Med-Line is seeking to help outstanding medical students seeking residency

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If you are a program director, please contact us. We have a list of a few outstanding medical students who are looking for residency positions starting June 1st, 2011.

They may contact you, please help them find a position before June 1st. There is a shortage of doctors and we are doing our best to help fill that need.


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Seeking Participants in Voluntary Independent Research Study

Do you listen to music? Do you find it enjoyable? Do you find it therapeutic? Do you find it disruptive?
Do you listen to hip-hop, drum and bass, trance, progressive house, house, jazz, rock and roll, classical, folk, gregorian chant, international musics, or other music?
Are you a musician, dj, or do you play a musical instrument?

Do you know of anyone who suffers from any neurological condition, ranging from ADHD/ADD, Depression, Schizophrenia, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Addiction, Restless Leg Syndrome, Difficulty with Speech or Hearing, Communication?

If you are between the ages of 18 to 50 years old, we are conducting a scientific study to investigate the influence of music on your lifestyle. We are seeking voluntary, non-paid participants to be involved in our randomized, prospective control study to investigate the effects of music on your lifestyle.

Please call us at 617-299-6398 to enroll in this study. Your identity will remain anonymous and you may find the study interesting and helpful.

The study is entirely non-invasive. You will be given a questionnaire and be evaluated using non-invasive scientific measurements, including EEG and behavioral measurements.

Sponsored by Dr. Newton Meter, M.D., Ph.D., who is a medically trained neuroscientist, neurophysiologist with a background in studying neurological and neurosurgical disorders and music.

Please contact: 617.299.6398 or email him at All participants will remain anonymous as this is a double-blind, randomized, controlled study. The study is being overseen by other investigators and is following IRB approval measures.

*Disclaimer: This study does not intend or claim to cure or treat any medical illness or disease. Please talk to your doctor about any condition you may have. This study does not provide life-saving measures. All subjects will be screened prior to enrollment. The authors of the study nor its affiliates assume responsibilties for the participants medical care.

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Music as Medicine? The Power of Sound as Therapy – December 1st, 2010 on Generation Inclination Blog Talk Radio


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Moses Maimonides: A Great Jewish Philosopher, Theologian and Physician 1135 – 1204 AD

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Moses Maimonides: A Great Jewish Philosopher, Theologian and Physician 1135 – 1204 AD

By Hareth Raddawi, MD, FACP
Clinical Professor of Medicine & Gastronenterology, University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago

In this presentation, Dr. Raddawi will trace the life and works of Moses Maimonides (1135-1204), one of human civilization’s greatest minds, from his origin in Cordova in Arab Andalusia, to his move to Fes, Morocco all the way to his final stay in Fustat, Egypt. In Egypt, Maimonides became a royal Physician in the court of the Islamic ruler Sultan Salah Al-Din and a leader in the Jewish community. His major books of medicine and philosophy were written in Arabic, while his theological work, the Mishnah Torah, remains a major source of Jewish theology and law to this day. Attendees of this lecture will come to understand Moses Maimonides as an outstanding physician and scholar, a superb clinician and a prolific writer who made everlasting contributions to medicine, philosophy and the humanities.

About the speaker
Hareth Raddawi, MD, FACP, was born along the Euphrates river in Mesopotamia. Dr. Raddawi left the Middle East after earning his Medical Degree. He arrived in Chicago in 1981 to seek postgraduate training and began a residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital where he eventually became a Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Raddawi completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology in Chicago then went on to do a fellowship in biliary/pancreatic intervention at the Medical college of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He has been in private practice in the southwest suburbs of Chicago since 1989 and also holds a teaching faculty appointment as a clinical professor at UIC. Dr. Raddawi is an active member of the Chicago Medical Society.

November 9th
Reception: 5:00 pm
Presentation: 5:30 pm
2100 W. Harrison St, Chicago – 1st Floor Auditorium
Free parking available in the 2100 W. Harrison lot. Please park on the right side.
$20 – Food and refreshments will be provided.

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State of U.S. Healthcare Crisis

Each year more and more applicants are applying to residency. It is estimated that 45,000 applicants are applying for residency this year for an estimated 15,000 slots. At the recent AMA meeting in Chicago, President Wilson addressed issues with our health care, citing the need for providing healthcare to underprivileged communities. The training programs are limited so that fewer doctors are being trained than are needed in the community. This is not the fault of the AMA or our training programs, which are receiving decreases in their federal funding. Please write to your congressman and urge that Congress increase Medicare funding, while helping to set aside money for new training programs while building existing ones. With more doctors trained tomorrow, the U.S. will be able to meet the shortage of qualified physicians needed to serve our growing population.

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Med-Line Seeks Physician-Writers

Med-Line is seeking physician-writers looking to write periodically on different subjects. This is a great opportunity to gain some exposure, as well as add to your medical CV. This is a non-paid position. If interested, respond with your CV by sending an email to Med-LineMed-Line.

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7 Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe


Popular culture is loaded with myths and half-truths. Most are harmless. But when doctors start believing medical myths, perhaps it’s time to worry.

In the British Medical Journal this week, researchers looked into several common misconceptions, from the belief that a person should drink eight glasses of water per day to the notion that reading in low light ruins your eyesight.

“We got fired up about this because we knew that physicians accepted these beliefs and were passing this information along to their patients,” said Dr. Aaron Carroll, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. “And these beliefs are frequently cited in the popular media.”

And so here they are, so that you can inform your doctor:

Myth: We use only 10 percent of our brains.

Fact: Physicians and comedians alike, including Jerry Seinfeld, love to cite this one. It’s sometimes erroneously credited to Albert Einstein. But MRI scans, PET scans and other imaging studies show no dormant areas of the brain, and even viewing individual neurons or cells reveals no inactive areas, the new paper points out. Metabolic studies of how brain cells process chemicals show no nonfunctioning areas. The myth probably originated with self-improvement hucksters in the early 1900s who wanted to convince people that they had yet not reached their full potential, Carroll figures. It also doesn’t jibe with the fact that our other organs run at full tilt.

Myth: You should drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

Fact: “There is no medical evidence to suggest that you need that much water,” said Dr. Rachel Vreeman, a pediatrics research fellow at the university and co-author of the journal article. Vreeman thinks this myth can be traced back to a 1945 recommendation from the Nutrition Council that a person consume the equivalent of 8 glasses (64 ounces) of fluid a day. Over the years, “fluid” turned to water. But fruits and vegetables, plus coffee and other liquids, count.

Myth: Fingernails and hair grow after death.

