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Three-Continent Comparison of Medical Education

Three-Continent Comparison of Medical Education

By Rebecca DiBiase   I recently completed my master’s degree in public health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Through the help of two projects I worked on during my master’s degree, I rediscovered a niche in the field of global health that I find particularly unique and exciting: international medical education. I initially(...)

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When Helping Could Hurt: Experiences in Global Health

When Helping Could Hurt: Experiences in Global Health

By Rebecca DiBiase   I wrote this blog post as I was flying to Peru to volunteer at a traveling medical clinic. In preparation for my trip, I read an insightful book called When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert that addresses the challenges and pitfalls of relief and development work in low-income(...)

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House Calls and Health Care Today

House Calls and Health Care Today

By Mary Myers Traditional hospitals today account for about a third of all medical spending—an incredible $1.1 trillion. However, during this era of consolidation across health care, we are seeing a steep decline in inpatient facilities. In fact, 20 percent fewer hospitals are operating in the United States than 35 years ago, and they are(...)

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Talking Turkey on Cancer Care

Talking Turkey on Cancer Care

By Dr. Hişam Alahdab Anadolu Medical Center—an acute-care hospital on the outskirts of Istanbul—recently became the first health care institution in Turkey and the region to earn accreditation from the Organization of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) as a clinical cancer center. The OECI is the only organization recognized in Europe for the high standards of(...)

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From Pedometers to Precision Care

From Pedometers to Precision Care

By Dr. James Aw The patient, in his early 20’s, was clinically depressed and struggled with sleep. His family physician prescribed him an antidepressant and medication to treat his insomnia. But his mood wasn’t lifting, and his sleep wasn’t improving. He had difficulty at school and was on a waiting list to see a psychiatrist.(...)

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What’s Behind the Pursuit for Excellence?

What’s Behind the Pursuit for Excellence?

By Dr. Nelson Novarro At the most recent Johns Hopkins Medicine International Partners Forum, I had the pleasure of presenting Pacífica Salud Hospital Punta Pacífica’s (HPP) journey to open a stroke center of excellence. We successfully opened the center last June, but our journey certainly wasn’t an easy one. We began to discuss the possibility(...)

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Deadly Resistance

Deadly Resistance

Dr. Sara Cosgrove The Scottish physician Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. Since then, antibiotics have transformed modern medicine and saved millions of lives by killing or slowing the growth of the bacteria that cause conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia. However, shortly after winning the Nobel Prize in 1945, Fleming issued this warning in(...)

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No Stone Left Unbroken

No Stone Left Unbroken

Irma Purisch People who’ve passed kidney stones often describe the pain as being worse than childbirth, broken bones, gunshot wounds, burns or surgery. One man said, “If you’ve ever been stabbed repeatedly in the stomach or had a lightning bolt strike you over and over again in your abdomen, you can get a sense of(...)

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Teaming Up Against Stroke

Teaming Up Against Stroke

By Dr. Justin McArthur Stroke care needs to be a team sport. To ensure patients get the right care at the right time, stroke treatment has to bring together experts from across disciplines and medical departments to instill new knowledge about brain repair, neural plasticity and cognition. I am honored to serve as the director(...)

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