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May 2015

"The Neurologic Complications of Medications." on May 27, 2015

Dr. Allan Bernstein, MD is a Professor of Neurology at UC Davis and an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF. He has been involved in teaching, clinical practice, and research for over 30 years! He is also the author of more than fifty articles and book chapters. His views onhow music affect memory, we believe, is a fascinating video.
On May 27, 2015he will speak on "The Neurologic Complications of Medications." An excellent opportunity to listen and ask questions of one of the world's outstanding physicians.

Memorial Day Volunteers

Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 commemorates those that died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  It was originally named "Decoration Day," in 1868 by the Union's Grand Army of the Republic after the American Civil War.  However by the 20th century, Union and Confederate veteran holiday traditions merged and Memorial Day was established to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.  Memorial Day is also accepted as an unofficial marker designating the beginning of summer.

Venous Thromboembolism.

On May 20, 2015, from 8am to 9am Pacific Time; live from Napa Valley, California on, Dr. Gude will speak on the management of Venous Thromboembolism. This conference presents an excellent opportunity to view this presentation, in live time, and ask your questions. Please check for the time in your part of the world! 
Meeting Password: osc
Meeting ID: 676-061-757
International Times for this Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00AM PDT 
New York- at 11:00AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 

West Africa: Good and Bad News

Good and bad news surfaces as West Africa emerges from the Ebola crisis. The good news first. Within the last week, the World Health Organization(WHO) announced that Liberia was Ebola-Free while Guinea had seven cases, and Sierra Leone had two.

Leading the Health Systems and Innovation cluster at WHO, France's Dr. Marie Kieny was optimistic. At a recent news briefing in Switzerland she proclaimed: "The best news is we are going to zero cases; there is absolutely no doubt about that," she said. However having no cases of Ebola presents a huge obstacle to the development of new vaccines and therapeutic regimes against Ebola. Reportedly, in lieu of eradicating Ebola, clinical trials conducted by in part by International Pharmaceutical Giants: GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and New Link Genetics may fail to provide adequate data on a vaccine's efficacy as the number of Ebola have cases dramatically fell. 

Crisis at Sea-Modern Day Boat People

Southeast Asia is facing a humanitarian crisis not seen in recent years as thousands of refugees known as the Rohingya people are fleeing Burma, now known as Republic of the Union of Myanmar. The Boston Globe reports that the mass exodus of the long-persecuted Muslim minority was fueled by three years of attacks by the Buddist majority. In Myanmar, the Sydney Morning Herald adds that the Rohingya are denied the protections of citizenship, forbidden from marrying without government permission, and can be jailed for relations outside of wedlock.

Liberia is Ebola-Free!

Since it has been over forty-two days since the last victim of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever was buried, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia to be free of EBOLA! This announcement is an important step as the West African country begins its long journey towards normalcy. With Ebola's latest appearance, many Liberians feared using the medical facilities as they were thought to be sanctuaries for the virus. The epidemic's impact on Liberia's economy was also ...severe. Ama Egyaba Baidu-Forson, an economist at IHS Global Insight who focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, previously reported that she was decreasing her growth estimates for Liberia. Earlier she warned that prices would rise as food, and other staples became scarce and that the Liberian government could run up huge budget deficits in fighting Ebola. Some believed that multinational corporations operating in Liberia such as Canadian Overseas Petroleum, Caterpillar Inc, ExxonMobil, British Airways, Chevron, and Tawana Resources could have been exposed to temporary losses with a prolonged Ebola presence.

Nepal's Second Earthquake

Most International News Media Outlets are reporting the newest series of earthquakes rumbling through eastern Kathmandu on May 12, 2015.  The first quake, a 7.3 whopper, reportedly occurred at 12.35 p.m. (local time) in the town of Namche Bazar. According to the National Geologic Service, this is the second major earthquake, within the past three weeks directly affecting Nepal, 

According to  Google, the village ofNamche Bazaris near to Tibet and resides about 75 kilometers east of Kathmandu.

The Canadian Red Cross

 TheInternational Red Cross and Red Crescent Societiesare the parent organizations of 189 Red Cross agencies across the globe. These organizations, such as theCanadian Red Cross, not only provide blood, but they train volunteers in personal disaster assistance, emergency response team and disaster response team capacities. 
 CBC News reports that last Thursday advance members of Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team began heading to Nepalese villages outside the capital Kathmandu to evaluate the ravaged area.

Alcoholic Cirrhosis

On May 6, 2015, live from California on
Dr. Gude will speak on the pathogenesis, management and treatment ofAlcoholic Cirrhosis. This is an excellent opportunity to understand and ask your question about this disease. Please check for the time in your part of the world!

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

The Red Cross in Nepal

As the death toll from the last week's tragedy approaches 10,000, humanitarian support from various countries, organizations, and volunteers are responding the Nepal's need for help.  The Red Cross has divisions located in most countries of the world. The are working together to respond to this crisis.
     Noriko Takasaki reporting on theJapanese Red Cross Society(JRCS) writes that they arrived in the Melamchi village. The village is positioned about 25km NE of Kathmandu and is a severest stricken area.