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Architect Makes Homes Out of Paper…Watch How They Change Lives

Shigeru Ban is a world renowned Japanese architect known for his groundbreaking work in architecture and design. He is most famous for his use of paper, which has been used as an exceptionally efficient material for housing refugees and victims of major disasters. His low cost  disaster-relief housing designs, which utilize local and sustainable resources, have been used in Japan after the Kobe earthquake, in Turkey, Rwanda and around the world.   Featured image taken from video...

Hope You Had A Happy “FIFA July!”

Though the United States national soccer team has been eliminated from the FIFA World Cup, there’s still cause for celebration this Fourth of July, or as we call it, “FIFA July.” Celebrate Independence Day 2014 and the FIFA World Cup with The Doctor’s Channel team, and score one for...

1 is 2 Many, We Need Your Help

Sexual assault is a serious problem all over the world, but you can help stop it! I believe that one of the best practices in solving a problem is to start by honestly talking about it. By sharing your concerns, thoughts and feelings, you provide others with information about an important topic, spread awareness and allow people to feel more comfortable discussing potential solutions. And, all you docs and “almost” docs are extremely influential people who can make a difference. So please, join the initiative to put sexual assault to an end! Because 1 is 2 many….     Featured image is edited screen shot from video...

Second Traumas: How They Occur & What We Can Do to Prevent Them

I recently attended a conference where the keynote speaker, Dr. Linda Emanuel, discussed trauma, the different treatments and research that has been conducted in Western medicine on behalf of those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The part that caught my attention was how Emanuel characterized trauma. To paraphrase her words, when people tell you about trauma – a death, a physical assault, the end of a relationship/friendship, a shocking diagnosis, etc. – a second trauma occurs if that revelation is not properly witnessed. I found this idea of second trauma to be powerful because so often, trauma is characterized as a bleeding gunshot wound or deep mental distress, but trauma can be any sudden change in your life that affects you mentally, physically, or spiritually. I began questioning my own experiences and those of friends, family, and peers, especially the women in my life. I recently began volunteering as a rape crisis advocate at a city hospital, so a specific kind of trauma has been on my mind. When I interviewed for the program, I was asked why I wanted to work with sexual assault cases. My answer was simple: to help prevent second trauma. Most of us do not innately know how to deal with difficult situations. We learn along the way, but in that process we can hurt and do damage despite having the best intentions. Women of all...

2,500 Miles from Home, 8 Children Seek a 2nd Chance at Life

An Academy Award nominated documentary short, “Open Heart” is the story of eight Rwandan children and their journey to undergo open-heart surgery at the only free-of-charge cardiac surgery hospital in Africa. These eight children suffer from life-threatening rheumatic heart disease, and open-heart surgery may be their only chance at survival. Located in the village of Soba in Sudan, the “Salam” Centre opened in 2007 is the only facility in Africa capable of such advanced cardiac surgery free of charge. The documentary is one of the more moving portrayals I’ve seen of the power that medicine has to affect lives. A definite must-watch.   Featured images taken from video...

These 6 Words from a Pancreatic Cancer Patient Have Set off a Firestorm in the Breast Cancer Community

This awareness campaign video by Pancreatic Cancer Action has stirred considerable controversy over some of the taglines mentioned in the video and on print ads. One print ad in the series uses a quote from 24-year-old pancreatic cancer patient Kerry Harvey—”I wish I had breast cancer”—as its headline and mentions that the survival rate is only 3%, the lowest among the 22 common cancers. The video also notes that pancreatic cancer receives less than 1% of cancer research funding. So, what do you think? Did Pancreatic Cancer Action Step too far? Or was this a necessary call to action and awareness? Tell us your thoughts in the comments...

These Docs Dreamed of Saving the World, and They’re Doing Just That

Doctors across the United States can read up on vital health information with a quick Google search, but how do medical professionals in global underserved communities access this same material? WiRED International, a volunteer-driven non-profit, has been solving this problem since 1997 by building Medical Information Centers (MICs) for healthcare professionals and Community Health Information Centers (CHI Centers) for local community members. For information-starved doctors and nurses in regions stricken by war and poverty, the CHI Centers represent a chance to learn from previously unattainable medical information. On the other hand, MICs offer grassroot community involvement of birth attendants, students, peer educators, and traditional healers and teach them the health issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention in Kenya.  In order to verify that each of WiRED’s training modules are accurate and effective, WiRED pulls from a board and volunteer-base with extensive clinical and public-health backgrounds. By giving medical professionals the chance to learn more about the health needs of their region, WiRED aims to empower local doctors and nurses to take better care of their communities. The list of program countries reaches across the globe and Community Health Information Libraries can be found in countries ranging from Albania to Iraq to Sierra Leone. In 2009, WiRED’s founder, Dr. Gary Selnow, received the UC Berkeley Public Health Hero Award in which he talked about the program: WiRED’s latest program is a Severe Malnutrition Module produced in response to the alarming increase in malnutrition in Syria. Future programs for 2014...