Log in to search using one of your social media accounts:

 

This Is Where Hurricane Maria Is Right Now
After ravaging through the island of Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria has moved on. Where is Maria now? As of Thursday morning, Hurricane Maria is over the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and is predicted to stay in the area throughout the day, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Maria is then predicted to turn north toward the Turks and Caicos islands and farther into the Atlantic, the NHC says, bringing dangerous winds, storm surge and rainfall to both locations as well as the southeastern Bahamas. Hurricane Maria is expected to hit the Turks and Caicos Islands Friday before moving closer to the Ba...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Marie Segarra Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

A Stunned Puerto Rico Seeks to Rebuild after Hurricane Maria
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stunned by a hurricane that crushed concrete balconies, twisted metal gates and paralyzed the island with landslides, flooding and downed trees vowed to slowly rebuild amid an economic crisis as rescue crews fanned out across the U.S. territory Thursday. The extent of the damage is unknown given that dozens of municipalities remained isolated and without communication after Maria hit the island Wednesday morning as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years. Uprooted trees and widespread flooding block...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Danica Coto / AP Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Puerto Rico Source Type: news

Powerball Winner Charged With Repeatedly Sexually Assaulting a Child
A New Jersey man who won nearly a $340 million jackpot in the Powerball lottery four years ago has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor over the course of three years, prosecutors said. Pedro Quezada, a 49-year-old based in Wayne Township, is facing two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said Wednesday, according to NJ.com. The child, a female, was assaulted between the ages of 11 and 14, Valdes said, as reported by NJ.com. Quezada faces up to 40 y...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aric Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized New Jersey onetime Source Type: news

Hurricane Maria Made Landfall in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico As a Category 4 Storm
Hurricane Maria made landfall at 6:15 a.m. ET in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico on Wednesday as a strong Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. Water levels at a nearby harbor rose by over 4 feet, the NHC says. Hurricane Maria brought maximum sustained winds of 155 mph when it hit Yabucoa. Google MapsYabucoa Puerto Rico Map As of 10 a.m. ET, the storm’s core was still moving over Puerto Rico, bringing “life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall,” the NHC reported. The area is still recovering from damage brought by Hurricane Irma. After hitting Yabucoa, Hurricane Maria is expected t...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Marie Segarra Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

When Will Hurricane Maria Hit Puerto Rico?
After getting lashed by Hurricane Irma, the Caribbean is already preparing for the next storm: Hurricane Maria. U.S. territory Puerto Rico, which saw extensive damage after Irma, is right in the middle of the storm’s projected path. But when will Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico? Hurricane Maria is expected to make landfall on the island between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The entire island is also under a hurricane warning, and Maria is expected to remain “an extremely dangerous category 4 or 5 hurricane” when it reaches Puerto Rico, according to the NH...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Marie Segarra Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

How Big Is Hurricane Maria?
Hurricane Maria has devastated the Caribbean island of Dominica, just days after it was brushed by Hurricane Irma. Maria, now a Category 5 storm, is expected to remain very strong as it heads toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane-force winds extend up to 30 miles from Hurricane Maria’s center, while tropical storm-force winds extend outward for up to 125 miles. How does that compare to other recent or major hurricanes? Irma Hurricane Irma killed at least 33 people in the U.S. and 51 in the Caribbean when it struck last week. At its peak, the diamet...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Lewis Tags: Uncategorized Hurricanes onetime weather Source Type: news

‘My Roof Is Gone.’ Dominica’s Prime Minister Shares Live Updates of Hurricane Maria
Just days after it was brushed by Hurricane Irma, the Caribbean island of Dominica has been left devastated by Hurricane Maria, which is rapidly strengthening as it heads toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The Category 5 storm, with winds clocking at more than 160 mph, hit Dominica on Monday evening, leaving what Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt described on Tuesday as “widespread devastation.” Skeritt shared live updates of the storm on his Facebook page on Monday evening. “Certainly no sleep for anyone in Dominica. I believe my residence may have sustained some damage,”...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kate Samuelson Tags: Uncategorized Caribbean Dominica hurricane irma Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

