Friday, November 17, 2017

Careless policy rollback by Trump Administration...

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The Trump Administration plans to roll back an Obama-era policy on elephant Trophies. The change will let hunters import elephant trophies, body parts of elephants that are hunted and killed from Zambia and Zimbabwe. Elephants are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Obama admin put a ban in place to prevent Americans from hunting and killing elephants abroad. Now, the Trump admin is reversing that policy. And says that well-regulated hunting will benefit the conservation of elephants.
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Watch the video below provided by The Young Turks (TYT) as they discuss the brutal practice of hunting these regal creatures and how this policy will affect them:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

FDA approves digital pills ...

Great news for doctors out there who have to deal with the non adherent, non compliant patients out there. FDA just approved a digital pill, a medication embedded with a sensor that can tell doctors when and whether patients take their medicine. 
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Now that's innovation. Not only does it allow physicians to provide excellent care, it is also an effective strategy to increase patients motivation. This marks a significant advancement in digital devices designed to monitor medicine-taking. It may also addresses the expensive and longstanding problem of millions of patients not taking prescribed medicine. Noncompliance to medication is estimated to cost $100 billion a year mainly because patients get sicker and need additional treatment or hospitalization. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

"Pray for Islamic Holocaust"...

Polish nationalists light flares
This weekend, 60,000 people took part in a white nationalist march in Poland. In recent years, white nationalist groups have been hosting their own Independence Day march. They're calling for an ethnically pure Poland with fewer Jews, Muslims and gay people. Protesters threw red smoke bombs and hung anti-Muslim banners that said things like "Pray for Islamic Holocaust". White nationalists have been emboldened by things like the migrant and refugee crisis. In recent years, far-right anti-immigration parties have picked up support around Europe, in Poland especially. The march in Poland this weekend isn't an isolated event. It's a symptom of a larger white nationalist issue across Europe and the West.
This is why so many oppose the new senate health bill....
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All major organizations including the American medical association (AMA), American health Association (AHA), American medical Student Association (AMSA), Association of American Medical colleges (AAMC), American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Psychological Association (APA), are on the same page, this is what Senate bill does:

  1. Dismantles care for millions including children  as it restructures Medicaid. 
  2. Narrows coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment which may exacerbe public health crises like opioid epidemic
  3. Allows insurance companies to charge the elderly thousands of dollars more for insurance coverage
  4. Slashes funding to State and Health departments that provide public health programs which are crucial for proactive health care
  5. Restricts women from obtaining quality primary care and reproduction health services 
  6. Provides tax cuts for way well off people at the expense of the poor, sick and elderly!

So why on Earth are they trying to push this forward?

Friday, November 10, 2017

How many words can you find in two minute?


Can you Spot the ODD one out?

(Image provided by Reader's Digest courtesy of Brainsnack)

Did u get it? all the other other English muffins have 2 types of toppings yet number 6 has 3 types

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Message from the Medical council of Canada:

International delivery of the MCCQE Part I and phasing out of the MCCEE

The last MCCEE session will take place November 2018
The Medical Council of Canada is pleased to announce a more streamlined assessment process for international medical graduates and international medical students. 
Starting in 2019, we will be delivering the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I in Canada and internationally in over 80 countries, up to five times per year.
The MCCQE Part I is currently offered twice per year in Canada only. Internationally trained candidates must first pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) before being eligible to apply for the MCCQE Part I.
Once the MCCQE Part I is offered internationally, all candidates will be challenging this examination directly, without first having to pass the MCCEE.
As a result of this change, we will be phasing out the MCCEE. November 2018 will be the last session. Candidates will have until mid-November 2018 to take the MCCEE. 
We anticipate the following examination schedule in 2018, 2019 and 2020:
Examination YearSessions*
MCCEE2018January, March, May, September, November
MCCQE Part I2018Spring and fall
2019April/May, July, Sept./Oct., Nov.
2020Jan., April/May, July, Sept./Oct., Nov.
*Sessions are subject to change.
We are actively working with Postgraduate Medical Education Deans and residency program directors across the country to update the exam requirements for the 2020 Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) R-1 Main Residency Match. Candidates should contact CaRMS directly regarding the participation requirements for the R-1 Match.
Candidates interested in applying to the MCCQE Part I in 2019 are encouraged to sign up to our distribution list to receive the application notification, which will be sent in fall 2018. Please visit this page, and use the button at the top of the page to subscribe.
We will be updating in the coming months with more information on the 2019 international delivery of the MCCQE Part I. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning more about key developments related to MCC examination modifications, as well as new preparatory resources that we will be making available for candidates challenging the new MCCQE Part I, we invite you to subscribe to our Assessment Evolution e-bulletin.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Beware of Fraudulent Netflix Emails
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A new email scam directed at Netflix's customer tells them that their account is going to be cancelled. The rouse tricks them into stealing personal and credit card info. It has been discovered that 110 million of the streaming giant's subscribers have been targeted.
As it happens, the scammers use an email with "your suspension notification' as subject line. Within the email, there is a link to a fake Netflix page which looks like the real thing, that asks for the users log-in and payment information.

If you have a Netflix account, beware of the fake suspension emails" and do not enter your payment info without making sure its legit!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Mental health programs in schools have positively impacted student's mental health👌💪

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Wolters Kluwer published a journal in the Harvard review of  Psychiatry stating that evidence supports that school-based mental health programs can effectively improve the mental health of children.

Worldwide, about 13 percent of children and adolescent  suffer from significant mental health issues, some of which include:
  • anxiety
  • attention deficit/ hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
  • and depression
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Left untreated, these problems may remain till adulthood and have negative effects on everyday life.

Children and teenagers spend most of their time in school so it makes sense that many programs have been introduced to provide "preventative mental health services". Research shows that universal implementation of school based mental health services can not only improve mental health, but also  improve physical health, educational  and social outcomes.
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Here are some of the programs that already have been implemented worldwide reaching over 27 million children over the last 10 years:
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) - this is the largest program that's centered on "positive social culture and behavioral support for all students". The outcomes include improved reading score and less suspensions among the students.
  • FRIENDS - is the second largest program. Not only is their objective to "reduce anxiety and to teach skills for managing emotions and coping with stress" for children, they extend their services to the parents and teachers as well. They have reported a decrease in anxiety.

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Research shows significant evidence that these are effective tools for promoting good mental health. Other programs used in these schools show advantages like:
  • less bullying in school
  • reduces substance abuse in young adulthood.


look at more results & statistics at News Medical