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Two expert physicians speak at WCM-Q Grand Rounds.

LEFT: Dr Linnie M Golightly. RIGHT: Dr Courtney M Townsend Jr.

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) brought two healthcare experts from leading US universities to speak at WCM-Q's Grand Rounds series. Dr Linnie M Golightly of the division of infectious diseases at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York delivered a presentation on the latest travel medicine advice, explaining how healthcare professionals can help mitigate risks to the health of patients who travel abroad. Dr Golightly explained that health professionals must obtain detailed travel information from patients and take a comprehensive medical history to offer appropriate advice. She then discussed which vaccines are required for visits to different parts of the world, including vaccinations against polio, yellow fever, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and B, cholera, rabies and others. Dr Golightly said, "Travel health advice varies depending on the patient's own health profile, the region they are travelling to, countries they transit through, whether they are visiting rural or urban areas, and the types of activities they plan to do. It is therefore very important to obtain as much information as possible in order to give appropriate advice to protect the health of each individual patient." Dr Golightly also discussed parasite-borne diseases such as malaria and schistosomiasis, how to avoid traveller's diarrhoea, risks associated with road accidents and blood transfusions, hazards posed by wild animals, and altitude sickness on hiking holidays, among other topics. In another presentation, Dr Courtney M Townsend Jr., professor and Robertson-Poth distinguished chair, general surgery, in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch, spoke about recent research into pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours, also known as NETs. NETs can be benign or malignant and develop from abnormal growth of the endocrine cells in the pancreas, which produce hormones such as gastrin, and insulin and glucagon, which regulate blood sugar levels. Dr Townsend explained to the audience of healthcare professionals the molecular basis for the development of pancreatic NETs and how they can be diagnosed using imaging which includes intra-operative ultrasound, and then discussed current and future treatments.

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Publication:Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar)
Date:May 22, 2017
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