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Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on November 26, 2013
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Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on November 13, 2013
This story is a real turkey.
It seems that deep-frying turkeys is growing in popularity for Thanksgiving.
Unfortunately, deep-frying also leads to injuries and home cooking fires, according to the Health Sciences Division at Loyola University Chicago.
Let’s talk turkey:
Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. More than 4,000 fires occur annually on Thanksgiving Day as celebrants deep-fry turkeys, boil potatoes, bake pies and more.
“Cooking remains a major mechanism of injuries for adults, and for children who are underfoot,” said Dr. Richard L. Gamelli, director of the Burn & Shock Trauma Research Institute, director of the Burn Unit and senior vice president and provost of the Health Sciences Division at Loyola University Chicago.
The recent trend of deep-frying the turkey has prompted an increase in injuries. In the United States, more than 141 serious fires and hot-oil burns have been reported from turkey fryers over the last decade, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Serafino Alfe of suburban Chicago knows how dangerous it can be. He was deep-frying turkeys for an annual fundraiser dinner a few years ago and ended up at the Loyola Burn Center with third-degree burns—the worst—on his leg.
“I tripped and fell right into the deep fryer,” he said. “Thirty quarts of hot oil poured over my leg and I basically fried myself.”
Alfe said he has used a deep fryer for many years and is always careful. “We put the deep fryers on cardboard and I caught my shoe on the edge and just lost my balance,” said Alfe, who underwent surgery at Loyola on his injured leg the day before Thanksgiving in 2011. “We were using the older fryers that do not have a secure lid and the gallons of hot oil just splattered out everywhere.”
In addition to the pain of these types of injuries, an estimated $15 million in U.S. property damage is caused by deep-fryer fires.
“It doesn’t matter if it is a turkey fryer or a conventional oven, you should always take great care when using appliances, vehicles and any other device that has the potential to cause great harm to yourself and others if used in a careless, irresponsible manner,” Gamelli said.
If you’re planning to use a turkey fryer, Gamelli offers these safety tips:
- Look for the newer fryers with sealed lids to prevent oil spills.
- Keep the fryer in full view while the burner is on.
- Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
- Place the fryer in an open area away from all walls, fences or other structures.
- Never use the fryer in, on or under a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, deck or any other structure that can catch fire.
- Make sure the turkey is dry when placed in the hot oil. Slowly raise and lower the turkey to reduce hot-oil splatter and to avoid burns.
- Never cook in short sleeves, shorts or bare feet. Cover all bare skin when dunking or removing bird.
- Protect your eyes with goggles or glasses.
- Immediately turn off the fryer if the oil begins to overheat.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water don’t mix and water can cause oil to spill over, creating a fire or even an explosion.
- Don’t overfill fryer with oil. Turkey fryers can ignite in seconds after oil hits the burner.
- Keep a fire extinguisher appropriate for oil fires close at hand and be familiar with how to operate it.
- Do not use a hose in an attempt to douse a turkey fryer fire.
- If you do burn yourself, or someone else is burned, seek immediate medical attention.
“With some careful preparation, all can gather around the table and enjoy the Thanksgiving dinner they prepared themselves, rather than spending it as a patient in the hospital burn center,” Gamelli said. Loyola’s Burn Center is one of the busiest in the Midwest, treating nearly 600 patients annually in the hospital and another 3,500 patients each year in its clinic.
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Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on October 22, 2013
We’ve long been told of the negative effects of alcohol abuse, including cirrhosis and cardiovascular disease.
Now researchers at Loyola University Medical Center say that too much alcohol consumption can also slow the healing process for broken bones.
Here is a news release from the medical center:
Physicians have long observed that binge drinking can significantly impair the healing process following a bone fracture.
Now a study by Loyola University Medical Center researchers is providing insights into how alcohol slows healing on the cellular and molecular levels. The findings could lead to treatments to improve bone healing in alcohol abusers, and possibly non-drinkers as well.
Roman Natoli, MD, PhD, presented these findings Sunday, Oct. 6, during the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2013 Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Senior author is John Callaci, PhD. The study was funded by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.
“Many bone fractures are alcohol-related, due to car accidents, falls, shootings, etc.,” Natoli said. “In addition to contributing to bone fractures, alcohol also impairs the healing process. So add this to the list of reasons why you should not abuse alcohol.”
Researchers studied the effects that alcohol consumption had on bone healing in mice. One group of mice was exposed to alcohol levels roughly equivalent to three times the legal limit for driving. A control group was exposed to equal amounts of saline (salt water).
The study found three ways in which alcohol impaired bone healing after a fracture:
There were differences between the control group and the alcohol-exposed group in the callus, the hard bony tissue that forms around the ends of fractured bones. In the alcohol-exposed group, the callus was less mineralized, meaning not as much bone was forming. Moreover, the bone that did form was not as strong.
Mice exposed to alcohol showed signs of oxidative stress, a process that impairs normal cellular functions. The alcohol-exposed mice had significantly higher levels of malondialdehyde, a molecule that serves as a marker for oxidative stress. Additionally, levels of an enzyme that decreases oxidative stress, superoxide dismutase, were higher in the alcohol-exposed mice (but not quite high enough to be considered statistically significant).
During the healing process, the body sends immature stem cells to a fracture site. After arriving at the site, the stem cells mature into bone cells. Two proteins, known as SDF-1 and OPN, are involved in recruiting stem cells to the injury site. In the alcohol-exposed group, OPN levels were significantly lower.
As a follow-up to this study, Natoli is planning an animal-model study on two potential treatments to counter the negative effects of alcohol on bone healing. One treatment would be to inject mice with stem cells to improve healing. The other treatment would be the administration of NAc, an antioxidant that combats oxidative stress.
If such treatments were shown to be effective in alcohol abusers, it’s possible the treatments also might speed healing in non-drinkers as well, Natoli said.
Natoli is a resident physician in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Callaci is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. The third author is Rachel Mauer, BS, a research technician.
The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) advances interprofessional, multidisciplinary, and transformative education and research while promoting service to others through stewardship of scientific knowledge and preparation of tomorrow’s leaders. The HSD is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. It includes the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Stritch School of Medicine, the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, and several other institutes and centers encouraging new research and interprofessional education opportunities across all of Loyola University Chicago. The faculty and staff of the HSD bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to seeing that Loyola’s health sciences continue to excel and exceed the standard for academic and research excellence. For more on the HSD, visit LUC.edu/hsd.
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Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on September 21, 2013
Loyola University Chicago is creating a new Institute of Public Health to improve access to healthcare across the globe.
Here is a new release from the university:
Loyola University Chicago is establishing a new Institute of Public Health, a scholarly program dedicated to reducing the global burden of disease, improving international health and decreasing health disparities due to racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, environmental and other factors.
The institute will:
• Educate students for careers and leadership positions in public health;
• Conduct internationally recognized research on factors that contribute to disease and health disparities;
• Work within local and global communities to improve health and reduce disparities;
• Recruit a diverse faculty and student body that will improve understanding of the causes of and solutions for health risks and disparities.
“The Institute of Public Health exemplifies Loyola University Chicago’s Jesuit Catholic commitment to social justice,” said Richard L. Gamelli, MD, FACS, senior vice president and provost of Health Sciences.
The institute will build upon the master of public health (MPH) degree program that Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine established in 2009 to provide the breadth and depth required to educate future professionals and link students with community projects and public health research.
Amy Luke, PhD, professor of Public Health Sciences in Stritch School of Medicine, will serve as Director of the Institute.
Luke received her PhD in human nutrition and nutritional biology from the University of Chicago in 1994, and continued her training as a research associate in Stritch’s Department of Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology. Luke has led National Institutes of Health-funded projects on the causes of obesity and cardiovascular disease in Africa, the Caribbean and metropolitan Chicago. She also mentors junior faculty, MPH students and medical students.
Luke’s responsibilities will include continued development of internationally recognized research, education and community outreach that incorporates faculty expertise from throughout the university. She will assist Holly Kramer, MD, MPH, director of the MPH program, in the program accreditation process and work with Richard S. Cooper, MD, chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, to recruit faculty that support public health initiatives and related doctoral programs.
