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Research and Markets: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

Posted: February 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm


Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology" report to their offering.

Series: Materials Science Forum, Volume 700

Selected, peer reviewed papers from the 5th Biennial Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN-5), February 7-11, 2011, Wellington, New Zealand

The highly successful AMN conference series is the flagship of the New Zealand MacDiarmid Institute; a virtual centre of research excellence named after New Zealand's 3rd Nobel Laureate, Professor Alan MacDiarmid. The conference offers a broad interdisciplinary overview of advanced materials and nanotechnology, and provides an exciting forum within which to discuss new and exciting advances in the field. The 55 peer-reviewed papers cover topics that are related to nanotechnology, advanced materials, nanoelectronics, superconductors, spintronics, nanoparticles, microfluidics, advanced sensors, photovoltaics and nanobiology. The result is an excellent and timely guide to these specialized topics.

Review from Book News Inc.: This collection of 55 peer reviewed papers presented at the 5th Biennial Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology held in February 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand showcases the research of an international roster of scientists and students. A sampling of paper topics includes thin-film deposition of mixed-conducting ceramic membranes, pinning force anisotropy for HTS wires, formation of nanoparticles in Zr and Dy Doped YBCO MOD superconducting films, turnable Bragg gratings in polymer thin films, and evaluation of polyaniline for packaging applications. The articles are indexed by both keyword and author.

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Medical practice: Michigan State University launches regional campus for medical school

Posted: February 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Every doctor has to start somewhere. Now they can make it MidMichigan Health.

The health care system welcomed its first class of medical students from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine last summer. Third- and fourth-year students at the MidMichigan are completing a core competency program and several clerkships in departments, gaining clinical experience as they train for full-time jobs as doctors.

So far, the experience has surpassed the expectations of the medical professionals and students involved.

‘Demanding in a great way’

John Evans, a Flint native who chose to come to the MSU College of Human Health Midland Regional Campus after a site visit, said the demanding schedule was expected, but the experiences he has had are beyond what he anticipated.

“Even when it’s demanding, it’s demanding in a great way,” he said. “What else would I be doing?”

On a typical day the students shadow an attending physician in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery and psychiatry. MSU sets the curriculum and MidMichigan staff offers instruction, letting the students observe and participate in medical care.

Evans said the students start work early in the morning and most days could be done by 5 p.m., but they typically want to stay to continue patient care, follow up on something interesting that happened or study for tests that come after each clerkship ends.

“You want to be here, you want to have access,” Evans said.

Evans was in awe reflecting on the 10 babies that he was the first person to ever touch in the world. He said he got emotional about the first delivery because that’s a major milestone in a doctor’s life.

“I had been gearing up that, and there it was,” he said. “It was incredible.”

After medical school, the students will earn an M.D. and will complete a residency, during which they gain specialized knowledge in the area in which they will practice.

Delivering the babies put OBGYN into Evans’ top three options for his residency program, with general surgery at the top and the emergency room as the third option.

Evans said joining a new program means coming at a time when there is a lot of enthusiasm to teach and learn. Students at other campuses have told Evans that they haven’t had the same access to real-life experiences.

“The way we were embraced by the MidMichigan Health system is incredible and something we weren’t really expecting,” he said, describing support and encouragement from staff at every level. “You don’t feel like you’re bothering anybody. You feel like they want you there and they encourage you.”

Fresh skills, top recruits

Dr. Paula Klose, community assistant dean for the new campus, said the staff loves working with the students and feel like they’re helping set up the new campus for long-term success.

Klose said when physicians teach it can help to keep their skills up, meaning better care for patients. Having a teaching component also helps recruit physicians, some of whom only want to work at a medical center where they can teach. The local instructors were selected based on having an interest in teaching and qualifications for the job.

This year, students are spending most of their time at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland, with some time also spent at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot. Klose said as the program expands, students also could spend time in MidMichigan’s medical centers in Gladwin and Clare.

This year there are three third-year students and five fourth-year students at the Midland campus. Klose said next year, another six third-year students will be added to the program. It could build up to nine to 12 students each year as the program grows.

The program is expected to offer more electives as time goes on and could lead to the development of a simulation center, medical research and residency opportunities at the medical centers.

Klose hopes the students will find residencies to gain in-depth knowledge in a specific medical field and then choose to return to MidMichigan Health because of their experiences as students.

Evans said after spending time in the “fantastic community,” he can see how that hope could turn into reality.

“That’s a very high likelihood,” he said. “It’s growing on me and is such a nice community.”

‘This is our community now’

Medicine was the first thing to appeal to Evans. After an uninspiring education in the Flint school system, he moved to New York and earned a master of fine arts degree. Now, he wants a career where he can see results and know he is making a difference in people’s lives.

“There’s the traditional path, the non-traditional path and then there’s my path,” Evans said with a laugh.

His easy-going demeanor works well with patients, which is a skill doctors need in addition to medical knowledge.

