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Headaches in Adults
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Headaches in Adults

Recently I was asked about the differences between migraines and headaches and if healthcare providers can alleviate factors that may precipitate the onset of "head pain."  On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will speak on Headaches in Adults.  This head strong discussion might provide the answers you seek concerning entities that precipitate your head pain.  Please review the time in your international location for this cerebral presentation.
International Times for this discussion include:

FDA warns Pregnant women on the health affect by Anesthesia

Many in our volunteer family are in their childbearing years.  It is estimated that 1–2% of pregnant women will require anesthesia during their pregnancy for surgeries such a gallbladder removal, appendicitis, or for trauma unrelated to the delivery. 
The FDA has just released a controversial warning on anesthetic and sedative use in Pregnant Women and children.  The repeated or lengthy (>3 hours) use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs during surgeries or procedures in children younger than three years or in pregnant women in the third trimester may affect the child's developing brain, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned today in a Safety Communication.  As a result, the FDA is requiring warnings to be added to the labels of general anesthetic and sedation drugs. No particular anesthetic or sedation drug has been shown to be safer than any other, the FDA notes.  The full article is available:

Severe Sepsis and Shock

Sepsis is a serious medical condition that results when your body's immune system is activated against a pathogen. However, its response to the infection injures your cells and tissues.  On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will speak on Severe Sepsis and Shock.  Please review the time in your international location for this ONLINE presentation.
International Times for this discussion:
San Francisco- at 8:00 AM PST 
New York- at 11:00 AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 

Choosing a Medical Specialty

Many of you visiting our webpage have an interest in a field of healthcare.  One of the questions that we answer on weekly , if not daily basis , is what career should you choose? Today we share a letter written by Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH on choosing psychiatry as a profession. 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, is a kind of illness characterized by progressively inadequate lung airflow. COPD is divided into two entities: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. According to, in the USA 15 million people have been diagnosed with COPD and another 12 million undiagnosed. The World Health Organization estimated that about 3 million deaths, across the globe, were caused by the disease in 2015 (that is, 5% of all deaths globally in that year)! It is important to note that many cases of COPD are preventable(cessation of cigarette smoking).

Happy New Year!

Volunteers4Humanity wishes you the best of 2017! Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @Volunteers4U #NewYearsEve #NewYearsHonours #nye2016 #NewYearsResolution

NORAD tracks Santa's Journey

The good people of NORAD have their satellites and observatory tracking Santa Claus as he travels the earth bringing goodwill through delivering toys and presents to boys and girls. Merry Christmas

Deaths from Fentanyl Overdose Doubled

For those working to help others overcome their addiction to drugs and alcohol, the battle has escalated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report that deaths from the painkiller fentanyl have doubled from 2013 to 2014.

Obesity in Adults

The World Health Organization states that "65% of the world's population live in a country where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. This includes all high-income and middle-income countries. Globally, 44% of diabetes, 23% of ischemic heart disease and 7–41% of certain cancers are attributable to overweight and obesity."  On Wednesday,  December 21, 2016, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will speak on Obesity in Adults.  Please review the time in your international location for this ONLINE presentation.

Heimlich Maneuver

Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, Famous for Antichoking Technique, Dies at 96