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Volunteering: The Heart of America

Volunteering: The Heart of America
"Volunteers have impacted humanity and economic development on a global scale. Organizations such as the Peace Corps, Volunteer Match, AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity and United We Serve, United Way, Doctors without Borders, Boys&Girls Clubs, and Volunteers4Humanity provide a platform for volunteers to expand their outreach even more. If you are passionate about helping others and advocating for a cause, a career in social work may be the perfect fit for you.

International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day(IWD) is observed on March 8th, 2017.  IWD is celebrated across the globe and brings attention to the cultural, economic, financial, literary, political, and social achievements of women. #BEBOLDFORCHANGE.  

Volunteers4Humanity has witnessed the need for gynecologic and obstetric care in third world areas. Our continued International Women's Day Pledge is to provide medical education, medical training in the use of advanced surgical methods, and dental hygiene.


The term jaundice is used to describe an acquired yellowish or greenish hue of the skin. Jaundice is a sign that has many different causes ranging from mild to fatal. On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will hold a case presentation and discussion on Jaundice. 
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

Medical Assistants

Volunteers, are you looking to kick start a career in healthcare, but you want to do something with a less traditional path to a vocation? Maybe training as a medical assistant could answer both your medical questions and quell your concerns about this field of medicine?

The Medical Board of California provide information to obtain your medical assistance status. One process is to train without certification, and the other is to train with certification. Below we list the essence of training for a medical assistant position as denoted by the Medical Board.

Encephalitis-A Case Presentation

Encephalitis is the swelling (inflammation) of the brain.  The inflammation is caused by an infection(typically a virus) or when the immune system invades the brain by mistake(autoimmune). The symptoms of encephalitis can range from mild(flu-like symptoms) to severe(coma).  On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude and Dr. S. Kurn will present a case presentation on Encephalitis.  Please review the time in your international location for this ONLINE presentation.
International Times for this discussion:

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

In the Atlantic Magazine's article titled, "When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes," the author presents a fascinating argument on the perceived epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.  Within the piece, the author writes: "The executive told Brown that he’d felt pressured by the previous doctors and wanted more information. He was willing to try all manner of noninvasive treatments—from a strict diet to retiring from his stressful job." Read the full article more below.

The Importance of Sleep

      We frequently explain the importance of sleep, to our volunteers, before any mission.  With the arduous amounts of work expected to be performed during a medical mission, rest and a good night sleep will compliment their desire to help their fellow man.  We coined the phrase: "If you aren't working, you should be resting, napping or sleeping."
    The National Sleep Foundation(NSF) writes: "In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night.

You need your sleep!


The National Sleep Foundation writes: "In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night.  However, some individuals can function adequately after as little as six hours of sleep.  While others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours.  Many students also believe that if sleep plays such a big part in their lives, then why are they subjected to 7-8am classes?  On Wednesday, February 23, 2017, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will speak on "Sleep Medicine.

The lives of children and teens are fueled by alcohol.

In the United States fifty percent of motor vehicle accidents that claim the lives of children and teens are fueled by alcohol, the researchers noted. They also saw that areas with "tougher laws" had a 9 percent decrease in adolescent and teen crash deaths.  These came to fruition by the work put forth by politicians, community members, law enforcement, and the alcohol industry.   

But the states with the toughest policies saw a 9 percent decrease in child and teen crash deaths.

Can Vitamin D Decrease Respiratory Infections?

"Published in the February 15th edition of the British Medical Journal researchers findings support the introduction of public health measures such as food fortification to improve vitamin D status in settings where profound vitamin D deficiency is common." The scientists believe that there is preliminary evidence that suggests adequate amounts of vitamin D might help lower rates of respiratory infections. These diseases include flu, bronchitis, colds and pneumonia, theresearchers