Fact: Most physicians queried on this one initially thought it was true. Upon further reflection, they realized it’s impossible. Here’s what happens: “As the body’s skin is drying out, soft tissue, especially skin, is retracting,” Vreeman said. “The nails appear much more prominent as the skin dries out. The same is true, but less obvious, with hair. As the skin is shrinking back, the hair looks more prominent or sticks up a bit.”

Myth: Shaved hair grows back faster, coarser and darker.

Fact: A 1928 clinical trial compared hair growth in shaved patches to growth in non-shaved patches. The hair which replaced the shaved hair was no darker or thicker, and did not grow in faster. More recent studies have confirmed that one. Here’s the deal: When hair first comes in after being shaved, it grows with a blunt edge on top, Carroll and Vreeman explain. Over time, the blunt edge gets worn so it may seem thicker than it actually is. Hair that’s just emerging can be darker too, because it hasn’t been bleached by the sun.

Myth: Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight.

Fact: The researchers found no evidence that reading in dim light causes permanent eye damage. It can cause eye strain and temporarily decreased acuity, which subsides after rest.

Myth: Eating turkey makes you drowsy.

Fact: Even Carroll and Vreeman believed this one until they researched it. The thing is, a chemical in turkey called tryptophan is known to cause drowsiness. But turkey doesn’t contain any more of it than does chicken or beef. This myth is fueled by the fact that turkey is often eaten with a colossal holiday meal, often accompanied by alcohol — both things that will make you sleepy.

Myth: Mobile phones are dangerous in hospitals.

Fact: There are no known cases of death related to this one. Cases of less-serious interference with hospital devices seem to be largely anecdotal, the researchers found. In one real study, mobile phones were found to interfere with 4 percent of devices, but only when the phone was within 3 feet of the device. A more recent study, this year, found no interference in 300 tests in 75 treatment rooms. To the contrary, when doctors use mobile phones, the improved communication means they make fewer mistakes.

“Whenever we talk about this work, doctors at first express disbelief that these things are not true,” said Vreeman said. “But after we carefully lay out medical evidence, they are very willing to accept that these beliefs are actually false.”

Robert Roy Britt
LiveScience Managing Editor

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27th World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders – Amsterdam – Dec. 9 – 13th


The 2007 World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders is being held in Amsterdam from December 9th to 13th.

The main theme of this World Congress is: Education by Integration: the gateway to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. By bringing together neuroscientists, clinical neurologists and allied health care professionals and stimulating exchange of basic and clinical science, focussing on the behavioural orchestration, we hope to reach this goal.

In order to achieve a better understanding of the etiopathogenetics of the various movement disorders: vigorous discussion will be encouraged. Due to the fascinating developments of imaging modalities, we will be focussing on the brainmechanisms, which enable the orchestration of our motor behaviour: the working brain visualised by MRI, PET and SPECT, MEG and ultrasonography.

The spectrum of clinical disorders represented in the congress includes, but is not limited to Parkinson’s disease and genetic/familial/vascular/ traumatic/ toxic/ iatrogenic and otherwise induced parkinsonism, tardive dyskinesia, dementia with Lewy bodies, restless legs syndrome, multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, cortico-basal-gangliadegeneration, frontotemporal dementia with parkinsonism, gait disorders, sexual difficulties, tremor, tic disorders and dystonia.

For more information, visit this link.

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Tracking Neural Progenitor Cells in the Human Brain

November 19, 2007

(Bethesda, NIH) Scientists have developed the first noninvasive technique for detecting cells in the living human brain that give birth to new neurons and other types of brain cells. The new method may eventually lead to improved treatments and diagnostics for a host of brain-related disorders, including depression, Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors.

Scientists have been actively pursuing the study of these cells, known as neural progenitor cells, since they were first spotted in the adult human brain several years ago. Earlier studies suggested that the development of new neurons from progenitor cells, called neurogenesis, is disrupted in a wide range of disorders. But until now, scientists had no way to monitor neurogenesis in the living human brain.

As reported in the November 9, 2007, issue of Science, researchers have developed a technique that uses magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to detect molecules within the brain that seem to be unique to neural progenitor cells. The research was funded in part by NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Like the more familiar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), MRS involves placing subjects within a magnetic field to detect certain molecules within the body. But while MRI primarily reveals structural details, MRS can provide rich information about the chemical composition of tissues.

Led by scientists at the State University of New York-Stony Brook and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the research team first analyzed different types of brain cells extracted from both embryonic and adult mice. They found that neural progenitor cells had a specific chemical signal, or “biomarker,” that was less common in the other types of brain cells. The biomarker was especially prevalent in brain samples from embryonic mice. It was also more common in the mouse hippocampus, a brain region where neurogenesis occurs constantly, than in cells from the brain’s cortex, where new neurons do not normally arise. Further study indicated that the biomarker probably corresponds to yet-unknown fatty molecules in the cells.

The researchers then developed an MRS technique to noninvasively detect the biomarker in the brains of live rats. After further development, the technique was tested on healthy people. As in the rodent experiments, the scientists found higher levels of the biomarker in the human brain’s hippocampus than in the cortex. MRS scans of pre-adolescents, adolescents and adults showed that brain levels of the biomarker declined with age.

“The ability to track these cells in living people would be a major breakthrough in understanding brain development in children and continued maturation of the adult brain,” says Dr. Walter J. Koroshetz, deputy director of NINDS.

The research team is now planning studies to refine the MRS technique and test its ability to help diagnose or monitor brain-related disease. It could prove a very useful tool for research aimed at restoring or maintaining brain health.

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Neuron Landscapes Exhibition Commemorating Cajal and Golgi

The Chicago Society for Neuroscience will be holding a special exhibition called “Neuron Landscapes”. On display will be drawings, photographs and micrographs that commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine awarded to Santiago Ramón y Cajal and Camillo Golgi for their contributions to the field of Neuroscience.

We welcome all neuroscientists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons to attend this special event.

Date: Monday, December 17, 2007
Time: @ 6:30 PM opening (through February 1st, 2008)
Location: Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 W. Ohio, Chicago, IL

For more information, contact the local chapter of the Chicago Society for Neuroscience.

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Society for Neuroscience Convention – November 1 – 7

The Society for Neuroscience will be holding its annual meeting this year in San Diego. This year reports the largest number of attendees in history with 38,000. Among the guest speakers to this years event is Newt Gingrich and a panel of renowned neuroscientists from around the world.

For more information, please contact SFN at

Why Can’t a Computer be More like a Brain?

