Newsmakers for Sept. 27

newsmakers for sept. 27


Workplace Talent SolutionsLaurie Dawkins, former Literacy Council associate director-workplace learning, has joined Workplace Talent Solutions as a partner and business developer effective Oct. 1.Dawkins currently serves as the conference chair of the Pennsylvania Association of Adult and Continuing Education and has served as a member of the Be Wise conference committee for the past three years. She is also currently directing family and children’s ministries at The Place Church, 950 Weiser St. 

Community Health & Dental CareDr. Sara Majeed has joined at the practice at its Pottstown office at Coventry Mall. Majeed is a multilingual family physician with a focus in women’s health and lifestyle medicine. Board Certified in Family Medicine, Majeed joins CHCD after completing her residency in family medicine at St. Luke’s University Health Network, Allentown. Prior to completing her residency, Dr. Majeed earned her master’s degree from American University of Antigua, an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration from Plymouth State University, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brooklyn College. 



A doctor’s mission: Patricia Brock Howard’s quest for global health

a doctor’s mission: patricia brock howard’s quest for global health


It all started with an ad in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Patricia Brock Howard had taken some time off from medicine to raise her children. She was flipping through the magazine when an ad seeking medical supply donations caught her eye.

“I cut it out,” Brock Howard recalls. “And I sent away for more information.”

It was the 1990s, so rather than Googling, she waited for a reply via the mailbox..

Around the same time, she had an opportunity to go on a medical mission to El Salvador with her church, West U Methodist.

Brock Howard decided to get her passport and serve on the mission. Everything seemed to gel. Before she knew it, she was on the plane to El Salvador, reading the information that had just arrived in the mail about the ad in the AMA journal.

What she learned was disturbing. A doctor working in Liberia had found that breathing tubes were being reused during operations. He was asking the U.S. medical community to send much-needed supplies.

While Brock Howard was in El Salvador, she saw firsthand the working conditions that local health care providers were experiencing — as well as the equipment …


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Ask Dr. Scott: History teaches us science requires skepticism

ask dr. scott: history teaches us science requires skepticism


Ask Dr. Scott: Dr. Scott T. AndersonThe idea of science being “completed” emerges on occasion with respect to contentious issues.
Who signs off on a theory being absolutely proven or rejected?
Nobel Prizes in medicine and physiology, which one would consider representative of “established” research and brilliance, often reflect how science evolves over the decades.
Consider these examples:
This so-called “psychosurgery” involves attempts to cure mental disorders. In the case of the prefrontal lobotomy, this involved severing the frontal lobes of the brain neurosurgically, with scalpel, icepick or other instruments.
Portuguese neurologist Antonio Egas Moniz (1874-1955) scored a Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine in 1949 for developing this procedure.
Tens of thousands of people were subjected to this operation in the 1940s and 1950s. Post-operatively, however, patients developed manifestations of brain damage, ranging from suicidal ideation to personality disruption.
Rosemary Kennedy (1918-2005), sister of President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), was lobotomized in 1941 and remained institutionalized thereafter.
Today, this procedure is viewed as archaic.
Helicobacter pylori and stomach ulcers
Researchers throughout the early 20th century opined that emotional stress and dietary indiscretion were the cause of stomach ulcers. It was accepted wisdom.
Doctors advised patients to eat bland diets.
It …


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Dr. Keila Lopez is devoted to improving healthcare for Latino and Black communities

dr. keila lopez is devoted to improving healthcare for latino and black communities


For Dr. Keila Lopez, public health comes first — with pediatric cardiology a close second.

That’s because, Lopez said, every field of medicine can be improved when the health of diverse populations are protected through equal access to education, medical care and quality of life.

“We know there are social determinants of health that affect your outcome, like where you live and what you eat,” Lopez said. “What’s your insurance? What’s your access to health care?”

All of that came into focus during the coronavirus pandemic, Lopez said, especially as minority communities reported higher numbers of cases.

“We know the community is disproportionately affected by this disease,” Lopez said. And she wants that to change.

As data became available from other cities, Lopez learned that Latino and Black communities were more adversely affected. That news set off an alarm, as she considered the ramifications for Houston.

“We have the most diverse population in America,” she said. “The number of front-line and essential workers tends to be people of color or in lower economic neighborhoods.”

For the past few months, Lopez has brought her expertise to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Health Equity Response Task Force as part of two …


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Hospital workers catching COVID at lower rate than public

hospital workers catching covid at lower rate than public


Health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus fight actually might be contracting the disease at a lower rate than most Ohioans.A new study from Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center found that fewer than 1% of the hospital’s clinical staff had COVID-19 antibodies. Comparatively, antibody surveillance conducted by the American Red Cross shows that about 3.3% of Ohioans appear to have COVID-19 antibodies, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday.The difference, though it may seem slim, is important when it comes to trying to contain a disease among people who are most likely to be exposed to it, said Dr. Matthew Exline, medical director of OSU Wexner’s medical intensive care unit and a co-author of the antibody study.”If you asked me in March what I predicted, it would have been much higher than 2%,” Exline said about health care workers contracting COVID. “I would have said: ‘Yeah, everyone is going to get it.'”About 11%, or 15,774 of Ohio’s more than 146,750 virus cases, have involved health care workers, according to the state’s latest data. That’s a decline from 16% of all cases at the end of March.>>Read More:Central Ohio already preparing COVID-19 vaccine plansOhio State is one of 13 university …


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Jacobson: How to harvest and store your herbs

jacobson: how to harvest and store your herbs



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The best time to harvest herbs varies on what type of herb you have, and what point in the growing process the plant is. Herbs that should be harvested in full bloom include lavender, anise hyssop and butterfly weed.

