New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Environmental impacts on reproductive health and fertility. By T J Woodruff, et al. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Call number: RA1224.2.E683 2010.

2. Handbook of occupational safety and health. By D Koradecka. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, 2010. Call number: RC967.H262 2010.

3. Pathogens and toxins in foods: challenges and interventions. By Vijay K Juneja and John Nikolaos Sofos. Washington, DC: ASM Press, 2010. Call number: QR115.P383 2010.

4. Persistent organic pollutants. By Stuart Harrad. Chichester, U.K.: Wiley, 2010. Call number: RA1242.H35 P47 2010.

5. Setting priorities for HIV/AIDS interventions: a cost-benefit approach. By Robert J Brent. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2010. Call number: RA643.8 .B74 2010.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is newly available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request using our online form and we will mail the book(s) to you. You may also log into your web portal account to request book(s).

If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you will need to apply for one before we can check out a book to you.

March 9th Richmond Instruction Session: Toxicological Resources

RSVP by Monday, March 7th to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

Do you:

* Want to find basic information on substances, such as properties, manufacturing & use, methods of analysis?

* Need to find literature and data on pesticides, drugs, industrial chemicals, or other substances?

* Want to explore relationships between job tasks, exposure to toxic agents, and health effects?

* Want to learn about a tool to assist first responders at hazardous material incidents?

* Want to know the potential toxic effects of the ingredients in common household products, from shampoo to brake fluid?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Toxicological Resources class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Online peer-reviewed databases with basic substance information
2. Using bibliographic databases to find journal articles on chemicals, drugs, additives, etc.
3. Job-related exposures and their health effects
4. How to find out what’s in common household products

…and more.

Class: Toxicological Resources
When: Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 10-11 am
Where: Richmond Campus, Building C, Room 136

This class is intended for CDPH staff who wish to learn about online toxicological resources, or who need a refresher on finding basic toxicological information.

Feel free to send us your questions or topics of interest. We’ll try and incorporate some of these into the class.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, March 7th to Judy Bolstad at, or (510) 642-2510.

These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

March 23rd Sacramento Instruction Session: Food/Nutrition Resources

RSVP by Monday, March 21st to Judy Bolstad at or (510) 642-2510.

* Need to find literature on food and nutrition and their relationship to health?

* Want to know the nutritive value of different kinds of foods, from broccoli to Big Macs?

* Interested in how many fruits and vegetables Californians eat daily?

* Need to know the latest on E. coli?

* Want to know about quality sources of food/nutrition information for consumers?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Food/Nutrition Resources class!

Some of the topics that will be covered:
1. Using bibliographic databases such as Agricola to find journal articles on food and nutrition topics
2. Resources for finding the nutritive value of foods
3. Finding statistics on food consumption
4. Information on food safety and pesticides
5. Information for consumers or for developing consumer material

Class: Food/Nutrition Resources
When: Wednesday, March 23rd, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Where: 1500 Capitol Avenue, Training (“Hearing”) Room 72.167

This class is intended for CDPH staff whose work requires knowledge of quality Internet resources on food/nutrition topics.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, March 21st to Judy Bolstad at, or (510) 642-2510.

These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

PubMed for Handhelds

This CDPH version is a customized version of the standard PubMed for Handhelds. When you click “Get Full Text”, you will see the “CDPH Journals icon” if full text is available to CDPH. PubMed for Handhelds is a slightly pared down version of PubMed for CDPH, and is part of a suite of other mobile applications, including a Disease Associations search, a Journal Abstracts browse/search, and a PICO search tool. Citations in PubMed for Handhelds include a TBL (“The Bottom Line”), as well as a full abstract, if available.

Course: Occupational and Environmental Medicine Update and Construction Industry

This course, presented by the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, is designed to provide occupational health professionals with a review of clinical toxicology, epidemiology, and the evaluation of occupational and environmental diseases and injuries. The curriculum will also include a substantial component focused on issues specifically pertinent to the health of construction workers. For more details, see:

ATD Symposium

The Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard was passed by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board on May 21, 2009. It took effect in Summer 2010 in California workplaces such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, prisons, homeless shelters, clinics, medical offices, drug treatment programs, and laboratories. It will also cover paramedics and other emergency medical service providers. Effective September 1, 2010, employers are required to provide a powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) in specific settings and conditions.

This 2-day course covers information essential to controlling aerosol transmissible disease risks and complying with this standard including: exposure control programs; engineering and work practice controls; respirators and training and includes an update after 1 1/2 years experience with the standard and the new respirator requirements.

The ATD (Aerosol Transmissible Disease) Symposium will be held in Downtown LA, on April 5-6. For more details, see: