Thursday, 31 July 2014

Texila American University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the World City Medical Center, Philippines for different specializations in Masters in Medicine / Master of Surgery (MD/MS) programs. Now the students can pursue the Residential programs for different verticals in Philippines as well.

World City Medical Center is one of the leading healthcare providers in Philippines and is marked as a tertiary hospital with 276 bed capacity.  It encompasses the preventive, curative and rehabilitative facets of the maintenance of the physical and psychological welfare of the society.

With the well advanced tradition of an excellent healthcare provider and unmatched hospitality, the World City Medical Center dedicates itself in providing optimum and holistic healthcare and wellness to its patients all around the world.

The infrastructure of the hospital ranges from the grand-standing lobby to various comfy suites and private rooms. The hospital guarantees all its patients and customers a medical and wellness experience unparalleled by any medical centers in the country.

The specializations offered include the following:
  • Radiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Dermatology
  • Pediatrics
  • OBG
  • Internal Medicine
  • Chest Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • Emergency Medicine

The Post Graduate Degree will be awarded by the Texila American University and the Training will be provided by the World City Medical Center, Philippines.

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Olig Family Affects Central Nervous System Development in Mammals

The Olig family (oligodendrocyte transcription family) is widely expressed in the central nervous system of various mammals.

And it plays a critical role in central nervous system development by controlling differentiation and maturation of oligodendrocytes, motor neurons and astrocytes. Moreover, accumulating evidence demonstrates Olig family participation in many central nervous system diseases.

Therefore, based on current literature, Dr. Lehua Yu and co-workers from Second Affliated Hospital, Chongqing Medical University in China examine the role of the Olig family in central nervous system development and related diseases. The Olig family is known not only to be an important factor in regulating neural cell differentiation, but also affects acute and chronic central nervous system diseases, including brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and even gliomas.

Improved understanding about the functions of the Olig family in central nervous system development and disease will greatly aid novel breakthroughs in central nervous system diseases. The relevant paper has been published in the Neural Regeneration Research

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Friday, 25 July 2014

SGU Establishes Two-Week Selective at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences in India

The international experience at St. George’s University just got a boost with an agreement with the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Karad, India, that allows SGU basic sciences students to complete a two-week selective at KIMS where students will gain exposure to a variety of medical specialties and to the practice of medicine in an alternate medical system. The partnership also encourages mutual visits from faculty and students and joint research activities.

The KIMS experiences joins more than 40 selective courses offered in the basic sciences, including in Grenada and the Caribbean region, as well as Kenya, Sweden, India, Thailand, and the Czech Republic.

“When students apply for residency programs outside of the US, it is a plus to demonstrate international experience,” said Dr. Shivayogi Bhusnurmath, Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of SGU’s Department of Pathology. “It improves their candidacy and compares favorably to those getting experience only in the US.”

St. George’s University students are eligible to complete two-week selectives in medicine, surgery, OB/GYN, pediatrics, radiology, radiotherapy, intensive care, alternative medicine, and casualty at KIMS, an institution that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Ariel Breitbart and Terra Wilkins, both first-year students in SGU’s Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program, returned from the Krishna selective in the winter and spoke highly of the experience.

“This experience is one that will change the perspective of all medical students,” Ms. Breitbart said. “In addition to the medical experience in the hospital our eyes were opened to culture that we never would have experienced otherwise. ”

“This selective gives you everything it advertises and so much more,” added Ms. Wilkins. “My hope is that more students utilize this opportunity for what it is, a selective that provides truly remarkable insight into the astounding profession we’ve chosen, the colleagues we share it with, and for many of us our first real taste of medicine.”

In addition to the two-week selectives, as of July 2014, SGU students can complete a one-month tropical medicine elective at KIMS. It will include didactic lectures by clinicians related to patient management, examination of patients with tropical diseases, and hands-on experience with labs that support diagnosis of these diseases. As international students comprise approximately 30 percent of SGU’s student body, in many cases they return to their home countries to practice medicine upon earning their MDs. In the tropical medicine selective, students can not only learn about patients suffering from malaria, leptospirosis, or even a snake bite in lecture is one thing, but visit with them in a clinical setting. 

