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SNMA global health primer: Becoming global health citizens
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To ensure that the next generation of physicians will remain active in bridging international gaps in care, it is essential that SNMA members adopt a global perspective during their education. Short of adding an MPH onto your medical education, finding solid opportunities and credible news in global health can be a difficult task. Though with the privileges we have been granted as the next generation of physicians, we are charged with the task of becoming global citizens: to learn how to take care of the sick across racial, ethnic and economic lines. More



Americans living longer, healthier lives
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Americans are living a full year longer than they were a decade ago. "Within one decade, U.S. life expectancy from birth increased to 77.8 from 76.8," says Carter R. Blakey, acting director of disease prevention and health promotion at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. "That is tremendous." More

Doctors emphasize science as politics impedes HPV vaccine use
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Months before U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann blasted an HPV vaccine mandate as a "government injection" during a heated Republican presidential primary debate, a suburban Chicago school board voted quietly and unanimously to purge a vaccine recommendation from its policy. Officials in Plainfield-based Troy Community Consolidated School District 30-C were uneasy about advising students to get the vaccine, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes the same recommendation as a way to prevent girls from contracting human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical cancer. More

For a doctor, survival and transformation
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When a doctor becomes a patient, the lessons learned can ripple outward — not just to patients who are similarly afflicted, but also to the physicians who treat them. In March 2008, Dr. Kimberly Allison was a 33-year-old breast cancer pathologist nursing her second child when her own breast cancer diagnosis thrust her into, as she put it, "a perfect storm." More

Healthcare costs could be on the rise
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The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare grew 5.71 percent over the 12 months ending in July 2011, representing a third straight month of modest acceleration of cost growth, Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show. More

Parasite infection hits US infants hard
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Infants born in North America are more likely to suffer the severe effects of the parasitic infection toxoplasmosis than infants in Europe, a new study says. In the study, 84 percent of U.S. infants had the most severe symptoms of toxoplasmosis, including eye disease, calcium deposits in the brain and hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid builds in the brain, possibly causing brain damage. More

Racial disparities in health not about the genes
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Differences in chronic disease prevalence among racial groups stem primarily from social and economic factors that correlate with race, not with skin color or other heritable traits, researchers said. In three papers published online in a special issue of Health Affairs, independent research groups reviewed data indicating that black-white health disparities largely disappear when such factors as income, education, place of residence and lead exposure are accounted for. More

Screening for domestic violence in the emergency room
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Why would a hospital screen every patient who visits the emergency room for domestic violence? If the patient doesn't have bruises or broken bones, doesn't the nurse and/or doctor who brings up domestic abuse run the risk of offending the person? Yes. But, Registered Nurse Karen Geffon doesn't care if she offends. It's her job to ask … and it might save a life. More

Smart dummies make better doctors
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The newest patients at Albany Medical College sweat, sob and bleed, and medical students can poke and probe them ceaselessly. They are not real but they may complain because these half-million dollar mannequins say things like "That hurts!" or "I think I'm going to be sick." The college unveiled its $8.8 million Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center, a 12,000-square-foot simulation facility dedicated to training doctors, nurses and medical professionals in life-like situations. More

St. Francis ED launches online check-in service
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Waiting to see a doctor at a hospital emergency room often means just that: waiting. And then waiting some more. St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center's emergency room launched a free online check-in service to minimize the amount of time people have to wait for non-emergency care at the ED. More

Student doctors practice on you while you sleep
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Autumn. The air turns cool and crisp, leaves change color and third-year medical students descend on hospitals to learn to be real doctors … by practicing on real people. How does a surgeon become an expert at suturing? By practicing on people, some of whom may not suspect it. More


 
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