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Jan 30 2009

牙科新聞

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1 – 30 January 2009

香港

 

1.   門牙咬瓜子或致斷裂  [am730] 2009-01-30 M18 健康

2.   澳洲牙科專家研究顯示含酒精漱口水致癌 [星島日報 ] 2009-01-12 A09

3.   植不潔隨時染梅毒愛滋 [東方日報 ] 2009-01-07 A26

4.   老婦打呵欠甩牙骹      牙醫:不分年紀 癒後亦易復發 [香港經濟日報 ] 2009-01-05 A23

 

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Jan 29 2009

University of St. Andrews Photographic Archive

At this website, visitors can enjoy selected digitized images from the collections of St. Andrews University Library, which, in its own words, “holds one of the largest and most important collections of historic photography in Scotland”, due in part to the friendship between Sir David Brewster (Principal at St Andrews from 1838 to 1859) and pioneering photographer William Henry Fox Talbot. The digitized collection includes over 1000 images created by Talbot, including portraits of David Brewster, and plates from Talbot’s book, “The Pencil of Nature”. Other early photographers in the collection are Dr. John Adamson, David Octavius Hill, Robert Adamson (Dr. Adamson’s younger brother and student), and Thomas Rodger. The web-accessible portion of the collection is currently a small percentage of the 300,000 items in the collection; however, St. Andrews plans on adding to it “until virtually the whole collection will be searchable from remote sites.”  Please click here to access the site.

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Jan 29 2009

Nixon Tapes

A number of organizations have offered the general public selections from the secret tapes made by President Richard Nixon between 1971 and 1973, but the Nixon Tapes project under the direction of Professor Luke A. Nichter at Texas A&M University-Central Texas aims to bring together a complete online audio archive of all the tapes in question. The project is well under way, and the site contains a tremendous number of full-length tapes and transcriptions. It’s no small task, as the sound quality on the tapes ranges from unintelligible to acceptable. Visitors can click on the “Audio & Transcripts” area to listen those tapes that are currently available.   Please click here to access the site.

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Jan 29 2009

Gateway to Philosophy

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Based at Boston University, the Gateway to Philosophy project provides users with access to papers presented at the World Congress of Philosophy, as well as other initiatives of a philosophical nature. The site is divided into five primary sections, including “Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy”, “Existenz”, and “Paideia”. Visitors may wish to start their journey through the site by clicking through the World Congress section, where they can read all of the papers presented at the World Congress of Philosophy and learn about the media coverage of this event. Moving on, “Existenz” contains the full-text of their online journal, which is inspired by the writings of Karl Jaspers and his “notion of philosophizing on the grounds of possible Existenz, by which he meant philosophical thinking that might elucidate the meaning of human experience and existence.” Additionally, visitors also have access to a detailed search engine on the site and information about their upcoming conferences and publications.   Please click here to access the site.

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Jan 29 2009

New Acquisitions Highlights

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Technique and application in dental anthropology / edited by Joel D. Irish, Greg C. Nelson.

D 599.943 T25 I68

This book covers a range of topics germane to the study of human and other primate teeth. The chapters encompass work on both individuals and samples, ranging from prehistoric through recent times. The focus throughout the book is the methodology required for the study of modern dental anthropology, comprising the most up-to-date scientific methods in use today.

 

Implant dental nursing / edited by Mary Miller.

D 617.674 I34 M6

Implant Dental Nursing provides the dental nurse with a comprehensive and concise guide to all aspects of implant dentistry, concentrating specifically on the dental nurse’s role within it.

 

Immediate loading of dental implants: theory and clinical practice / Mithridade Davarpanah, Serge Szmukler-Moncler.

D 617.674 D2

This clinical manual details the surgical and prosthetic protocols for clinicians who wish to utilize immediate implant loading in qualified patients. It details the fundamental principles, from patient selection to surgical procedures to the final adjustment of the definitive restoration. In addition, the chapters describe solutions to various challenges, such as when to use screw-retained or cement-retained provisional prostheses, how to prepare the prosthesis chairside, and when to have the prosthesis prepared in the laboratory.

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Jan 22 2009

WHO, UNICEF TACKLE CRITICAL LACK OF ‘CHILD SIZE’ MEDICINES

21 JANUARY 2009 | GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) has received a US$ 9.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to work with UNICEF to conduct crucial research in children’s medicines, with the aim of increasing the number of ‘child size’ medicines designed and formulated specifically for children.

Currently, many medicines are only designed for adults. More than 50 percent of medicines prescribed for children have either not been developed specifically for children or have not been proven to be effective and safe for their use. Therefore many children lack access to essential treatment because no suitable paediatric dosage or formulation of the necessary medicine exists, or those that do exist are not available or are too expensive.

“We must take the guess work out of medicines for children,” said Carissa Etienne, Assistant Director-General, WHO. “Children are suffering and dying from diseases we can treat, and yet we lack the critical evidence needed to deliver appropriate, effective, affordable medicines that might save them.”

As an unsafe alternative to missing paediatric medicines, healthcare workers and parents often use fractions of adult dosage forms or prepare makeshift prescriptions of medicines by crushing tablets or dissolving portions of capsules in water. Other challenges include the need for more clinical trials and research to be carried out on paediatric medicines.

“Some progress has been made on children’s medicines but too many medicines are still given to children that have never been properly tested for them,” said Dr Hans Hogerzeil, Director of Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies, WHO. “This work is an excellent example of coordination of United Nations agencies and key experts in the world to address this urgent problem.”