Evans said most patients are fine with a student being with a physician during a medical exam, but some may want privacy.

He said the patients don’t benefit from a vast new source of medical knowledge when a student is present because they are still learning everything, but students can be up-to-date on new practices or research that can help a patient.

One benefit some patients experience from having a student present is the additional time the students can spend with them when the residents or physicians are required to move to the next patient.

“It increases face time, and patients really like that,” Klose said, noting the current group of students have been great at interacting with patients.

Evans said some patients have felt their care is more thorough, which is good for the patient and the Health System. He said the MSU College of Human Medicine stresses not just the medical care, but the human side of medicine.

“They get the medical care they want and the attention that they need,” he said of patients.

Being able to spend more time with a patient also allows Evans to better remember all the things that must be asked and checked. He said the more times people does something, the faster they become.

The students also hope to become more involved in community initiatives. Evans said MSU’s core competency program includes learning about health disparities in a community. Mike Krecek, director of the Midland County Health Department, spoke to the students about Midland County’s medical needs, including access to medical care for the county’s rural residents.

“We really want to be involved in outreach services,” Evans said. “This is our community now. We don’t just want to be at the hospital and then go to sleep. We want to be a part of the community.”

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Explore New Options to Repay Medical School Loans

Posted: February 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Not so long ago, many medical school graduates entered residency burdened with large amounts of student loan debt. And just when you thought that was the worst of it, many residency-related student loan deferments for federal loan repayments were phased out in the early 1990s, leaving many residents with relatively large monthly loan payments while still in training.

The federal government has embarked upon programs aimed at attracting medical residents to work in HPSAs (Health Professional Shortage Areas) for three years after graduation, at which time they would receive tuition and stipend reimbursements for each year of HPSA service. The government recently expanded the program, after it announced that almost 20 percent of Americans live in underserved areas, ranging from isolated rural areas to areas many would be surprised are considered underserved, including the Venice Beach and West Hollywood/Hollywood areas of Los Angeles.

[Learn how to go to medical school for free.]

Students can apply for healthcare loan repayment programs through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which asks medical residents for a flexible commitment of working for at least two or three years in an underserved area of the United States in a primary care specialty. The government would then repay up to $120,000 in debt. From 2008 to 2011, the program has nearly tripled its enrollment from 3,600 physicians to more than 10,000. Additional loan repayment support is available if physicians choose to work longer.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius recently announced a newer initiative toward student loan repayment. This new loan repayment program, to which Sebelius committed $9.1 million, is targeted at recruiting current medical students, particularly those in their fourth year, who are dedicated to specifically designated specialties.

[Check out rankings of medical school primary care specialties.]

The announcement of this additional option makes the following federal scholarship and loan repayment avenues available:

• NHSC Scholarship: In this program, students entering medical school—or those who haven't yet completed their fourth year of medical school—receive tuition scholarships and monthly stipends. The students sign a commitment to spend one year working in an underserved area for each year of support received. There is a limit of four years of funding per student.

This program can sound tempting—after all, what is four years if your entire medical school tuition is paid in advance? But if you happen to change your mind after graduation and you don't enter or finish residency, the penalty can be steep. You must repay the government tuition costs plus penalties and interest within a specified period of time. In rare cases, the government has disciplined doctors who did not repay these costs in time.

• Students to Service Program: With the recently announced funding, this program allows fourth-year medical students who have solidified their career choice down to a primary care specialty (internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and general psychiatry) the opportunity for loan repayments.

[Find out which public medical schools award the most financial aid.]

• Commitment after residency: If you complete a residency in one of the primary care specialties above, you can work in a HPSA for as long or as little time as you desire. Each year you spend working 32 or more hours per week seeing patients, a certain percentage of your loans will be repaid.

A half-time work option is also available. After three full (or six half-time) years, these physicians have the option to continue on for more substantial support. Physicians who terminate the program without NHSC approval face substantial financial penalties (usually more than $100,000).

Keep in mind that these programs, as they're federally administered, do not tax funds given to these physicians for the purpose of loan repayment. Programs outside the NHSC that offer these benefits may report the repayment to the IRS, which then taxes the physician.

For those premeds who find current medical school tuition figures daunting, these programs offer a great way to become debt-free in a shorter amount of time than for most graduates. Premeds can still get a fairly competitive salary at the same time. Just be sure to read all the fine print, especially if you are committing early.

Ibrahim Busnaina, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and coauthor of "Examkrackers' How to Get Into Medical School." He has been consulting with prospective medical school applicants, with a special focus on minority and other nontraditional candidates, since 2006.

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Rick Santorum: Live Longer with God [Dean's Corner]

Posted: February 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Why has our life expectancy increased so much since the American Revolution?

According to Presidential candidate Rick Santorum: "Because God says they have rights."

What about the role of sanitation, nutrition, education, medicine?

This is an example of religious faith clashing with reason, with all due respect to those with faith.

