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It is Black History Month!  Thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are living in different and better times….

Giving credit where it is due…is very important! Recall for a moment, the way you felt when you worked very hard on a project and you were not acknowledged for it. Instead, Mr. Lazy or Ms. Thorny was credited for something you did! Frustrating, wasn’t it?

As an immigrant, I am very grateful for all that I have attained and hope to continually give back to the community. As such, I am really big on giving credit where credit is due! How about you?

There are many who made GREAT contribution to our medical community – Hispanic, Blacks, Whites, Indians, etc.,.  Blacks/African Americans have contributed quite a bit to the Medical History. Here are only a few of interest:

  • Dr. Ben Carson

    Dr. Ben Carson

    Alcon, George Edward Jr. – Physicist Inventor: Invented a method of fabricating an imaging X-ray spectrometer.

  • Bath, Patricia – Opthalmologist: First African American woman to receive a patent for a medical invention. Inventions relate to cataract surgery and include the Laserphaco Probe, an ultrasound technique that revolutionized the industry in the 1980’s.
  • Black, Keith – Neurosurgeon: Brain tumor surgery and research
  • Brooks, Phil – Inventor: First US patent for a disposable syringe
  • Cardozo, William – Pediatrician: Sickle Cell Anemia studies. Published in OCT 1937 “Immunologic Studies in Sickle Cell Anemia” in Archives of Internal Medicine; many of the findings are still valid today!
  • Carson, Ben – Pediatric Neurosurgeon: First surgeon to successfully separated craniopagus twins.
  • Clarke, Maime – Psychologist: Conducted 1940’s experiments using dolls to study children’s attitudes about race
  • Drew, Charles – Medical Researcher: Developed improved techniques for blood storage
  • Griffin, Bessie Blunt – Physical Therapist/Inventor: Amputee self-feeding device
  • Kittles, Rick – Geneticist: Work in tracing the ancestry of African Americans via DNA testing
  • Kountz, Samuel – Transplant surgeon: Organ transplantation pioneer, particularly renal transplant research and surgery. Author or co-author over 172 articles in scientific publication (wow…I only have 165 to go, to catch up!)

    Dr. Charles Drew

    Dr. Charles Drew

  • Lee, Raphael carl – Surgeon, Biomedical Engineer: Discovered use of surfactant copolymers as molecular chaperones to augment injury repair mechanism of living cells. Holder of many patents covering scar treatment therapies, tissue engineered ligaments, brain trauma therapies…
  • Morgan, Garrett – Inventor: Invented the first gas mask (great for threats soldiers have to contend with on deployments)
  • Thomas, Vivien – Surgical Technician: Blue baby syndrome treatment in the 1940’s.
  • Wright, Louis T. – Surgeon: Led team that first used Aureomycin as a treatment on humans

Dreams attained?



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Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

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From the Physician’s Desk … Happy Independence Day!

Today, we celebrate the Independence of our Great Nation…but often we forget to celebrate our “own” independence. The Freedom to make wise choices … and to be free from bondages, of all forms (fear, depression, anxiety, illness, phobias…and the list goes on and on). Please take a moment to slowly absorb and enjoy this poem. I wish you Independence from all your bondages … as those too, can lead to DIS-EASES … diseases.

Be as independent as DESIDERATA  recommends…





Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…


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FEBRUARY is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

TeensI must apologetically admit, teen dating violence was not on my radar. Teen Violence … Yes. Teen DATING Violence … No. I really never gave it much thought being inundated with my career of caring for those affected by Cancer … but this too is a real problem for our youths. I encourage others to step out of their career scope or area of interest and become more involved with the things that affect our children…our future!

One in 10 teens reported being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. That number can be safely doubled for the “unreported” cases, and quadrupled for the other types of abuse – emotional, verbal, mental, etc., This generation is neck deep in Violence. Watched the news lately?   I truly believe that the foundational problem is a generational lack for the value of life…the respect of life.

teen parenttalkIf you have a teen in your life – child, grandchild, niece, nephew, friend – Ask about his/her dating relationships (remember, males are not always the “abuser” … teen boys are abused too!).  If it is a difficult discussion for you, then share this link ( http://healthfinder.gov/nho/FebruaryToolkit2.aspx ). Our future is at risk on so many fronts and from so many angle. Pray for our children constantly…they are our future.

Click below to watch NBC video on Teen Dating Violence

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alarm_eAmong all racial/ethnic groups, African Americans bear the greatest burden of HIV in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV infection during their lifetimes. In 2009, blacks made up 14% of the US population but accounted for nearly half (44%) of all new HIV infections (this number continues to rise).

From Madame Noir

From Madame Noir

Recent CDC data showed an alarming 48% increase in new HIV infections from 2006 to 2009 among young, black men who have sex with men (MSM), aged 13 to 29 years. Black women, most of whom are infected through heterosexual contact, are far more affected by HIV than women of other races. The rate of new HIV infections for black women is more than 15 times as high as that of white women, and more than 3 times as high as that of Latino women.


From NewsOne Article 25 JUL 12

Approximately 1 in 5 adults and adolescents in the United States living with HIV do not know they are infected. This translates to approximately 116,750 persons in the black community. Black MSM are particularly burdened with HIV. In 21 major cities, 28% of black MSM were infected with HIV, and 59% of those did not know they were infected.

Fear of disclosing risk behavior or sexual orientation may prevent blacks from seeking testing, prevention and treatment services, and support from friends and family.

Please do share your thoughts and comments!

Read more: CDC Statistics  ; HIV&AIDS information

Your General Health – Watch videos here!

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1 DECEMBER is World’s AIDS Day …

HIV/AIDS …  Do  you think HIV/AIDS is now a Chronic Disease?


WorldClass 101: Human immunodeficiency virus infection / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a disease of the immune system. A normal immune system works to protect our bodies against organisms, such as virus, on a regular basis. During the initial HIV infection, a person may experience a brief period of influenza-like illness. This is typically followed by a prolonged period without symptoms. As the illness progresses it interferes more and more with the immune system, making people much more likely to get infections, and illnesses that do not usually affect people with a normal working immune systems.

HIV is transmitted primarily via unprotected sex (including anal and even oral sex), contaminated blood transfusions and hypodermic needles, and from mother to child during, pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding. Body fluids, such as saliva and tears, do not transmit HIV. Prevention of HIV infection, primarily through safe sex and needle-exchange programs, is a key strategy to control the spread of the disease. There is no cure or vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS; however, anti-retroviral treatment can slow the course of the disease and may lead to a near-normal life expectancy.

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is defined in terms of either a CD4+ T cell count below 200 cells per µL or the occurrence of specific diseases in association with an HIV infection. (HIV-negative adult can vary but is usually between 600 and 1200 CD4 cells/mm3).  In the absence of specific treatment, around half the people infected with HIV develop AIDS within ten years. The most common initial conditions that alert to the presence of AIDS are pneumocystis pneumonia (40%), Cachexia (drastic weight loss) in the form of HIV wasting syndrome (20%) and esophageal candidiasis (white patchy fungal growth in the mouth and throat). Other common signs include recurring respiratory tract infections.

Read more at www.AIDS.gov for local information

World AIDS Campaign, Van Diemenstraat 192, 1013 CP Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS, +31 20 616 9045



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The Hills are capturing photographs of the wild life, while I learn a few tips from our Tracker, Scotch, in South Africa

This is the story of a young ambitious doctor, who after many years of isolation in the Academic trenches, decided to play “catch up” on her favorite hobby of Globe Trotting. Getting away from the hectic scene of the Washington DC Metro area was a welcomed and overdue break! She sought Adventure in South Africa and it was during the Safari (Tanda Tula, Kruger Park) that she kindled a new friendship.

No idea what I was thinking! Yes, I still have my hand:-)

The “Happy Hills” a dynamic couple, was on this very Safari in South Africa…just in time for a chance encounter. A conversation between the Globe Trotting Doc and the Happy Hills was inevitable and pleasant indeed – Mr. Hill is quite the comic! It was discovered, that they had traveled 8000 miles to meet ,when they live only 12miles apart – YUP, they are only 12 miles apart …Practically neighbors…Imagine that!


My Angel Next Door…8000 miles back in the USA!

You guessed it! Since then, we have met on several occasions to discuss life, family, business, and the Greatness of God on such divine encounter – we are still amazed!

No matter where you are – share a smile, be kind and engaging – for in doing so you never know when you may be entertaining ANGELS! I did … and I am so grateful, as I am the better for it having met the Hills!

This Thanksgiving, be specific and let someone know “personally” that you are GRATEFUL s/he is in your life! Mr & Mrs Hill, I am grateful you are a part of my life! Hugs…

Peace & Blessings!


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As I rummaged through my weekly mail, and mused about the Magazine Detective responsible for finding me and sending all these “junk snail mail” I started flipping through the “Frontiers” Autumn 2012 issue. The article that caught my attention titled “80 is the new 50” …  got me to thinking…Seriously? Last time I heard it was “70 is the new 60” … the gap (delta) keeps increasing. When it matters for ME … it will be … “100 is the new 60” … yeah …I can definitely look forward to that!

Nevertheless, despite the title, the article was VERY interesting. It tells of an older woman and a Doctors’ decision to perform surgery based on her “actual health/performance status” instead of her actual age. Here is an excerpt;

{“The patient was 86yo woman and surgeon Mark Bloomston, MD, carefully considered whether to remove half her liver to treat her metastatic Colon Cancer. “She looked younger than 86, but I knew her liver was 86 and that older people can have unpredictable outcomes after major liver operations,” he recalls. He explained to her that there was a risk she might die as a result of surgery; she told him she wanted to “go down swinging.”  “She Survived the operation, went home 4 days later and never looked back,” says Bloomston, a surgical oncologist and associate professor of surgery at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.” }

Illustration by Roy Doty

Go Grandma! Awesome, positive attitude!” Being in good health is important NOW, but its benefit is most reflected when one is older.

If you could change ONE thing today, that would guarantee happier Golden Years -healthier, mobile/active, independent and able to maintain that, “go down swinging” attitude – what would that be?

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