RSSArchive for November, 2012

Do campus smoking bans work?

Do campus smoking bans work?

Nearly two years ago I wrote an article about how Towson University in Maryland was one of the first residential colleges in the region to enact an all-out ban on smoking anywhere on campus. Since then, these bans have become trendy on college campuses across the country. All of the schools in the University System […]

Pediatrics Group Calls for Easier Access to Emergency Contraception

Pediatricians should counsel all adolescents on use of emergency contraception, such as Plan B, as part of routine practice, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement. Healthcare professionals should provide teens with an education on the use, availability, and advance prescription of emergency contraception, as well as contraindications and adverse events related […]

Physicians: Birth control should be sold without a prescription

Physicians: Birth control should be sold without a prescription

In the future, women may be able to buy birth control pills alongside ibuprofen and cough drops if the recommendation of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is adopted. The group is recommending that oral contraceptives be sold over the counter without a prescription in an effort to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies […]

Rethinking HIV: After Five Years of Debate, a New Push for Prevention

After decades of focusing almost exclusively on treating HIV, public health experts are now considering a new approach, moving to establish more effective prevention strategies to curb spread of the disease. Recent tests show that anti-HIV drugs that can hamper the growth of the virus responsible for AIDS may also prevent progression of the disease […]

Survival gene may be key to controlling HIV and hepatitis

Survival gene may be key to controlling HIV and hepatitis

The gene, called Arih2, is fundamental to the function of the immune system – making critical decisions about whether to switch on the immune response to an infection. Its discovery has implications for the treatment of chronic overwhelming infections, such as HIV, that ‘exhaust’ and switch off the immune system, as well as for chronic […]

More Docs Use EHRs, but Info Still Not Shared

More Docs Use EHRs, but Info Still Not Shared

The number of U.S. primary care physicians using electronic medical records increased by 50% in the last 3 years, but most doctors still do not receive timely information from specialists or hospitals, an international survey found. Roughly 69% of U.S. primary care doctors reported using EHRs in 2012 compared with 46% in 2009, the survey […]

Med Student Sets Up Makeshift Clinic to Help Red Hook's Sandy Victims

Med Student Sets Up Makeshift Clinic to Help Red Hook’s Sandy Victims

RED HOOK — On the fourth day without power at the Red Hook Houses, Renette A. Fisher-Benn, a 63-year-old diabetic, had to throw out the insulin she needs to stay healthy because the medicine requires refrigeration. The electric-powered oxygen tank that helps with her respiratory problems was out of commission, so she resorted to using […]

Co-op/Internships and Summer Research Opportunities for 2013 in Biomedical Research and for Pre-Medical Studies Students

Co-op/Internships and Summer Research Opportunities for 2013 in Biomedical Research and for Pre-Medical Studies Students

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Mentoring in Medicine Webinar is November 17!

Mentoring in Medicine Webinar is November 17!

Latino medical school enrollment on the rise

Latino medical school enrollment on the rise

More Latinos applied to and were accepted in American medical schools this year than ever before, leading to a record rise of Hispanic medical school enrollment in 2012. According to data published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, there was a noted increase in Hispanic students applying to medical school in 2012. Approximately 45, […]