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Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 14, 2013
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is lauding Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine for becoming the first medical school in the nation to accept applications from undocumented immigrants.
Stritch decided to accept undocumented students after President Barack Obama signed an order to allow young adults brought to the United States as children to temporarily live and work here legally, Crain’s Chicago Business first reported.
Stritch says on its website that the decision also is fitting with Loyola’s Jesuit value of social justice.
“Loyola University’s decision to become the first medical school in the country to allow undocumented students to apply and attend is one more way Chicago is becoming the most immigrant friendly city in the country. As the University attracts more of the best and brightest to Chicago, they will help shape our city, as immigrants have done in every generation,” Emanuel said in a statement.” With our support for the DREAM act and efforts to promote immigrant businesses and citizenship, we are creating more opportunities for immigrants to pursue their dreams. By accepting undocumented students, Loyola will provide families and students across the country a better chance to achieve the American dream in Chicago, the most American of American Cities. Loyola’s decision is true to our values as a city and will help create value for our city for generations to come.”
Here is an announcement from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine:
The Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is pleased to invite applications from qualified persons with DACA immigration status or who are DACA-eligible. These students join U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents as eligible for admission to Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Application for admission may be made concurrent with pursuit of DACA status; matriculation requires completion of the process and conferral of deferred action from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As a Jesuit and Catholic educational institution, we strive to be a welcoming and supportive environment that welcomes qualified DREAMers to join their peers and achieve their full potential in serving others as physicians. Moreover, it is simply in the interest of the medical profession and the people we serve to utilize the talents of qualified students of this immigration status. We call upon our peers in the medical education community to also extend opportunities to these students and to advocate for reforms of the United States immigration system that would remove the remaining barriers and uncertainties confronting this category of students.
- What is DACA Status? On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program allows some young persons who are classified as undocumented immigrants to receive a two-year, renewable authorization to remain and work within the United States. These young persons are commonly called “DREAMers” after the proposed federal legislation, the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act). DREAMers were brought to the United States as children and have been raised and been educated in this country. They are Americans in every way except lack citizenship status. “They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.” (1)In order to obtain DACA-status, DREAMers must meet certain criteria including that they were brought to the United States before the age of sixteen but are not older than thirty-one years of age, have achieved particular levels of education or military service, and not have been convicted of a felony or have a problematic record of misdemeanors (For a full list of criteria, click here) Students who are granted DACA status are issued an Employment Authorization Document (also known as a work permit) and can apply for a Social Security number from the Social Security Administration.
- Why Has Loyola Stritch School of Medicine Expanded Eligibility to this Category of Students? The Loyola Stritch School of Medicine welcomes DREAMers who are DACA-eligible for three main reasons:
- Our Jesuit & Catholic Values – As a Catholic university that is sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), we firmly believe in the dignity of each person and in the promotion of social justice. The dignity or worth of persons calls us to steward the talents of qualified applicants rather than reject their contributions for arbitrary and arcane reasons. Social justice requires that we foster the conditions for full participation in the community by all members of our community. These young people who meet the criteria for DACA status are typically woven into the fabric of our communities and have a basic right to contribute to the fullest extent of their abilities. Our approach echoes a long tradition articulated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) of advocacy for immigrant members of our communities. (2) (3) (4)
- The Interests of the Medical Profession and Medical Education – A diverse medical workforce is very important to the health of our communities for reasons that are well-known. Physicians who share ethnic, cultural or racial backgrounds with underserved patients are more likely to choose to serve those underserved populations, produce improved outcomes, and can become role models within the community. In addition, it is desirable that all physicians develop a level of cultural sensitivity and competence. Training side-by-side in a diverse student body can foster understanding of persons and cultures different from one’s own. Thus, increasing diversity benefits all students.DREAMers represent a potential source of qualified and diverse talent that will be an asset to the medical education environment, the medical profession, and patients. These young people are often bi-cultural, bi-lingual, and possess insight into the immigrant experience. In a nation that has a large immigrant population, these young people can help to foster the ability of the physician workforce to treat the array of patients they will encounter in their practices.