The selectives further bolster St. George’s University’s pipeline with KIMS. In February 2013, the University established a one-month elective at the institution, the first such opportunity available in India for SGU’s fourth-year students. The experiences in India are just one aspect of SGU’s mission to provide students with the opportunity to learn from an international faculty and gain hands-on medical training in a variety of settings, thus affording them a unique global perspective as they continue their careers.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Walden University Celebrates 52nd Commencement With Largest Graduating Class in Attendance

Commencement speaker Dr. Condoleezza Rice shares insight on importance of higher education to a crowd of more than 6,600

Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state, addressed more than  1,100 graduates and 5,500 guests, faculty, administration and staff attending Walden University’s 52nd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Gaylord National Resort near Washington, D.C.  Dr. Rice, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa degree, from Walden at the ceremony, shared her compelling personal story and experiences from her distinguished career in higher education and diplomacy. She also offered the audience inspiring insight into the importance of education and the responsibility that comes with earning an advanced degree.

“Education is such a privilege. … I want you always to remember that, [for] those of you who took this chance to receive higher education, … this is a very special gift,” Dr. Rice told the Walden graduates.
In her speech, Dr. Rice also  recognized Walden’s “great mission” of positive social change and the important role its students play in using their education to “… reach back, and down, and across …” to make a difference in the world.

“I know, too, that this is a very global internationalstudent body. Walden reaches out to people all over the world who just want that promise of education,” she said. “Those of you who have been a part of a truly international community, a global community, can now be ambassadors for a world in desperate need of people who can translate, people who are not afraid of those who are different, and people who recognize the differences as a source of strength across our human community.”

The newest alumni are part of a graduating class of nearly 5,500 students representing 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries who have completed their bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or education specialist degree programs at Walden during the past six months. The graduating class also included the first graduates from the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program, which began in the School of Management in fall 2012.

Several alumni and faculty were honored before the ceremony, including:
Dr. Saulat Jahan, 2014 Ph.D. in Public Health graduate from Saudi Arabia, who received the Harold L. Hodgkinson Award for her dissertation, “Gestational and Pregestational Diabetes in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: A Meta-Analysis of Maternal and Fetal Outcomes.” This award is bestowed upon a graduate whose dissertation is judged as meeting the highest standards of academic excellence.

Dr. Walter McCollum, 2004 Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences graduate from Fort Washington, Maryland, who received the Outstanding Alumni Award. This award recognizes an alumna or alumnus who exemplifies Walden’s mission to effect positive social change. He was cited for his work in humanitarian projects around the world.

Dr. Peter B. Anderson, College of Health Sciences from The Woodlands, Texas, who received the  Bernard L. Turner Award, given to the faculty dissertation chair of the Harold L. Hodgkinson Award recipient.

Walden proudly hosts diverse speakers from around the world who present an array of experiences and viewpoints with the hope of inspiring scholarly conversation. Dr. Rice joins the list of accomplished individuals who have addressed Walden commencement audiences, including former President Bill Clinton, former Secretaries of Education Richard W. Riley and Margaret Spellings, former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Laureate Dr. Óscar Arias Sánchez, former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Rt. Hon. Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, and social change leaders Lilly Ledbetter, Dr. Tererai Trent and Paul Rusesabagina.

The Walden University community gathers to honor its graduating students twice a year at summer and winter commencement ceremonies. An archived version of the webcast will be available at


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Education Summit: Integrating basic science into the clinical training of medical students

The educators who attended the Ross Med Education Summit, held in Miami June 11-12 undefinedwere focused on the topic of how to better integrate basic science into clinical training.  Last February a Summit took place in Dominica to discuss improving the integration of clinical knowledge into the basic sciences’ curriculum. At both events, clinical clerkship directors, clerkship chairs and program directors from RUSM’s hospital affiliates around the country engaged in dialogue with RUSM’s department chairs, deans and faculty members from Dominica, where the basic science curriculum is taught. They explored ways to enhance the student learning environment and to increase opportunities for student success.

 “We are one team and one school, but that doesn’t mean that we are of one opinion, and that’s great, that’s how we work,” said Joseph A. Flaherty, MD, RUSM Dean and Chancellor. “There was a good dialogue during the presentations and the small group breakout sessions.”

 The keynote speaker, Aaron McGuffin, MD, talked about the efforts to achieve such integration at his institution, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in West Virginia. “Teaching the same lectures without interdisciplinary collaboration is not integration,” he said. “Integration requires conversations that are uncomfortable.” What is needed is curriculum mapping, so that, as Dr. McGuffin put it, “Each lecture doesn’t start with, ‘I don’t know if you’ve had this before…’”

Alison Dobbie, MB, ChB, MRCGP, RUSM’s Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, who organized the two Education Summits, said that one of the “good takeaways,” from the Miami Summit was the fact that the basic science chairs requested access to the Essential Patient Encounters that are used in the core clerkships, “to have that in their educational armory.” These materials were quickly provided to them.
Dr. Dobbie said that RUSM would be looking at doing a curriculum-mapping pilot project in one integrated module of the basic science curriculum.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Amazing: Peach Kernels Kill Breast Cancer Cells

American scientists came to this significant discovery after testing laboratory mice.

