RSSArchive for August, 2013

Ghana's HIV prevalence rate reduces

Ghana’s HIV prevalence rate reduces

Dr Nii Akwei Addo, Programme Manager of the National AIDs Control Programme (NACP), on Tuesday said the prevalence rate of the HIV virus as at last year had reduced to 1.37 per cent as compared to 3.6 per cent in 2000. He said a study last year showed that Ghana had recorded 77 per cent […]

Opinion: A Diverse Perspective

Opinion: A Diverse Perspective

Recent reports indicate that African American biomedical scientists have a disproportionately tougher time when applying for federal research grants than do their white peers. Although steps have been taken to ameliorate the problem through minority-targeted initiatives, the discrepancy persists. Yet black scientists—and researchers of all ethnicities, for that matter—can often make unique contributions by virtue […]

Michelle Obama continues obesity fight with a musical collaboration

Michelle Obama continues obesity fight with a musical collaboration

Michelle Obama wants the whole family to move to the beat of…”Veggie Luv.” The first lady teamed up with some big names in music–including Jordin Sparks, Ashanti, DMC, and E-Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren–to create a music album that inspires and educates children to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Obama doesn’t contribute to the singing, but the compilation […]

Cure Watch 2013: Two More People 'Cured' of HIV

Cure Watch 2013: Two More People ‘Cured’ of HIV

Timothy Ray Brown became internationally famous in 2010 after doctors in Berlin apparently and unwittingly “cured” his HIV infection. This medical marvel came after Brown underwent a routine bone marrow transplant for blood cancer treatment. The transplant, made with material from a donor with a rare blood mutation that makes it impossible for HIV to replicate, […]

Awareness, Medicaid expansion key to covering young adults

Awareness, Medicaid expansion key to covering young adults

Public health workers have a tremendous opportunity to help bring health coverage to all Americans. But data released Tuesday show that we must act fast. A survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fundshows that the Affordable Care Act has brought health insurance to more than 50 percent of the 15 million young adults enrolled in a parent’s […]

Weigh Applying to Medical School After Third, Fourth Year

Weigh Applying to Medical School After Third, Fourth Year

The majority of premeds apply to medical schoolafter their third or fourth year of undergraduate study. Since the application process takes more than a year, if an applicant applies after the third year of college and is accepted, he or she will start medical school in the fall of the following year. And an applicant who […]

WHY DOESN’T MEDICAL CARE GET BETTER WHEN DOCTORS REST MORE?

WHY DOESN’T MEDICAL CARE GET BETTER WHEN DOCTORS REST MORE?

In late 2011, a seventy-four-year-old woman with colon cancer was admitted to a teaching hospital, to have part of her bowel surgically removed. The doctors put a drain into her abdomen, a standard procedure to prevent infection and facilitate healing. The procedure appeared to go smoothly. But the day after, she developed terrible abdominal pain. […]

Developing a Strong Work Ethic

Developing a Strong Work Ethic

No matter how tough life gets, if you put your all into your work, good things will come to you. Staying positive, refusing to procrastinate and maintaining your focus are all necessary ingredients to building a strong and rewarding work ethic. Other strategies to becoming a great worker are setting a goal of dependability, always […]

I AM THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE - Dr. Nina Joy Butler M.D. , Resident Physician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

I AM THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE – Dr. Nina Joy Butler M.D. , Resident Physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Dr. Nina Joy Butler M.D. is the middle child of three and was always the peacemaker of the three.  Though very shy during her early childhood, her parents noticed something different about Nina early on and knew that she would grow up to be something special.  It was therefore second nature to support her dream […]

I AM THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE - Lawrence Brown, Masters of Health Science Candidate at Meharry Medical College

I AM THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE – Lawrence Brown, Masters of Health Science Candidate at Meharry Medical College

Lawrence Brown was born on April 29, 1991 to Dr. Leon and Julie Brown in Stockton, CA. He is the younger of two children; he has an older brother, Leon Brown Jr., who is 23 years old. Lawrence was raised in a very tight knit family and had very supportive parents. His father was a […]