Jeff Hawkins Speaker: Jeff Hawkins
Numenta and Palm
Support Contributed by Elsevier
Location: San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Date & Time: Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The digital computer is an incredible success of the 20th century. Advances in computing have exceeded the wildest expectations of the founders of the digital age in several ways, such as increased speed and reduced size and cost. However, many of the early expectations for computers to replicate the capabilities of humans have not been met. This talk will discuss the past and future of computing, particularly how biologically inspired principles will drive many of the advances in the coming decade.

Presidential Special Lecture
Imaging Synapses in their Habitat CME

Karel Svoboda Speaker: Karel Svoboda, PhD
Janelia Farm Rese Ctr
Support contributed by Pfizer, Inc.
Location: San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Date & Time: Saturday, Nov. 3, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Recent developments in fluorescence probes and microscopy allow the measurement of the structure and function of individual synapses over times ranging from milliseconds to years, even in the intact brain. These time-lapse measurements are beginning to provide answers to some long-standing questions: Which synapses are plastic in the neocortex, especially in response to novel sensory experience? What are the mechanisms of plasticity? How are stable synapses maintained? This lecture will review some highlights from the last 10 years of imaging synapses and discuss emerging advances.

Fred Kavli Distinguished International Scientist Lecture
Control of Cortical Inhibition and Excitation by Endocannabinoids: Novel Insights into Anxiety and Epilepsy CME

Tamas Freund Speaker: Tamas F Freund, PhD
Hungarian Academy Sciences
Support Contributed by The Kavli Foundation
Location: San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Date & Time: Sunday, Nov. 4, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) serve as retrograde signals at synapses in several brain areas, including the cerebral cortex. They are released in an activity-dependent manner and inhibit both GABA and glutamate release via CB1 cannabinoid receptors. This lecture will describe the molecular components and function of this unconventional synaptic regulatory mechanism, and discuss how its malfunctioning impairs the fine-tuning of temporal coordination of neuronal activity, which may contribute to the pathogenesis of various brain disorders such as anxiety and epilepsy.

Peter & Patricia Gruber Lecture
The Neural Network: Integration and Regulation of Synaptic Transmission

Shigetada Nakanishi Speaker: Shigetada Nakanishi
Osaka Bioscience Institute
Support Contributed by The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation
Location: San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Date & Time: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

How synaptic transmission is regulated and integrated in the neural network is a fundamental question for better understanding brain function. Glutamate is a main excitatory neurotransmitter in the neural network. We molecularly elucidated diverse members of glutamate receptors and demonstrated integrative glutamatergic synaptic mechanisms by developing several novel strategies. These include the mechanisms underlying segregation of light-dark signals in the retina, pheromonal discrimination and memory in the accessory olfactory bulb, and motor learning in the cerebellum.

Presidential Special Lecture
The Once and Future Science of Neural Networks CME

H Seung Speaker: H Sebastian Seung, PhD
Support contributed by Lundbeck Research USA
Location: San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Date & Time: Sunday, Nov. 4, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Once upon a time, mathematical brain models were created using two fundamental ideas: synaptic connectivity determines function and synaptic plasticity underlies learning and memory. By now we have seen tantalizing hints that these basic ideas are at least partially true, as well as examples where they fall short. The advent of high-throughput methods for gathering neurophysiological and neuroanatomical data will transform our ability to test the foundations of neural network theory.

David Kopf Lecture on Neuroethics
Twenty-First Century Neuroscience: From the Lab and Clinic to the Home, Office, and School

Martha Farah Speaker: Martha J Farah, PhD
Univ Pennsylvania
Support contributed by David Kopf Instruments
Location: San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Date & Time: Monday, Nov. 5, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The U.S. Congress declared the 1990s to be “the decade of the brain,” in recognition of neuroscience’s progress in understanding normal brain function and treating brain disorders. What the next few decades may come to be recognized for is the expanded influence of neuroscience beyond the research lab and clinic, into the home, office, school, courtroom, battlefield, and beyond. This lecture will sketch some of the ways in which neuroscience is poised to change our lives, with its powerful new tools for monitoring and manipulating the human mind and with its physical, mechanistic view of human nature.

Special Presentation
Biomedical Research Funding: Rebuilding Support for a Vital National Investment

Newt Gingrich Speaker: Newt Gingrich
Center for Health Transformation
Location: San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Date & Time: Monday, Nov. 5, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The five-year doubling of the NIH budget ended in 2003. Since then, the bipartisan consensus in Congress in support of basic biomedical research funding has weakened. Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and founder of the Center for Health Transformation, argues that a steady increase in funding for the NIH and National Science Foundation is a vital component of an intelligent 21st century health system, one that saves lives and saves money. Gingrich believes that investments in basic biomedical research also benefit the national economy by stimulating job creation and productivity in a key economic sector. Gingrich will share his ideas on which arguments resonate with national policymakers, and how scientists’ advocacy efforts can positively affect the future funding situation.

Albert and Ellen Grass Lecture
Protein Folding and Misfolding in Neurobiology CME

Susan Lindquist Speaker: Susan L Lindquist, PhD
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research/HHMI
Support contributed by The Grass Foundation
Location: San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Date & Time: Monday, Nov. 5, 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Proteins begin as long strings that must fold precisely in order to function. Accomplishing this in the crowded environment of living cells is difficult. The misfolding of certain amyloidogenic proteins associated with neuronal cells has profound effects on their biology and is responsible for dreadful neurodegenerative diseases. Surprisingly, similar changes in the folding of other proteins may have beneficial effects in learning and memory. This lecture will investigate therapeutic strategies to control the folding of amyloidogenic proteins and the consequent biological effects.

Presidential Special Lecture
Integrating Neuroscience Knowledge: Brain Research in the Digital Age CME

Mark Ellisman Speaker: Mark H Ellisman, PhD
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Support contributed by Merck & Co., Inc.
Location: San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Date & Time: Monday, Nov. 5, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

The need for a scalable and available knowledge environment for the brain research community has captured the attention of many who now work at the hybrid interface of neuroscience and information sciences – sometimes called “neuroinformatics.” This talk will highlight accomplishments in human and animal model studies using tools and data available today, illustrating what tomorrow’s neuroscientists might expect from neuroinformatics in an era in which scientific discoveries will hinge increasingly on the development and use of telecommunications and information technology.

History of Neuroscience Lecture
Dividing Cerebral Networks: The Split-Brain

Michael Gazzaniga Speaker: Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Support contributed by AstraZeneca
Location: San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Date & Time: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Attempts to understand hemispheric function over the last 100 years have been largely approached through assessments of patients with focal lesions. Over the past 50 years, this work has been augmented by studies of patients with the cerebral commissures sectioned, allowing for the separate testing of each hemisphere. Today, neuroscientists stand on the brink of studying hemispheric function and the connecting networks in the normally intact brain, using modern brain imaging modalities.

