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Just a Little Bit Longer

Posted by richardmaxwell on October 4, 2016

I’m feeling some anxiety about something that I recently was reminded of by my Amazon Alexa cylindrical best-friend-for-life device thing: the world will end in “a few billion years” when the sun swells into a red giant.  Be careful what you ask her. To narrow that down a bit I turned to “Fried Planets,” an inappropriately whimsically titled article provided by NASA.  Looks like a mere five billion years.  Some people of a more optimistic bent would probably see that as too far away to worry about.  They could be wrong.  Forget about your infinitely great-to-the-googolplex grandchildren.  Consider the possibility that just around the corner there might be a medical breakthrough that will extend life (probably at first just for nonsmoking fasting vegan/neolithic diet consuming meditators who take vitamin D supplements) indefinitely for you and me.  That looming red expansion would take on a whole new look and who’d be laughing then?  It’s enough to make a reasonable person lose some sleep.

Now the baseball great Ted Williams is known to have had his head removed (after his death) and shipped to a cryogenics company for storage until such time as it can be reattached to some sort of body and reanimated.  While his baseball and fly fishing skills would likely suffer, his intellectual faculties would theoretically switch right back on and he could pick up wherever it was that he left off.  This isn’t a choice for everyone due to the cost, the lack of quality head freezers, and the iffiness of our existing electrical grid.  It might be best to try to hang on to what you have as long as possible, giving some genius recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship a chance to pull off a big win.

A 2015 article in The Guardian focuses on a California (of course) hedge fund manager named Joon Yun who would like to see the current odds of a 25 year-old dying before the age of 26 (now 0.1%) remain constant for everyone at every age.  Nice, but the result would still only get one to about the age of 1000…not enough. His Palo Alto Longevity Prize offers $1 million in two phases for success in  “finding ways to restore the body’s balance when it comes to its internal response to stress or calm — a process known as homeostatic capacity,” first in test animals.  Certainly a noble goal, but test animals can’t be expected to know about the impending red giant in our neighborhood, something a sentient human can’t be expected to just ignore, thus making “homeostatic capacity” a bridge that’s likely too far.

Peter Thiel, another Silicon Valley guy and a real life Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons, says “I believe if we could enable people to live forever, we should do that. I think this is absolute.”  He’s putting some of his many dollars where his mouth is.  If you’ve seen a movie or two in which at some point there’s a startling view of a vast room filled with Tylenol-shaped transparent containers holding the naked bodies of young humans hanging from cables and trailing tubes leading somewhere, so apparently has Peter Thiel.  The idea is that plasma transfusions from younger to older people, parabiosis, might trigger long term changes in the recipient…changes that could extend life.  Ambrosia, a Monterey, California (of course) company is now conducting a patient funded study, leaving the FDA out in the cold, to see if there’s merit in the idea.  If this works, Baby Boomers will become an even greater irritant to younger generations, something the young ones probably didn’t think was possible.  “Sure you can move back in, honey.  Mom and I will only be needing you to donate every couple of weeks.”

Probably the best news of all for eternal life on this planet fans is that Google is into the game as of 2013!  The company founded the California Life Company (Calico), and In 2014 along with another entity called AbbVie, established an R&D facility “focused on aging and age-related diseases.

That’s it.  Game over.  If Google is on the case, I assume it’s a deal that’s as good as done.  At least for now I’m asking the search box twice a day “where do I sign up for Calico’s eternal life solution?”  So far they’re being coy.  To supplement that–just in case–I’m also asking Alexa on a regular basis “Alexa…how can I live forever?”  Right now she’s saying “I’m sorry.  I didn’t understand the question,” but I can tell from the spinning blue light that she’s looking into it.  That’s all right.  I can wait…for a while.


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2016 Colleague Connection Registration Open!

Posted by memorizingmo on March 28, 2016

Apr 28, 2016-5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

2016 Colleague Connection: Predatory Publishers, Academic Libraries, and the Future of Scholarly Communication

Please join CAL, CCML, CoALL, the DU LIS Program, RMSLA, SRMA and our speaker, Jeffrey Beall, for the 2016 Colleague Connection.

Registration Deadline:: April 20, 2016

April 28, 2016

5:00pm – 8:30pm

5:00 – 6:15 Reception & Vendor Fair
6:15 – 7:20 Introduction and Dinner
7:20 – 8:30 Speaker and Q&A Session

Location, directions, and parking:

Ruffatto Hall, University of Denver, 1999 E. Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210

For more information, please see

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2016 Graber Award Recipient

Posted by skatsh on March 10, 2016

Established in 2002, the Marla Graber Award for Excellence and Achievement in Health Sciences Librarianship is awarded annually to recognize CCML members who have made outstanding contributions to CCML and to health sciences librarianship at the local level. The award is presented at the annual (April) CCML meeting.

The CCML Awards Committee takes great pleasure in announcing this year’s recipient, Peggy Cruse, Information Specialist, Library and Knowledge Services, National Jewish Health.

Peggy’s roles in CCML have included

  • President-Elect 2015-2016
  • Secretary 2012-2013
  • Current member, Internet Committee
  • Current member, Awards Committee (though obviously not participating in choosing this award recipient!)
  • Member, former Fundraising and Library Cooperation Committees

Her other professional service includes

  • Recording Secretary, MCMLA (Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association) election just announced!
  • Medical Reference Services Quarterly Hospital Information Section Editor 2012-present
  • National Jewish Health IACUC Committee 2012-present
  • MCMLA Program Committee for Quint Chapter meeting 2013-2014

Peggy has five journal articles and a book chapter to her credit (on clinical, library science, and consumer health topics) as well as numerous presentations and posters at the local, regional, and national levels.  Her extensive instructional experience started in her student days and continued during her tenure at the UC Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and, since 2011, at National Jewish Health.  CCML members have benefited directly from many of her presentations, both face-to-face and online.  Examples include

  • April 2013 Annual CCML meeting presentation on Library Services for Systematic Reviews and Practice Guidelines
  • Quint Chapter poster on mapping collaborative efforts in clinical practice guidelines

In addition, she has served as project coordinator for many national and international guideline panels.  This role has included crafting comprehensive search strategies and methodologies and providing advice on implementing GRADE and PRISMA standards.  She also performs expert literature searches for regulatory committees.  She describes her role as connecting patients, health care practitioners, and researchers to high quality, relevant resources to improve health outcomes and quality of care.

For her many accomplishments, for her tireless service to CCML, and for being a role model to CCML members for rigorous scholarship and engagement with the greater medical library and scientific communities, Peggy is a most worthy recipient of the Marla Graber Award.

CCML Awards Committee
Margaret Bandy, Chair
Elaine Connell
Sara Katsh
Deb Weaver

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Register to attend/view recordings of two upcoming MLA Webinars, sponsored by the CCML Education Committee

Posted by mmclurerams on March 10, 2016

The CCML Education Committee is sponsoring both live and post-event, CCML-member access (only) to the following MLA Webinars:

CCML members are welcome to attend live viewings on these dates in Teaching Lab 2 of the University of Colorado Anschutz campus Health Sciences Library, or to request post-event, online access to recordings of these Webinars. Please use this online form to RSVP for the live viewings or to request post-event access to a recording(s).

Thank you and our thanks to Tobin Magle and the University of Colorado Anschutz campus Health Sciences Library for hosting the live viewings!

Kind regards

Merinda McLure, Tobin Magle, and Marie St. Pierre, the CCML Education Committee

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Margaret Bandy Wins Top MLA Award

Posted by skatsh on March 7, 2016

CCML’s own Margaret Bandy, former Manager of St. Joseph Hospital Library & Knowledge Services, retired, has been honored with the Medical Library Association’s Marcia C. Noyes Award, MLA’s highest professional distinction.  Congratulations, Margaret!

For a fuller description of the award and a list of previous recipients, see

For a fascinating and inspiring obituary of Marcia C. Noyes, see

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Handouts from Jeanine Limone Draut’s presentation at the February CCML Meeting

Posted by mmclurerams on February 22, 2016

At CCML’s February 19, 2016 meeting, Education program presenter Jeanine Limone Draut addressed  how clinicians can best communicate with patients about risk and uncertainty in screening and treatment. She has generously shared her handouts for posting here.

Merinda McLure, CCML Education Committee

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News from outside the bubble

Posted by richardmaxwell on February 18, 2016

If we in the west could just be honest with ourselves we would acknowledge that a great number of interesting medical and scientific advances are coming from places such as…well possibly only from…North Korea. Leader Kim Jong Un (reported in a new textbook to have learned to drive at age 3 and to have won a yacht race at age 9) is apparently heavily involved in almost every case, shoe-horning in the time while also designing nuclear weapons.  Most reports come from the solid journalistic source the Pyongyang Times, which is peer reviewed with the peer being Kim Jong Un.

The latest breakthrough is a handy if not life-saving drink which is 30-40% alcohol, yet if you overindulge it leaves you with no hangover.  It’s said to be made from “a type of indigenous ginseng called insam and glutinous rice, and cultivated by an organic farming method.” Further, “Koryo Liquor, which is made of six year-old Kaesong Koryo insam, known as being highest in medicinal effect, and the scorched rice, is highly appreciated by experts and lovers as it is suave and causes no hangover.”  Suave is a much sought after quality among connoisseurs. How very generous of them to provide us with almost enough information to allow anyone to reproduce the stuff in a basement or microbrewery. Not sure what kinds of “lovers” are referenced.

The insam is clearly the key not only to this but to a potentially limitless parade of medicines.  Last year North Korea reported that products made with that as the basis have been shown to cure, among other things, SARS, MERS and AIDS. If you have an acronym-based condition, insam is worth looking into.

It’s a bit hard to tell how carefully the scientific method is adhered to in breakthroughs such as these since information coming out of the country is something less than free-flowing, but if an article describing this anti-hangover drink was published in the Kim Jong Un Journal of Annals (which might not yet exist) the abstract could look something like this:

Alcoholic beverage unquestionably solving imperialist-caused problem of hangover

Author: Peerless Leader Kim Jong Un, et al.

Introduction: The lack of anything to do beyond working, sometimes eating, and watching videos of Great Sun of the Nation Kim Jong Un has led many of our countrymen and women to drink alcoholic beverages in very large quantities.  Not that there is anything terribly wrong with that since our superior liquor industry produces beverages unmatched by any nation, including the criminal United States. One small side effect of this consumption tends to be the symptoms known traditionally as a “hangover.” Some citizens would prefer to drink without having symptoms such as murderous headaches, over-sensitivity to martial music, and aversion to Kimchi.

Objectives: Develop an alcoholic beverage for consumption which will satisfy the need for inoffensive flavor and early intoxication leading to forgetting one’s overall situation while allowing for a symptom free morning after.

Methods: Under the guidance of Brilliant Leader Kim Jong Un all scientists and brewers and distillers turned their attention to solving the problem which on very rare occasion even afflicts the Great Leader in a very minor way, creating his interest.  Testing of in excess of 10,000 grain combinations over a two week period in which sleep was sought only by the weak and politically questionable produced 230 potential formulas.  These multicolored liquids were then tested in a combination phase I/phase IV trial which resulted in fewer than 500 deaths. A suave liquor based on a recipe created by Guarantee of the Fatherland’s Unification Kim Jong Un and using the ginseng insam proved to be the most effective at achieving the desired results. The recipe itself is a state secret and readers are advised to not even ask.

Results: Hangovers are a thing of the past for users of the amazing drink envisioned and formulated by Unique Leader Kim Jong Un in his laboratory using his personally designed beakers and pipettes (photos available). Koryo Liquor is now available for purchase within the borders of our noble nation. It will soon also be available on the internet through Amazon, Alibaba, and eBay.

