Archive for the ‘Low-Resource Healthcare Pearls’ Category

Helping Babies Breathe On Life’s Most Dangerous Day

Friday, November 25th, 2022 |

  What is the most dangerous day in a person's entire life? Perhaps the one when a teenager receives his or her driver's license, the first big college party event, rock climbing or back woods vacation? Worldwide data actually demonstrate that ...

What Causes Malnutrition In Pregnancy?

Friday, November 11th, 2022 |

  Malnutrition especially impacts pregnant women around the globe. The challenges of food security, poverty, anemia, malnutrition, low birth weight, and failure to thrive are all inextricably interwoven. Worldwide, the effect of protein-calorie malnutrition is correlated with low-birth-weight infants, maternal anemia, preterm ...

Can You Manage This Child’s Malnutrition?

Friday, October 14th, 2022 |

  The five-year-old child in this photo presents to your health center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. History is obtained from family members, who explain that eight months ago their farm was attacked by bandits. The family has been ...

The Case for ‘Global Surgeons’

Friday, October 23rd, 2020 |

  One person out of three around the globe lives in a community with no access to a general surgeon. Often, people are separated from physicians with such skills by scores of miles or thousands of dollars. As a result, children, ...

Anti-Poverty Vaccine? Is That Possible?

Friday, May 24th, 2019 |

Introducing Peter Hotez, my friend and today's best known proponent of anti-poverty vaccines. Peter is an accomplished scientist and pediatric infectious disease specialist at Texas Children's Hospital. A tactful, vocal proponent for policy and civic action on multiple health fronts, ...

Why Do Mothers Continue To Die?

Friday, April 19th, 2019 |

Tragedy aptly describes the emotions surrounding the death of a pregnant woman. Until recently, grave markers in the United States frequently stated "died in childbirth." And while such deaths have greatly diminished in North America, they remain frequent in the ...

Hypertension: Pregnancy’s Silent Killer

Friday, January 11th, 2019 |

Chronic hypertension is a common illness in the general population. However, hypertension is frequently never be diagnosed because those who have it usually have no symptoms. It is also undertreated because hypertensive people may not understand its importance, do not ...

Will Ultrasound Replace Your Stethoscope?

Friday, December 14th, 2018 |

As a student, my professors emphasized the importance of routinely ascultating a patient's carotid arteries with my stethoscope for detection of bruits that could indicate life-threatening stenosis. Research on the reliability of this exam demonstrates it to be only moderate. ...

Can You Recognize River Blindness?

Friday, October 19th, 2018 |

  Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, is caused by Onchocerca volvulus, a tissue nematode transmitted to humans by the bite of black fly inhabiting the banks of fast-moving streams in equatorial Africa. This nematode produces microfilariae that cause inflammatory damage ...

Polio: A Dogged Disease of Poverty

Friday, September 21st, 2018 |

  Polio first appears in recorded human history in 1580 BC. Before widespread use of polio vaccine, polio continued endemic in virtually all low- and middle-income countries. My precious cousin, Roger Hubble, acquired polio in Missouri in the 1950s, and walked ...