Presidential Special Lecture
Imaging Human Brain Connections CME

Heidi Johansen-Berg Speaker: Heidi Johansen-Berg, DPhil, MSc, BA
Univ Oxford
Location: San Diego Convention Center: Ballroom 20
Date & Time: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Brain imaging techniques can now be used to estimate paths of connections in the living human brain. These approaches have already supplied novel insights into human brain anatomy and its breakdown in disease. This talk will provide background to diffusion imaging, highlight some recent advances, and discuss the scope and limitations of the technique. In particular, the degree to which anatomical information from brain imaging agrees with evidence from gold-standard classical anatomical techniques will be addressed.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Movie Filming above Med-Line’s World Headquarters

For the past month, camera crews have been filming a movie code named “A Kiss for Rory” in Chicago. A quick search on the internet confirms that this is actually a sequel to Batman, which may be entitled, Batman Returns: “The Dark Knight.”


Much of the local filming so far has been done by dual helicopters, chasing each other while swerving in and around buildings, and other times filming car chase scenes downtown. Above are a few pictures of the filming in action. We can only speculate what the movie will actually be like—perhaps very exciting, given the incredible stunts the camera crew in two helicopters have been shooting so far. And may be, just may be, you might see one of the Med-Line staff members (aka, our winged mascot Dr. Grey) perching in the background of a scene. Only one way to know.

Stay tuned: Same Time. Same Bat Channel.

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Responsibility in assigning blame to doctors

When I have been out in the community, I have often heard people speak with great criticism of doctors. Many a person has stated time and time again that doctors do not seem to care, that they simply do not listen, or that they are too often pushing pills.

I have a few comments to provide greater perspective.

Doctors more often than not do actually listen to patients and their concerns. A problem is that despite their listening, many of the physicians are not scientists. These physicians stop thinking critically or soon encounter barriers to their knowledge base (something they are not willing to admit) which often is rooted in inadequate basic science preparation or inadequate continuing medical education.

What also happens is that these physicians are forced to practice a “standard-of-care.” Indeed, all physicians are required to practice this standard-of-care. This standard-of-care means that a physician pretty much has to follow the same or similar guidelines as his or her fellow physicians in the community. Some of these guidelines are set by the National Institutes of Health. Others have been the guidelines based on a long history of clinical practice, some of which is based on tradition but not science.

When a patient complains that their physician is “pushing pills,” that patient needs to understand that it is the pharmaceutical companies that are the source of the “pushing,” not the doctor. Pharmaceutical companies provide doctors with samples and strong recommendations for prescribing their products. These recommendations are taken into consideration when a doctor is weighing all the options available to treat a patient. A doctor with limited training especially clinical and scientific will obviously have limited knowledge of all the available options. Furthermore, the “standard-of-care” is also a contributing factor towards the physician providing a pharmaceutical drug versus preventative measures versus homeopathic treatments. Therefore, one has to blame three sources for the problem: a) the pharmaceutical companies, b) the legal system which sets clinical competence up to a performance criteria of a nebulous “standard-of-care,” and c) the medical educational system’s unwillingness to endorse scientific principles (math, chemistry, and physics) into clinical medicine {One such program is the University of Oklahoma}.

The issue with the first two is that neither approach is scientific. Pharmaceutical companies are in the interest of promoting their medications and maximizing their profits. The statistical methods used by many companies can be argued as rigorously flawed and often not much different than placebo, which in itself measures a 20-30% response automatically. It is too often that I personally have seen results published by pharmaceutical companies and questioned the integrity of the data. Often, even in animal experiments, one does not see the scientific results that pharmaceutical companies claim occur with patients, who are far more complex. In addition, our current system established by the FDA provides a lack of rigor in the process of introducing a medication to the market. One has to seriously question why a company can actually sell a drug and then on their own terms seek “post-marketing surveillance” to demonstrate risks and side-effects of the drug, that is, after it has been introduced to the consumer. This seems a bit backwards. Drugs should only be introduced after serious side-effects have been deemed to be minimal to non-existent. Therefore, one can say that the FDA is in the business of supporting pharmaceutical companies and acting as their official goverment-sponsored marketing rep. This is not science and definitely not a safe way to regulate medicine.

Secondly, the performance measurement of “standard-of-care” is also not scientific. I believe this goes without saying. However, I will provide a few “simple” examples. For instance, most emergency physicians in the community provide as first line the drug protocol of “aspirin, oxygen, nitrates, morphine, and beta blockers” to a patient experiencing an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). It is not routine for a physician to provide a diuretic. However, the science of cardiovascular physiology indicates that in most patients, diuretics can reduce afterload, thereby lowering heart muscle strain. Except for rare cases, this inherently would indicate that diuretics should perhaps be added routinely as a first line medication during AMI. Unfortunately, this is not the case; it is not the standard-of-care (and is therefore not practiced). Thus, science is not dictating the medical practice; instead, a nebulous concept of “standard-of-care” is.

In another example, if a community of pediatricians is prescribing ritalin for the treatment of ADD/ADHD, the standard of care has been set therewith. Oddly, basic medical science has demonstrated that, as early as the 1960′s, fish oil and other homeopathic remedies, such as discipline, improved nutrition, meditation, sleep, and exercise have each been shown to treat symptoms of ADHD. Unfortunately, this known fact of science has been largely ignored by most physicians for over thirty years. The reason lies in that the American physician is bound to practice medicine according to a “standard-of-care.” Anyone deviating from this practice can be deemed to be negligent.

Therefore, it is not thoughtful or complete to blame the American physician for a patient’s poor treatment. What we must do instead is to change how we evaluate at the legal level the performance of the American physician. Perhaps, the standard should be set to one that is based on science, instead of one based on a flawed measurement system of “standard-of-care,” which by no means always follows rigorous scientific standards. Perhaps, also, pharmaceutical companies and the FDA should be held accountable to the rigors of the scientific method. Physicians by themselves are not the ones to lay the majority of the blame—it is the system that they train and work in, that influences them, and oftentimes confines them.

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Opinion: Grade Report (C-) Mental Health Programs in U.S.

As clinicians, we repeatedly encounter patients who have mental health problems. These are sometimes co-morbid with non-mental health illnesses. We see these patients in our hospital wards, in our medical clinics, in the surgical theatre, and in our communities.

The U.S. medical system has done a terrific job in promoting the prescription of new medications for mental health. In fact, the use of psychotropic drugs has reached astronomical proportions, with some estimates suggesting that up to 30% of the population (up to 100 million people) take one or more forms of these medications. These figures help support the multi-billion dollar revenues reported by pharmaceutical companies (Merck, Eli Lily, Pfizer, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, Norvartis, etc…). While these medications have undoubtedly improved the symptomatology of numerous patients world-wide, they have rarely cured anyone of their mental illness. This is the basis for our discussion as it hammers home the fact that mental health is not entirely neurobiological.