Conclusion: As in the past in innumerable cases, Beloved and Respected General Kim Jong Un has seen a need, recognized the futility of expecting the imperialist west to fulfill that need, and taken steps personally to meet that need.  It goes without saying that his skills in chemistry, physics, agronomy and distillery are peerless and godlike.  In his incomparable humility, he only apologizes for the delay which slowed the first bottles from reaching state store shelves.  Those responsible have been dealt with.  No further research is required.

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Feb. 19 CCML Meeting

Posted by memorizingmo on February 9, 2016

Please join us next Friday Feb. 19th for our quarterly meeting!

St. Joseph Hospital, 1375 E. 19th Ave, Denver CO 80218

6th floor conference room, rm #6154

Parking information is available here.



  • 8:00-8:30: Networking and light breakfast
  • 8:30-9:15: Educational Program; Jeanine Limone Draut (Director of InPraxis Communications) will discuss how clinicians can best communicate with patients about risk and uncertainty in screening and treatment
  • 9:15-9:30: Break
  • 9:30-10:30: Main Program; Pearlanne Zelarney (Director of Informatics Services) and Ruthie Knowles (Research Program Coordinator) at National Jewish Health’s Data Coordination Center will discuss how they work with clinical researchers to effectively manage their data.
  • 10:30-10-45: Break
  • 10:45-11:45: Business Meeting

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Dana Abbey Wins CAL Election

Posted by skatsh on February 9, 2016

Recipient of the 2015 Marla Graber award, Dana Abbey has served CCML in many key roles since 2005, including the presidency for the 2012-2013 term.  Now she brings her leadership skills to the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) as the incoming president-elect.

Although we in Colorado claim Dana as our own, she is actually the Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, working to improve the public’s access to health information throughout the region.

With her diverse background in public libraries, library management, consulting, advocacy, and education, Dana is ideally suited to lead a statewide library association.

Her responses to questions posed to CAL candidates provide insight into the depth of her philosophy and offer hope for the future of Colorado libraries.  She focuses on the impact of big data, the importance of succession planning, the necessity of advocacy for libraries as partners and collaborators in community planning, policy, and legislation, and the key role of communication within libraries and in communities.

Our health sciences library community is fortunate to have Dana as a representative in the CAL leadership, and the Colorado library community is fortunate to have her in a guiding role.

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2016 Library Champion Awardees

Posted by skatsh on February 2, 2016

2016 Library Champion Awardees

 The Library Champion Award is given in recognition of exemplary support of a Colorado health sciences library and its staff.
The CCML Awards Committee is pleased to announce three awardees this year.

Dr. Suzanne Brandenburg, Vice Chair for Education and Director of the Residency Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center
Nominated by Kristen DeSanto, Clinical Librarian, and Lisa Traditi, Head of Education and Reference and Associate Professor, both at the Anschutz Medical Campus Health Sciences Library, Dr. Brandenburg is honored for her positive, collaborative spirit and partnership with the Health Sciences Library, her recognition of the value a library can add to the education of residents, her long-term support of the library’s role in the General Internal Medical Residency program, her encouragement of library partnerships with chief residents, her support of library use by new interns, and her enthusiastic welcome of the new Clinical Librarian.

Dr. Julie Basler, VP of Academic Affairs, Platt College, Dr. Hollie Caldwell, Dean of Nursing, Platt College
Drs. Basler and Caldwell were nominated by Laura Cullerton, Platt College Information Specialist, for their work toward the expansion and renovation of the Platt College Library and their commitment to creating a new, inviting space for the library.  Dr. Basler thanked Laura for her “dedication to evidence-based practice and to [Platt College] students who deserve a beautiful, functional space.”  In Dean Caldwell’s words, “Anyone can create a space, but it takes a dedicated librarian to give the space a heart and to make it feel like a productive and inviting center to learn.”

CCML Awards Committee
Margaret Bandy, Chair
Elaine Connell
Peggy Cruse
Sara Katsh
Deb Weaver

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