Photo courtesy of Julie Jacobson

You’ve been diligent about picking your seeds or small plants for planting in spring, watched your beautiful herbs grow from little sprouts to large, bushy plants, flowering with delicate or large flowers, sharing their fragrance and taste abundantly. Now that you’ve grown all these herbs, how do you harvest the abundance? For many years, growing up on the farm I would migrate to my mother’s massive gardens to the corner of herbs, enjoying how they looked and smelled, not really knowing what to do with the plants, except the occasional sage, dill, oregano or parsley in various sauces, canning recipes and dishes. Since that time so many years ago, I’ve taken a journey that has brought much knowledge about plants, mostly what they offer for our own good health. …


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Qatar- Rediscovering Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine at Zulal Wellness Resort

qatar- rediscovering traditional arabic and islamic medicine at zulal wellness resort


(MENAFN – Gulf Times) As the use of traditional medicine continues to gain momentum around the world, Zulal Wellness Resort is set to bring Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM) to the forefront of the wellness industry in Qatar, the region and the world.Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine contains an abundant source of ancient healing wisdom and guidelines for healthy living, much of which has been forgotten in the present era. Similar to all traditional medical systems, TAIM encompasses a holistic approach to wellness based on the traditional principles that were derived from ancient physicians and focuses mainly on lifestyle wellness practices. Many innovative concepts and practices from Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine have influenced and inspired the development of modern medicine.As the largest wellness destination in the country, the first full-immersion wellness resort in the Middle East and the first centre for Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine in the world, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som is setting a new benchmark in the wellness industry, according to a press statement. Drawing on Chiva-Som’s many years of expertise catering to a global audience while retaining an inextricable connection with the local culture, Zulal is “committed to creating wellness concepts …


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Wedding: Joseph — Munie

wedding: joseph — munie


Jessica Louise Munie and Luke Joseph were married on August 29 at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Augusta. Officiating at the nuptial mass was Father Brian O’Shaughnessy, assisted by Mr. Bill Harper.The bride is the daughter of Mike and Julie Munie of North Augusta, and the groom is the son of Carmel and Jaya Joseph of Augusta.Maid of Honor was the bride’s sister, Stephanie Munie. Bridesmaids were Alysse Edwards, Karmen Elsen, Cara Joseph, Jessica Lawton, and Kolyse Wagstaff.Best Man was James Williams. Groomsmen were Denton Boone, Michael Cheng, Nix Duncan, Aex Heyaya, and Mitchell Lynn.Wedding music was provided by organist Jose Reyes-Ortiz and vocalist Marian Visintainer.The wedding reception was held at the Marion Hatcher Center in Augusta.The bride is a 2013 graduate of Aquinas High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina and her Master of Physician Assistant from Augusta University. She was most recently employed by North Atlanta Primary Care as a Physician Assistant.The groom is a 2011 graduate of Aquinas High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Georgia and his Doctor degree from Emory …


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Delco announces COVID-19 testing site in Aston

delco announces covid-19 testing site in aston


ASTON — Delaware County will offer drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing for residents 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Aston Community Center, 3270 Concord Road, Aston. Testing will be conducted by trained medical staff utilizing a nasal swab (PCR) test kit.Testing is open to all residents 12 years of age and older and individuals who work in Delaware County who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19 or are critical/essential workers. Critical and essential workforce — including first responders, healthcare system employees, grocery workers—and those at higher risk, including residents over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing health conditions, will be given priority.Testing is available for both insured and uninsured individuals. There are no out-of-pocket expenses or co-pays for those with health insurance. Individuals are asked to bring their insurance card to the testing site. A prescription from a doctor is not required. Upon arrival, individuals will need to complete a registration form and a consent form. Masks/face coverings are required at the test site.

Test results typically take up to five to seven business days and will be sent by mail. People should note that individuals have …


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Glaser opens Hands Over Heart Reiki practice – By Susan Mustapich

glaser opens hands over heart reiki practice – by susan mustapich


By Susan Mustapich | Sep 24, 2020CAMDEN — Hands Over Heart Reiki is opening Oct. 7, at High Mountain Hall in Camden, offering traditional Reiki sessions for healing, balancing and calming.
The new practice, owned by Rachel Glaser, will begin by offering one-hour sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
“It is exciting to bring such a beneficial and needed gift to the community,” Glaser said. “Stress reduction is necessary to live a healthy life.”
Reiki treatments are offered on a comfortable massage table. Unlike massage, clients remain fully clothed. Hands are gently placed on the top of the head and slowly change positions down the front of the body. Glaser ends the sessions with her own creative touch, reflexology on the feet. “I understand how energy gets trapped in one’s body so I look forward to helping people release that stuck energy in order to feel better,” she said.
She discovered Reiki when an occupational therapist helping her recover from a brain injury referred her to a Reiki therapist. Glaser, who is a survivor of domestic assault, experienced the benefits of healing the body and mind through Reiki, and has continued treatments for over a decade.
When she turned to starting her own business, …


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