Clinicians and non-clinicians alike are atuned in some way or another to the below par performance of the mental health programs in the United States. It is far too common that you hear a family member tell you that the medications are not working, that the illness has reoccurred, that the patient appears to be worsening, and that there is not much help or hope “out there.” The stresses of living throughout the world, not just within the United States, have clearly been increasing as more and more people strive to break through poverty levels (U.S. income <$100,000 based on extrapolated time-adjusted cost-of-living economic data from the 1950′s) just to earn a satisfactory living. As the population grows, the forces placed against each individual becomes even more unsurmountable. The economy grows with the population but not at the same pace, creating severe inequities, increased competition, inadequate resources, and further stress for individuals. These economic reasons create a ping-pong-ball effect on families, as the stress on the “bread winner” is bounced around between and among family members. The psychological ramifications can be significant.

As clinicians, we struggle every day to find solutions to patients with mental illness. We can provide the medications, but we know that often times these are inadequate. We refer out to social workers and to psychologists, but unfortunately they are overburdened by their case loads and the community’s inadequate social support systems. The pseudo-science of mental health proffers that a psycho-biological-social approach is the best towards treating patients. Unfortunately, despite what is taught, many clinicians and therapists fall short in delivering this approach. We are doing a great job of providing the medications, even despite glowingly dangerous side-effects. We do a great job of providing first-pass referrals. However, we are doing a dismal job of providing follow-up and continued care at the social level.

Many reasons can be blamed for this, even despite the multi-million dollar appropriations to NIMH (National Institutes of Mental Health). One major reason, in our opinion, is that the social programs in many communities do not exist or are severely inadequate. Mandatory, long-term living facilities for patients who border on moderately ill (but not severely ill) simply do exist or are unable to retain their patients. These institutions can provide the discipline, structure, and social groups where mentally ill patients can recover, if not permanently thrive. Often patients are discharged from the psychiatric wards to go right back to where they developed the severity of their illness: the homeless shelters, the home environment where there is inadequate care, support structure, or discipline, the streets (effective unemployment lines) where society provides inadequate resources and employment opportunities for the mentally ill, the correctional facilities (which do not have legal power to detain the mentally ill over a long-time and where much helpful discipline and supportive care can be provided), or the neighborhoods where there is widespread prejudice and discrimination. This inadequacy in social programs designed to provide the structure, discipline, care, and financial support for the mentally ill gives reason for the recurrence of mental illness and in some cases severe violence in our society. Unfortunately, we rarely ever see anyone with a mental illness become cured of their disease.

This provides justification to give the U.S. a grade report of “C-” in its mental health and social programs. One can see dramatic improvements in other countries throughout the world. These countries include Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, India, to name a few. These countries exhibit stressors similar to those in the United States, yet the mental health patients there do get better on most all measures of performance. So we have to ask ourselves why? We call upon clinicians and patients to take a deeper look at the quality of mental health care in the United States. We ask them to try to answer questions about why our system is in such a crisis, about why there is inadequacy of care at the social level, and why there is prejudice and stigmatization about something that is a natural by-product of a poorly performing socioeconomic system, where perhaps the individual and his/her mental health is sacrificed for the benefit of a corporate world, where capitalism and socialism cannot coexist in some form of harmony for the benefit of its societal members—who are, in the end, our patients, both clinician and non-clinician alike.

Please talk to members in your community and your congressman to lobby for improvements to our health care system. If you feel nothing is being done, please do your part in creating social programs with the large amounts of money that is available. The resources for starting a NAMI community mental health program may already be in place. Please do your part in minimizing the prejudice and helping keep the community networked with employment opportunities for everyone. This is just a start. We welcome your thoughts. Please feel free to post.

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Dr. S. F. Grey – Med-Line Mascot Becomes first parrot to take a swim in Lake Michigan


In May 2007, our mascot, Dr. S. F. Grey, became the first parrot to take a swim in Lake Michigan. Dr. Grey was out for a walk while perching on the shoulder of a staff member on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Balbo. Dr. Grey may have reacted to a golden opportunity for catching a fish or may have simply been startled by a jogger. He immediately took to flight and dove into the cold waters of Lake Michigan, heading nose first. While he did not catch a fish, staff members immediately went after him and retrieved him from his mis-adventure.

Dr. Grey was given a medical assessment by staff members who helped him dry off and remove any potential water from his precious lungs. Dr. Grey responded by giving a quick shake and shrug while perching himself to proceed along the walk as routine. Passerbys were struck in amazement at seeing a parrot being rescued from the waters of Lake Michigan.

Today, we are simply happy to report that Dr. Grey is doing well but perhaps in his humble way expresses that he does not want to be known forever as the first African Grey parrot to have taken a swim in one of America’s Great Lakes or (as our quiet, humble representative and by a generous caring unexpected welcome) to have attended the American Medical Association’s annual meeting of physicians in June. It’s okay Dr. Grey, we know that you are just a bird, but a beloved intelligent one at that.

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2007-2008 NRMP Residency Match Preparation Seminar – Chicago, IL is helping sponsoring the
2007-2008 National Residency Matching Program (R)
Preparation Seminar
800 South Wells, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Every year, fourth year medical students from around the world apply and compete for internship and residency slots at accredited post-graduate medical training programs in the United States. Over the past five years, this process has become exceedingly competitive with nearly twice as many applicants as there are available positions. Many qualified fourth year students and physicians from around the world do not match.

This special seminar, which is being sponsored by, offers advice and strategies for successfully landing residency positions within American hospitals and post-graduate medical training programs. This program is not in any way affiliated with the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). The seminar de-mystifies the complicated residency matching process. It informs the audience of the secrets behind the process, offering suggestions on what to do and what not do. It offers application and interviewing tips. It also offers individual consultation on which programs to apply to and on strategies for successfully landing a position based on individual curriculum vitaes.

Don’t miss this important residency preparation seminar. Seminars will be held for only a few dates during the summer on weekends only in downtown Chicago at our world headquarters. All are welcome. Individual applications will be reviewed and made competitive. The half-day seminar starts June 23rd and is being held next on the following date. Please tell your friends.

Dates: Saturday, July 21, 2007
Time: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 800 South Wells, downtown Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.
Contact: 312-823-3443

Dates, times, pricing, and locations are subject to change, depending upon availability.
Register today as seats and availability will fill fast. Available to members.

