Blood Donor making a donation

Celebrating National Blood Donor Month

  In addition to being Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, January is also National Blood Donor Month. 2020 marks 50 years of calling individuals to celebrate by volunteering their time and, themselves, literally, by donating blood. January is a difficult time for those in need of blood transfusions. Routine blood donors shy away from making donations […]

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Flu Season: Don’t Forget Your Vaccination!

Fall marks the end of many things in the northern hemisphere. It means the end of summer, the end of warmer weather and long days, the end of vacation season and school breaks. For flu season, however, fall marks the beginning of an eight-month stretch that is plagued with fevers, a constantly running nose, and […]

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What Exactly is Hospital Medicine?

Two decades ago hospital medicine was practically nonexistent. In fact, it wasn’t until 2005 that the term “hospitalist” was finally included in the Merriam Webster Dictionary. The position, which focuses on getting hospital bound patients ready for lives outside the revolving doors, requires a pool of diverse, but general, knowledge. Some hospitalists cater to a […]

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Forest Fires Put Human Health on the Burner

Over the last week, news outlets have been engulfed in images of smokey, burning trees with headlines surrounding the forest fires in Brazil. These fires, a result of over logging, animal agriculture, and premature forest clearing, are out of control and burning up 80 percent more of the Amazon than those set the year prior. […]

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Traveler in airport practicing good methods to stay health while traveling

Four Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling Abroad

  Before a trip you plan everything; what to wear, where to stay, what to see, but very rarely do you plan to get sick. Despite this, many people have found themselves ill in another country. While some illnesses are inevitable, many of the ones incurred while traveling can be avoided entirely by following a […]

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Lifestyle Medicine

Physicians and Lifestyle Medicine

A Shift Toward Lifestyle Medicine  The past few years, medical care in the U.S. shifted to focus more on lifestyle medicine. With more research showing a link between lifestyle factors and serious medical conditions, physicians urge patients to practice healthier lifestyles by promoting a healthy diet and quitting smoking.   There is mounting research on the negative effects of lifestyle factors […]

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World Health Day Globe

World Health Day 2019

World Health Day 2019: A Quest for Universal Healthcare Today, Sunday, April 7, is World Health Day. This annual day of awareness in the healthcare industry, founded in 1948, is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO). As a sector of the United Nations, the goal of WHO is to improve public health across the […]

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City of Chicago

Historic Surgery in Chicago

Back-to-Back, Triple-Organ Transplants In December 2018, the first back-to-back, triple-organ transplants were performed in U.S. surgical history at the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Both surgeries involved 29-year-old patients in need of heart, liver, and kidney transplants. The surgeries took over seventeen and twenty hours. It was the first time a hospital has performed such complex […]

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Physician Social Media Engagement in 2018

What Got Physicians Talking in 2018

At the end of 2018, the American Medical Association compiled a list of the most popular topics on social media for physicians and patients. Check out what was liked, loved and shared the most between physicians of the United States: 1. Physician Burnout An AMA Facebook post highlighted a survey detailing the prevalence of physician burnout […]

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Medical Students Interact with End-of-Life Patients

Interacting With the Gravely Ill

End-of-life care is a necessary part of a physician’s career, but medical students aren’t taught how to find out the wishes of dying patients and how to work that into their care plans. For many students, talking about such care can be intimidating. As such, the University of Massachusetts Medical School launched a training program […]

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