Third Annual SINAInnovations Conference “Engineering and Medicine”

This year’s program will feature a number of exciting speakers, exhibitors, and demonstrations exploring the expanding interface between engineering and medicine—and how it is transforming all aspects of health care.

Topics include: breakthroughs in material science, nanotechnology, and imaging; genomics and personalized medicine; transformative technologies, including apps, software, and mobile technologies; and engineering to improve global health.

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WHO: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa an International Health Emergency

CNN reported: “Global health experts on Friday declared the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach.”

“’Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling the Ebola virus, which has also spread to Nigeria. The virus is believed to have infected 1,779 people, killing 961, from the start of the outbreak earlier this year through Wednesday,’ the World Health Organization said.”

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WHO Consults Ethics Experts On Wider Use of Experimental Ebola Drugs

Reuters reported: “The use of an experimental drug on two U.S. charity workers with the deadly Ebola virus has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to consider the implications of making such treatments more widely available.”

The Geneva-based agency, which is hosting a two-day Emergency Committee of experts to decide on the international response to the disease that has killed nearly 1,000 people in West Africa, said it would convene a meeting of medical ethics experts early next week.

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Mount Sinai Global Women’s Health Visits the Dominican Republic

This year, the Mount Sinai Global Women’s Health team visited Botswana, Africa and the Dominican Republic. I had the privilege of being invited to my first Global Women’s Health mission in the Dominican Republic. The trip was extremely rewarding and successful. The team, led by the Director of Global Women’s Health, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, assisted over 600 women in desperate need of care.

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5 Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, about one third of cancers in high-income countries can be attributed to preventable factors such as nutrition and physical activity. In the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, astoundingly impacting one in every eight women in their lifetimes.

At this time, we don’t know exactly why many women develop breast cancer, but the following tips from the Dubin Breast Center’s Clinical Nutrition Coordinator Alexandra Rothwell, RD, can help to reduce your risk for cancer and may help to prevent recurrence among cancer survivors.

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Supporting Environmental Health in Southeast Asia

Rapid industrialization in Southeast Asia is producing widespread environmental pollution, creating unsafe workplaces, and raising grave concerns for public health.

To address these challenges, and strengthen the capacity of health professionals and policymakers in Southeast Asia, Mount Sinai physicians under the leadership of Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, the Ethel H. Wise Professor of Community Medicine and Dean for Global Health at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, have established a formal collaboration with the Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the auspices of CRI and the World Health Organization (WHO), the physicians are sharing their knowledge and expertise with health care workers in Southeast Asia. Mount Sinai is world renowned for its work in environmental and occupational medicine.

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Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board Honors Physicians for Work in Global Health

The third annual Awards for Outstanding Service to the International Community were presented to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai faculty members Nils Hennig, MD, PhD, MPH, and Ebby Elahi, MD, on Tuesday, March 5, by The Mount Sinai Auxiliary Board and its Young Women’s Division.

Both physicians have worked extensively with global health organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, and led numerous international medical missions on behalf of underserved populations.

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AMSA Pre-General Assembly Conference, Day 1

On Tuesday night, the pre-General Assembly IFMSA/AMSA conference kicked off in the 13th floor auditorium in Annenberg at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Icahn’s American Medical Students Association (AMSA) chapter is excited to host this year’s pre-General Assembly Conference focusing on global health and advocacy. One hundred medical students from around the world managed to arrive today and listen to organizers Dan Knights, Felicity Jones, Mike Eliasz, Riju Banerjee, and Susanna O’Kula announce the week’s schedule and welcome the delegates to New York.

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Helping Far, Helping Near

When yet another team sets off from the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science for some remote location in Africa or Central America, its thoughts are on how to provide the superior standard of care, considered to be the routine at home, to women in drastically resource poor settings.  Upon returning, what our teams often realize is that the tremendous expertise they develop in these countries is the very thing that makes them the experts in their own fields at home.  Fistula repair is the perfect example of this.

“Obstetric fistula is a tremendous problem in sub-Saharan Africa,” says Charles Ascher-Walsh MD, Assistant Professor, Director of Gynecology and Urogynecology, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science.  “In many countries there is very little maternal health care and, as a result, maternal mortality rates top 1% in some of these countries.  These rates are unfathomable in the United States.”  If a woman is lucky enough to survive childbirth, the rates of developing some type of post-partum fistula vary between 2 to 5 per thousand births.  This equates to between 50,000 and 100,000 new cases of vesico-vaginal fistula in West Africa alone every year.  These women, constantly drenched in their own urine, become social outcasts and live a life of physical and social misery.  This problem, however, often has a surgical cure that can reinstitute these women into society.

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