“First, we implemented cells infected with breast cancer under the skin of laboratory mice,then we tested them using peach extract. We noticed some positive effect in just few weeks, which means peaches destroyed the metastasis and stopped the disease”, said dr Luis Cisneros – Zevallos, who was leading the project.

Scientists calculated the doses used in mice, and used the same in people, which led to the conclusion that the consumption of two to three peaches each day would provide the same effect in people.

In western countries breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women, and according to the latest statistics, last year only in the US there were 232 000 women diagnosed with breast cancer.

“The importance of this discovery is huge, because it shows the power some natural compounds have in the fight against this life-threatening disease, in this case the phenolic compounds found in peaches”, explains Dr. Luis.

It Is Important To Eat The Whole Fruit, Not Just Its Juice

What is important is the fact that by consuming peach juice only you will not get the same effect.
“It is important to eat the whole fruit”, adds Ian Marber, nutritionist, and advices people to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables as much as they can.

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High Blood Pressure Requires Adequate Diagnosis

High blood pressure —also known as hypertension— is common, but treatment often fails, and one in 5 people with hypertension does not respond to therapy.

This is frequently due to inadequate diagnosis, as Franz Weber and Manfred Anlauf point out in the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2014; 111: 425-31). If a patient's blood pressure is not controlled by treatment, this can be due to a number of reasons.

Often it is the medication the patient is on. Some patients may be taking other medicines - in addition to their antihypertensive therapy - which increase blood pressure as a side effect. In these cases, the treatment of the high blood pressure appears to be ineffective, but all that would be needed is some adjustment to the medication regimen. Then there is diet.

Licorice, for example, does increase blood pressure; so eating too much of it may reduce the effect of the antihypertensive therapy. Likewise, salt-sensitive patients may increase their blood pressure by eating salt; thus they have to keep this in mind when seasoning their dishes.Besides drugs and food, certain symptoms may interfere with antihypertensive therapy. Once the underlying condition has been successfully treated, blood pressure control does often improve. An example for this is the sleep apnea syndrome: Apart from sleep problems and fatigue, it makes high blood pressure worse.

Here, most patients find their blood pressure improved with targeted treatment of the apnea and quite often the antihypertensive medication can be reduced. Thus rigorous diagnostic evaluation is key to a successful treatment of hypertension. In their current study the authors expect that with this approach almost half of the cases classified as treatment-resistant hypertension could be treated.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

7 Wonderful Benefits Your Body Gets When You Eat Kale

Kale is said by many to be “one of the healthiest vegetables on earth”. It is a dark green curly leafy vegetable. In fact, it really doesn’t look like your regular vegetable. It looks like leaves.

It is a nutritional powerhouse containing vitamins A, C, E, K and minerals calcium, magnesium, B6, potassium, iron as well as omega 3 fatty acids and much more.

Some of the ways to can get more kale into your family’s diet is by making kale juice, kale chips, steamed kale or just eating it raw.

Listed below are seven of the most wonderful benefits your body gets when you eat kale.

    1) Kale is high in iron. Some people may call kale “the new beef” due to its high iron content, and in fact per per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for the formation of haemoglobin and enzymes, cell growth, liver functions and more, transporting oxygen around various parts of the body.

    2) Kale has powerful antioxidants. Kale is an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.

    3) Kale is high in Vitamins. Vitamin A (Vitamin A may help prevent various cancers such as lung cancers, and is renowned to improve vision), Vitamin C (a great immune system booster which also aids your metabolism and hydration) and vitamin K (can help protect against various cancers and is important for a wide range of bodily functions such as bone health)

    4) Kale is high in fiber and low in calories. Kale has zero fat and is incredibly low in calories whilst having a high fiber content which is great for aiding digestion. One cup of chopped kale is as low as 33 calories which is great for weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight.

    5) Kale is detoxifying.  Kale is a great detox food as its filled with fiber and sulfur which in return keeps the liver healthy and gets rid of waste material.

    6) Kale is anti-inflammatory. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food  which can help prevent or fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders. Kale is also great for cardiovascular support and can help lower cholesterol levels.

    7) Kale is a great source of calcium. Per calorie kale offers more calcium than milk which helps in maintaining a healthy metabolism and preventing bone loss and osteoporosis. One cup of chopped kale contains 9% of the daily value of calcium.

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