As I was speaking with my sister last weekend she was in the process of trying a new way of making s’mores.  My young nephews had a lot of fun assembling these delicious treats and I can’t wait to try it this holiday weekend!  Campfire cones (or campfire treats) substitute the graham crackers for ice cream cones.  Stuff your cone with marshmallows, chocolate, and whatever else you’d like (peanut butter, strawberries, etc.).  Wrap it with tin foil and then either bake it, put it on the grill, or heat it over a campfire.  When you are finished you have this chocolatey goodness!

 

Courtesy of http://www.centercutcook.com

Image courtesy of http://www.centercutcook.com

 

Tired of plain brownies?  Why not try adding things to the batter?!  I keep seeing this one with Oreos and peanut butter!  Yummy!

 

Image courtesy of FoodBeast

Image courtesy of FoodBeast

 

This last one is perfect for the 4th of July!  My family has done this trifle before!  The main ingredients include angel food cake, whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries.  One recipe can be found here:  http://bit.ly/1BUD5fu  This can also be presented as a whole cake with an American Flag pattern!

Image courtesy of http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

Image courtesy of http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

 

Do you have a favorite summer recipe that you’d like to share!  Please contact us via Facebook or Twitter!

As a reminder the Library Service Desk is closed this Friday through Sunday!  Have a great Independence Day weekend!

 

Hello everyone! In honor of Independence Day (this Saturday, July 4th), Hirsh Health Sciences Library will be closed from Friday, July 3rd, through Sunday, July 5th. So make sure you get outside, grill something, and watch the fireworks!

We will see you on Monday!

 

Fireworks!

Picture via Tom Quinn

 

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Leo, Catalogue, and Lizzy are out exploring the wilderness. Are they prepared to battle it out with mosquitoes and ticks? There is only one way to find out…

Mosquitoes and Ticks: A Message from Leo from Tufts HHSL on Vimeo.

 

http://www.mosquito.org/mosquito-borne-diseases

http://www2.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/mosquito/

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/id/epidemiology/providers/public-health-cdc-arbovirus-info.html

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/id/epidemiology/providers/mosquitoes-and-ticks.html

June 23 marks the anniversary of two events of great cultural and political significance to the United States and, in particular, American women.

In 1960, the FDA formally approved Enovid for use as an oral contraceptive, making it the first approved birth control pill in the world. Enovid had been prescribed since 1957 as a treatment for menstrual disorders, but the FDA’s official recognition and approval of its contraceptive properties ushered in a new era of freedom and debate about reproductive rights. You can read more about the development of The Pill in Jonathan Eig’s The Birth of the Pill  and about its impact on American society in America and the Pill by Elaine Tyler May; we have both in our collection.

Representative Patsy Mink, a co-author of Title IX. The law was renamed after her in 2002 as the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act

Representative Patsy Mink, a co-author of Title IX. The law was renamed after her in 2002 as the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act

Twelve years later, on June 23, 1972, Congress passed Title IX as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. It stated, in part that:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance”

By banning sex discrimination in schools, Title IX has helped to expand educational and athletic opportunities to women. For Title IX’s 40th anniversary in 2012, The National Women’s Law Center collected a series of stories to honor the breadth its impact. Perspectives come from those who grew up before Title IX, like Alexa Canady, the first African-American woman neurosurgeon, as well as after, like Shree Bose, a prodigious teenage cancer researcher.

You can find the rest of the stories at “Faces of Title IX”.

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Sundown on June 17th marks the beginning of the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is the month when the Holy Quran was revealed and is observed by Muslim around the world by fasting from sunrise to sunset. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The very young, very old, and people with medical conditions are among those who may abstain from the fast.

Given the longer days this time of year, maintaining good levels of energy throughout the day is very important, especially for hardworking students!  We want to share some resources and recipes for helping you have a healthy fast:

Healthy Ramadan Guide

Ramadan Food: When and What to Eat

Ramadan Recipes

Interested in learning more about Ramadan, visit Ramadan: a Guide to the Islamic Holy Month 

Ramadan Kareem!

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Dates by Howard Walfish, creative commons license via Flickr

 

We’d like to welcome all of the new medical interns to the Tufts Medical Community!  The library is here as a resource for you.

We have books and journals that you can check out as well as e-resources which you can retrieve using your Tufts username and password.

If you have any questions or need research help please feel free to stop by the 4th floor service desk in the Sackler building or contact us here.

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June 5th-13th marks Boston Pride Week (http://www.bostonpride.org/calendar/), a weeklong celebration of the LGBTQ community. Started in 1970, this year marks the 45th anniversary of Boston Pride (http://www.bostonpride.org/about/). This year’s theme is “Wicked Proud” (gotta love it!).

Besides being one of the first cities to hold gay pride celebrations, did you know Boston is the home of the pioneering LGBTQ health centers, Fenway Health (http://fenwayhealth.org/) and the Sidney Borum Health Center (http://sidneyborum.org/)?

Learn more about Boston’s wicked awesome LGBT history at the History Project: http://www.historyproject.org/

Have a fabulous Pride week!

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We spoke too soon! It would seem that chilly weather is back for a bit. But there’s one benefit to this unwelcome temperature drop: fresh baked goods hot out of the oven are appealing again. And conveniently, there’s a holiday on June 6th that encourages enjoying just that: National Applesauce Cake Day.

Not familiar with it? Neither were we, but it seems that The Internet is. While the origins of National Applesauce Cake Day are unknown, it is agreed that June 6th is the day to celebrate it.  The consensus seems to be that it’s a celebration of the humble and delicious Applesauce Cake, which was lauded as a patriotic dessert during World War I and the Depression. It could be easily made at home and was more economical than other types of cakes, since applesauce reduces the amount of butter, sugar, and eggs needed in a recipe.

Easy and cheap? Sounds perfect for a busy student on a budget. Applesauce is also a healthier alternative to oil in a recipe or a vegan-friendly replacement for eggs and butter.

Intrigued? CNN has a brief discussion of the holiday and some tips for homemade applesauce and  National Day Calendar has some recipe suggestions.

Let us know if you have any recipe suggestions or know of another wacky food-related holiday!

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nature-reviews-disease-primersThe library has recently acquired a new journal, Nature Reviews Disease Primers, which you can now access electronically through the catalog. Here’s some information about this resource from the publisher’s website:

“Each Primer provides a global overview of the field and outlines key open research questions. Primers have a modular structure, covering epidemiology; disease mechanisms; diagnosis, screening and prevention; management; and quality of life.

Authored by an international panel of academic scientists, translational researchers and clinicians, new Primers are published every week.”

Happy reading and researching!

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Grinnin’ Gator (Chandler Hummel) | CC by NC-ND 2.0

We did it! It finally seems safe to say that winter is over and it’s time to enjoy sunshine and warm temperatures. Now that you’ve packed away your sweaters, it’s also time to brush up on sun safety.  While sunlight helps us produce much-needed Vitamin D3, sun exposure also increases the risk of developing skin cancer.

Here are three quick and easy ways to refresh your knowledge!

1. The American Cancer Society has a rather onomatopoeic slogan to help you remember four key ways to enjoy the sun safely:

Slip! Slap! Slop!® and Wrap
Slip on a shirt  Slop on sunscreen  Slap on a hat
Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes and sensitive skin around them

2. Not sure what sunscreen to buy? Check out EWG’s 2015 Guide to Sunscreens to learn what to look for in a sunscreen and to see the effectiveness of different brands.

3. For more sun safety tips, you can also check out our infographic-filled post from last year.

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