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Bryn Mawr student advocates for mental illness awareness

Bryn Mawr student advocates for mental illness awareness

Teenager Kendall Reitz set out to become an advocate for improved mental illness awareness in the aftermath of last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., when a disturbed 20-year-old named Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults. As horrific as the crime was, Kendall felt news coverage of that mass shooting and others fed false […]

University of Maryland Health Equity Center Launches Trust Campaign Targeting Minorities, Health Researchers

University of Maryland Health Equity Center Launches Trust Campaign Targeting Minorities, Health Researchers

The Maryland Center for Health Equity has launched an educational campaign aimed at bridging a longtime gap between health researchers and minority communities. The campaign, known as the “Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers” program, represents the latest of many efforts the U.S. health care establishment has undertaken in recent years to reduce and eliminate […]

HIV cure dealt a setback

HIV cure dealt a setback

The search-and-destroy mission against the HIV virus just got much more complicated. New research suggests that HIV’s genetic program is far more abundant in certain dormant T-cells of infected patients and is potentially more capable of unleashing its deadly instructions than previously thought. The reservoir of human immune cells hosting that code, or provirus, could […]

Baby 'cured' of HIV: New details offer hope for other patients

Baby ‘cured’ of HIV: New details offer hope for other patients

New details about the first person to be cured of HIV through drug therapy alone offer hope that others who are born with the virus may be able to beat it back and avoid a lifetime of treatment, researchers reported Wednesday. The formerly HIV-positive Mississippi girl drew widespread interest in March when doctors presented her case in […]

Rising drug resistance threatens global progress against TB

Rising drug resistance threatens global progress against TB

The number of people infected with tuberculosis (TB) or dying from it fell in 2012, but global progress on controlling the contagious lung disease is at risk from growing drug resistance. In its annual TB report, the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) said the world is on track to meet U.N. goals for 2015 of […]

Fight to cure HIV gets tougher as study sheds light on hidden virus

Fight to cure HIV gets tougher as study sheds light on hidden virus

Just as some scientists were becoming more hopeful about finding a way to overcome HIV’s ability to resist, evade, and otherwise survive efforts to rid it from the body, another hurdle has emerged, new research from Johns Hopkins shows. In a cover-story report published in the journal Cell, Johns Hopkins infectious disease experts say the amount of potentially […]

Get Published in the Journal of the Student National Medical  Association (JSNMA) for our  Winter 2013 / Spring 2014 Editions.

Get Published in the Journal of the Student National Medical Association (JSNMA) for our Winter 2013 / Spring 2014 Editions.

The Journal of the Student National Medical Association is looking for original submissions from National SNMA members  (associate and active members) for their upcoming JSNMA issue and jsnma.org! Medical/Public Health submissions preferred; exceptional non-medical/health submissions will be  considered as well. *You must be paid national member to be published!!! Winter 2013 JSNMA Edition would be […]

John F. Kennedy's Vision For Mental Health Never Realized

John F. Kennedy’s Vision For Mental Health Never Realized

The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States. Signed on Oct. 31, 1963, weeks before Kennedy was assassinated, the legislation aimed to build mental health centers […]

Why I Left Medicine: A Burnt-Out Doctor’s Decision To Quit

Why I Left Medicine: A Burnt-Out Doctor’s Decision To Quit

When I introduce myself as a physician who left clinical practice, non-physicians ask me why I left. They’re generally intrigued that someone who sacrificed many years and many dollars for medical training would then change her mind. But physicians, almost universally, never ask me why I left. Instead, they ask me how. They call and […]

Malaria vaccine could be approved by 2015 after successful trials

Malaria vaccine could be approved by 2015 after successful trials

Late-stage clinical trials of what could become the world’s first anti-malaria vaccine successfully protected a significant percentage of infants and young children in sub-Saharan Africa from contracting malaria up to 18 months after vaccination, leading drug company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to announce on Tuesday that it will apply for regulatory approval of the vaccine next year. […]