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  • Global Education

    In Defense of Millennials, the Global Generation

    February 12, 2019

    Studies show that the number medical students studying overseas has increased significantly over the decades. In fact, the number jumped from 6.4 percent in the mid-1980s to over 27 percent in 2017.

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    Think Globally, Act Locally

    November 01, 2018

    “Think globally, act locally” is a popular global health idea that encourages people to consider the health of the entire planet while taking actions in their own cities and communities. And it’s an idea that inspired a group of students in the Perelman School of Medicine to join with other medical schools in Philadelphia and start a group dedicated to the growing field of global surgery.

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    World Immunization Week 2018

    April 16, 2018

    Vaccines are widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Ahead of this year’s World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April – we’re reviewing some of the most important vaccine breakthroughs in recent history, as well as a looking to the future of vaccine development for diseases like HIV/AIDS, Zika, and Herpes.

  • Translation

    Speaking the Language of Medicine

    April 12, 2018

    Nearly 37,000 Amish live in the Lancaster County area, most of whom are fluent in Pennsylvania German, popularly known as Pennsylvania Dutch. While they also speak fluent English, these residents are critical to the culture and history of the region, and when they need medical attention, it’s vital that Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is able to support them.

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    Tobacco Use and Heart Disease: A Growing Global Health Challenge

    February 12, 2018

    More than 1 billion people worldwide currently use tobacco products. While that may sound like a staggering number, tobacco use, particularly in the United States and Europe, is actually decreasing. But global health experts caution that this overall decline might be a bit of smoke and mirrors.

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    World Cancer Day: Researcher Shares How He’s Reshaping Breast Health in Rwanda

    February 05, 2018

    In 2012, 39-year-old Antoinette sought treatment at her community health center in rural Rwanda for a swollen left breast. All the women in her community with breast cancer who went to the clinic had returned home without treatment and ultimately died of the disease.

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    WhatsApp is Changing Dermatology Care in Botswana

    January 12, 2018

    Innovation in health care doesn’t always have to mean new or expensive. It’s often the smart repurposing of something – “frugal innovations” that have a long history in low-resource settings. A recent example that has been flying under the radar in Botswana is the use of the smartphone application WhatsApp.

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    World AIDS Day 2017: Aging with HIV

    November 27, 2017

    It has been almost 40 years since the world was first introduced to the HIV/AIDs epidemic. Since those early days of confusion and fear, treatment advances have led to a scenario that doctors and patients in the 1980s and early 1990s could not have imagined: the aging HIV patient.

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    Building Tomorrow’s Global Health Leaders

    October 25, 2017

    Like many countries in eastern and southern Africa, Kenya has a high rate of pediatric HIV, with nearly 100,000 children living with the virus. Rosa Chemwey Ndiema hopes to put Kenya on the path to virtual elimination of the virus through research on how to better involve community leaders to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV—and that brought her to Philadelphia this summer to learn from renowned physicians and researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine.

  • mental health

    Making Mental Health Care a Global Health Priority

    September 22, 2017

    Depression is the leading cause of illness and disability worldwide. To help raise awareness about it, the World Health Organization launched a global campaign, called “Depression: Let’s Talk,” to encourage health care providers and people who are living with mental illness to seek the treatment they need.

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