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The Fall Edition of the 2014 Journal of the Student National Medical Association is here!

The Fall Edition of the 2014 Journal of the Student National Medical Association is here!

To read the PDF format of the Fall 2014 edition of the Journal of the Student National Medical Association (JSNMA) in its entirety, please click on the following link: Click here for the Fall 2014 JSNMA edition

Genes May Determine Body Weight by Shaping Gut Bacteria

On November 6, 2014, Robert Preidt of Health Day reported that a new study found a link between body weight and genetics. The study shows that genes may determine gut bacteria thus influencing body weight. To learn more, click here.

Stanford engineers develop tiny, sound-powered chip to serve as medical device

On October 15, 2014, Jared Tom Abate of Stanford News reported that Stanford engineers have developed an ultrasound powered medical device that would be implanted in patients to “monitor biological processes and deliver pinpoint therapies to treat illness or relieve pain.” To learn more, click here.

Water on Earth predates the solar system, and even the sun

On September 26, 2014, Deborah Netburn of The Los Angeles Times reported that new research shows that water on Earth may predate both the sun and the solar system. To learn more, click here.

Circumcision Does Cut HIV Risk in Africa

On July 21, 2014, The Daily Beast reported new research which suggests that the notion that increase circumcision in males could possibly encourage sexual risk practices is flawed. Though studies have shown reduction of contracting HIV by as much as 60 percent, there was a sense of fear by some that it could possibly give the wrong […]

Winter 2013-14 JSNMA is here!!! -  Humanism in Medicine edition

Winter 2013-14 JSNMA is here!!! – Humanism in Medicine edition

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year! There is much to celebrate and reflect on for this season: being thankful, being generous, celebrating family traditions, and embracing the new year. This season is also an opportunity to reflect on what it means to have humanism in medicine. William Osler stated: “Let us know what kinds of people have a […]

HPV Vaccines May Be Less Effective for Black Women: Study

HPV Vaccines May Be Less Effective for Black Women: Study

Black women may get less protection than whites from the vaccines recommended for preventing human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer, a new study suggests. The currently available vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, don’t target the types of HPV infection found most often in black women, the study authors said. Experts have long believed that most […]

UM researchers take new view in understanding metastatic breast cancer

UM researchers take new view in understanding metastatic breast cancer

Breast cancer kills when rogue tumor cells spread through the bloodstream, squeezing through microscopic gaps to inundate organs until they fail. But what if that spread could be prevented, the cells left free-floating to be crushed in capillaries or to self-destruct instead? A team of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, joined by entrepreneurs and […]

To Halt AIDS, Stop Brief Risk Counseling and Concentrate on Testing, National Study Finds

To Halt AIDS, Stop Brief Risk Counseling and Concentrate on Testing, National Study Finds

For decades, people seeking an HIV test have been counseled on realistic and achievable steps they could take to avoid infection. But a national study led by Miller School investigators has determined that, given the rapid HIV tests available today, the resources devoted to pre-test counseling would be better spent on universal testing that could detect more HIV cases earlier, and […]

After Breast Cancer Surgery, Patient Assistance Programs Can Help

After Breast Cancer Surgery, Patient Assistance Programs Can Help

Patient assistance programs make it more likely that breast cancer patients will get additional treatments after they have surgery, and receive other kinds of support, a new study finds. These recommended additional — or “adjuvant” — therapies include radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal treatments. “Doctors have been frustrated by data showing that perhaps as many as […]