Osteopathic Medical Student Receives AKOMA/Alaska Scholarship from Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation
Gregory Herting, a student at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California, is a native Alaskan and is the recipient of the 2017-2018 AKOMA/Alaska scholarship.
Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Gregory played basketball, baseball, football, and soccer. He states, “I am a big proponent of an active lifestyle and want to support and build many different avenues to a healthy and active lifestyle for adults and children in my community. I know that this personal passion of mine will serve to improve my community’s health outside of my work as a physician. In a more tangible way, my training as an osteopathic physician allows me to bring techniques to rural communities that may help them alleviate symptoms that come with common illnesses”.
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The WHO’s Zika Virus Recommendations
Since the World Health Organization‘s Emergency Committee on Zika virus first met on 1 February, substantial new research has strengthened the association between Zika infection and the occurrence of fetal malformations and neurological disorders. Evidence also suggests that sexual transmission of the virus is more common than previously assumed.
Based on these findings the Emergency Committee made Zika virus – new recommendations that include:
- Scaling-up research and development, surveillance, vector control, clinical care, and community engagement;
- Advice for pregnant women not to travel to areas of ongoing Zika virus outbreaks; and
- Advice for pregnant women, whose sexual partners live in or travel to areas with Zika virus outbreaks, to use safe sexual practices or abstain from sex for the duration of their pregnancy (full information for travellers).