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How to Get Summer Experience as a Pre-med (Without Making Yourself Miserable)

How to Get Summer Experience as a Pre-med (Without Making Yourself Miserable)

It’s summer, a time of year that always leaves ambitious premeds confused about how to spend their time. There are so many possibilities: volunteering at a clinic, shadowing a physician, taking classes, traveling abroad. If you asked me which one is the best, my response is that you might as well flip a coin. For me […]

How will a changing global landscape affect health care providers?

How will a changing global landscape affect health care providers?

Health care is expanding its reach in many directions. Globalization is increasingly allowing patients throughout the world to access all types of health care from anywhere in the world. Between the growth in medical tourism, medical missions service, international education, and the increasing intersection of western medicine into eastern culture and eastern medicine into western […]

Malveaux: Health disparities are a function of assets, access and attitudes

Malveaux: Health disparities are a function of assets, access and attitudes

(NNPA)—Last week, I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly-established center at George Washington University that is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, D.C. This is an important effort because Washington is such a divided city. East of the Anacostia River— Wards 7 and 8—are the poorest areas […]

New drug may be best treatment for leukemia yet

New drug may be best treatment for leukemia yet

(TIME.com) — It’s called ibrutinib, and it’s a potential breakthrough in treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) that could leave patients with fewer side effects than chemotherapy. In research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), scientists report that the experimental drug, which differs from broadly acting chemotherapy agents by specifically targeting certain cancer-causing processes, […]

FDA, facing cybersecurity threats, tightens medical-device standards

FDA, facing cybersecurity threats, tightens medical-device standards

The security analysts wanted to know how easy it would be to hack into medical devices used in hospitals, knowing the danger if outsiders could gain control. They found the answer when they managed to figure out hundreds of passwords for equipment that included surgical and anesthesia devices, patient monitors and lab analysis tools. “We […]

 Child obesity a global health issue, according to WHO

Child obesity a global health issue, according to WHO

The World Health Organization has issued new recommendations for helping overweight children — more than 75 percent of whom live in developing countries, sometimes side-by-side with malnutrition. Both conditions can stem from malnutrition, according to a WHO press release issued Wednesday. “These conditions — undernutrition, obesity and overweight — are forms of malnutrition with their […]

Dr. Kate Scannell: There's no rap song about health care disparities

Dr. Kate Scannell: There’s no rap song about health care disparities

As a writer, I wish I could claim the title of this column as my own. But it rightly belongs to Dr. Michael A. LeNoir, an Oakland physician who is trying to educate patients and policymakers about approaching remedies for health disparities “from the bottom up, instead of the top down.” A “health disparity” usually […]

US says providing $9b to curb global malnutrition

US says providing $9b to curb global malnutrition

Dr. Rajiv Shah, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator has outlined the US Government’s long term leadership in the effort to reduce malnutrition around the world. According to Dr. Shah, the US government is providing more than $1 billion for nutrition specific interventions and nearly $9 billion on nutrition-sensitive activities over fiscal year […]

Namibia: 25 Cuban Specialists Arrive

Namibia: 25 Cuban Specialists Arrive

THE Namibian government has acquired the services of 25 Cuban medical specialists who arrived in the country on Thursday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services Andrew Ndishishi announced on Saturday. In addition to the 25 medical officials from the Caribbean country, the ministry will also welcome an additional 45 medical specialists […]

“I was Rejected from U.S. Medical Schools: Now what?”

“I was Rejected from U.S. Medical Schools: Now what?”

Rejection is tough. Even downright heartbreaking. Rejection from every medical school you applied to could be absolutely soul crushing. Worse, it forces you to overanalyze what you feel went wrong with your application. Maybe your MCAT scores were slightly below average. Maybe they were just average. Don’t consider your career in medicine is dead before […]