- DACA status removes a long-standing barrier to securing a residency slot – Medical school graduates who have DACA status will be eligible to gain a state license to practice medicine and thereby enter a residency training program. Prior to the creation of the DACA program, any DREAMer who graduated medical school would be unable to secure a work authorization and a social security number. Thus, he or she would be unable to gain a license to practice medicine and enter residency training. Medical schools understandably had been reluctant to accept and educate students who would not be able to treat patients. Such a situation would consume significant resources of the educational institution without meeting its goal, namely to produce physicians to serve the community’s patient populations. As this barrier is no longer an insurmountable obstacle, it is incumbent upon medical schools to evaluate DREAMers for admission based on their qualifications and potential, not their immigration status.
- Barriers that confront DREAMers and Loyola Stritch School of Medicine’s response The immediate obstacle that DREAMers face after acceptance to medical school is financing their medical education. Students with DACA status remain ineligible for most federal benefits including federally-guaranteed student loans. Such loans often comprise an important part of a medical student’s financial aid package. Of course all students at a private university such as Loyola are eligible for aid from the university including scholarships.The Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is presently pursuing a number of financial aid options for students who have received deferred action. We remain hopeful that highly qualified applicants will achieve a financing package comparable to students who are U.S. citizens. The package can potentially combine school-based aid and alternative loans that are similar to federally-guaranteed loans in their terms. We hope to be able to provide more specific information in the coming months.The longer term concern for students with DACA status is the stability of the deferred action program. It is a status created by the executive branch of government and thereby subject to change in a new Presidential administration. As a two-year renewable status, it cannot provide the recipient with the long-term security that comes with a path to citizenship. However, we believe to use this concern to further delay the opportunities for medical education to DREAMers is to perpetuate existing injustices. The uncertain future of the DACA program is a concern that should motivate the medical profession and medical education community to advocate for a path to citizenship for DREAMers. This path would be in the interest of medicine and the patients we serve.
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Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on January 15, 2013
Loyola University Health System is taking an aggressive approach to the flu epidemic by employing a new machine that can diagnose the illness in little more than an hour.Testing traditionally takes so long that people are already over the flu before they even knew they had it.But Loyola is using a new federally approved machine to diagnose the flu in about an hour, leading to faster treatment.
Here is a portion of the story from the Chicago Tribune:
Laboratory testing for the flu has traditionally taken so long to yield results that most people recovered before finding out if they actually had the virus.
But about half a dozen Chicago-area hospitals can now diagnose influenza in just more than an hour through a federally approved machine that has been working overtime during what is shaping up as a horrendous season for the flu.
“If you don’t have this test, then you’re just guessing what the best thing to do could be,” said Paul Schreckenberger, Loyola University Health System’s authority on the FilmArray Respiratory Panel.
A faster and more accurate diagnosis can lead to more effective treatment.
“It is important for the physician to know what they’re dealing with,” Schreckenberger said. “They can’t just look at the patient or read their symptoms.”
The screening device — the second of its type to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — tests a nasal sample for 17 types of viruses and three kinds of bacteria. Among them are key indicators of the flu that on Friday was classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The automated machine speeds up a diagnostic process that could otherwise take up to a week under different methods. Most hospitals send patient samples to commercial laboratories, where technicians either grow the virus or check for it using their own technology.
To read the entire Tribune story, click here: FLU
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Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on January 14, 2013
As Loyola University Chicago students return to campus Monday, they arrive in the midst of a national flu epidemic.
It stands to reason that with thousands of students congregating in classrooms, dorms and cafeterias, the chances of flu spreading is greatly increased.
To that end, Loyola’s Wellness Center is advising students to wash their hand frequently, cover their noses when they cough or sneeze, and above all, get a flu shot.
Here is the message from the Wellness Center:
Like much of the country, the incidence of influenza, “the flu,” is on the increase in the Chicago area and expected to continue to rise. Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms that include abrupt onset fever, headache, body aches, and dry cough.
The best way to decrease your chances of getting the flu is by making sure you are vaccinated. Students, I encourage you to get your flu shot from your health care provider before you return to campus, as it can take up to two weeks to build up your antibodies. Although the Wellness Center will have a limited supply of vaccine available for students next week, the earlier you are vaccinated, the sooner you will build up some immunity. Other ways to help prevent the spread of flu include washing your hands regularly, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throwing the tissue away, avoiding close contact with sick people, and staying home if you are sick.
