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September 2016

World Rabies Day

Today is World Rabies Day! Thus we are increasing the public's awareness of the disease. The Global Alliance for Rabies Control writes: "Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted through the saliva or tissues from the nervous system from an infected mammal to another mammal, usually through a bite.

Needless deaths
It is currently responsible for an estimated 59,000 human deaths a year, almost all transmitted via dog bites. Up to 60% of all rabies deaths are children under the age of 15.

Fava beans and glucose-6-dehydrogenase(G6DP)

Those delicious fava beans!  Complimentary to many world recipes because of their distinct flavor and texture, fava beans are native to North Africa and Asia and can be found just about everywhere.  While called a bean, fava beans are actualities peas.  Fava beans are also some of the oldest plants farmed dating back to the Middle East some 8000 years ago.  In parts of the world, some individuals have a deficiency of the enzyme glucose-6-dehydrogenase(G6DP).  This catalyst is crucial for the production of red blood cells.

Get your physical activity!

Volunteers here is yet another study to demonstrate what many of us already know, being inactive as a teen is like to lead to being sluggish as an adult. This is without mentioning the health risks associated with an inactive sedentary lifestyle. U.S. high school kids engaged in low levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and that trend continued into adulthood, according to a national cohort-based study.

Poster from North Dakota State University

September 26-30, is National Health IT Week 2016

This week, September 26-30, is National Health IT Week 2016. From the “During National Health IT Week, we recommit ourselves to improving the health of our citizenry using the breakthrough technologies of our time and reaching for the next frontier of innovation...Because of our collective efforts, 97 percent of our Nation’s hospitals and three-quarters of doctors are using electronic records to care for their patients…These efforts help advance our Administration’s goal of fostering the seamless and secure flow of electronic health information when and where it is needed most. Though there is more to be done to realize a healthcare system that fits each of our needs, I am confident that if we continue working together, we can build a future of greater health and prosperity for coming generations.” #AskAvaility #NHITWeek

International Peace Day

"Peace occurs between various individuals, groups and entities and is characterized by a lack of conflict and freedom from the threat of violence.  Recognized as the absence of hostility, peace often requires compromise and therefore is initiated with careful listening and communication to enhance and create mutual understanding."

Perioperative Medicine 9/21/16 8-9am PST

Many readers that have had a surgical procedure or may have surgery in the future have inquired about the operative risks and medical process for their procedure.   On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, from 8-9am PST  Dr. J.K. Gude will present a case discussion on Perioperative Medicine.  
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 

Canada's New Plan on the war on drugs

In an unprecedented attempt to curve drug overdosing and disease spreading from "contaminated needles," Canada has unveiled a plan to allow people addicted to heroin to visit a clinic for "treatment." 
Crosstown Medical Clinicin Vancouver, Canada is expanding a program that allows heroin users to frequent their facility to inject pure heroin.  Here is how it works: When a patient visits the clinic, they are fully evaluated by a physician-led-team. Patients that are "treatment-resistant" are then prescribed pharmaceutical-grade heroin.

Aspiration Pneumonia

When foreign materials pass through the glottis into the lungs pneumonia may develop.  The origin of the substances aspirated, mouth vs. stomach, will determine the course of treatment.  On Wednesday, September 13, 2016, from 8-9am PST  Dr. J.K. Gude will present a case discussion on Aspiration Pneumonia.  
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 

Leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality

According to the CDC, "preterm birth (delivery before 37 weeks and 0/7 days of gestation) is a leading cause of infant morbidity and mortality in the United States. In 2013, 11.4% of the nearly 4 million U.S. live births were preterm; however, 36% of the 8,470 infant deaths were attributed to preterm birth".

Sintomas Del Zika

A medida que la propagación de la enfermedad por el virus Zika se intensifica en los Estados Unidos, la incertidumbre que rodea a este virus se está volviendo cada vez más evidente. Además de los defectos fetales graves (particularmente microcefalia) asociadas a la infección de la madre, el hecho de que el virus Zika puede ser transmitido sexualmente añade a la creciente preocupación entre las autoridades de salud pública.