Kindergarten students in California counties whose parent’s refused to vaccinate them.
Super excited about my new office art: A reproduction of a Cadet Nurse Corps recruitment poster from WWII.
The Cadet Nurse Corps was created by the Nurse Training Act of 1943. In exchange for 2-3 years of nursing education, women would serve in uniform with the US Public Health Service for the duration of the war. 124,000 women became nurses through the Corps.
The Cadet Nurse Corps offered unprecedented opportunities for women, including women of color. As a nurse serving in the US Public Health Service today (almost 71 years later!), I’m especially proud to display this poster.
Also, I really get a kick out of their oath of office:
"At this moment of my induction into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps of the United States Public Health Service:
I am solemnly aware of the obligations I assume toward my country and toward my chosen profession;
I will follow faithfully the teachings of my instructors and the guidance of the physicians with whom I work;
I will hold in trust the finest traditions of nursing and the spirit of the Corps;
I will keep my body strong, my mind alert, and my heart steadfast;
I will be kind, tolerant, and understanding;
Above all, I will dedicate myself now and forever to the triumph of life over death.
As a Cadet Nurse, I pledge to my country my service in essential nursing for the duration of the war.”
If you’re interested in learning more, you can visit the US Cadet Nurse Corps page.
Heart attacks can feel different for women than men. Share this with the women you love!
One year ago Pavel Rucsineanu was running out of options.
Drug-resistant tuberculosis was ravaging his lungs. And the disease had evolved into an incurable form, doctors said.
It’s like an “infectious cancer,” Dr. Tetru Alexandriuc said at the time. “We have no other medicines” to treat Pavel, the doctor added. Although he wouldn’t say it, the doctor expected TB would kill Pavel.
But Pavel’s wife, Oxana, had other ideas.
Oxana had managed to get herself cured of TB. Then she set out to help her husband. Her strategy: Get Pavel some of the new medicines that she’d heard could attack even the most deadly strains of the bacterium.
In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first new TB medicine in 40 years. The drug, called bedaquiline, was developed specifically for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis. But Oxana couldn’t get the drug imported to Moldova.
"We wrote a lot of letters to the government," she says. "And the official answer was that there is no legal framework to bring a medical product that is not yet authorized in our country."
So Oxana went after another drug: an antibiotic, called linezolid, which the European Medicines Agency had recently approved for use against TB.
Getting this drug also proved to be a huge challenge. Moldova hadn’t yet approved linezolid for use. And the medication was prohibitively expensive.
Pfizer has linezolid patented under the brand name Zyvox. And a one-month supply costs more than $4,000 here in the U.S.
But Oxana was still not deterred. She contacted the nonprofit Treatment Action Group in New York and managed to get a six-month supply of linezolid for Pavel.
"From the time you saw him [a year ago], he’s gained 8 kilos [17.6 pounds]," Oxana says. "He’s feeling much better. … He’s saying he’s cured already. But we know that we have some time in front of us with this TB. We have to follow the treatment to the end. But his results [so far] give us big power to move on."
Top photo: Pavel Rucsineanu now has access to a new tuberculosis medicine. But he still has to take about 20 pills each day to combat his drug-resistant infection.
Bottom photo: Oxana and Pavel Rucsineanu fell in love while living at a tuberculosis ward in Balti, Moldova.
Both photos by Jason Beaubien/NPR.
Brain Differences Linked to Insomnia
Johns Hopkins researchers are reporting that people with chronic insomnia show more plasticity and activity than good sleepers in the part of the brain that controls movement.
“Insomnia is not a nighttime disorder,” says study leader Rachel Salas, an assistant professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine. “It’s a 24-hour brain condition, like a light switch that is always on. Our research adds information about differences in the brain associated with it.”
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/03/brain-differences-linked-insomnia