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Stroke Syndrome 10/21/16 @8-9am
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It's flu season!!!!!

Many, if not most positions that bring volunteers into contact with scores of people require their volunteers to either wear a mask covering the mouth and nose or to get a flu shot.  If you elect not to receive a flu shot, do your best to protect others from the flu.

"The CDC estimates that from the 1976-1977 season to the 2006-2007 flu season, flu-associated deaths ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. Death certificate data and weekly influenza virus surveillance information was used to estimate how many flu-related deaths occurred among people whose underlying cause of death was listed as a respiratory or circulatory disease on their death certificate.

Stroke Syndrome 10/21/16 @8-9am

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A cerebrovascular accident(CVA) or more commonly known as stroke is due to a lack of oxygen-carrying blood to an area of the brain.  The signs and symptoms of a stroke are principally related to the region of the brain that is affected.  On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 8-9am PST  Dr. Finomo Oram Finomo from the Federal Medical Center-Yenagoa, Nigeria and Dr. Alan Bernstein Clinical Professor of Neurology at UCD will speak on Stroke Syndromes.

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Global Handwashing Day

Today is Global Handwashing Day!  Around our planet, many are bringing awareness to the importance of washing your hands with soap. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) works with their partners in an efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths. They display the following facts on handwashing:

*Millions of children under the age of 5 years die from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia. 

*Handwashing with soap could prevent about 1 out of every 3 episodes of diarrheal illnesses and almost 1 out of 6 episodes of respiratory infections like pneumonia.

CDC warns of a potential risk during cardiac surgery

A 3T heater-cooler pictured above(photo by CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising hospitals to notify patients who underwent open-heart (open-chest) surgery involving a 3T heater-cooler that the device was potentially contaminated, possibly putting patients at risk for a life threatening infection.  New information indicates that these devices were likely contaminated with the rare bacteriaMycobacterium chimaeraduring manufacturing.  Hospitals should advise potentially exposed patients to seek medical care if they are experiencing symptoms such as night sweats, muscle aches, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, or unexplained fever.

International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2016, is celebrated as International Day of the Girl.  This year's theme is: Girls' Progress = Goals' Progress: What Counts for Girls.   International Day of the Girl supports more opportunity for girls and increased awareness of gender inequality faced by all girls.  These disparities include, but are not limited to discrimination, access to education, gender-based violence, and forced child marriage. 

Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been celebrated on second Monday in October since 1957.   It is an opportunity for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other good fortunes.   Originally the indigenous peoples of the Americas held ceremonies and festivals to commemorate the completion and bounty of the season long before European explorers and settlers arrived in what is now known as Canada.  Early European thanksgivings were held to give thanks for some exceptional fortune. 

Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome(ARDS) 
ARDS is an inflammatory complex initiated by entities such as sepsis, severe infection, multiple blood transfusions, trauma, or pneumonia.  The hallmark characteristics of ARDS lies in its acute onset and difficulty in gas exchange within the lungs of the affected person.  The mortality of ARDS is high, in some cases, greater than 20% of patients succumb to the syndrome.   On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, from 8-9am PST  Dr. J.K. Gude will present a case discussion on ARDS.

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day! First celebrated in 1992, on this day the world turns its attention to Mental Illnesses and its effects on the individual, their family and friends, and society in general. The goal is to promote mental health education, increase awareness, and to demystify mental health disorders. #mentalhealth 

Causes of Antibiotic Resistance

The World Health Organization shared the causes of antibiotic resistance. This phenomenon is becoming problematic in that many researchers are concerned with the increasing number of micro-organisms that were once susceptible to broad septum antibiotics and now are resistance. 

October 8, 2016 UCDavis 14th Pre-Health Conference

This year's theme is "Many Paths, One Goal: Uniting Our Future Health Professionals." UC Davis' HPA plans to bring many health professionals and admissions representatives on their campus to both motivate and educate students on their path to a health profession. In addition to many hands-on workshops, they will have a large fair, featuring hundreds of health professions schools.