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How an alumnus effectively fights food insecurity

Author: Grant Johnson

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The obesity epidemic in this country should be of no surprise to anyone. But did you know that the environment in which you live has a high impact on your overall health? Dr. Patrick H. Casey M.D. ’67, vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Harvey and Bernice Jones Professor of Developmental Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas, has done work into researching how social determinants affect the overall health of children. 

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Patricia Curtin ’80: giving them the world

Author: Chontel Syfox

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While speaking about her most recent trip to Haiti this summer, Dr. Patricia Curtin White ’80 felt a lump in her throat. “What a meaningful week,” she mused, “it’s always hard to leave, and when you do, that week just stays with you.” From June 18 to June 25, Dr. White, a dedicated Haiti Program volunteer, led a team of 20 physicians, nurses, students, and non-medical professionals on a mission trip to Haiti.

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Injuries on the rise among young athletes amid negative youth sports culture

Author: Cliff Djajapranata

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In recent years, overuse injuries have become more common among youth athletes. Along with that trend is a pattern of decreased participation in youth sports. That is all according to Dr. Frederick Azar, who came to speak at the first Dooley Society lecture before the home football game Saturday, Sept. 10.

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Advocating for those with the greatest need: Dr. Katherine O'Rourke '08

Author: Katherine O'Rourke '08

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Soon after starting my obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2012 I cared for a woman who was diagnosed with and quickly died of advanced cervical cancer.  Though cervical cancer is nearly 100 percent preventable, she had been uninsured and therefore did not have access to the care she needed to prevent this terrible disease.  Inspired by this patient, I approached my faculty mentor, Dr. Mary Landry, and asked her where uninsured patients in Madison receive the gynecologic care they need.  When Dr. Landry told me that there was not an existing program to provide advanced gynecologic care to uninsured women we decided we needed to do something to provide those services.

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Page Scholar creates Girls Empowered initiative in Johannesburg

Author: Tammi Freehling

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After a childhood filled with doctors and surgeries, senior Marisa Olsen knows how impactful a complex medical condition can be on a person’s life. Having compassionate and knowledgeable doctors made a difference in her situation, so she decided to pursue a career in medicine as a way to pay it forward.

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The value of spiritual health: Dr. David Coulter '69

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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Look at a person with a disability, and it’s often easy to see what makes them different from others.
 
Dr. David Coulter can see those things in the patients he has worked with for decades. But he also sees one thing that makes them, and all humans, the same—their spirits. Coulter says recognizing that is a lesson he got from Notre Dame, where 50 years ago he explored what it meant to be human and to be himself. He learned it through reflection, many caring mentors and the opportunity to take classes in a wide variety of fields, sometimes auditing classes in which he wasn’t able to enroll.

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Dr. Patricia Curtin White wins national Jefferson Foundation Award

Author: Chontel Syfox

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University of Notre Dame alumna and Christiana Care Center Chief of Geriatric Medicine Dr. Patricia Curtin White was the winner of the national Outstanding Public Service award from the Jefferson Foundation for her humanitarian work with the Notre Dame Haiti Program.

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Solving the ebola outbreak: Paul Farmer and the four s’s

Author: Shadia Ajam

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This past Tuesday, April 19, Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health and professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard University, visited Notre Dame and delivered a lecture titled, “Taking up the Challenges of Poverty: Why Accompaniment Matters.” Hosted by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the event welcomed hundreds of attendees both from the University and the wider community.

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Three Notre Dame seniors win second prize in sickle cell disease challenge

Author: Tammi Freehling

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A team of two Notre Dame science seniors and one Notre Dame engineering senior has been awarded the second prize in the Sickle Cell Disease Challenge for Undergraduate Students sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Surgeon-in-Chief of Boston Children’s Hospital delivers presentation on global surgical accessibility

Author: Shadia Ajam

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This past Thursday, alumnus John G. Meara MD, DMD, MBA, (ND ‘86) delivered a presentation on safe surgical care worldwide. Meara is currently the Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief of the Boston Children’s Hospital. He is also associate professor of surgery and associate professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. 

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Science alumnus transforms developing countries’ prison medical care

Author: Gene Stowe

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Notre Dame alumnus Dr. John May ND '84 switched his major from engineering to preprofessional studies when he was inspired by the story of physician-humanitarian Dr. Tom Dooley.  Later, he earned an M.D. at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, and dedicated his career to providing medical care in jails and prisons, both in the United States and around the world. He founded Healing through Walls in 2001 in Haiti, where the organization now has 50 medical professional employees working in prisons. Healing through Walls also operates in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Malawi and the Congo and consults across the Caribbean and Africa.

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