Healthcare News


Selections from What’s Trending This Week — July 17, 2015

Picture: Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps

1. NEED: RAM Returns to Wise County Today

Remote Area Medical has returned to Wise County, VA, for its 16th annual health care clinic this weekend.

Starting Friday morning and running through Sunday, free healthcare and dental care will be available at the Wise County Fairgrounds. If you are planning to attend, organizers encourage you to go early. Registration begins at 6 a.m. on each of the mornings, with lines beginning as early as 4 a.m. Patients will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more about Remote Area Medical’s mission, click here.

NHSC job fair
Picture: National Health Service Corps

2. LEAD: NHSC Virtual Job Fair

Calling all health professionals! The National Health Service Corps is holding a July Virtual Job Fair on Tuesday, July 21.

At an NHSC Virtual Job Fair, you can learn about job vacancies available now at NHSC-approved sites and talk with site representatives about the job and benefits package, clinical environment, populations served and local community. A typical NHSC Virtual Job Fair has representatives from 30 to 40 sites with as many as 190 job openings in primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health disciplines. You meet with sites of interest in “virtual rooms,” where they make 15-minute presentations followed by a question and answer period.

To register or learn more about the job fair, click here!

lightning landscape3. HEED: Lightning Strikes

Lightning strikes have killed at least 20 people in the U.S. so far this year, according to the National Weather Service. That’s higher than the average for recent years, the Service says.

Most people who are injured or killed by lightning are not struck directly; in many cases, the bolt lands nearby. Another common assumption is that a lightning strike causes burns, but doctors say brain injuries are more common  lightning strikes can damage nerves in a way that causes nerves to misfire, sometimes for the rest of the survivor’s life.

Experts say the best advice to follow to avoid a lightning strike is, ‘When thunder roars, go indoors.’ Essentially, if you hear thunder, you need to be inside right away. If you want to know how far lightning is from you, count the seconds between the flash of lightning and clap of thunder, then divide that number by 5. That’s how many miles away the strike is.

To read more, click here.