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Post date: Fri, 08/12/2016 - 11:58

First effort to use mobile phones to change diabetes risk behaviors across vast, diverse country.

CHICAGO --- A study that sent twice-weekly text messages to a million people in India advising them to exercise, eat less fat, and eat more fruits and vegetables increased these health behaviors known to prevent diabetes, reports new research from Northwestern Medicine and Arogya World, a global health non-profit organization.

This effort is the first to use the power and reach of mobile phones to change diabetes risk behaviors in a large number of people from different parts of a vast country like India. It has implications for diabetes prevention in low and middle-income countries.

Post date: Wed, 08/10/2016 - 11:33

When Marissa Boeck, MD, MPH, chose to spend a year doing research during her general surgery residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, she chose to work under the mentorship of Mamta Swaroop, MD, assistant professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care, working on furthering the development of Bolivia’s trauma and emergency response system.

Boeck helped develop a hospital-based trauma registry for injury surveillance, to serve as a foundation for future injury prevention strategies and to improve the safety and quality of healthcare delivered. Boeck said she hopes the project, part of the Northwestern Trauma and Surgical Initiative, will strengthen Bolivia’s existing emergency response and trauma system.

Post date: Wed, 08/10/2016 - 11:23

Chicago is no stranger to hosting world-class events and festivals. What many participants and fans don’t think about as they enjoy themselves is the world-class team behind the scenes that is prepared for any type of unexpected situation such as extreme weather or other safety threats.  

George Chiampas, DO, FACEP, CAQSM, assistant professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is involved with international organizations that focus on medical coverage for mass participation events, specifically marathons.

Dr. Chiampas is the medical director for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and his preparedness plan has been used as a model for other large-scale events around Chicago. His best practices are infused with international learnings from organizations such as the International Institute for Race Medicine and the Abbott World Marathon Majors.

Post date: Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:49

Global health volunteerism is a big business driven by trained professionals, aspiring doctors and do-gooders without any medical training. Researchers estimate volunteers from the United States alone account for roughly $1 billion worth of unpaid labour.  In sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization says volunteers provide 40 percent of the health services in that region. There are rarely out of pocket expenses related to the care, so what is the cost to the patient? In many cases, volunteers lack proper training and fail to set up provisions for long-term or post-operative care. A survey by the Center for Medical Missions found one in five of its volunteer doctors had been sued over work they had done in the field. And almost all of the respondents thought they would be involved in negligent suits within the next five years. On Monday, at 19:30 GMT, we’ll examine the ethics of global health volunteerism and look at what some countries, including Kenya and Tanzania, are doing to protect their people.

From Al Jazeera

Post date: Thu, 07/14/2016 - 13:54

David Shapiro, a third-year Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine student, worked with Northwestern law and business students to address issues facing slum communities in Lagos, Nigeria, and traveled there this spring to implement a sustainable project as part of the multidisciplinary course Health and Human Rights.

Post date: Fri, 06/03/2016 - 12:04

Medical students—and even undergrads—who volunteer abroad are often tasked with procedures they aren’t qualified to perform.

In 2008, NFL player Tim Tebow traveled to a Philippines orphanage run by his father Bob’s ministry. But while he was there he did more than regular missionary work—by the end of his trip, he was sporting rubber gloves and a mask while assisting with circumcisions, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Post date: Tue, 04/19/2016 - 15:11

Whether young people care about their health and pay attention to public health campaigns is at the heart of a health communication study being carried out by Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), in collaboration with other researchers in Qatar and the U.S.

The study, ‘Qatari adolescents: How do they use digital technologies for health information and health monitoring?,’ which received a $300,000 grant from the Qatar National Research Fund in March examines how Qatari youth from 13 to 18 years of age acquire and evaluate information about health issues of all kinds. The study probes into what is known about young people’s specific health concerns and conditions, as well as how they use technology to acquire and share such information.

Post date: Fri, 04/01/2016 - 10:47

Isaac Adewole, MBBS, adjunct professor of Medicine and a native of Nigeria, has been sworn in as the African country’s minister of health.

Formerly vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan, the first medical school in Nigeria, Dr. Adewole has collaborated with faculty in Feinberg’s Center for Global Health on several studies supported by the National Institutes of Health. Since 2010, he has been a principal investigator of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, a consortium that includes Feinberg that was developed to transform medical education at the six leading medical schools in Nigeria.

Dr. Adewole has served as a physician and professor of obstetrics and gynecology for several decades in Nigeria. Through his research, he investigates methods for increasing cervical cancer screenings, decreasing unwanted pregnancies and eliminating pediatric HIV in his country.

In a recent interview, Dr. Adewole described his pathway to minister of health and some of the plans he hopes to implement through his new leadership role.

Post date: Mon, 02/29/2016 - 13:46

By Dr. Noelle Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Global Health Studies and Anthropology, Northwestern University

On Feb. 16, 18-year old Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested for posing as a doctor in West Palm Beach. Practicing medicine without a license is a third-degree felony in Florida. Yet, were Love-Robinson to fly to Tanzania, Cambodia, Bolivia, Honduras, Senegal, Nepal or any other so-called "developing country," not only would he be able to practice medicine without a license; his actions would be celebrated.

An expanding and highly lucrative industry has sprung up around international "voluntourism." Placements in health facilities are popular. It is mostly health professions students, or aspiring professionals like Love-Robinson who pay companies to do these trips. Websites say anyone can offer "first-rate health care to people who usually don't have the regular opportunity to see a doctor." As a foreigner and a volunteer, regardless of training, you provide "more than hope" by virtue of who you are.

Poor countries are depicted as having few locals with good ideas and a commitment to assist with the pressing problems there. In such places, "any help is better than no help at all." Nothing could be further from the truth. Worldwide, foreigners crowd health facilities and orphanages, despite concerned reports and campaigns about problematic ethics of both types of volunteering and the harms that volunteers could unwittingly cause. Read more.

Source: Orlando Sentinel.

Post date: Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:49

November 4, 2015. Northwestern Medicine mentors will help junior faculty at three universities in Nigeria develop research skills during a five-year program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The program is part of the NIH’s Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), which recently awarded more than $36 million to 11 institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. The region bears nearly a quarter of the globe’s disease burden, but has just 3 percent of its health workforce and 1 percent of its research output, according to the World Health Organization and the World Bank.

Over the previous five years, faculty from Northwestern University and the Harvard School of Public Health partnered with universities in Nigeria to modernize their medical school curricula. In the next phase of the program, the teams will focus on expanding the research capacity at the University of Ibadan, University of Jos and the University of Lagos. Read more

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