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U Libraries Magazine Focuses on Health

The University of Minnesota Libraries publishes an annual magazine entitled Continuum. The latest issue is now available and features articles about the role Bio-Medical Library staff play in shaping health care reform, as well as an article about Owen Wangensteen's legacy and how knowledge of the past can inform the future work of the next generation of health care providers.

The Continuum is available online or if you'd like a print copy, please contact me and we'll get one mailed out to you.

New SPH-Bio-Medical Library Liaison

Hello SPH!

My name is Lisa McGuire and I am the (somewhat new) library liaison to SPH having taken over this fine duty from Chad Fennell. You may be asking yourself - what is a library liaison? Well, in effect I work as SPH's "personal librarian" which means I am more than happy to help you with any of these tasks:

*literature searching/lit reviews
*instruction sessions on how to use information resources such as Medline searching, using RefWorks to create bibliograhies, or how to search for the best-evidence on a topic
*creating CourseLib pages that link students to relevant information resources (see this example
*one-on-one consultations either at your office, in the library, via phone/email on any information problem you may have
*purchase suggestions for the library's collection

You can contact me via this web page or directly at:

phone: 612-626-3643

Lisa McGuire

Super Size Me was no fiction

A University of Minnesota study is the first to show that if you eat too much fat, it can go straight to your liver and damage it. Although the study was performed on people with liver disease, it should serve as a warning that this is what can happen to people who do what the star of "Super Size Me" did: eat too darn much fat and gain a lot of weight.

In the study, which examined obese people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), fat from the diet ended up "stuck" in the liver, where it doesn't belong. It was known that the livers of NAFLD patients accumulated fat, but its origin was unknown. The new work implicates fat from the diet as one cause of NAFLD and shows that fat buildup in the liver results when the liver loses its ability to manage the various influxes of fat that occur during transitions between the fasted and fed states. Identifying the origins of accumulated fat in the livers of NAFLD patients will be important in preventing and reversing this condition, which can lead to more serious liver trouble. The work was published May 2 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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