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As HIV/AIDS therapies take hold in Botswana, developing countries strive for clean and potable water, and India battles against malaria, we in the US ask - How are we working to promote health and longevity for people around the world? ReachMD investigates a range of medical issues that transcend the international landscape.




On the Front Lines of Medical Missions: Two Doctors' Perspectives

Host: John J. Russell, MD Guest: Amy Mackey, MD Hosts Dr. John Russell and Dr. Amy Mackey sit down to reflect on their individual and shared experiences participating in medical missions from their respective vantage points of family medicine and obstetrics & gynecology.

Duration: 00:16:59

Zika Virus Update: The Family Doc's Guide to Recognition and Treatment

Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO News about the Zika virus have dominated health headlines, but understandings about the full range of viral transmission routes, symptomatology, complications, and rising endemic zones remain unclear for many clinicians. Joining Dr. Jennifer Caudle for updates in recognitions and treatment for Zika virus infection is Dr. Kecia Gaither, practicing OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist, and perinatal consultant at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City,...

Duration: 00:12:59

The Malaria Project: The U.S. Government's Secret Mission to Find a Miracle Cure

Host: John J. Russell, MD A fascinating and shocking historical exposé, The Malaria Project is the story of America's secret mission to combat malaria during World War II—a campaign modeled after a German project which tested experimental drugs on men gone mad from syphilis. Karen M. Masterson, a journalist turned malaria researcher, uncovers the complete story behind this dark tale of science, medicine and war.

Duration: 00:21:00

Canadian Perspectives on Managing Lipid Disorders in Children

Host: Alan S. Brown, MD, FNLA Like in the United States, Canadian citizens contend with a high pediatric prevelance of lipid disorders, particularly familial hypercholesterolemia. However, perspectives on clinical care and standards public health priorities to address dyslipidemia differ markedly between these two countries. Can American practitioners and health policy experts alike benefit from Canadian approaches to lipidology? Dr. Alan Brown welcomes Dr. Julie St. Pierre, Professor of...

Duration: 00:17:59

The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years

Host: John J. Russell, MD In recent years, malaria has emerged as a cause celebre for voguish philanthropists. Bill Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are only a few of the personalities who have lent their names--and opened their pocketbooks--in hopes of stopping the disease. Still, in a time when every emergent disease inspires waves of panic, why aren't we doing more to tame one of our oldest foes? And how does a pathogen that we've known how to prevent for more than a century still infect...

Duration: 00:19:29

Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond

Host: John J. Russell, MD Over the past fifty years, more than three hundred infectious diseases have either newly emerged or reemerged, appearing in territories where they’ve never been seen before. Ninety percent of epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations. But which one, and how? In Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond, prizewinning journalist Sonia Shah interweaves history, original reportage,...

Duration: 00:20:59

Fears over Spread of Zika Virus Grow in the Caribbean

Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Reporting from the Caribbean island of Bonaire, Dr. Brian McDonough provides an update on local public sentiments and concerns around the continuing spread of Zika virus infections across the world.

Duration: 00:00:59

Study Compares Health Care Usage, Cost in Developed Countries for Patients Dying with Cancer

[Read the Article] To some, end of life care in the United States is considered resource intensive, expensive, and inattentive to patients' needs. So how does the United States compare to other countries? A new study examined several health care measures at the end of life for cancer patients in five European countries, Canada and the United States.Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine compared the health care experience for cancer patients older than...

Duration: 00:01:00

Shifts in Global Health Security: Lessons from Ebola

Global health security is the protection of the health of people and societies worldwide. With diseases a plane ride or border crossing away, the importance of global health security has never been clearer. Patterns of global travel and trade pose greater opportunities for infectious diseases to emerge and spread nearly anywhere within 24 hours. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has infected more than 28,000 people across 10 countries and has caused more than 11,200 deaths,...

Duration: 01:05:56

Controlling and Eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases Worldwide: The END Fund's Mission

Host: Matt Birnholz, MD Joining host Dr. Matt Birnholz is Sarah Marchal Murray, Chief Operating Officer at The END Fund, a private philanthropic initiative dedicated to controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Over 1.4 billion people globally are affected by one or more of the most common NTDs, including 875 million children. The END Fund focuses on tackling the five most prevalent NTDs: intestinal worms,schistosomiasis,lymphatic filariasis,trachoma, and river...

Duration: 00:21:29

A Pharmacists Role in the Relief Efforts in Haiti

Host: Frank Russomano What are the continuing rehabilitation efforts in Haiti? And, how can you assist in the continual medical needs of this country? Host Frank Russomano welcomes pharmacist Ro Brual to discuss his special volunteer work in Haiti before, during and after the Haiti earthquake of 2010. Mr. Brual is a pharmacist and Associate Consultant of Medical Education at Eli Lilly amp; Company.

Duration: 00:14:30