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Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria is Another Crisis Worth Preventing


MRSA Antibiotic Resistance in the United States

Although a majority of MRSA cases are still limited to hospitals and intensive care units, it has become apparent that MRSA is expanding out into
communities and has become a larger public 
health crisis.


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National Minority Health Month: Bridging the Divide in Health Equity

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[[wysiwyg_imageupload:200:]]In April 1915, Dr. Booker T. Washington sent a call to action, via prominent African American newspapers, calling on local health departments, schools, churches, businesses, professional associations, and the most influential organizations in the African American community to "pull together" and "unite… in one great National Health Movement” to be called "National Negro Health Week." Washington thought health was critical to progress and equity in all other things, stating, "Without health and long life, all else fails." Today, his vision has transformed into National Minority Health Month, celebrated every April.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health and the National Minority Quality Forum partner in April to distribute materials and organize events and activities throughout the U.S.

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Health-E Minds Series: Healthcare Providers and Technology - Top Statistics of 2014


Top 13 Statistics on How Doctors Use Technology

A few weeks ago, I experienced a medical
emergency and saw a nurse [[wysiwyg_imageupload:187:]]practitioner. During our appointment, I was surprised to see her using an iPhone to look up information. With just a few taps on the screen of the same device I use to check my email and listen to music, she made decisions about my medical care.

Seeing my nurse practitioner use her mobile device during my appointment made me curious to how health care providers use technology. After researching the topic, I found out that providers’ use of digital technologies extends far beyond the point of patient care. Tools such as search engines, mobile devices, online video and social media platforms have an enormous impact on healthcare providers learn, share and connect with patients in clinical practices. Read full post »

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When Definitions Change: Autism and the DSM-5

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Autism does not look the same from one person[[wysiwyg_imageupload:181:]]
to the next. 

It is unique in each diagnosis, showcasing different challenges and attributes for all. Along the autism spectrum, people share a wide range of developmental and social abilities, which poses challenges when defining and diagnosing autism. This past week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new findings that report a staggering one in every 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The community understandably has concerns about the updated statistics. However, the inconsistencies with diagnosing – and misdiagnosing – autism led to the American Psychiatric Association fifth edition update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM-5) in 2013.

What’s new in the DSM? Read full post »

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Looking Beyond the Facts: The Hard Truth about Heart Health among Women

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“Certainly, understanding of one's risk for any disease must be anchored in facts. But if we want our facts to translate into better health, we may need to start talking more about our feelings.” -- Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D. (Cardiology), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

March is Women’s History Month, 31 days
dedicated to commemorating female [[wysiwyg_imageupload:180:]]leaders, innovators and those who defied conventionality to get ahead. As we honor the history of strong-hearted women, it is important to also take a deeper look at the history of our heart health.

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that heart disease has been the leading cause of death among Americans since the 1930’s. In 1984, more women than men died of heart disease, and for 20 years this statistic has remained the same. Read full post »