Alzheimer’s Association offers online tools to empower people to live well with dementia – Crane Library Web Pick of the Week

AlzheimersAssocLiving a quality life in the early stage of dementia is an individual choice. With input from people living with the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association has launched a series of online tools to help individuals cope with and live a better life with dementia.

The resources are meant to address five key components of early-stage dementia:

  • Life After Diagnosis – Watch video clips from individuals with dementia who reflect on their emotions after receiving a diagnosis and explain how they have come to accept it
  • You Are More Than Your Diagnosis – Explore unique aspects of your identity and create a personalized word cloud
  • Live Healthy – Discover how you can lead a healthy and balanced life with dementia
  • Maximize Your Independence – Determine your strengths and learn strategies for living an independent life, such as by identifying how much you want other people to help you
  • Live In The Moment – View videos from individuals who share how their diagnosis changed their outlook on life

To view the resource, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website at:

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New Additions to the Relax ‘n Read Leisure Reading Collection

In partnership with the Winnipeg Public Library, the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library is pleased to offer a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction reading material for University of Manitoba Library users.

For more information about our Leisure Reading Collection, please visit:

Breakfast Bowls: 52 Nourishing Recipes to Kick-Start Your Day
Caroline Griffiths

“We all tend to get stuck in the pattern of eating the same breakfast everyday – or skipping it altogether. For many, breakfast means a bowl of (often unhealthy) shop-bought cereal or toast. But it doesn’t need to be this way. Kick start your day with one of 52 healthful, wholesome breakfast bowls – a new one for every week of the year. Breakfast Bowls will inspire you to get back to a healthy way of living.

Bursting with color and nutrition in every mouthful, a well-balanced breakfast bowl will give your body everything it needs to start the day. From a vitamin-packed green smoothie bowl – packed with fresh berries, kale, avocado and nut butter – to heartier healthy grain-based bowls including oat, faro, quinoa and rice – Breakfast Bowls will get your morning started in the right way.” -PUBLISHER


Medicine Unbundled: A Journey through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care
Gary Geddes

“After the publication of his critically acclaimed 2011 book Drink the Bitter Root: A Writer’s Search for Justice and Healing in Africa, author Gary Geddes turned the investigative lens on his own country, embarking on a long and difficult journey across Canada to interview Indigenous elders willing to share their experiences of segregated health care, including their treatment in the “Indian hospitals” that existed from coast to coast for over half a century.

The memories recounted by these survivors—from gratuitous drug and surgical experiments to electroshock treatments intended to destroy the memory of sexual abuse—are truly harrowing, and will surely shatter any lingering illusions about the virtues or good intentions of our colonial past. Yet, this is more than just the painful history of a once-so-called vanishing people (a people who have resisted vanishing despite the best efforts of those in charge); it is a testament to survival, perseverance, and the power of memory to keep history alive and promote the idea of a more open and just future.

Released to coincide with the Year of Reconciliation (2017), Medicine Unbundled is an important and timely contribution to our national narrative.” -PUBLISHER


My (Not So) Perfect Life: A Novel
Sophie Kinsella

“Part love story, part workplace drama, this sharply observed novel is a witty critique of the false judgments we make in a social-media-obsessed world. New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella has written her most timely novel yet.” -PUBLISHER




Nearly Normal chronicles the many stories Cea left untold. Settled into a new and much happier life after the release of her first book, she is nonetheless compelled to continue searching for answers about her enigmatic family. Drawing connections between her early experiences and later life mistakes, Cea identifies how her family’s extreme and often selfish behaviour contributed to her downfall. But more importantly, she discovers the value in the lessons they taught her, and the power of taking responsibility for her own choices in the face of great challenge.” -PUBLISHER


Stephanie Garber

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.” -PUBLISHER

New features in PubMed

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced four changes to PubMed, effective March 8, 2017.

The changes are described below.

  1. Conflict of interest statements – NLM added conflict of interest statements in the summaries of articles below the abstract. The conflict of interest statements are only included when supplied by the author. COIS
  2. Editorial expressions of concern – NLM added editorial expressions of concern as a new pair of linking elements in the Comments/Corrections segment of article summaries in PubMed. Expressions of concern were previously treated as comments, but they will now be explicitly labeled. EOC
  3. Results display – you can now choose how many pages you would like to see per page of results by choosing an option in the “Per page” drop-down menu at the top of the results list.
  4. Status tag – Status tags which are found at the bottom off an article summary previously would state “[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]”, but this will be replaced with “[Indexed for MEDLINE]”. The citation status is the same as before despite the change in wording and the citation status search strategies will continue to function as they always have.

For more information visit PubMed.


NJM librarian nominated for MMSA mentorship award

Every year, the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association nominates and presents teaching awards to recognize excellence in educating students at the Max Rady College of Medicine. This year, the Neil John Maclean Library’s Education Services Librarian, Tania Gottschalk, was nominated by the Medical Class of 2019 in the mentorship category.