The grant provides support for essential research to: determine the optimum dosage forms for paediatric medicines (e.g. small tablets, dispersible tablets, powders); develop dosing guides (e.g. a review of existing priority medicines and the identification of the appropriate doses for new medicines for children); and develop guidelines for testing, treatment and use of medicines in children, including guidelines on conducting clinical trials in children.

Globally, 1000 children under the age of five die every hour. Diarrhoeal diseases account for 17 percent of these deaths. The optimal treatment for diarrhoea is zinc with oral rehydration salts. Yet, in a recent study of health facilities zinc was the least available of all paediatric medicines. And when zinc is available, it is not licensed as a treatment to reduce diarrhoea — leaving pharmacists to concoct doses — and it is both unpleasant tasting and difficult to administer. To reduce child mortality in this area, easy to use, palatable and appropriate dosages are needed.

“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant will contribute to accelerating work on investigating, clarifying and communicating to partners, including industry, what the needs of children are in terms of medicines and dosages to more effectively fight child morbidity and mortality”, Hanne Bak Pedersen, Deputy-Director UNICEF Supply Division, said. “UNICEF is very pleased to be working with WHO on this project and appreciates the support from the Gates Foundation.”

Another major cause of under-five mortality is pneumonia, leading to 17 percent of deaths each year. Effective treatment of pneumonia requires 50mg of amoxicillin per kilogram of child’s weight per day for three to five days. An easy to use package of oral amoxicillin providing the appropriate dose would ensure the right course of medicine is taken, and thus help reduce child mortality.

“Improving essential medicines for children is a critical global health issue,” added Jaime Sepulveda, Director of Integrated Health Solutions Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “This program will help provide effective health interventions to children and improve child survival, particularly in the world’s poorest countries.

This work follows the WHO-led “make medicines child size” initiative launched in December 2007, which focuses on improving access to better medicines for children. The topic of children’s medicines will be discussed at the WHO Executive Board meeting in January 2009.

For more information: Backgrounder – ‘make medicines child size’ – http://www.who.int/childmedicines/en

Media Contact:
Liz Finney; Communications Officer, WHO Geneva, Tel: +41 22 791 1866, Email: finneye@who.int
Maria Iroianni; Communication Specialist, UNICEF Copenhagen, Tel: +45 35 27 3213, Email: mieroianni@unicef.org

All press releases, fact sheets and other WHO media material may be found at www.who.int

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Jan 22 2009

Westlaw & Lexis Specialized Sessions at the Law Library

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Wed, 27 Feb 2009, 2-6 pm, Westlaw

Thurs, 28 Feb 2009, 2-6 pm, Lexis.com

Venue:  1/F Discussion Room, Law Library

 

Our Westlaw and Lexis trainers will visit the Law Library on the afternoon of 27 and 28 February respectively for consultation sessions, either on individual basis or in groups.  Students are encouraged to come with specific questions about the use of Westlaw or Lexis.com, such as identifying and selecting appropriate databases or files for your research topics, construction of search statements, or any questions on Westlaw or Lexis which you have always wanted to ask.  To reserve your appointment, please visit http://obelix.lib.hku.hk/cgi-bin/course/list_gp_m.cgi?category=43. Sessions are limited but walk-ins are also welcome if reserved sessions end early.

 

We look forward to your participation!  For enquiries, email lawlib@lib.hku.hk or call 2859-2914.

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Jan 22 2009

Eighteenth Century Collections Online will have new interface

A new interface has become available for ECCO. The interface will be switched on the morning of 2 February.

The new interface is quite similar in function to the old one, so seasoned users should have little difficulties in getting used to it. Below are a few key features of the new interface.

 ECCO New Interface Features:

  • Relevance sorting is available
  • Citation generation/export tools
  • Print/Download PDF limit increased to 250 page images (previously 50)
  • PDF print/download now includes citation appended as an additional page
  • Keyword in Context feature added to search results
  • Individual user account, where upon registering, the following may be saved/viewed:
  • Marked items list
  • Search list
  • Notepad
  • Advanced Search
  • Research Tools, containing additional secondary material:
  • Overview (descriptions of each subject area)
  • “Eighteenth Century Collections Online for Teaching and Research” (essay)
  • Historical Context (23 essays)
  • Key Documents (7 essays by subject, containing hyperlinks to documents within ECCO)
  • Chronology
  • Most Popular Searches (hyperlinked)
  • Image Gallery (29 images taken from various outside sources)
  • Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Ability to search all volumes of a multi-volume work (from article view page)
  • Ever-present search box at the top of the screen
  • Tool icons (bookmark, print, email, download, cite, notepad) available on article view page
  • Marked items viewable from menu button

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Jan 21 2009

Avoiding Mutual Misunderstanding: Sino-U.S. Relations and the New Administration

  The U.S. and China have developed good relations over the past eight years, but mutual misunderstanding persists. To build on the productivity of the bilateral relationship, President-elect Obama should recognize the importance of cultivating personal ties with Chinese leaders and visiting East Asia soon after taking office and avoid aggressive public language on hot-button issues.

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Jan 21 2009

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works is an online database from SAGE and Alexander Street Press featuring fully searchable therapy transcripts and client narratives that can be used as a teaching, training, and research tool for counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers. It provides information on problems in counselor training and offers rich, experience-based materials of actual sessions and clients.

New content is being added on an ongoing biweekly basis. Currently, 268 new session transcripts is being added, bringing a total of 901 transcripts.

The database is growing to include the following materials:

  • 2,000+ previously unpublished transcripts of therapy sessions
  • 40,000+ pages of first-person accounts
  • 25,000+ pages of SAGE handbooks and reference works

Click here for access and here for the user guide.

 

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