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Signing Off

It's time for me to hang up my NYPL ID as I head out to the great State of Washington for a new job at the Everett Public Library. There is no need to fear for the Health Information Center Blog, however, as it will be in the more than capable hands of my colleague Susan Montross who will continue to write about all things health at New York Public Library. It's been great and thanks for reading.

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Program at the Library: Nurturing Health via Qigong and Taiji (Tai Chi)

Another hectic work day is about to begin. The commute has been an exercise in frustration and when I finally emerge from the clogged subway stairs I need to make a quick dash to get to the office on time. Hurriedly passing Bryant Park I notice out of the corner of my eye a group of people purposefully moving slowly in unison. Risking a late start I take some time to see what they are doing. The movements are graceful and the participants seem much more relaxed than me. Overhearing a conversation between some passersby, I learn they are practicing Tai Chi. What is it about anyway and 

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Dazed and Confused

So, you find yourself feeling poorly and make an appointment with your doctor. After the examination she decides to prescribe a drug for what ails you. She describes what the drug should do and answers your questions. Feeling satisfied, and with a prescription in hand, you leave the office. Halfway down the block, however, some doubts start to come to the surface: Did I ask all the right questions? Can I take the drug with grapefruit juice? How am I going to pay for it? You may feel the need for additional information.

You are not alone. One of the top types 

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The Eyes Have It

Ah, the joys of going to the ophthalmologist, a.k.a. the eye doctor. The long wait in the lobby, having to choose the correct lens when tested (who doesn't dread the question "is it clearer this way or this way?"), and the fun of having your pupils dilated all make for an unforgettable experience. On a recent visit, I also noticed a large number of pamphlets, posters, and other promotional materials detailing the benefits of LASIK eye surgery. My physician even mentioned it as an option when discussing a new pair of lenses. The information presented all seemed very positive 

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The Color of Smog

The hype surrounding the Olympic games in Beijing has brought attention to a distressing health topic, namely air pollution and its impact on human health. There are daily updates and concerns about the air quality in Beijing and its effect on the athletes' performance as in this blog entry from the NY Times. New York City, especially in sweltering August, is far from immune to air quality problems. If you want a good resource 

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HealthInfo Evolves

Welcome to the new version of the HealthInfo Blog! Susan Montross and I will be posting information about the Health Information Center's collection and current health trends as in our beta blog. We will tag our entries with the term Health Information Center so those who are interested can take a look at both of our contributions together.

So what the heck is the Health Information Center? HIC is a collection and staff dedicated to providing reliable consumer health information to patrons, staff and the public in as many formats as possible. Our emphasis is on consumer 

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