Sunday, April 19, 2009

Recap for "Episode 102: Global Health"

THEME: Global Health

PODCAST: The free download of Episode 102 is now on iTunes here

GUESTS: This week, we enjoyed a riveting discussion about global health concerns, as well as the elaborate connections between medicine and nutrition. Our feature guest was Dr. Diklar Makola (right), a gastroenterologist in Dayton, Ohio, who has extensive experience in practicing medicine both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Makola also has a PhD in nutrition, and his perspectives on medicine and global health have been further enhanced by his research work, which he also discussed on the program.

In the second half of the show, we were joined by Matias Iberico (below, left) and Jonathan Slaughter (below, right), who are second-year medical students at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. Matias and Jonathan are also co-chairs of the School of Medicine's 'Global Health Initiative.' Both have had valuable experience working in medical settings abroad, and they were able to share their insights regarding the importance of global health care efforts. Visit the Global Health Initiative website here!

CASE OF THE WEEK: Read the case, and if you think you know what is wrong with the patient, email your answer to . The winner will receive a prize from Radio Rounds!

A 13-year-old male athlete describes 3 weeks of epigastric pain, radiating into the left flank that is associated with nausea and vomiting. Symptoms increase with eating. He is very active with wrestling and football. These symptoms occurred several days following a viral illness which subsided over a two day period. During this time, he additionally recalls running into bleachers during a wrestling workout. This pain has increased steadily over the past two weeks. There is a family history of gallstones and pancreatitis. The physical exam revealed normal vital signs including a normal temperature. The abdominal exam was remarkable for epigastric pain on deep palpation, some guarding, but without rebound tenderness. Laboratory evaluation demonstrated an elevation in lipase and amylase.

THOUGHTS: Check out the website for Playing for Change and be sure to watch their video, the music of which we featured on this week's show:

Also, be sure to check out the Eddie Brookshire band's "Edge of the River," arranged by our own Dr. Onady, who wrote this week's tricky case!

We hope you can join us this Sunday (April 26) for our next episode! Find the poll to the right to vote for the song you would like to hear!

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Meet the Hosts

Avash Kalra is a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in Psychology. Before starting medical school, Avash worked for one year at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, Maryland, where he conducted research on lifespan extension. He then worked for one year as a clinical research coordinator in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Avash was born in England and lived there for 11 years. He spends his free time working as a staff writer for an NCAA hockey website. Over time, he has developed unhealthy obsessions with college hockey, poker, and the Dave Matthews Band. His favorite television shows include Lost, 24, Dexter, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He is now an avid reader... of medical textbooks. He frequently points out that he has "the perfect face for radio." And -- as you'll discover -- he likes puns.

Lakshman Swamy is a medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He is a 2005 graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, where he self-designed the Neuroscience major. Before joining medical school, Lakshman worked for two years in the Trapp lab at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation as a lab technician working with multiple sclerosis.

Lakshman is a young gentleman in the MD/MBA program at Wright State, and accordingly, his favorite character on Scrubs is Dr. Kelso. He has an eclectic taste in music, loves audiobooks -- especially mysteries -- and watches 24, M*A*S*H, and Battlestar Galactica. Yes, two of those shows have run their final season -- he is also constantly behind the times. He has NO idea what he wants to do with his life, but he is sure it will involve turning down the position of Surgeon General for bigger and better things.

Shamie Das is an MD/MBA dual degree student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He graduated from Emory University in 2004 as a dual major in Biology and Sociology. He went on to earn his Masters Degree in Public Health in 2007 from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. As a graduate student, he also performed bench research in Molecular and Cell Biology at the Emory University School of Medicine. In his free time during college, Shamie volunteered as an EMT-Intermediate and went on to become certified as a Paramedic.

Shamie was born in England and soon after moved to the US. In his free time he enjoys photography, traveling and fine cuisine. A few of his life goals are to visit every continent and climb Everest. An avid extremist, Shamie enjoys leaping out of perfectly good airplanes, white water rafting and jumping headfirst into gorges. Recently engaged, he also spends countless hours on the phone with his fiancée. His favorite authors include Hemingway, Frost, and Crichton (and of course Robbins). Television is a thing of the past in his current life, but occasionally he still watches PBS and listens to NPR and (of course) Radio Rounds.