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February 2017

Encephalitis-A Case Presentation

Encephalitis is the swelling (inflammation) of the brain.  The inflammation is caused by an infection(typically a virus) or when the immune system invades the brain by mistake(autoimmune). The symptoms of encephalitis can range from mild(flu-like symptoms) to severe(coma).  On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude and Dr. S. Kurn will present a case presentation on Encephalitis.  Please review the time in your international location for this ONLINE presentation.
International Times for this discussion:

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

In the Atlantic Magazine's article titled, "When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes," the author presents a fascinating argument on the perceived epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.  Within the piece, the author writes: "The executive told Brown that he’d felt pressured by the previous doctors and wanted more information. He was willing to try all manner of noninvasive treatments—from a strict diet to retiring from his stressful job." Read the full article more below.

The Importance of Sleep

      We frequently explain the importance of sleep, to our volunteers, before any mission.  With the arduous amounts of work expected to be performed during a medical mission, rest and a good night sleep will compliment their desire to help their fellow man.  We coined the phrase: "If you aren't working, you should be resting, napping or sleeping."
    The National Sleep Foundation(NSF) writes: "In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night.

You need your sleep!


The National Sleep Foundation writes: "In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night.  However, some individuals can function adequately after as little as six hours of sleep.  While others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours.  Many students also believe that if sleep plays such a big part in their lives, then why are they subjected to 7-8am classes?  On Wednesday, February 23, 2017, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will speak on "Sleep Medicine.

The lives of children and teens are fueled by alcohol.

In the United States fifty percent of motor vehicle accidents that claim the lives of children and teens are fueled by alcohol, the researchers noted. They also saw that areas with "tougher laws" had a 9 percent decrease in adolescent and teen crash deaths.  These came to fruition by the work put forth by politicians, community members, law enforcement, and the alcohol industry.   

But the states with the toughest policies saw a 9 percent decrease in child and teen crash deaths.

Can Vitamin D Decrease Respiratory Infections?

"Published in the February 15th edition of the British Medical Journal researchers findings support the introduction of public health measures such as food fortification to improve vitamin D status in settings where profound vitamin D deficiency is common." The scientists believe that there is preliminary evidence that suggests adequate amounts of vitamin D might help lower rates of respiratory infections. These diseases include flu, bronchitis, colds and pneumonia, theresearchers

Acute Pancreatitis on 2/15/17 from 8-9am

Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas is inflamed.  There are many causes of pancreatitis with the condition governing the treatment.  On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, from 8-9am PST Dr. J.K. Gude will speak on "Acute Pancreatitis."  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 


February is National Heart Awareness Month

So besides considering the gift for your sweetheart, schedule an appointment with your doctor.  According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute sudden cardiac arrest(SCA) occurs when the heart, suddenly and unexpectedly, stops beating.  
-Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, even those who are seemingly healthy.
-Between 300,000 and 400,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest in a non-hospital environment every year.
-SCA causes more deaths than breast cancer, colon cancer, motor vehicle accidents, and diabetes, combined.

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Dayis recognized on February 4.  The Union for International Cancer Control established this to further the work of the World Cancer Declaration in 2008. A revamped version of the declaration was released in 2013. The overarching goals of the World Cancer Declaration are to achieve major reductions in premature deaths from cancer, improvements in quality of life of cancer patients and to increase cancer survival rates.

To reach these targets, they are focused on the following measures: