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August 2016


Poliomyelitis is an infectious disease that can lead to muscle weakness and paralysis.  The disease can be prevented by receiving multiple doses of the polio vaccine, but there is no known cure.  As of 2014, with the exception of sporadic cases in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, polio had been eradicated in most of the world.  In 2015, the Nigerian government announced no new cases of Polio.  However, recently the Nigerian Government reported to the WHO "that two children have been paralyzed by the disease in the northern Borno state.

National Park Service Birthday Weekend

August 25-28, 2016, is  National Park Service Birthday Weekend. Therefore the National Park Service is allowing free admission to every National Park!  With over 400 national parks across the system, they are sure to satisfy those interested in nature, culture, or history.  So far we have had volunteers roaming the woods of Yosemite, viewing the majesty of Mount Rushmore, and climbing Mount Rainier.  Do you have a favorite National Park?

     First protected in 1864,


We are constantly reminding our volunteers to apply an antiseptic to any open cut or wound they acquire. Using these medicinal agents can prevent more serious complications.  When the bones acquire an infection and subsequently inflammation, the condition is termed Osteomyelitis.  Osteomyelitis quite often begins with a small cut or breakage of the skin, and if untreated can progress into serious chronic condition.  On Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, from 8-9am PST  Dr. J.K. Gude will present a case discussion on Osteomyelitis.

World Mosquito Day

Originally published in the December 18, 1897, issue of the British Medical Journal, British doctor Sir Ronald Ross proclaimed to the world that Malaria was transmitted via a female mosquito vector now known as Anopheles.  In 1902, his discovery would make him England's first Nobel Prize winner.  World Mosquito Day, observed annually on August 20, is a commemoration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross's discovery.  #WORLDMOSQUITODAY 

"Sitting Really Can Kill You, Heart Experts Say."

The evidence continues to mount on the detriment of a sedentary lifestyle. Individuals volunteering at positions that require hours of stationary work should set a minimum goal of at least 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise according to the American Heart Association.     "Sitting Really Can Kill You, Heart Experts Say." via @nbcnews 

Castleman's Disease

Dr. Benjamin Castleman, esteemed Harvard Pathologist, described a rare medical disease characterized by the excessive production of cells within the body's disease-fighting system and was known as Castleman's Disease. Castleman's Disease is also associated with other abnormal cell-producing conditions including HIV, lymphoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, and POEMS syndrome.On Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, from 8-9am PSTKathy McCarty, RN, Chidamoyo Hospital, Zimbabwe & Drs. J.K. Gude & M.

#TalkZika 2016

The California Department of Health advises individuals traveling or making plans to go to Zika infested areas. *Talk to your doctor if you are thinking about getting pregnant.  WOMEN: If you are pregnant, do not travel to known areas with Zika. If your partner has gone to a Zika laden area, it is important to use a condom during sex throughout your pregnancy. #TalkZika #Zika 

Rift Valley Fever

The Rift Valley of Kenya, known for its breathtaking views and abundant wildlife, introduced the world to Rift Valley Fever.  On Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, from 8-9am Pacific Standard Time, Dr. James Gude will speak on "Rift Valley Fever."  

Please review the time in your international location for this ONLINE presentation.
International Times for this ONLINE Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00 AM PST 
New York- at 11:00 AM EST 
Port-au-Prince (Haiti)- at 11:00AM 

2016 Olympic Refugee Team

With the largest migration of people seen in decades, the Olympic Committee has found a way to give hope to refugees everywhere. A total of ten refugees were selected from a field of 43 candidates to make up the "2016 Olympic Refugee Team". The Olympians had previously forsaken the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC), Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Syria. At Rio2016, they will compete in athletes, swimming, and judo. Don't be surprised if this trend, "refugee teams" continues and spreads to additional internationally attended competitions.

Rio 2016 August 5-21, 2016 Let the games begin!