From "Human Longevity: The Major Determining Factors" by Joseph A. Knight, M.D.:

Wealth, and an affluent environment, significantly correlate with life expectancy as shown by a marked increase in life expectancy over the past century due to the marked improvement in sanitation, nutrition, education and medicine.

And from American Scientist:

As early as 1840, life expectancy started increasing in Sweden. Soon, the trend appeared in other developed countries, too. In the United States, for example, white females in 1900 lived an average of 48 years; by 2000, they lived an average of 87 years. This 39- year increase in average lifespan really took hold by mid-century, largely due to reduced mortality before puberty, which killed 24 percent of the women born in 1900. Young girls-no longer taken by accidents or infectious diseases- survived to die as old ladies.

In the 1920s, extensive public- health measures, including sanitary sewers and clean drinking water, triggered this decreased mortality. Later, antibiotics and improved medical care increased average life spans even more. As the 20th century rolled by, the elderly grew more healthy and mentally independent than their parents at the same ages. In addition, the average person lived longer than ever. Consequently, the probability of some proportion of them surviving for more than a century increased, as well.

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Nicholas Buscemi, MSOM, LAc, Acupuncturist, Chinese Medicine Practitioner Joins National Integrated Health Associates

Posted: February 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

(PRWEB) February 20, 2012

Classical Chinese Medicine incorporates the teachings which have been fundamental to the practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and Chinese medical philosophy for over 3000 years. It is a complete therapeutic system with the end goal of Mental, Physical, Spiritual wellbeing and prevention.

Using classical analytic methods of tongue, pulse, questioning, observation and palpation, Nicholas Buscemi, Classical Chinese Medicine practitioner, analyzes the collective information to find the patterns in the body that correlate to ill health. By incorporating acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs, the goal of Classical Chinese Medicine is to bring the body back into dynamic homeostasis with the natural environment. This will allow the body to adapt and change in a healthy way by using minimally invasive techniques.

Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice and a most sought after alternative treatment. Acupuncture removes energy blockages via the placement of needles on “qi” (energy) meridians on specific points of the body. Recent statistics on the use of acupuncture show that “according to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included questions on the use of various CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) therapies, an estimated 3.1 million U.S. adults had used acupuncture in the previous year. In addition, according to this same survey, approximately 17 percent of adults use natural products, including herbs, making it the most commonly used therapy.” 1

Classical Chinese Medicine is used worldwide for everything ranging from the common cold to pain to severe and recalcitrant disease. It is often used for acute or chronic pain, stress, weight management, addiction and smoking cessation, mental and emotional issues, sports injury, and supportive cancer care.

1 National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine: An Introduction,

About National Integrated Health Associates
National Integrated Health Associates (NIHA) is an integrative medical and dental center comprised of medical doctors, biological dentists, naturopaths, and other licensed holistic health practitioners that blend traditional western medicine and complementary and alternative medicine therapies in order to maximize the healing potential of the patient. The integrative medicine model treats the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) and considers factors such as nutrition, lifestyle, and stress to be important in the management of health.

Located in Washington, D.C., NIHA was founded in 1995 as one of the first integrative medical and dental centers of its kind and serves patients in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia metropolitan area and throughout the East Coast. NIHA is located directly across the street from the Red Line of the Friendship Heights Metro station, and has convenient underground parking. More information can be found on


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Cracking the Genetic Code

Posted: February 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Biomedical research lost one of its titans with the death of Marshall Nirenberg, the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who, with the help of colleagues at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and elsewhere, cracked the genetic code in 1961. His experiment showed how RNA transmits encoded information in DNA and directs the building of proteins (the National Museum of American History owns a copy of his chart of 64 3-letter combinations describing all possible amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, and the NIH has an excellent virtual exhibit about Nirenberg's work).

Nirenberg was the first federal employee to win the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. It made him an instant celebrity. While tempted by job offers in academe and elsewhere -- they were surely his for the asking -- Nirenberg ended up spending his entire career at the NIH. He said he just couldn't see giving up the freedom they gave him to pursue his research.

I had the privilege of meeting this quietly modest man a couple of times, as NIH is just up the pike from the museum in downtown D.C. That's Rockville Pike, the spine of the so-called I-270 biotech corridor, but Nirenberg worked there long before the region acquired its current moniker. The area's great research organizations, like NIH and the nearby National Institute of Standards and Technology -- which has garnered its own share of Nobel Prizes -- are cornerstones of the new technology corridor. But they rest on over a century of institution building, both private and public.

Federal science agencies tend to treasure their Nobel laureates. It's the sort of thing that private industrial research labs used to do, but say they can no longer afford. We are fortunate indeed that government agencies like NIH continue to do the far-horizon research that launches and sustains our nation's high-tech networks, the incubators of new technologies. A clear case, in my view, of government money well spent.

Image: Nirenberg performing an experiment in his lab c. 1962/National Institutes of Health.

This post also appears on the Smithsonian's O Say Can You See? blog, an Atlantic partner site.

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