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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 May 2013

     May 2013                                                                    Vol. 14, No. 4

 Journals galore include some
exclusive to THI 

Whenever I go to the public library, I go straight to the magazines section. As an old English major, I used to read lots of books, but nowadays I read more magazines. I have myriad interests like cooking, military history, interior design, just to name a few.

THI is a research library, so we don't carry Cooking Light or National Geographic, but we do subscribe to many prestigious cardiovascular journals. Whatever piques your interest in cardiovascular research—surgery, transplantation, electrophysiology, or echocardiography, for example—we probably subscribe to the leading journals in those areas of specialization.

We have print subscriptions to about 40 journals, including the American Heart Journal, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Circulation, the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, the Journal of Vascular Surgery, and Transplantation. We also subscribe to major medical journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  We have online access to most, and to more than  7,000 other electronic publications available through The TMC Library.

A few journals are exclusive to us and not available from The TMC Library: Canadian Journal of Cardiology, The Heart Surgery Forum, The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, Operative Techniques in Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, Seminars in Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Annual, and Vascular. Three journals are also electronic. [Click on the image to link directly.]

Heart Surgery Forum - journal available at THI LibraryJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery - available from THI Library

Vascular - journal available from THI Library





You'll see the latest issues of most of our journals displayed in front of the Circulation Desk. No Vanity Fair or Sports Illustrated, but I bet you'll find something interesting. And, of course, we can help you find the latest published research.  Just ask any staff member for assistance in locating a journal article, either in print or electronically. — Gregg

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Browsing journals on the go 

Are you struggling to figure out how to check the latest articles from your favorite cardiology journals without downloading umpteen separate apps to your mobile device? Try a free medical journal reader app.

I have tested 3 journal readers on my iPad, and all of them let you browse the most recent articles in a set of journals or by topic. All 3 also interface with the TMC Library subscriptions so that you can click through to the full text of items you want to read.  

Set up a free login with the one you choose, then set up a personal list of favorite journals to check.

docphin - a journal reader My favorite is DocPhin, which I view through the DocPhin website on my iPad. It gives the best browsing interface for quickly scrolling through and scanning the tables of contents for multiple journals. You can pick which journals to scan, or go with one of their topic collections. It even makes it easy to set up a search for your favorite topic. There is also a link to check the Twitter feeds for relevant professional societies. When I registered, I picked cardiology and a starter list of journals and societies was ready to go. Choose "Texas Medical Center" as your institution and you will get the TMC Library authentication screen when you choose to read a pdf. Save articles to read offline by using the "Open In…" option and choosing your favorite pdf reading app (I use iBooks and GoodReader, but there are many additional options). DocPhin also has apps available for Android or iPhone. (Their mobile-friendly website works on the iPad, so the added bonus is that you don't need to download yet another app.) 

[If you prefer a more magazine-like display of articles, you will like Docwise (iPad only) or Read by QXMD (iPhone and iPad). I haven't figured out how to save the pdfs for offline viewing, which is one reason I prefer DocPhin to these two otherwise great journal browsers.]

docwise - a journal readerDocwise has three main content sources: journals, news feeds, and a topic search. Its strength is the attractive interface that makes it easy to navigate and customize. To set up cardiology as your area of interest, pick Internal Medicine as your specialty and then Cardiovascular Disease as your subspecialty. Choose Houston Academy of Medicine from the Institution list to view full text.  

Read by QXMD - a journal readerRead by QXMD also displays the articles as tiles, but it gives you access to a larger number of journals by using PubMed data. Its other strength is that it creates a customized list of featured articles based on what you show interest in reading. It also has some cool features for taking notes directly on the full text articles. Set up access to full text by choosing Texas Medical Center Library. 

For a comparison of Read QZMD and Docwise, see the review in Modern Medicine.

Try one today!  I would love to hear back from you about your preferences and your approach to customization. — Sonya

 Free inter-library loan for all
TMC Library cardholders

The TMC Library recently announced that "The TMC Library will provide photocopy and inter-library loan services free of charge to all eligible TMC cardholders." 

TMC Library announces inter-library loanThis means that anyone with a St. Luke's or Texas Heart Institute affiliation is eligible to request articles at no cost. All you need is a TMC Library card. Fill out this form and take it to the TMC Library (THI personnel need to stop by the THI Library & LRC to get a signature first!). Then, sign up for your Inter-Library Loan (ILL) account here: 

Here at the THI L&LRC, we are available to help you track down articles, whether you want to use the TMC service or not.  Come on by or give us a call. 

Owning a pet can be good for your heart! 
Although it is no big surprise to current pet owners, the American Heart Association recently published a statement that having a pet can reduce the risk of heart disease. And that owning a dog was especially beneficial to cardiovascular health.

I already knew that pets made people, in general, happier; but I didn't realize all the health benefits that come along with the dog! Here are just a few: 

  • Reduced risk of heart disease 
  • Reduced stress  
  • Lower blood pressure 
  • Fewer allergies 
  • Decreased blood sugar levels in diabetics 

My dog, CosmoWow! I knew that my dog, Cosmo, was a good boy, but I didn't know just how good he was for me and my overall health! 

Responsible pet ownership is the key. Adopting a dog and not taking proper care of it or continuing other unhealthy habits, like smoking, don't do the human or the animal any good. So, go home and give Fluffy or Fido a big hug to thank them for all they do to help you live a longer, happier life. — Rachel, Volunteer at the L&LRC  

P.S. For more on the prevention of heart disease, the THI Heart Information Center website, or check out our display of featured books for May on preventive cardiology. 

Library & Learning Resource Center

Sonya Fogg, Manager  ♦  Rebecca Ajtai, Coordinator of Library Services
Gregg Doty, Library Assistant  ♦  Dr. Patrick J. Hogan, Director
L&LRC Hours ♦ Mon. through Fri. ♦ 8:00 am - 5 pm     ♦     832-355-9560

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