Hurricane Maria ‘Spaghetti Plots’ Predict Another Hit for the Caribbean
Hurricane Maria is gathering strength as it heads west toward the Caribbean, where a large swath of islands are still recovering from the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. With maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and the storm moving at 10 mph, Hurricane Maria, now a Category 3 storm, is expected to hit the Leeward Islands — many of which were already hit by Irma — late Monday. Several predictions, including “spaghetti plots,” of Hurricane Maria’s path predict the storm will hit the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia and St. Kitts, Nevis...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Calfas Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

Is Hurricane Maria Coming to Puerto Rico or Florida? Here ’s What We Know
Just days after Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and Florida, the region is bracing for another storm. Hurricane Maria is rapidly strengthening as it heads toward heading toward the area, becoming a Category 3 storm Monday, the National Hurricane Center said. Illustrations of Hurricane Maria’s possible track shows the storm, which has winds going at 120 mph, moving over Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The storm is currently about 60 miles east of Martinique and is expected to hit the Leeward Islands on Monday. Hurricane watches and warnings are in effect for several islands in the Caribbean, including ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized hurricane Hurricane Maria onetime weather Source Type: news

A Strengthening Hurricane Maria Closes in on Irma-Hit Caribbean
(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) — The islands of the eastern Caribbean prepared Sunday to face another potential disaster, with forecasters saying newly formed and strengthening Hurricane Maria was headed for a hit on the Leeward Islands by Monday night. Hurricane or tropical storm warnings were posted for many of the islands, including those already coping with the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, such as St. Barts and Antigua and Barbuda. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Maria was expected to gain power and likely would be near major hurricane strength while crossing through the Leeward Islands late...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized Caribbean hurricane irma Hurricane Maria onetime weather Source Type: news

‘A Horrendous Situation.’ See the Damage Left by Hurricane Irma So Far
Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm and the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, is ravaging the Caribbean as it continues along what appears to be a collision course with the southeastern United States. Irma has left at least 10 people dead as of Thursday morning, though that number is expected to rise as recovery teams continue their work. Irma was particularly devastating for the Caribbean island of Barbuda, a typically idyllic vacation destination known for its pink-sand beaches and plentiful bird life. The storm destroyed or heavily damaged nearly every building on the island, the Associated Press reports, leaving m...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Fitzpatrick and Alex Scimecca Tags: Uncategorized hurricane irma onetime photography weather Source Type: news

Watch Live As Hurricane Irma Slams Through the Caribbean
Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Caribbean Wednesday as the Category 5 storm barrels through the area on a potential collision course with Florida.   A livestream from St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, shows Irma’s heavy rainfall and incredible wind speeds as the storm makes its way through the region. The stream, courtesy of EarthCam, shows Irma hitting a St. Croix beach. A hurricane warning for the Caribbean area predicts tropical force winds and up to 10 inches of rain. Hurricane Irma is expected to move westward, dumping between 10 and 20 inches of rain on parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and t...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized onetime weather Source Type: news

Here ’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse for the Next 50 Years
A total solar eclipse will obscure the sun in parts of 14 states across the U.S. on Aug. 21, a rare event that’s been called the “Great American Eclipse.” You can find a detailed map showing the path of the eclipse here. But if you live in a place that won’t see the total eclipse or even a partial eclipse, don’t worry: It won’t be the last time the U.S. — and the rest of the world — will get a chance to see the moon block the sun in the coming decades. The next total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. will take place in seven years, and even before then total eclipses will take ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized eclipse onetime space 2017 Source Type: news

Effort Index Tool Offers a Way to Measure Health Workforce Progress
Photograph by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth InternationalAugust 15, 2017National decision-makers in the health sector can now take stock of their health workforces and the systems that support them using theHuman Resources for Health (HRH) Effort Index, a tool developed byIntraHealth International with support from the US Agency for International Development. Results from four countries where the index was applied are now available inHuman Resources for Health.The HRH Effort Index measures health workforce status and progress, provides information that can help leaders build consensus and prioritize strategic investments, a...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Caribbean village where little girls turn into boys
The phenomenon, in children in Salinas in Dominican Republic, is caused by a genetic disorder. When puberty hits, testosterone makes makes male reproductive organs grow. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Global Case Study
Oxfam GB. 06/23/2017 This 12-page case study summarizes global learning from the project, Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Bridging Policy and Practice. The project was piloted in four countries: Ethiopia, Pakistan, South Sudan, and Dominican Republic, from September 2015 to March 2017, to enhance the capacity of humanitarian organizations to provide adapted assistance to meet the needs of women, girls, men, and boys in emergency scenarios. Issues in which significant gaps were identified included insufficient gender analysis and evidence to inform humanitarian response planning and practice; and low technical cap...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Final Evaluation Report
Oxfam GB. 06/23/2017 This 50-page report describes the final evaluation of the project, Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Bridging Policy and Practice in the Humanitarian System, which was piloted in four countries: Pakistan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Dominican Republic. It assesses the overall outcome of the project, and explores the extent to which planned activities and approaches are being implemented in accomplishing changes in the institutionalization of gender in emergencies. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Case Study of Dominican Republic
Oxfam GB. 03/09/2017 This 20-page document is a case study that describes implementation of the project, Institutionalizing Gender in Emergencies: Bridging Policy and Practice, in the Dominican Republic. The project was piloted in four countries to enhance the capacity of humanitarian organizations to provide adapted assistance to meet the needs of women, girls, men, and boys in emergency scenarios. Issues in which significant gaps were identified included insufficient gender analysis and evidence to inform humanitarian response planning and practice; and low technical capacity in gender in emergencies across sectors and o...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - June 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Break Silence on'Terrifying' Femicides in Dominican Republic - Minister Break Silence on'Terrifying' Femicides in Dominican Republic - Minister
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Top 5 Tips On Traveling With A Life-Threatening Food Allergy
Traveling with a food allergy or other dietary restrictions can be a scary experience. It’s even more scary when you have had a near-death allergic reaction. Several years ago, I had an allergic reaction after eating some contaminated food in Spain. Thankfully, I survived that trip, but I’ve been much more prepared and cautious during my travels. Here are my top 5 tips: 1. Bring multiple EpiPens. EpiPens are the single most important thing to take with you because they buy you time to get emergency care. A few minutes can mean life or death. In my Spain case, the nurse said that if my travel partner, Daraius, h...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dominican Republic Gender Analysis: A Study of the Impact of the Zika Virus on Women, Girls, Boys and Men
Oxfam GB. 04/21/2017 This 40-page report provides information about analysis that seeks to understand the impact of the Zika virus on different population groups, their specific vulnerabilities and needs, and their coping mechanisms. The study aims to provide findings and recommendations to support humanitarian agencies to intervene in this health emergency in a gender-responsive way, and to mainstream Zika with a gender perspective into emergency responses caused by natural disasters. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

The Article of " Experience with the Columbus ™ 3D EP Navigation System in the Dominican Republic " Published in Cardiac Rhythm News
(Source: Microport News Release)
Source: Microport News Release - May 10, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Source Type: news

Larry Shackelford Named as Washington Regional's Next CEO (Movers & Shakers)
J. Larry Shackelford will assume the role of CEO at Washington Regional Medical System in Fayetteville on Sept. 1. This follows William L. Bradley’s announcement last year that he plans to retire this November as CEO of the medical system. As Shackelford begins his new role, Bradley will assume the title of CEO emeritus until his retirement in mid-November and will assist in ensuring a smooth transition. “Our board is confident Larry Shackelford is the CEO to guide Washington Regional to successfully adapt in an ever-changing healthcare environment while remaining faithful to our goals and mission,” Greg ...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - May 8, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

How the Diplomatic Community Can Help Solve the Health Workforce Crisis
April 04, 2017Pape Gaye offers  five steps the diplomatic community can take to help more countries invest in health.A few months back, I was in the Dominican Republic, standing before a crowd of government officials, local  IntraHealth International staff members, and many others, as we talked about " ghost " workers.A few years earlier, IntraHealth had worked with the Ministry of Health there, as part of a USAID-funded project, to conduct a payroll analysis. This may sound humdrum, but what we found was quite striking: some 10,000 individuals who were no longer working for the ministry were in fa...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Outlook good as formerly conjoined twins leave NY hospital
Formerly conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic have left a New York hospital two months after surgery to separate them (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

HC3 (Health Communication Capacity Collaborative) Landscaping Summary Report on Zika Coordination and Communication in Four Countries: Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Guatemala
U.S. Agency for International Development. 06/09/2016 This 28-page report, published by the USAID-funded Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), summarizes a social and behavior change communication (SBCC) landscape for Zika in March and April, 2016, in four Central American countries: Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. Visits to these countries were made to quickly take the pulse of the Zika situation and the local response. The report includes concrete recommendations for USAID to consider as it formulates its strategy to support neighbors to the south in continuing to combat and prevent...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Formerly conjoined twins celebrate their first birthday
Formerly conjoined twins Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho, from the Dominican Republic, celebrated their first birthday just two weeks after the risky surgery that separated them. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Conjoined twins who shared spine are separated in New York
Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho, 11-month-old conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic, were successfully separated after a complex 22-hour procedure at a New York hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How To Win This Year: Be Willing
Over the holidays I was lucky enough to escape on a warm break with my husband to the gorgeous Dominican Republic. As an extrovert who can be a little over scheduled, I experienced some initial feelings of anxiety/displacement/unease on vacation (does anyone else ever feel this way, or am I nuts)!? And so I remedied this with a lot of reading. Ahhh... just me and my iPad with hours to read and no interruptions - it turned out to be bliss! Because my usual self-help books felt a little work-y, I downloaded Amy Schumer's book. And Andy Cohen's. And Anna Kendrick's. And I loved them all. I realized it had been so long since...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smoking Will Kill A Third More People By 2030 Than It Does Now
GENEVA (Reuters) - Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute published on Tuesday. That cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes, which the WHO estimated at about $269 billion in 2013-2014. “The number of tobacco-related deaths is projected to increase from about 6 million deaths annually to about 8 million annually by 2030, with more than 80 percent of these occurring in LMICs (low- and middle-income countries),” the study s...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 10, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

America's Math Scores Are Getting Worse
When it comes to literacy in math, science and reading, American teens are far from top performers, according to new results from an international exam released Tuesday. American teens posted uninspiring results on the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment, a test taken by a sample of 15-year-olds in 70 education systems around the world. Students’ scores in reading and science remained largely stagnant since the last time the test was administered in 2012, but scores in math dropped to lows not seen since 2006. The PISA exam is administered every three years. The United States posted average scores in re...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Violence from a sexual partner is significantly associated with poor HIV care and treatment outcomes among female sex workers in the Dominican Republic - Mendoza C, Barrington C, Donastorg Y, Perez M, Fleming P, Decker M, Kerrigan D.
BACKGROUND: Female sex workers (FSW) experience high rates of violence from their sexual partners. While violence is associated with HIV risk behaviors among FSW, there is limited evidence on the association between violence and HIV treatment outcomes. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 30, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Climate Change in the Classrooms
On 4 November, the Paris Climate Change Agreement came into force -- just three days before the official opening of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco. The speed of this entry into force speaks to the urgency of the issues at stake. The name of the game is clear -- we need to move from paper to action as quickly as possible. Mitigating the impacts of climate change calls for new efforts to contain emissions and prevent further drastic consequences, which we have seen affecting women and men in societies across the world, including migr...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 11, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Trek Medics Trains Emergency Responders in Remote, Under-Served Areas
      Actual and simulated footage from Trek Medics' programs in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic and Mwanza, Tanzania to improve access to emergency care and transport in communities with unreliable access. To learn more, visit trekmedics.org. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - October 10, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Trek Medics International Tags: Operations News Videos Source Type: news

The battle for decent pay must be fought both at home and abroad
Today is World Day for Decent Work, when the International Trade Union Confederation marks the day in support of decent work for all people of working age across the globe. This year’s theme is corporate greed – and that couldn’t be more timely. We’ve all seen the cynical ways that multinational companies (MNCs) and the super rich manage to ‘legally’ avoid paying their fair share of taxes. If MNCs paid their fair share the revenue generated could fund decent public services, create decent work and contribute to genuine prosperity for all. That’s because government matters – ...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 7, 2016 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Source Type: news

Viveve wins FDA 510(k) for its Viveve System
Viveve (NSDQ:VIVE said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Viveve System, now cleared for use in general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation and hemostasis. The company’s Viveve System is designed as a non-surgical treatment for post-partum laxity of the vaginal introitus. “FDA 510(k) clearance for the Viveve System represents a major milestone in our efforts to bring this safe and effective technology to patients in the United States who can benefit from it. We are grateful to all of the clinicians and researchers who have supported the development of the Viveve System over the past seve...
Source: Mass Device - October 6, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health Viveve Source Type: news

9-1-1 Where There is None: Trek Medics International Looks to Expand EMS Systems in Developing Countries
Trek Medics International, a US-based nonprofit organization that develops EMS systems in low-resource communities globally, is currently looking to expand their active field programs in the Dominican Republic and Tanzania. Together, these programs currently provide 24-7 EMS coverage to more than 200,000 people, and have responded to nearly 400 incidents since April 2015. To support expansion, Trek Medics has launched their Match 2016 fundraising campaign after securing a dollar-for-dollar matching donation up to $25,000 from Wilmington-based Bill and Ann Bresnan Foundation. They recently reached the halfway point of this ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 5, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

9-1-1 Where There is None: Trek Medics International Looks to Expand EMS Systems in Developing Countries
Trek Medics International, a US-based nonprofit organization that develops EMS systems in low-resource communities globally, is currently looking to expand their active field programs in the Dominican Republic and Tanzania. Together, these programs currently provide 24-7 EMS coverage to more than 200,000 people, and have responded to nearly 400 incidents since April 2015. To support expansion, Trek Medics has launched their Match 2016 fundraising campaign after securing a dollar-for-dollar matching donation up to $25,000 from Wilmington-based Bill and Ann Bresnan Foundation. They recently reached the halfway point of this ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 5, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Hurricane Matthew's Strength Is Yet Another Climate Change Indicator
Hurricane Matthew, a record-shattering storm that is unusual for October, is a reminder of climate change’s potential to turn seasonal weather events into extreme, year-round threats.  Matthew, which meteorologists downgraded from a rare Category 5 to a Katrina-magnitude Category 3 on Wednesday, could make landfall in southeast Florida as early as Thursday, and threatens northeast Florida and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina through Saturday. The storm has already claimed at least 11 lives in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The storm has surpassed several ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 5, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Haiti And Other Caribbean Nations Brace For Monster Storm
Hurricane Matthew on Monday afternoon was just hours away from delivering what might be a catastrophic blow to Haiti. There hasn’t been a storm this strong to hit the country since 1954. Matthew, currently characterized as a Category 4 hurricane, was about 275 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, the capital, by midday Monday, and moved at about 130 miles per hour. It should be making landfall in Haiti sometime late Monday. The Dominican Republic ― which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti ― Jamaica and eastern Cuba are also preparing for life-threatening rains. Rough waters in the lead-up to ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 3, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

What 1989 And The Golden Girls Tell Us About Medicine Today
Today, 1989 may be most associated with Taylor Swift: It is the album that won her a second Grammy for Album of the Year. Not only that, it happens to be the year Swift was born--such a long, long time ago! People under 35 have no personal memory of 1980s pop culture, which is ironic since Swift's album in part pays homage to it. In the real 1989 (no offense to Swift and the 10 co-producers who made the album), all sorts of revolutions took place: Mr. Gorbachev tore down that pesky wall, for example. America's greatest antagonist, the Soviet Union, collapsed in 1989. Brazil conducted its first democrat...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study Finds Strong Link Between Zika And Guillain-Barre Syndrome
A comparison of rates of Guillain-Barre syndrome before and after Zika arrived in seven countries has found a strong association between the virus and the illness, researchers from the Pan American Health Organization said on Wednesday. The current Zika outbreak was first detected in Brazil last year and has since spread across the Americas and the Caribbean. Pregnant women are considered to be at greatest risk because the virus can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, which is marked by small head size and underdeveloped brains. In Brazil, Zika has been linked to more than 1,800 cases of microcephaly. The f...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika virus spread through sex by man with NO symptoms
A Maryland man, who has not been identified, went to the Dominican Republic, where there is a Zika outbreak. He didn't get sick but his sex partner did, the CDC revealed on Friday. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Survivors Recall Caribbean Ferry Fire
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Maria Prensa was packing her belongings as the Caribbean Fantasy ferry prepared to dock in Puerto Rico after a calm, overnight trip from the Dominican Republic. Suddenly, she smelled smoke. "I asked, and they told me it was nothing, that it was under control," the 64-year-old Dominican said. An hour later, she found herself tumbling down an emergency slide with helicopters whirring overhead, one of more than 500 passengers and crew members who had to abandon the burning ship Wednesday about a mile off Puerto Rico's north coast. U.S. Coast Guard boats carried them into San ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 18, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

More than 500 Evacuated in Ship Fire Near Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — More than 500 passengers were being evacuated on Wednesday from a ship that caught fire about a mile off Puerto Rico's north coast. The fire was still burning aboard the Caribbean Fantasy, a combination cruise and ferry vessel, as the U.S. Coast Guard began bringing passengers into the San Juan harbor while helicopters whirred overheard. The extent of injuries was not immediately clear. Several dozen people who were carried in on stretchers were being treated for dehydration and shock. Anguished relatives, including Hilda Pereira, pushed their way onto the scene. Her daughter, whom she ha...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 17, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DANICA COTO, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Source Type: news

More than 500 Evacuated in Ship Fire Near Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — More than 500 passengers were being evacuated on Wednesday from a ship that caught fire about a mile off Puerto Rico's north coast. The fire was still burning aboard the Caribbean Fantasy, a combination cruise and ferry vessel, as the U.S. Coast Guard began bringing passengers into the San Juan harbor while helicopters whirred overheard. The extent of injuries was not immediately clear. Several dozen people who were carried in on stretchers were being treated for dehydration and shock. Anguished relatives, including Hilda Pereira, pushed their way onto the scene. Her daughter, whom she ha...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 17, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DANICA COTO, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Source Type: news

Viveve lands S. Korea regulatory clearance for Viveve System
Viveve (NSDQ:VIVE) said today it won regulatory approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in South Korea for its Viveve non-surgical treatment for post-partum laxity of the vaginal introitus. The company said it already inked an exclusive distribution partnership in South Korea with JOYMG, a medical device distributor in the region. “The receipt of market approval in South Korea represents another important milestone in our commercialization of the Viveve System in Asia and our quest to make this clinically proven treatment available to the millions of women around the world who are living wit...
Source: Mass Device - August 5, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health Viveve Source Type: news

FEATURE: Tackling cholera in Haiti by building sanitary cordons
“ Wash my hands before eating and nursing the baby, wash my hands after relieving myself, use Aquatabs to purify the water … ” and so, Sherline Deus lists the steps she must take to protect herself and her children from cholera in the town of Grand Bois, located in in north-eastern Haiti, near the country's border with the Dominican Republic. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - July 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

FDA warns Oscor on process control records
The FDA last month warned contract manufacturer Oscor on its methods for documenting process controls for the catheters and neurostimulation leads it makes, after inspections in February and March turned up a trio of violations. The federal safety watchdog said it inspected Oscor’s plant in Palm Harbor, Fla., where it makes the Adelante Magnum introducer catheter and lead components for the Maestro neurostimulation device for treating obesity made by EnteroMedics (NSDQ:ETRM). The warning letter came after Oscor’s April 6 response to the Form 483 observations issued after the inspection. That...
Source: Mass Device - July 20, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Catheters Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Regulatory/Compliance EnteroMedics Inc. Oscor Source Type: news

CDC Warns of Dangers of Plastic Surgery in Dominican Republic
Title: CDC Warns of Dangers of Plastic Surgery in Dominican Republic Category: Health News Created: 7/14/2016 12:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 7/15/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - July 15, 2016 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news