Web Watch: University of Northampton

The University of Northampton has produced some useful information for students in their Skills Hub. These include video tips and links to resources on such topics as evaluating information, plagiarism, academic writing, critical thinking, time management and even note taking tips.

In this short video, there are some techniques to help you critically evaluate information used in your academic work. Produced by Gillian Siddall, Academic Librarian and Jo Cormac, Academic Practice Tutor.


BMJ Best Practice modules: Focus on Labyrinthitis


A reminder to check out this excellent resource from BMJ Best Practice.  In this module looking at Labyrinthitis which if you weren’t aware is an:

  • Inflammatory condition affecting the labyrinth in the cochlea and vestibular system of the inner ear.
  • Viral infections are the most common cause of labyrinthitis. Bacterial labyrinthitis is a complication of otitis media or meningitis.
  • Typical presentation includes vertigo, imbalance, and hearing loss.
  • Diagnosis is supported by history, physical examination, and audiometry.
  • Treatment is typically symptomatic and primarily involves the use of vestibular suppressants and anti-emetics.

Best Practice is very helpful and provides further information on basics, diagnosis, treatments, follow up and recommended resources. Remember to register for an Athens account in order to gain full access to all the BMJ sites.

Vaccination programme begins for some over 70s


Extract from BBS News /Health

People in their 70s across the UK will be offered a vaccine against shingles from this week.

The government-led programme will initially offer the vaccine to those aged 70, 78 and 79. Shingles, or herpes zoster, is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin around it, and can cause a painful rash. Around 800,000 people will be eligible for the vaccine in the first year of the programme.

Don’t forget you can find out more about the treatment of Shingles from the BMJ at http://www.bmj.com/content/326/7392/748  Treatment of herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia