating aversions and low intake among children with autism by Sharp, Burrell and Jaquess was recently published in Autism 2013, October 7 edition.
Reviewed by Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN, C, Patient and Health Education Library, Scottsdale, AZ
Perlmutter, David: Grain Brain, 2013. 320 p. ISBN 978-0-316-23480-1
Dr. Perlmutter discusses the potentially deleterious influence of wheat, carbs and sugar on our brain. He describes how these substances are metabolized, how they are converted to energy in the brain, and why he believes eating wheat and carbs is not in our evolutionary development. Dr. Perlmutter implicates carbs and grains as a possible cause of a variety of diseases, including such things as memory problems, epilepsy, Tourette’s, diabetes, autism and many more. The book is lacking in scientific evidence to back up these claims. The book is great for pointing out some of the complex biochemistry that goes on inside our bodies and illustrates how much we don’t understand about how our brain is “connected” to our gut and to what we eat.
The book is written on a reading level for the average person. The explanations are clear and the author defines items that may not be obvious to those unfamiliar with medical testing, such as blood work. There are numerous references for each chapter, however many of these are the author’s other works. Of the remaining references, some are peer reviewed medical journals but several are popular media or other journals. Readers should keep that in mind when analyzing the books’ content.
For anyone interested in learning about metabolism of carbs and glucose or following a low-carb, high fat diet, the book has a lot of good information. I would, however, caution the reader to keep in mind that a lot of the information is based solely on the author’s experiences and not on scientific data. The book will resonate with followers of gluten–free diets and does provide some good pointers for establishing a well-rounded diet.
Reviewed by: Kathy East, MS, Knowledge Navigator, Central Peninsula Hospital, Soldotna, AK
Reinert, Linda M. Talking is Hard for Me!, Encouraging Communication in Children with Speech-Language Difficulties. Woodbine House, 2013. 54p. appendices. ISBN 978-1-60613-192-3, $18.95.
This book is a resource for anyone who works with children who have difficulties with speech and language. It is written so that it can be read as a storybook to a child or used by a parent/caregiver as a tool. As the subtitle indicates, this book is about encouraging children to express themselves both verbally and non-verbally and “raising the bar” when it comes to expectations.
With more than 25 years as a speech-language pathologist, Linda Reinert has incorporated her experiences into this book which offers various scenarios written from the perspective of a child and complemented by bold, colorful illustrations. Each page has a simply written sidebar with a suggested “script” to help the reader engage a child. The sidebars are cross-referenced with a detailed “Tips and Techniques” section at the back of the book. Eight appendices at the end provide readers with clear, factual information about a variety of topics and concerns relating to speech-language difficulties.
This book packs a lot into its 54 pages. If initially it seems a bit awkward to flip back and forth between the text and the tips and techniques at the back, the layout and the intent become clear when one takes the time to read the Introduction and “How to Use this Book” notes. It is written in language and style that make it useful to individuals who may be new to working with a child struggling with speech-language while also reinforcing skills of those who are more experienced. The text format is user-friendly with bold print for key topics and terms and bulleted supporting details. It is an appealing and useful resource for those who may be looking for strategies to help children struggling with speech and language.
Reviewed by Barbara Steffensen, MSLIS, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Ft. Worth, TX
Roach, Mary. Gulp: Adventures On the Alimentary Canal. 336p. Norton, 2013, $26.95 978-0-393-32482-2.
Best-selling science writer Mary Roach entertains readers by explaining research with humor. Her newest book takes them on a journey through the digestive tract, beginning with the nose. The sense of smell is actually a major part of taste. Ms. Roach follows food through the mouth and down the esophagus all the way down and out the anus, comparing the digestive process of humans with those of various animals. Along the way, she looks at the history of relevant medical research, the use of the alimentary canal as a hiding place for contraband, flatulence, and fecal transplants. She marvels at the view of her ileocecal valve during a colonoscopy. An extensive bibliography offers more information for readers who are curious. Readers will have a good time while learning more about their bodies.
Reviewed by: Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA.
Sue Sanders has created a handbook for parents of tweens that includes anecdotal information in a candid and honest style. The conversations include questions and answers that are difficult for some parents to hear and respond to, but all parents need to address with their preteens. Tweens asking parents for honest answers on how they dealt with bullying, drug use, sexuality and body image will find Sander’s advice refreshing and some of the angst may be relieved if the parent follows her lead. This is not a textbook or ‘how to’, but a conversation with a parent who is sharing her ideas as if she were in your home attending a parent discussion group.
As a librarian, I enjoyed the chapter, “Please, Please Can We Go?” A trip to the book store for a favorite author’s book signing was heartwarming and emphasized the love of reading shared by mother and daughter. Her daughter Lizzie’s ‘bucket list’ was insightful and full of teenage optimism which should encourage parents to engage their tweens in conversations about future goals. Sanders is an author and a mom, not a doctor or psychologist, but her style is readable and will resonate with parents. Some of the chapters in the book have been published as separate articles in Parents, Salon, and Family Circle magazines. The book does not have an index, but the chapters are self explanatory. This would be a good read for any parent of a middle school child or those wanting to have a heads-up on what questions will be coming from their grade school children. Recommended for family resource centers and public libraries.
Reviewed by: Cynthia L. Butcher,MLS, MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dayton, Ohio.
Swinney, Bridget. Eating Expectantly: Practical Advice for healthy Eating Before, During, and After Pregnancy, 4th ed. Healthy Food Zone, 2013. 458p. pap. $19.95 978-0-9632917-0.
Nutrition is vital for a healthy pregnancy. Registered dietician Bridget Swinney has revised her classic guide to reflect the latest information on eating well. The book is arranged chronologically, beginning with planning a pregnancy. The author explains why this is best, since couples will want to consider lifestyle issues, family health history, and other factors that could affect the outcome. She also notes the importance of good nutrition for optimum fertility and fetal development. She then discusses issues such as weight gain, food safety, and stages of development during each trimester. She provides advice for women who are vegetarian or following gluten-free diets as well as information about fitness, eating out, and breastfeeding. Women with high-risk pregnancies will find useful information about controlling diabetes and hypertension, coping with bed rest, and pregnancy after bariatric surgery. Stocking a kitchen well, losing the baby fat, and coping with depressions are covered as well. This edition also includes QR codes so that readers can find supplemental information on their smart phones or tablets quickly. Extensive references provide further resources. This is an excellent book for all women contemplating pregnancy.
Reviewed by: Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA.
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