Long-Term Effects of Measles on the Immune System
Since 2018, the number of measles cases around the globe has increased by 300% and is directly attributable to the reduced rate of vaccinations. In the recently published research article, Measles virus infection diminishes preexisting antibodies that offer protection from other pathogens, the researchers questioned whether measles infections could cause long term damage to immune memory and determined that the infection does notably lower immune memory. The research suggests that this reduction in immune memory creates an increase in morbidity and mortality for up to five years for children infected with measles.
Eating for a Good Time and a Long Time
Here is an excerpt from the latest Namey/Burnett Preventive Medicine Writing Award entry by Joanna Durfee, OMS-III, titled Eating for a Good Time and a Long Time, on sustainable healthy eating to prevent numerous conditions: "The United States has a rapidly changing nutritional environment, where more emphasis is placed on dining out, creating foods with a longer shelf life, and including addictive, processed ingredients in food products. Although it can be frustrating living in this environment, understanding what’s in our food and how it will be used to give us energy makes the equation simpler."
Share Your Expertise
Based on your feedback regarding volunteer opportunities, we have developed a Committee Volunteer Opportunities Form (log-in required) to allow all members the chance to express their interest in participating. Please submit your submissions no later than Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
Student & Resident Award Deadlines Approaching
Calling all students and residents! Don't forget to apply for all of the great opportunities to share research, post a blog article or create a poster presentation for the chance to win monetary prizes and recognition through one of the awards listed on the student awards page.
Medical Storytelling Podcast
The Nocturnists podcast is a collection of narrative medicine stories from varying specialty physicians who share how experiences shaped their careers. Have a poignant medical story that you'd like to share? See what the podcast is looking for in a story and submit yours today.