Curly hair, olive skin, a taste for cilantro...Some traits run in the family. But what about an affinity for care-giving?
For Madeline Silva, nursing may be in her genes. For four generations, the women in her family have cared for people, whether recovering from surgery, childbirth, or suffering from allergies or asthma. This fall, Madeline will pursue her doctorate in nursing at Emory University to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)—not an easy feat for someone with hearing loss. But with genetics like these, what’s to stop her?
Way back in the 1940’s, a pioneering woman by the name of Mildred Heeg Hain became one of a small cadre of nurse anesthetists when she obtained a certification from the Lakeside School of Anesthesia in Cleveland. A widow, Mildred supported four children by working as an independent nurse anesthetist in Dayton...
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) takes the life of more than 2,000 babies in the United States every year. The diagnosis is synonymous with not only unfathomable tragedy, but mystery too; it’s given for any death of a child under 12 months of age for which there is no known cause.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death among people under 25. It’s also the number one killer of student athletes, mainly basketball players and track stars. Both of these syndromes stop the hearts of young people in the blink of an eye, with seemingly no warning.
When Darren and Phyllis Sudman lost their 7-week-old son Simon, the initial diagnosis was SIDS. But their family physician also insisted the couple have their own hearts checked as soon as possible.
That’s when Phyllis was diagnosed with Long Q-T Syndrome, an arrh...
Residents of rural America have long grappled with a disportionately low number of physicians.
According to the journal Health Affairs, there are only 46 physicians for every 100,000 people who live in rural areas -- less than half the number of physicians available for people in urban areas. In other words, while almost a quarter of the population lives in rural America, less than 10 percent of physicians practice there. Telemedicine significantly reduces this gap, enabling more people access to healthcare, wherever they are.
The Thinklabs One digital stethoscope is a standard part of the telemedicine experience. A basic primary care telehealth visit involves taking blood pressure; examining the ear, nose and throat; and listening to the heart and lungs. With One, a doctor can hear patients perfectly from a distance, and also can record...