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The Zika Virus and Autoimmune Disorders

The CDC announced the first U.S. Zika-related death.   In Puerto Rico, Reuters reports that a 70 y/o patient had developed a known Zika complication: immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).   ITP is an autoimmune disorder; the immune system attacks the patient's platelets, which causes an increased tendency to bleed and typically produces a characteristic rash.  

The Zika virus is also thought to be associated with Guillain-Barre(GB).  Guillain-Barre is a rare autoimmune neurological syndrome that causes an "ascending paralysis".

World Immunization Week is April 24-30, 2016

World Immunization Week  is recognized during the last week of April. The goals of this declaration are to educate and promote the use of safe vaccinations. Annually, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), proclaim that immunization save millions of lives worldwide. Furthermore, being immunized is globally recognized as one of the most fruitful and cost-efficient health interventions.

According to WHO's "Close the immunization gap" campaign, "the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) has the ambitious goal of reaching universal coverage with vaccines worldwide by 2020!" #immunization #immunizations #vaccination #vaccine #World Immunization Week #closethegap2016 @WHO @CDC @worldimmunizationweek2016

Anticogulation Therapy

Many volunteers across the planet are prescribed anticoagulants for the prevention of several disease entities including; thromboembolism (blood clots), in patients with atrial fibrillation, or in patients with coronary stents placed into their coronary arteries to enhance the circulation of blood to heart muscle.  

On Apil 27, 2016 Dr. Gude will present the role of anticoagulation in three separate cases. The times for this exciting online talk is from 8-9am Pacific Standard Time.   Please review the times in your international location.

World Malaria Day

On April 25, we commemorate our progress toward a world without malaria. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will present the President's Malaria Initiative(PMI). The US government's public announcement provides an online link that describes the U.S. Government's contributions to the global fight against malaria.

EARTH DAY-April 22

This is the official Earth Day Flag.  Many of you will recognize this iconic image as being taken during the  Apollo 17 mission.

After witnessing the tragic 1969 oil spill  that created an environmental calamity in Santa Barbara, California, US Senator Gaylord Nelsonproposed a day to reflect on measures to protect life and our fragile environment.  This day would be officially known as "Earth Day".
Earth Day was first celebrated as a national holiday in the United States in 1970.

Burnout Index: Comparing Physicians & U.S. Workers

In the United States, a recent study from the Mayo Clinic showed that in 2011, 45.5% of doctors reported that they felt burned out, and that number has now risen to 54.4% in 2014. This trend of healthcare professional burnout appears to be multifaceted.  Art Caplan from the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center believes that we've got a problem and it needs to be addressed. 

Addison's Disease

Addison’s disease is potentially a life threatening condition in which adrenal glands slows production of  hormones.  Some of the change a person with Addison's will experience are listed below.   On Wednesday,April 13, 2016 from 8:00-9:00am         Dr. Gude will present an online discussion on  this disorder.

Symptoms include:
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Craving for salt
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and decreased appetite

Happy National Volunteer Week!

 National Volunteer Week is week long celebration promoting volunteerism.  It is an annually celebrated event in the USA and Canada during the month of April. The Alliance for Safe Kids state that there are 62 million Americans who donate almost 8 billion hours of their time each year to causes that are close to their hearts!  This year's festivities will commence between April 10-16, 2016. VOLUNTEERS ROCK! 

Happy Doctor's Day!

According to the ABA, "Doctors' Day was first observed in 1933 to honor the initial use of general anesthesia in a surgical procedure.  In 1958, the United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors' Day on March 30, which was later signed into effect by President George H. W. Bush".

On his day let a physician know that they are special people.

"All Things Influenza."

On Wednesday, March 20, 2016, Dr. James Gude, Clinical Professor at UCSF, will speak on "All Things Influenza." The times for this exciting online talk is from 8-9am Pacific Standard Time. Please review the times in your international location.

International Times for this ONLINE Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00 AM PST 
New York- at 11:00 AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)- at 12:00pmBRT 
London (UK)- at 4:00 PM BST 
Lagos (Nigeria)- at 4:00 PM WAT