RSSArchive for January, 2011

Maternal Influenza Vaccination may be associated with Flu Protection in Infants

Babies whose mothers who receive influenza vaccines while pregnant appear less likely to be infected with flu or hospitalized for respiratory illnesses in their first six months of life, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the February 2011 print issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Students Learn to Shop Healthy, Smart on Supermarket Tours

For many students away from home for the first time, college marks the first time they begin shopping, cooking and eating for themselves. Figuring out how to prepare quick yet healthy meals on a budget can be a daunting task, and the allure of fast take-out food often leads to the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen.”

Stress: Brain and Body

Every day, you probably face a number of stressors: a paper to write, an exam to study for, a difficult situation at work or at home. So you are no stranger to the headaches, sweaty hands, and queasy stomach feelings associated with stress. However, the body’s response to stress, like many other emotional and physical responses, is governed by its innate drive to protect itself in the face of an external threat.

Medicine, Spirituality, and the Med Student: How a Spiritual Outlook Can Support Mental Wellness in Medical School

Medicine, Spirituality, and the Med Student: How a Spiritual Outlook Can Support Mental Wellness in Medical School

Medicine and religion have a shared history. In many ancient cultures, the leading religious figure was also the man of medicine. As medicine began to evolve into more of a science, the two fields became more disparate. More recently, however, religion has begun to converge with medicine once again through strengthening the focus on spirituality in medicine.

Emergency Department Intervention

During a typical emergency department (ED) visit, a patient is attended to, stabilized and acute symptoms are treated. Upon discharge, the patient may receive medication and/or further self-care instruction which providers usually assume are understood. The questions remaining include whether the patient was only stabilized to possibly return again with the same complication, or if the care staff adequately and appropriately explained the discharge instructions, leaving the patient with knowledge addressing prevention of future visits. These are the questions our project aims to address. With diverse experiences in the ED, members of our team noticed that there was a gap between the treatment a patient received in the emergency department and the patient’s understanding of their individualized treatment plan. Patient understanding is key to preventing similar presentations to the ED after they are discharged, as demonstrated in several published studies. Recognizing this discrepancy, we endeavored to establish an intervention that would identify and address some of the underlying reasons for noncompliance, resulting in recurrent ED visits.

HIV Drugs Interfere with Blood Sugar, Lead to Insulin Resistance

The same powerful drugs that have extended the lives of countless people with HIV come with a price — insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Black Children More Likely To Die From Neuroblastoma

Black, Asian, and Native American children are more likely than white and Hispanic children to die after being treated for neuroblastoma, according to new research on the pediatric cancer. The study, of more than 3,500 patients with the disease, is the largest ever to look at racial disparities in risk and survival for the most common solid cancer found in young children.

Remembering Ray D. Gaines, M.D.: August 2, 1932 – October 29, 2010

Remembering Ray D. Gaines, M.D.: August 2, 1932 – October 29, 2010

When we lose someone important to us, even the space left by their absence is enough to remind us of the loss. This has been my experience of our loss of Dr. Ray D. Gaines, distinguished surgeon and medical educator in Michigan and Nebraska for forty-six years and long-time advisor to the Creighton University School of Medicine chapter of SNMA. When he announced his retirement at the end of the 2009-2010 academic year, I offered to continue to call him and update him on our chapter’s accomplishments and endeavors as I had during my chapter presidency. He always requested updates from the leaders of the chapter to keep him informed as to the next meeting, service project, or other event so that he could make his best attempt, despite a busy schedule, to either be present or at least offer advice. With rare exceptions, Dr. Gaines was always present and actively involved. Because my experience with him informed me that he maintained constant interest in our organization, I was not surprised by the smile on his face when I offered to continue updating him despite his retirement.

Regional Updates: Region IV Annual Medical Education Conference 2010

“It’s not about how smart you are. It’s about how disciplined you are.” These are the words that started the 2010 Student National Medical Association Region IV Annual Medical Education Conference on Halloween weekend. The conference, hosted by Morehouse School of Medicine, took place October 29-31st at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia and was focused around the theme, “Serving Our Communities: Bridging the Cultural Gap in Healthcare.” Under the leadership of the newly elected regional director, Cherece Grier, Region IV has been working hard to perpetuate the SNMA spirit of student leadership and community involvement. These principles, along with Morehouse School of Medicine’s mission of “serving the underserved,” are what shaped the foundation for the theme of the 2010 Region IV Conference.

Regional Updates: Region VII

Regional Updates: Region VII

This year Region VII set out not only to continue to carry out the legacy of service to underrepresented minority medical students and communities of color as put forth by the SNMA mission, but to do so with a spirit of innovation, excitement, efficiency, and expansion. Some of our initial goals were to increase the number of active SNMA and MAPS chapters within the region, improve chapter accountability and sustainability, promote more collaboration between chapters within the region, and increase national involvement. The current regional board has certainly risen to the occasion and proven to be relentlessly dedicated to moving Region VII in the right direction so that we can best serve our fellow students and our communities.