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Eric Noji (Professor Eric Noji M.D.)
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Legendary humanitarian visionary, medical doctor, noted author, gifted teacher, and iconic figure in the aid community (http://doctor.ericnoji.me)
Legendary humanitarian visionary, medical doctor, noted author, gifted teacher, and iconic figure in the aid community (http://doctor.ericnoji.me)

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My interview in Lithuania on medical preparedness for terrorism. Unfortunately, I don't read nor write Lithuanian. Any assistance re: translation would be much appreciated.

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"The thing I notice about him is his courage," Donald Berwick, MD, a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under Obama, told Medscape Medical News. "He really tries to do the right thing. He was always gracious, but fearless in defending the health of the American people.

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Mental health problems occur after any major disaster, and the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis is no exception.

However, in contrast to Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake in Haiti, which involved a "static population" and in which the injuring event came to an end, the Syrian situation involves "a transient population where the crisis isn't over"

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Building trust with patients and carefully addressing their concerns are foundational to our role as primary care physicians, especially when dealing with an underprivileged population. This is really challenging given the living conditions of the refugees. The oppression they experienced makes them reluctant to trust care providers. In addition, the fragmentation of care provided to refugees hinders the ability of healthcare providers to build long-term relationships with their patients. Despite all of these barriers, communication remains one of the essential components of a good physician-patient relationship. It costs little, yet its effect is significant in improving patients' health outcome, most notably in a place where resources are scarce.

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Physicians may face many and diverse challenges when dealing with vulnerable populations. In addition to the elderly, these include refugees, especially young girls. These patients need emotional support, encouragement, and empowerment. These needs can be met by scheduling frequent medical visits in which the physician must seize the opportunity to play the role of the therapeutic element in the clinical encounter.

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Much of the rest of what Burlington’s 42,000 citizens need to keep the lights on comes from a combination of hydroelectric power drawn from a plant it built a half mile up Vermont's Winooski River, four wind turbines on nearby Georgia Mountain and a massive array of solar panels at the airport. Together these sources helped secure Burlington the distinction of being the country’s first city that draws 100 percent of its power from renewable sources

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My first visit to Antarctica landing on a runway built on a frozen sea shelf 14 February 2015. I told our cameraman that everything was upside down here and as you can see, he believed it!

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Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife and, worst of all, stress.

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Microbial forensics is a scientific discipline dedicated to analyzing evidence from a bioterrorism act, biocrime, or inadvertent microorganism or toxin release for attribution purposes. This emerging discipline seeks to offer investigators the tools and techniques to support efforts to identify the source of a biological threat agent and attribute a biothreat act to a particular person or group. Microbial forensics is still in the early stages of development and faces substantial scientific challenges to continue to build capacity.

The unlawful use of biological agents poses substantial dangers to individuals, public health, the environment, the economies of nations, and global peace. It also is likely that scientific, political, and media-based controversy will surround any investigation of the alleged use of a biological agent, and can be expected to affect significantly the role that scientific information or evidence can play. For these reasons, building awareness of and capacity in microbial forensics can assist in our understanding of what may have occurred during a biothreat event, and international collaborations that engage the broader scientific and policy-making communities are likely to strengthen our microbial forensics capabilities. One goal would be to create a shared technical understanding of the possibilities - and limitations - of the scientific bases for microbial forensics analysis.

Science Needs for Microbial Forensics: Developing Initial International Research Priorities, based partly on a workshop held in Zabgreb, Croatia in 2013, identifies scientific needs that must be addressed to improve the capabilities of microbial forensics to investigate infectious disease outbreaks and provide evidence of sufficient quality to support legal proceedings and the development of government policies. This report discusses issues of sampling, validation, data sharing, reference collection, research priorities, global disease monitoring, and training and education to promote international collaboration and further advance the field.
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