The stories on the evening news about the tragic health problems that plague people in developing nations can seem very far removed from North Carolina. But when it comes to global health, the world is a small place indeed.
Robert Malkin, a professor of the practice in biomedical engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and a founder of Engineering World Health (EWH), has accepted a new role as a representative to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) beginning in January 2008, when he will attend his first board meeting and The World Health Assembly in Geneva.
AIDS/HIV continues to be a major health problem in the U.S., with African-Americans in the rural south particularly at risk. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing nearly $2.5 million to fund CADET (the Carolina Alcohol and Drug Abuse Expansion Team).
The Caribbean is facing a growing aging population and with it, an increase in cardiovascular disease. How the region is prepared to care for this aging population and the associated increase in cardiovascular disease are major health
Since 2000, the rates of HIV testing have remained relatively low and constant in the United States, with about one third of Americans ever having had an HIV test, and less than a quarter of the people considered at high risk for contracting the virus that causes AIDS report having been tested in the past year.
HIV-infected patients in the African country of Tanzania were more likely to stop taking their medications and to fail treatment if they had to pay for the drugs themselves.
Duke University has a beautiful campus full of relatively healthy students, staff and faculty. Our community, Durham, is not as healthy. The HIV rate is nearly double the North Carolina rate; the rate among African Americans is eight times that of European Americans. The pregnancy rate for girls under age 17 is significantly higher than the state average. Our community has high rates of every sexually transmitted disease, including syphilis and gonorrhea.
The Human Vaccine Institute at Duke University Medical Center has been awarded a $7.6 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to expand its efforts to standardize and improve the quality
of a crucial blood test used in the treatment of millions of HIV patients worldwide.
Greetings from Barbados, where the Duke University School of Nursing’s Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Office of Caribbean Program Coordination and the Barbados Ministry of Health and the Centers for Disease Control are sponsoring the 1st annual collaborative continuing education conference on Managing Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly.
Faculty members from the School of Nursing and other Duke schools attended a three-day conference in the Caribbean on Cardiovascular Disease and Aging.