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  • 12/01/2016 - 18:22

    36.7 million people globally are living with HIV or AIDS. Despite being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. The theme of this year's World AIDS Day campaign is Rock the Ribbon. Rocking a red ribbon not only completes any outfit; it shows everyone – especially people living with HIV and their families – your support. There is no cure, and people still face ignorance and discrimination that can limit their opportunities, preventing them from living full and happy lives. HIV means you are more likely to live in poverty, and more likely to have poor mental health. World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away - there is still a need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. 

  • 11/29/2016 - 15:17

    OPENPediatrics, a free and open access learning platform for pediatric clinicians, is pleased to announce that we have been named a winner of The American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education Contest for the development of our Hemodialysis Simulator. This annual contest highlights individuals or groups that have created innovative tools to help teach medical students, residents, and fellows aspects of nephrology, including renal physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical disease.

    View our entry video to the American Society of Nephrology Innovations in Kidney Education Contest below. We expect to have the Hemodialysis Simulator available on the OPENPediatrics site in early 2017. 


  • 11/21/2016 - 20:00

    Dr. Lisa DelSignore, one of our OPENPediatrics Associates, has published an original research paper in the Journal of Medical Research under the mentorship of OPENPediatrics Co-Directors, Drs. Traci Wolbrink and Jeffrey Burns, evaluating the effect on pediatric residents' knowledge gain of using interspersed test questions and periodic breaks during online video viewing as compared to traditional video viewing without any breaks or questions. 

  • 11/16/2016 - 14:31

    Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics and poses one of the most pressing public health threats. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with a league of national and international partners, will observe the ninth annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week from November 14-20. During this week, participants will raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and emphasize the importance of appropriate antibiotic use across all health care settings. Each year in the United States, 47 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions are written and up to 1/3 - 1/2 of antibiotic use in humans is deemed unnecessary or inappropriate. 

  • 11/10/2016 - 17:19

    Despite being easily preventable and treatable, pneumonia kills more children under the age of five than any other disease, claiming a life every 20 seconds worldwide. In order to raise awareness of the importance of providing vaccines and antibiotics for children, November 12 has been declared World Pneumonia Day. 

    OPENPediatrics has partnered with the Pneumonia Innovations Team, a global community network that focuses efforts on increasing awareness and mobilizing resources to combat childhood pneumonia, to bring you The Pneumonia Innovations Team Health Kit. Included in this kit are videos, such as the one featured below, and flyers presenting information on recognizing the signs of, and treating pneumonia. 

  • 11/10/2016 - 16:35

    OPENPediatrics Program Co-Directors Drs. Traci Wolbrink and Jeffrey Burns, and Data Analyst Nabila Mirza, in collaboration with OPENPediatrics External Advisory Board Member Dr. Niranjan "Tex" Kissoon, authored a paper recently published in Academic Medicine assessing the worldwide use of our World Shared Practice Forums.

  • 10/31/2016 - 19:00

    Since 1980 diabetes has nearly doubled worldwide, with an annual estimate of 422 million people living with this disease. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has declared November 14 as World Diabetes Day "with the aim to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue." The IDF has estimated that globally as many as 193 million people living with diabetes in 2015 were unaware of their disease.

    With the theme for 2016 being "Eyes on Diabetes," the International Diabetes Federation aims to spread two key messages:

  • 10/24/2016 - 17:32

    In November of 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared the last full week of September (since moved to the last full week of October) to be National Respiratory Therapy Week, stating, "In recognition that chronic lung diseases are an important cause of death, ill health, and disability and that respiratory therapy can do much to lessen their effects."

  • 10/24/2016 - 16:03

    World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. As of 2013, GPEI had reduced polio worldwide by 99%.

    As a reminder of the impact of polio prior to the development of the vaccine, OPENPediatrics is featuring our Iron Lung video, which shares the history of the fight against this disease through a demonstration of the use of an iron lung that has been restored by Boston Children's Hospital.

  • 10/18/2016 - 14:04

    This week is International Infection Prevention Week. In recognition of this event, we are highlighting our Hand Hygiene video, by Debra Morrow RN, BSN, CCRN.

    The number one intervention for preventing the spread of infectious agents in healthcare settings is careful hand hygiene by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers. It is estimated that 80% of the transmission of infectious agents in the healthcare setting is by the hands of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers. This video provides some of the research regarding hand hygiene, covers best practices in hand hygiene, and provides strategies to improve hand hygiene compliance.