Those nominated are acknowledged for giving their time and mmsaattention, and relaying real-world experiences to students  in an effort to mentor them through the pre-clerkship years. Tania’s knowledge of the principles of evidence-informed practice and information seeking in the medical literature positioned her as a reliable source of insight and advice. Her dedication to the success of medical students has led to the strengthening of information fluency skills within the medical curriculum, and has set students on a course to becoming practicing evidence-informed decision makers.

The awards categories include mentorship, teaching in a small group setting, innovation and inspiration.

The nominees and award winners were recognized at the 2017 Teacher Recognition & MMSA Awards dinner on Tuesday March 7, 2017 held in the Brodie Centre Atrium. The keynote address sponsored by the Dr. Patricia J. Martens Memorial Fund was given by Dr. Danielle Martin and was entitled “The Anatomy of Change: Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians.”

For more information and a full list of nominees and winners visit

Library services phishing email

University of Manitoba Information Service & Technology (IST) has alerted the Libraries that there has been an email circulated to some students that suggests it is from University of Manitoba Libraries, but it is a phishing email.

If you have received an email like the one pictured below, you do not need to do anything other than delete the email from your email inbox.

If you have followed the instructions in the email and entered a password after following the link or if you have any other questions, contact the IST service desk at 204-474-8600.


“Phishing” is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.


Updated: Current Perspectives in the literature on Behaviour in Long-Term Care

“Behaviour in Long-Term Care”, Booksfrom the J.W. Crane Memorial Library’s Current Perspectives series, has been updated with information on new articles, books, videos and web resources. It can be accessed here:

Current Perspectives consists of selected articles from the current journal literature, focusing on systematic reviews, best practices and innovative approaches to encourage excellence in long-term care. Also featured are new resources available from the J.W. Crane Memorial Library as well as selected Internet resources. The series’ topics are revised and updated on an annual basis.

What is the role of healthcare assistants in administrating drugs to nursing home residents? – Crane Library Web Pick of the Week

nt-logo-on-whiteOlder people in nursing homes form one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. Their medical and support needs are increasingly complicated: Most care home residents are over 85 years old and have multiple comorbidities, including dementia and frailty (Office for National Statistics, 2014; British Geriatrics Society, 2011). Many rely on nursing home staff to meet their everyday needs, including taking prescription medicines (Centre for Policy on Ageing, 2012), so it is important to adopt appropriate medication procedures in care homes (Alldred et al, 2009). To reduce the risk of harm associated with medicine administration, it is recommended that care home staff undertake appropriate training and development and that care home providers are clear on staff’s roles and responsibilities (National Care Forum, 2013; 2011).

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2014) has published guidance on all aspects of managing medicines in nursing homes. However, the role of healthcare assistants in administering medicines to residents of care homes is poorly documented, and the question of whether they should be performing this task has been raised by managers and staff. Often the concern is whether administering medicines is legal or appropriate, especially if there is a registered nurse in the care home.

Some key points include:

  • Nurses can delegate the administration of medicines to a care assistant, but they are accountable for making sure those medicines are administered correctly
  • Care workers should only administer medicines they have been trained and are competent to give
  • Any HCA accepting the delegated task must take responsibility for ensuring their actions are carried out safely and correctly

To read the full set of guidelines, click on the following link:

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Alldred D.P. et al. (2009). Care home use of medicines study (CHUMS): Medication errors in nursing and residential care homes- prevalence, consequences, causes and solutions. Retrieved March 13, 2017 from
British Geriatrics Society (2011). Quest for quality. Retrieved March 14, 2017 from
Centre for Policy on Aging (2012). Managing and administering medication in care homes for older people. Retrieved March 14, 2017 from
National Care Forum (2013). Safety of medicines in the care home: Final project report- Phase Two. Retrieved March 14, 2017 from
National Care Forum (2011). Medication safety in care homes: Project summary. Coventry: NCF.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2014). Managing medicines in care homes. Retrieved March 14, 2017 from
Office for National Statistics (2014). Changes in the older resident care home population between 2001 and 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2017 from
Spilsbury K. et al. (2017). Guidance on administration of medicines by care assistants in nursing homes. Nursing Times 113 (2): 26-28. Retrieved March 13, 2017 from

Getting started with systematic reviews: research workshop series

Thinking about undertaking a systematic review? The “Getting Started with Systematic Reviews” Researcher workshop series session will introduce you to some conceptual and organizational considerations.

To view all researcher workshops offerings (at Bannatyne, St. Boniface, and Fort Garry campuses) visit:

To register for a Getting Started with Systematic Reviews session:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (12pm – 1pm) Bannatyne Campus, NJM Library

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (12pm – 1pm) St Boniface Research Centre, Library


Lexicomp update – app now includes interactions

The Interact database has been added to the mobile version of Lexicomp online for the rest of 2017.

This feature is now available; if you already have the app installed on your mobile device, update the app to see this additional feature. You must reinstall or update your mobile app in order to see the changes reflected.

The interactions feature of Lexicomp allows you to analyze a patient’s drug regimen for drug/drug, drug/herb and drug/food interactions, as well as screening for drug/allergy interactions. For more information on how to use “Interact” watch this video.