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December 2016

NORAD tracks Santa's Journey

The good people of NORAD have their satellites and observatory tracking Santa Claus as he travels the earth bringing goodwill through delivering toys and presents to boys and girls. Merry Christmas

Deaths from Fentanyl Overdose Doubled

For those working to help others overcome their addiction to drugs and alcohol, the battle has escalated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report that deaths from the painkiller fentanyl have doubled from 2013 to 2014.

Obesity in Adults

The World Health Organization states that "65% of the world's population live in a country where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight. This includes all high-income and middle-income countries. Globally, 44% of diabetes, 23% of ischemic heart disease and 7–41% of certain cancers are attributable to overweight and obesity."  On Wednesday,  December 21, 2016, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will speak on Obesity in Adults.  Please review the time in your international location for this ONLINE presentation.

Heimlich Maneuver

Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, Famous for Antichoking Technique, Dies at 96

Working in healthcare is still rewarding!

Volunteers still interested in healthcare I applaud your decision and determination. There aren't too many professions where you can make both a living and a difference in the lives of another human being on a daily basis. While the high-stress levels and physician/nursing/student burnout rates(PBS) may deter some of you from graduating and/or working in a field of healthcare, let me assure you that the rewards you will receive when your patient opens their eyes to see that your surgical team healed their problem is priceless.

Movement Disorders in Medicine

Movement Disorders in Medicine vary by pathology and on some instances the cause remains unknown. On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will speak on Movement Disorders in Medicine.  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 
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)- at 12:00pmBRT 
London (UK)- at 4:00 PM BST 

E-Cigarette use among teens and adolescences

Today the US Surgeon General has given one of his stiffest warnings concerning the use of E-Cigarettes among teens and adolescences.  Since 2010, the US has witnessed the rise in popularity of E-Cigarettes. The use of these products by youths and young adults has propelled past the use of hookahs, cigarettes, and chewing tobacco products. What do we know about these products?  One thing we know is that these products utilize nicotine. The deleterious effects of nicotine use have been long known in the medical community.

Physician Burnout Syndrome

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Are you suffering from PBS?  This neologism is drawing much attention throughout the medical community.  PBS or "Physician Burnout Syndrome" is characterized by an acquired low energy, decreased motivation, and/or loss of enthusiasm towards the medical profession.  This term can also be applied to students in the healthcare field.   Researchers at the University of Manchester and the University of Southampton have found that current approaches to dealing with burnout in doctors on an individual case–by–case basis is not adequate and PBS should instead be undertaken with organisation–wide initiatives. 

Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse

The CDC states excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.  On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will discuss Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse.  Please review the time in your international location for this presentation.
International Times for this ONLINE Conference
San Francisco- at 8:00 AM PST 

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is December 1, 2016. Together we can win! #AIDS#AIDSDay #AIDS2016 #AIDSFreeGen AIDS.govov CDC Global