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January 2016

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