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Multivitamin Use Linked to Lowered Cancer Risk

After a series of conflicting reports about whether vitamin pills can stave off chronic disease, researchers announced on Wednesday that a large clinical trial of nearly 15,000 older male doctors followed for more than a decade found that those taking a daily multivitamin experienced 8 percent fewer cancers than the subjects taking dummy pills.   […]

10 things medical schools won’t tell you

How a spoonful of bullying, plus a heaping pile of debt, helps turn students into doctors.   1. “Bullying, teaching. Same difference.” By the time most medical school students are assisting in hospitals — shadowing the doctors they aspire to someday become — many are well-accustomed to being pushed around, yelled at, or called derogatory […]

At Polio's Epicenter, Vaccinators Battle Chaos And Indifference

At Polio’s Epicenter, Vaccinators Battle Chaos And Indifference

Polio was eliminated from the Western Hemisphere in the early 1990s. It was stamped out in Europe a few years later. And now, even the Congo and Somalia are polio free.   But in Africa’s largest oil-producing nation, Nigeria, polio has been a difficult, contentious foe.   A decade ago, Muslim clerics in northern Nigeria […]

Fungal meningitis victims face long, uncertain recovery

OCALA, Fla. — Vilinda York lies in her Florida hospital bed, facing a dry-erase board that lists in green marker her name, her four doctors and a smiley face.   Also on the board is this: “Anticipated date of discharge: NOT YET DETERMINED.”   The 64-year-old contracted fungal meningitis after receiving three tainted steroid shots […]

Editorial: Advice for Pre-med Students

Editorial: Advice for Pre-med Students

By Jonathan Batson Junior Editor, Journal of the Student National Medical Association   The life of a pre-medical student can be quite stressful, but only if you make it that way. However, it does take a lot of studying, a lot of patience, and a lot of perseverance. Then again, if it was easy, then […]

Editorial: Single-Payer Health Care: President Obama and Health Care Reform

Editorial: Single-Payer Health Care: President Obama and Health Care Reform

by CHINELO IKPEAMA, MBA Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Student National Medical Association Crisis of Abundance: Rethinking How We Pay for Health Care by Arnold Kling has peaked my interest in the single-payer health care system. Before reading Kling’s book, I did not know what the single-payer system entailed, but I did know that it had […]

Pre-meds: Get Application Secrets from a Pro Courtesy of the Tour for Diversity in Medicine!

Mr. Christian Essman, Director of Admissions at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, is very qualified to give us some medical school application secrets.  As Director of Admissions, he meets every candidate who comes to Case.  He sat down with Demetra Gibson, one of our Tour of Diversity mentors, one-on-one to give some advice and insight […]

New York City Health Officials Investigating Deadly Bacterial Meningitis Outbreak Among HIV-Positive Men

New York City Health Officials Investigating Deadly Bacterial Meningitis Outbreak Among HIV-Positive Men

The New York City Health Department has alerted local doctors of an outbreak of deadly bacterial meningitis among HIV-infected gay men.   Officials said in the past month, at least one person has died and another was hospitalized in critical condition from the outbreak.   “Since August 2010, we’ve detected 12 cases of this very […]

Medical students lack knowledge of healthcare overhaul

Medical students lack knowledge of healthcare overhaul

                              The 2010 Affordable Care Act affects almost every aspect of the U.S. healthcare system, but many future doctors who will be operating under its policies admit they don’t know that much about the law. In a survey of about 850 […]

Deadly New Salmonella Spreads In Wake Of HIV In Africa

A new deadly form of Salmonella is spreading in sub-Saharan Africa. Now a new study suggests the rapidly evolving invasive intestinal disease may be following a wake created by other disease epidemics such as HIV and malaria, as it takes advantage of immune systems weakened by them.   Medical News Today reports more on this […]