We guarantee this to be the best use of your time for preparing and ensuring a successful NRMP match. Don’t go through the match without attending this career-making special event.

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Tummy bugs may have deep-sea ancestors: experts

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Some of the nastiest bacteria that thrive in the human gut and make us sick may have evolved from hardy ancestors living deep under the sea, a group of Japanese scientists found.

Writing in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists said they had analysed the genetic sequences of two well-known disease-causing gut bugs and compared them to two closely related but harmless bacteria found deep on the ocean bed.

The scientists found that they shared many similar genes which enabled them to grow in extreme environments.

They also had few DNA repair genes, allowing frequent mutations to occur, and adapted quickly to changing conditions and to the immune response of a symbiotic host.

Such characteristics allowed the gut bacteria to “persist in infections,” the scientists wrote.

“The researchers suggest that human pathogens (gut bugs) evolved from a deep-sea ancestor, and acquired further virulence factors while living in symbiosis with invertebrates,” they added.

The two gut bugs the scientists selected were the helicobacter, which causes ulcers, and the campylobacter, which causes food-borne diarrhea.

The two proteobacteria, sulfurovum and nitratiruptor, are found in very deep seas, areas on the sea floor so hostile that only the hardiest micro-organisms can survive.

Recent technological advances allowed scientists to culture these bacteria. They found the micro-organisms could grow at temperatures ranging anywhere between 4 and 70 degrees Celsius (39 to 158 Fahrenheit).

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Infinity Harness and Leash for Parrots (and small birds)

Developed by a staff member at, the Infinity Harness and Leash is for Parrots and Small Birds.
click here

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Editorial – American Medical Association 2007 Annual Meeting


Dear Colleagues:

This weekend the AMA held its annual meeting at the Hilton in Chicago. The event was once again productive and significant. Students, residents, and physicians from all over the United States were present and in representation. The House of Delegates met and went over important issues facing the future of medicine. These issues ranged from medical liability reform, equity in residency selection, to meeting the shortage of doctors that is anticipated by the beginning of the next decade.

I have watched the AMA in action over the past ten years and I am happy to report that our association has made steady progress on important issues facing America. However, there is still a lot of work left to be done. I encourage physicians from all parts of the United States to take an active role in their county and state medical associations. While the AMA may seem like another bureaucracy strongly influencing the role of physicians and public health policy, it is actually a very effective and relatively supple organization.

Change is necessary in our current health care climate. However, nobody can expect that this change will come overnight. It is important to talk to delegates and representatives at the local and national chapters in your community on issues that concern you. By writing resolutions and submitting them to the House of Delegates, not only do you draw attention to the cause, but you also allow a steady inertia to develop which over time will grow strong enough to institute helpful changes in our medical system. The AMA does actually have a strong influence on Congress. Many of the executive leaders of the organization do actually listen to pressing issues. However, we are a society of many serving a population over a quarter billion. Please do your part to stay active within your county and state medical associations. Please make every attempt to become involved with important issues because it is only with your voice of one that a voice of many will form. We can stay united in our cause and continue to provide the leadership and direction for the excellence in health care that the United States is known for, instead of having this be overrun by third-party organizations ranging from HMO’s to pharmaceuticals to non-physician health specialties, all of which may have their own agenda sometimes not in the best interest of the doctor and the patient.

Med-Line is committed to improving the quality of health-care access in America. We are also committed to improving the scholarship of medical students, residents, and physicians throughout the world. I encourage everyone to contribute actively in online discussions through our website’s main blogs, discussion postings, and commentaries. Our website offers you this freedom without censorship, without advertising, and without the sale of your precious information, which more than a majority of other medical websites (sermo, etc…) are furtively engaged in.

We encourage your active participation and voice in every aspect of our medical system. A few minutes of your time can go a long way to improving the quality of our health care system. Let your voice be heard. Please take part in your local AMA chapter. Please also take an active part in our online medical forum. Invite your colleagues. We always welcome your thoughtful ideas and commentary. Thank you.



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Clinical Trials at Rush University Medical Center – Depression Study

The department of psychiatry at RUSH is participating in a study comparing the safety and effectiveness of two FDA-approved medications for the treatment of depression. This study will compare two treatment alternatives for subjects who do not respond to initial treatment with a low dose of one of the study drugs.

Participants must meet the following criteria:

1. Be 18 to 65 years old.
2. Meet criteria for major depression for at least the last three months.
3. Have no current unstable medical condition.
4. Have no substance abuse or dependence within the past six months.

This is a partial list of inclusion and exclusion criteria. For more information, contact Linda Skaggs at 312-942-5592.

For more clinical trials at RUSH, visit

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Rush University Medical Center Clinical Trials – Pain Study

Rush University Medical Center is sponsoring a clinical trial on
complex regional pain. The department of anesthesiology is participating in a study of the genetic factors of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a chronic condition that sometimes occurs following inury or surgery. This study will evaluate the genetic differences between subjects who do and do not have CRPS and will determine whether other family members share those genetic differences.
Participants must meet the following criteria:

1. Be diagnosed with CRPS
2. Have at least one close relative diagnosed with CRPS.

For more information, contact Maruti Kari, M.D. at 312-942-2741 or Nithya Venkatesh, M.D. at 312-942-3421.

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American Medical Association Annual Meeting – 2007

American Medical Association Delegates’ Annual Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
Hilton Chicago
June 23-27, 2007


* Deadline for resolutions to be included in the Delegate Handbook — Wednesday, May 16, 2007
* Resolution deadline — Thursday, May 24, 2007
* Handbook mailing date — Friday, June 1, 2007
* Supplemental mailing date — Tuesday, June 12, 2007

For more information, click here.
For hotel registration information, click here.

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Happy Summer Solstice Everyone!

Today marks the first day of Summer. wishes everyone a joyous and safe summer!

Please enjoy the summer activities we have listed.
We welcome your submissions about events going on in your neighborhood anywhere in the world.

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Shoulder Pain: Nonsurgical and Minimally Invasive Solutions

Rush University Medical Center is sponsoring
Nonsurgical and Minimally Invasive Solutions Seminar
Saturday, June 16, 2007
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Armour Academic Center
Room 994, 600 S. Paulina Street
Chicago, Illinos

Shoulder pain has many common causes and people who experience it may have pain while sleeping or struggling to carry objects or raise their arm. How shoulder pain is treated depends on its causes, such as arthritis, tendonitis, or rotator cuff problems. Join orthopedic experts at RUSH to better understand the cause of your symptoms and to learn about both nonsurgical and minimally invasive surgical solutions to treat shoulder pain.