Faculty and staff members who are participants in the Loyola Advantage PPO Blue Cross Blue Shield plan and have not already been administered the influenza immunization are eligible to receive the immunization as a wellness benefit, at no cost. To obtain the immunization, please visit your doctor’s office, designated pharmacy location, clinic, or other authorized source. For instances of serious illness, as related to the flu, lasting more than five days, please contact Matrix Absence Management at 800.866.2301 or www.MatrixeServices.com. More information on this year’s seasonal flu can be found at www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2012-2013.htm.
Please help in keeping our community healthy.
Diane Asaro Director, Wellness Center
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Posted by epawelko on October 23, 2012
Ann Andreoni, a professor at Loyola University Chicago’s Niehoff School of Nursing, received the American Nurses Association’s Immunity Award for her pilot program, focusing on raising immunization rates and educating the public on vaccine-preventable diseases.
Nurse.com, a national nursing news site, reports that the award is in connection with the Bringing Immunity to Every Community project, headed by the ANA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The project’s goal is to educate nurses on the importance of immunization, and encourage nurses to lead the charge in advocating for vaccine-based disease prevention.
While working at a health center, based at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Andreoni, a registered nurse, created and implemented a program that provides free influenza vaccines and low-cost vaccines for faculty at three local elementary schools.
Andreoni and her team attended parent-teacher conferences to inform parents of the benefits of immunization for their children and asked for their consent. The program which was available in English or Spanish, led to over 350 students being immunized.
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Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 6, 2012
Well, now he’s 21, and this week, he became the youngest student to earn a medical degree at the University of Chicago.
Here’s the story from the Los Angeles Times:
A former child genius and Los Angeles resident who entered medical school at the age of 12 is graduating this week as the youngest student to receive a medical degree from the University of Chicago.
Born in Portland, Ore., Sho Yano, 21, has an IQ above 200 and spent most of his early years in California — attending the Mirman School for Gifted Children in Los Angeles for a few years and getting home-schooled by his mother.Yano, who has already completed his Ph.D. in molecular genetics and cell biology, was composing music by age 4, and scored 1,500 out of 1,600 possible points on the SAT by age 8. At 9, he attended Chicago’s Loyola University, where he graduated in three years, summa cum laude, but still played with his pet rabbit and delighted in reading children’s books, the Chicago Tribunereported.
Yano was admitted to the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine after he met with double the usual number of staff, the Tribune said. Several other medical schools had rejected his application, citing lack of maturity.
Although he was the subject of gossip and teasing in college, classmates at Pritzker have accepted him as part of their class. Peers and faculty told the Tribune that Yano is a “sweet” and “humble” student who loves Bach and quoting Greek literature.
“Despite his age, Sho’s the oldest soul in our class,” one classmate told the Tribune.
He has a black belt in tae kwon do and is a noted pianist. But in the end, he said in 2003, he chose medicine because he wants to help people. He will spend his next five years doing a residency in pediatric neurology.
“I’d love to make a great contribution,” he told the Tribune. “We’ll just have to see where life takes me, but really, I haven’t done anything yet.”
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Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on May 14, 2012
The award recognizes excellence in clinical neurology among medical students. The Stritch faculty selected Cuomo to receive the prize, which is awarded annually on behalf of the American Academy of Neurology. The award is given to a student who exemplifies outstanding scientific achievement and clinical acumen in neurology or neuroscience, and outstanding integrity, compassion and leadership.
“Jason is mature, inquisitive, eager to learn, motivated and highly responsible,” said Dr. José Biller, chairman of the Department of Neurology. “He is a very accomplished and talented medical student.”
Cuomo is completing his second year of medical school. He is active in Stritch’s Honors in Research Program and is vice president of the Student Interest Group in Neurology. He is a co-author of nine academic articles, book chapters, abstracts and presentations.
Cuomo grew up in Guilford, Conn. He graduated from Boston College with a double major in psychology and philosophy, and has a master’s degree in philosophy from Boston College.
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