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Emergency funding requested to combat the Zika Virus

The White House is requesting emergency aid to combat the spread of the Zika Virus. The proposed funding would be distributed as follows:
*$828 million for the CDC to support Zika preparedness and response capacity in areas where mosquitoes are known to transmit the virus; to improve mosquito control programs; to build virus surveillance and education efforts, and enhance laboratory capacity to test for the Zika virus
*$250 million for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support a temporary 1-year increase in Puerto Rico's Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage that would aid pregnant women at-risk of infection or diagnosed with the virus (the territory has documented recent and ongoing transmission of the virus)

Skin Infections

How many times have you heard your parent tell you to put medicine on a cut when it occurs? This advise and seeing your health care provider early can save you a lot of pain and suffering. 

Two common infections of the skin areerysipelasandcellulitis. They occur that as a result of bacteria entering the body via breaks in the skin. Both erysipelas and cellulitis are warm to the touch, red, and often swollen. Erysipelas can be thought of as a superficial skin infection while cellulitis involves the deeper dermis.

Medical Missions 2016

Dear Volunteers:

As you may be aware, our intent was to make a decision concerning upcoming medical mission dates in January 2016. However, the uptempo migration of the Zika virus has caused our organization to move our announcement to a later date. Currently, August 25, to September 5, 201​6, are dates proposed for one medical mission.  Future updates will be available online at

Intestinal Flora-The Ecosystem within us.

Pseudomembranous colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease associated with the organism C. difficle.  Many believe that this infection prevails when the normal intestinal bacteria die or is replaced by C. difficle.  A case presentation on Clostridium Difficle and Enterocolitis will be presented by Dr. Gude on February 3, 2016.  The times for the online discussion is from 8am-9am Pacific Standard Time. Please review the times for your international location.

International Times for this ONLINE Conference

Flu Season Is Here!


Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network
February 1, 2016, 0850 EST (8:50 AM EST) 
Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported
CDC urges rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high risk suspect
influenza patients without waiting for testing
Influenza activity is increasing across the country and CDC has received reports of severe influenza illness. Clinicians are reminded to treat suspected influenza in high-risk outpatients, those with progressive disease, and all hospitalized patients with antiviral medications as soon as possible, regardless of negative rapid influenza diagnostic test (RIDT) results and without waiting for RT-PCR testing results.

International Conference on Family Planning

TheInternational Conference on Family Planning(ICFP) will be held in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, January 25-28, 2016, bringing together thousands of policymakers, researchers, technical experts, and advocates from the international family planning community to share best practices, reflect upon lessons learned, and chart the course forward. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is part of the ICFP's core organizing group, and a number of their technical experts will be present at the conference to engage in the discussions on the latest successes and challenges in family planning efforts.

Seeking Asylum

Our world is witnessing one of the greatest migrations of people seen in recent history.   Due to a multitude of reasons, scores of families are being displaced from their homeland on a daily basis.  As they try to flee and resettle, these refugees are facing numerous obstacles.  The International community is currently addressing these tragedies and formulating strategies to resettle, shelter, or repatriate these migrants.  Additional information can on seeking asylum or legally immigrating can be found these International websites.

Campaign Volunteer Dies on the Campaign Trail.

Our thoughts and prayers are shared with the volunteers of every candidate for the family and friends of Texas Tech student and campaign voluteer: Braden Joplin. Braden was involved in a terrile traffic accident last Tuesday. He was air evacuated to the University of Nebraska where he will would later succumb to his injuries. 

Sodium is necessary

The balance of the electrolytes in our bodies is essential for normal functioning of our cells and our organs. Continuing our focus on electrolytes, Sodium is the major positive ion in blood.  When Sodium(Na) combines with Chloride(Cl), we have salt or NaCl. Sodium is essential in regulating the total amount of body water. 
On Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 from 8-9am Dr. Gude will speak on the importance of Sodium.
International Times for this ONLINE Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00 AM PST 

Ebola back in Sierra Leone

World News Organizations are reporting the death of a 22 year old female from Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at Magburaka District Hospital in Sierra Leone.  Medical officials at the hospital find her death concerning because she did not display the "typical symptoms" of a person infected with EVD.  

The National Coordinator of the Office of National Security,Ishmael Tarawally, stated that the victim's contacts and places visited would be investigated for additional cases of Ebola.

Potassium Disorders

Potassium is an essential nutrient used by your body to manage fluid and electrolyte balance. An excessive of potassium can cause your heart rate to decrease and possibly stop beating. While decrease levels of potassium can cause high blood pressure and fatigue. On January 13, 2016, from 8-9am PST, Dr. Gude will present a case presentation and discussion on the diagnosis and treatment of potassium disorders.

International Times for this ONLINE Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00 AM PST
New York- at 11:00 AM EST

National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month! 
However, what exactly is blood? We all know that we can become sick or even die without enough blood. Many volunteers are interested in learning about the components that constitute their donated blood.
Simply put blood is made up of four parts:
*Red Corpuscles (Red Blood Cells=RBC) Inside of these cells is hemoglobin. Hemoglobin binds oxygen from the lungs and the RBC's hemoglobin releases oxygen at the level of the tissues.
*White Corpuscles (white blood cells=WBC), primary job is to fight infections entering the body.

Am I having a heart attack?

When there is a decreased flow or stoppage of oxygen-rich blood to an area of the heart, ischemia occurs. With ischemia, the probability of a person developing a myocardial infarction(heart attack) increases significantly. Typically when confronted with this disorder a person may experience severe chest pain, shortness of breath, and sweat profusely. On January 6, 2016, from 8-9am PST, Dr. Gude will present a case discussion on Acute Myocardial Infarction without the use of cardiac catheterization.

Why am I hungry?

People around the globe have asked, why are people hungry when there appears to be such an abundance of food resources in industrialized countries?  Many suggest a new thought pattern should emerge.  One that promotes the belief that all poverty should and can be eliminated, that no person should be hungry, and that everyone should have the right to feel safe. ‪#‎hunger‬  ‪#‎newyears‬