Reserve seats at : 888-352-7874

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Eleventh Annual Chicago Summer Dance – June 14th – August 26th, 2007

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Office of Tourism Presents
Eleventh Annual
Chicago Summer Dance
Spirit of Music Garden
Grant Park
601 S. Michigan Ave.

Throughout the summer the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park becomes a unique outdoor urban space. Dance to the sounds of 43 live different bands. Get into step with dance lessons beforeand. All FREE!

Download the Schedule: Click Here.
More Information: Visit

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How’s My Running – Swedish Covenant Hospital

Swedish Covenant Hospital
Is Sponsoring a Seminar Entitled
“How’s My Running?”

What is good running form? Why do I get pain after running several miles? Join the Rehabilitation Services and GLC team to learn how to maximize your efficiency, prevent injury, and achieve your running goals.

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Date: June 19, 2007
Location: Galter Life Center, Studio 4
Reservations: 773-878-9936, ext. 5660. Please refer to code 200/239
Cost: Free
Sponsor: Swedish Covenant Hospital. “Technology Changes. Compassion Does Not.” . Website

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Hektoen Institute of Medicine – Natural Reading and Discussion Program for Health Care Professionals – July 10

Hektoen Institute of Medicine
Is Sponsoring
Natural Reading and Discussion Program for Health Care Professionals
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Since 2003, the Illinois Humanities Council has run its Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare® program at three suburban Illinois hospitals. In preparation for the expansion of the program to Mt. Sinai, Rush, and Stroger Cook County hospitals in Chicago, the Council is holding a one-day orientation on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 for site team members and other health care professionals who would like to learn more about the program.

A national program in 18 states, Literature & Medicine brings together health care professionals from all areas of a hospital (nurses, administrative and support staff, doctors, and hospice, pastoral care, and cafeteria staff) for monthly, on-site, facilitated discussions about short works of literature that illuminate issues central to caring for people.

We are very fortunate to have joining us at this event one of the original developers of the program, Victoria Bonebakker, Associate Director and Program Director for Literature & Medicine at the Maine Humanities Council. We will also be joined by Dr. Kathryn Montgomery, Professor and Director of the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. The Hektoen Institute of Medicine, home to the Society of Medical History & Humanities and to Nurses & the Humanities, is our partner for this one-day event. The expansion of Literature & Medicine to Chicago is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Prince Charitable Trusts.

This event will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Nursing (845 South Damen Avenue, Third Floor Lounge), from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10th. The morning sessions will feature our guests and will explore the context and development of Literature & Medicine from its beginnings in Maine. We’ll also hear from those currently participating in the program at its three current sites. In the afternoon, there will be orientation sessions for site facilitators and hospital liaisons. There is no charge to attend any session, and lunch will be provided.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:University of Illinois at Chicago School of Nursing, 845 South Damen Avenue, 3rd, Floor Lounge

RSVP by 6/26/07
Contact:Call or email Jan Silverstein, Literature & Medicine Coordinator, Illinois Humanities Council – Tel: 312.422.5580

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49th Annual American Headache Society Meeting – June 7 – 10


American Headache Society Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Chicago, Illinois
Thursday, June 7, 2007 to Sunday, June 10, 2007

The American Headache Society (AHS) is holding its 49th annual meeting in downtown Chicago. All physicians and health professionals are welcome.

The American Headache Society is a professional society of health care providers dedicated to the study and treatment of headache and face pain. Founded in 1959, AHS brings together physicians and other health providers from various fields and specialties to share concepts and developments about headache and related conditions. The Society comprises over 1,500 health care professionals with backgrounds as diverse as the hospitals, universities, clinics and practices they represent from around the world. Members of AHS share an interest in headache, facial pain and the nature of pain itself.

Location:Hyatt Regency, Chicago, Illinois
Contact:American Headache Society (AHS) 19 Mantua Road Mount Royal, NJ 08061
Website:Click Here

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Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting – June 10-14


13th Annual Human Brain Mapping Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
June 10-14, 2007

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 13th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping to be held June 10-14, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois.

The OHBM is excited about the speakers who have confirmed their participation:

  • The Talairach lecture will be given by Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University
  • Keynote Speakers include Maurizio Corbetta, Washington University, Gary Glover, Stanford University, Pim Levelt, Max-Planck, Mitsuo Kawato, ATR Computational Neurosicence Laboratories, Leah Krubitzer, University of California-Davis, Brian Wandell, Stanford University, and Larry Squire, University of California-San Diego.
  • You can count on the traditional OHBM combination of exciting scientific programs and social events, but with a distinctive Chicago flavor. Do plan to give yourself a little extra time to experience this beautiful city located on the shores of Lake Michigan, on of the world’s greatest inland seas.

    Location:Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Registration: Click Here

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    43rd ASCO Annual Meeting – June 1 to 5, 2007


    43rd ASCO Annual Meeting
    June 1-5, 2007
    McCormick Place
    Chicago, Illinois

    The ASCO Annual Meeting is considered the premier educational and scientific event in the oncology community. The 2006 Meeting in Atlanta attracted more than 29,000 attendees from all over the world.

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1964, with overarching goals of improving cancer care and prevention and ensuring that all patients with cancer receive care of the highest quality. Nearly 25,000 oncology practitioners belong to ASCO, representing all oncology disciplines (medical, radiologic, and surgical oncology) and subspecialties. Members include physicians and health-care professionals participating in approved oncology training programs, oncology nurses, and other practitioners with a predominant interest in oncology.

    As the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer, ASCO is committed to advancing the education of oncologists and other oncology professionals, to advocating for policies that provide access to high-quality cancer care, and to supporting the clinical trials system and the need for increased clinical and translational research.

    Location: McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
    More Information: Click Here.

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    Heart Failure Education Classes

    Heart Failure Education Classes
    Provident Hospital of Cook County


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    Jackson Park Hospital Run For Health – Sunday, June 10th, 2007

    Jackson Park Hospital Run for Health
    5 K Run
    Sunday, June 10th, 2007

    The mission of Jackson Park Hospital is to provide efficient and effective quality healthcare to meet the needs of the patients and the communities it serves. Proceeds benefit School Based Health Center at South Shore High and Community Health Education.

    Amenities: Certified Course, T-Shirts (while supplies last), Awards, Refreshments, including fruit, drinks, and nutritional bars

    Course: 63rd and Lake Shore Drive underpass as you head north along the beautiful lake front into Hyde Park and return.

    Location: Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive, Chicago, Illinois
    Fees:$20 per person, $25 per person on race day
    Registration:Click Here
    Volunteers:773-947-7525 or email:
    Sponsors:Med-Line and Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA)

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    Northwestern University Presents Cancer Survivor’s Day Annual Walk – June 3rd

    Fourteenth Annual
    Cancer Survivors Celebration Walk
    Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
    National Cancer Survivor’s Day
    9 a.m. (rain or shine!)


