April 28, 2014

How to Contain An Ebola Disease Outbreak

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CAN AN EBOLA OUTBREAK BE CONTAINED?

EBOLA has been in the news for awhile now. As of April 14th the virus had infected 168 people in Guinea, West Africa, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). At least 108 had died.

April 26, 2014

No More IMGs for Residency Training Programs in the USA After 2015

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NO RESIDENCY TRAINING FOR IMGs AFTER 2015 - JAMA

By 2015, the number of graduates from US medical schools is expected to surpass the number of positions in residency programs. Going with the trend of preference by US Residency Programs given to US Medical Graduates, it will become nearly impossible for IMGs to get into US GME Programs.

April 19, 2014

Marijuana Use May Cause Structural Brain Abnormalilities

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CANNABIS USE ASSOCIATED WITH BRAIN ABNORMALITIES

Marijuana (aka cannabis, pot, etc) is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States and many other countries of the world. A new study shows that those who use it only for recreational purposes may develop significant structural abnormalities in the brain.

April 17, 2014

Ebola Disease Outbreak in West Africa Is By New Strain of Virus

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RECENT EBOLA OUTBREAK BY A NEW VIRUS STRAIN - study

An Ebola outbreak blamed for 135 deaths in West Africa in the past month was not imported from Central Africa but caused by a new strain of the disease, researchers reported in a recent study, thus raising the specter of further regional epidemics.

WHO Guideline on Hepatitis C treatment

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GUIDELINE ON HEPATITIS C TREATMENT

The World Health Organization, WHO, had last week on the 9th of April, 2014; issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350 000 to 500 000 deaths a year.

April 12, 2014

Outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Guinea and Liberia

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UPDATE: EBOLA HEMORRHAGIC FEVER OUTBREAK

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea reported 157 probable and suspect cases of Ebola virus infection, including 101 deaths on April 10, 2014. Of these suspect cases, 66 have been laboratory confirmed positive cases of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF).

April 09, 2014

Ebola outbreak in West Africa among 'most challenging' - WHO

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West Africa's Ebola outbreak is among the "most challenging" ever to strike since the disease emerged four decades ago, the WHO said, as the suspected death toll from the virus hit 111.