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"Heart to Heart"
Dr. James T. Willerson
A letter from Dr. Willerson, President of Texas Heart Institute.

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L&LRC E-News April 2013

     April 2013                                                                    Vol. 14, No. 3

Goodbye, Google Reader

Say goodbye to Google Reader. As of July 1st, Google will shut down the service. Since Google Reader was my go-to RSS reader to keep up with news sites and blog posts (and the one I recommend in our Rapid Research Alerts class that some of you have attended), I am now forced to find a new reader. The alternatives out there are all a little different. I recommend trying a few to decide which one works best for you. I am currently trying out Feedly because it was easy to transfer my feeds from Google Reader, and it has a mobile app.

Here are some free readers to try:

Netvibes logoNetVibes works in any web browser. You will have to import your Google Reader feeds, but it's easy using these instructions. It has a "Reader" view which is similar to Google Reader's interface. NetVibes also has free mobile apps available for iOS and Android. 

Old Reader logoOld Reader is in beta right now, but it is worth checking out. The interface looks a lot like Google Reader, and you can directly transfer your feeds. You can also sign in using your Google or Facebook account. A mobile app is in development. 

Feedly logoFeedly imports feeds directly from Google Reader for you. It works as a plug-in for Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (but not Internet Explorer). It is also available on iOS and Android as a free app. Here is a video of tips to get started with Feedly.

Don't forget to follow our blog: From the Cor. — Rebecca


Walk, don't run, to the nearest path    

National Walk at Lunch Day - April 24
I am not a huge fan of running. I like to stay fit and healthy, eat right, swim, and go to the gym and yoga class. I love to be outside, hiking in the mountains or the desert. I even spend a lot of time on the treadmill at the gym. But running? Not so much. I'd much rather walk.

And guess what? A recent study says that brisk walking might be just as beneficial for heart health as running. Brisk walking, like running, can reduce heart risks like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Good news! 

Many of the buildings near THI are connected by skybridges and tunnels so you can get in a good walk even when it's too hot, too cold, or too wet. I spend 30-40 minutes of my lunch hour, almost every day, walking. I don't follow a set path (here is one of my longer walks) and I do like to change the route. There all sorts of routes you can take around THI, or create your own. We even have pedometers you can use to track the distance. Just ask for one at the Circulation Desk and get moving! — Gregg   

P.S. For great resources to help you get walking, go the American Heart Association's

A patron in the spotlight   

Dr. Paul Schurmann, a second-year adult cardiology fellow in the Baylor College of Medicine program, is an outgoing, friendly guy who immediately lights up the library where he is a frequent visitor. He must be popular with his patients!

Dr. Schurmann started his training in Venezuela, his home country, and continued his studies in Philadelphia before coming to Houston. After completing his fellowship next summer, he will enter the Electrophysiology Program at Stanford. 

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Electrophysiology is an amazing, exciting field, according to Dr. Schurmann, and his future career goals include developing better electrophysiological tools for diagnostics, in order to deliver more accurate and precise treatment to patients. He is inspired by the words of Sir Isaac Newton, who said in 1675 "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." 

Asked what he likes best about the library, he said "the helpful staff and the variety of cardiovascular resources."

Learning from the experts 

I confess that a significant proportion of my medical knowledge comes from watching television dramas. In my defense, I thought I was going to be a chemistry librarian, not a medical librarian. Several times I've been able to recognize the name of a disease and contribute to the conversation because I learned about it on House. I can't watch the screen, however, when surgery starts (I wonder how I'd fare in a real operating room?). 

Ever wanted to observe an actual open heart surgery? Are you learning how to perform surgeries yourself? Need to learn more about common procedures to help you do your job? Want to see Dr. Cooley in action? 

We have a number of surgical procedures on DVD that you can watch here at the Learning Resource Center or check out. Ask for the list posted on our Videos and Exam Prep bulletin board or search our online catalog. By the way, what's your favorite medical drama? — Sonya

American College of Surgeons Video Anthology DVD - Click for catalog entryCardiovascular Surgery Bridge to Transplant DVD - Click for catalog entry

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Gregg Doty, Library Assistant  ♦  Dr. Patrick J. Hogan, Director
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