    Location:Grant Park, Columbus Drive at Balbo Drive, Chicago, Illinois
    Time: 9 a.m.
    Registration: Online Registration

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    Dr. Irene Pepperberg of Brandeis and Harvard University – June 2nd, Joliet, Illinois

    Dr. Irene Pepperberg, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychology
    Brandeis University and
    Harvard University
    Founder of the Alex Foundation
    Saturday, June 2nd

    Dr. Pepperberg will be presenting her life’s work on African Grey Parrots. She has numerous publications and is the world’s expert on the African Grey Parrot and it’s learning abilities. Dr. Pepperberg received her .A.B. at MIT, M.A. at Harvard, and Ph.D. at Harvard. She recently demonstrated that African Grey’s have the ability to understand the concept of “zero” and is currently demonstrating that these parrots have an ability to read and understand simple English text.


    Location: Joliet Moose Lodge, Joliet Illinois
    Time: 3 p.m. – Meet and Greet; 5 p.m. Dinner
    Cost: $40 for Dinner, $140 for Meet and Greet
    For More Information:

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    TB patient: ‘I hope they forgive me’ (AP)

    This was a headline this morning that bears attention.

    AP – An Atlanta attorney quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis apologized to his fellow plane passengers in an interview aired Friday, and insisted he was told he wasn’t contagious or a threat to anyone.

    I have a few comments on this subject.

    Mr. Speaker’s apology that he did not mean to harm anyone is about as bogus as the man’s father denying he had anything to do with his son acquiring the multi-drug resistant TB.

    There are a few serious health issues that come in to play with this event.

    1) The attorney was clearly aware of the dangers of traveling with multi-drug resistant TB. After all, his step-father is a CDC microbiologist who studies rare forms of TB. If anyone would have a little more knowledge than the average person on this disease, it would certainly be this gentleman who recklessly risked and may perhaps have exposed countless numbers of people throughout the world. Even if he did not have this knowledge, he very well should have, given how contagious it is, the fact that he is personal injury attorney, and the fact that the CDC warned him and demanded he restrict his travel.

    2) The attorney’s itinerary to his wedding is suspect. Most people travel to and from one location on a round-trip airfare. However, in this case, this attorney traveled to more than four different destinations from Paris to Prague to the Greek Islands, then Montreal and back into the United States. That is certainly a suspicious way to make one’s re-entry back into the U.S. It begs the question if he wasn’t actually hiding from someone or trying to conceal his illness.

    3) The fact that Mr. Speaker was able to travel so freely to so many countries while knowingly possessing a potentially lethal and contagious illness draws serious criticism to our handling of the war on terrorism. Mr. Speaker is a white male. This situation begs the question of racial profiling in travel. If Mr. Speaker was anything but a white male, we could most surely have ascertained that he would have been detained in some country somewhere, saving us from a potential nasty outcome.

    Further, as a citizen who has travelled into U.S. through the Champlain, N.Y. immigration checkpoint, I again question the U.S. use of racial profiling to contain problematic individuals. I question Mr. Speaker’s motive and seriously believe he knew what he was doing while trying to evade the authorities (sneaking back into the U.S. irresponsibly). The Champlain, N.Y. port is notoriously an easy entrance back into the U.S., especially if you fall into a certain profile. Shame on the U.S. government again for putting the public at risk.

    4) This situation marks numerous flaws in CDC’s ability to contain disease. In fact, it has been argued that drug resistant strain of “HIV” (human mutated form of SIV or whatever you want to call it) may actually have originated in some laboratory. It is indeed remarkable that the CDC’s own kin would have travelled and exposed people throughout the world. It is remarkable that the CDC microbiologist would have taken such measures to not protect or notify the public let alone prevent his son from travel. Indeed, I would argue he is an accomplice in this gross negligence of public health. I would even suggest that even despite how potentially benign (if it bears out to be the case) this multi-drug resistant form of TB may be, it calls to questions people’s self-interest and the CDC’s own lack of responsibility in saying what they mean and doing what they say.

    5) I am certain that an event like this will recur. We can already mark the itinerary of the airline steward from S.F. (or wherever he was from, Montreal, who knows?) that has been deemed in retrospective studies to be the principal vector of HIV in the Western Hemisphere, especially the United States. Where was the CDC? Where was Reagan when mass quarantine should have initially occurred? This in my opinion is an example of a serious public health problem that lies within our own government.

    I say to the CDC and Mr. Speaker, “I beg your pardon!” I don’t think that anyone should have to forgive Mr. Speaker for his careless, senseless, reckless stubborn, and willing behavior in potentially spreading a disease that numerous health professionals throughout the world spend hours each day trying to contain through basic preventive health measures. As a physician, I am seriously taken aback by this selfish and senseless act on the part of the Speaker family.

    In some states, this behavior would result in jail time. For Mr. Speaker, I think it is time for more than just a medical quarantine.

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    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Seminar “Buy Your Own Home”

    The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is Sponsoring a Seminar Entitled
    Buy Your Own Home

    Housing Specialist Jeanne Sherman of Access Living will present on how to buy a condo, co-op, or house as a person with a disability. Learn the 10 steps to buying a home, financial resources available for low-to-moderate income people and housing counseling agencies. Everyone is invited to attend.

    Date:Wednesday June 20, 2007
    Time:12 p.m.
    Location:Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 345 East Superior Street, 1st Floor, Life Center
    More Info:312-238-5433

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    Bally’s Total Fitness Presents Chicago Race To Taste – July 1, 2007

    The City of Chicago and Bally’s Total Fitness Centers Presents
    Chicago Race To Taste
    July 1, 2007


    Time:8:30 a.m.
    Location:Grant Park at Columbus and Balbo
    Registration:Click Here
    Sponsors:Bally’s, Fleet Feet Sports, Dominick’s, United Airlines, Pepsi, Chicago Tribune, CNN Fit Nation

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    Bike Chicago – June 15, 2007

    The City of Chicago and Chase Bank Present
    Bike Chicago
    June 15, 2007


    Bike Chicago 2007 is back for another year of fun. Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago have been promoting biking around the city for several years. The ultimate goal is to promote health and reduce the congestion around the downtown areas. Chicago offers numerous bicycle trails and every Friday offers a bicycling tour through the city for enthusiasts. Bike Chicago offers a myriad of events from May through September but on this special day in June thousands of bicyclists will converge on Daley Center to join in the activities.

    Please join us there!


    Date:June 15th, 2007
    Time:7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Location:Daley Center
    More Information:Click Here

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