Is the US infant mortality ranking “shameful”? I say, “no,” but here’s the debate:

Children's Health, Health Headlines, International Health, Medical Economics
Of the over 2000 blogs I've posted, one of the most popular was Health Myth #1: “The U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the developed world.”. Now, in an editorial, USA Today points out that the US has now dropped "to 41st worldwide in newborn death rates." Is it really that bad here? (more…)
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Books for those considering the mission field (or praying for missionaries)

International Health, Medical Missions
My dear friend, John McVay, who is the Chief of Staff at the In His Image Family Medicine Residency and also directs their Medical Missions Program wrote me to say: I am writing to ask if you would spread the word about the new missions books listed below. The first one I helped put together last spring after ten years of gathering answers.  Perspectives co-editor Steve Hawthorne wrote: "The Ask a Missionary book is like having a dozen missionary friends at your side, coaching you with kindness and clarity. Who knew wisdom could be so encouraging?" The second book, Where There Was No Church, is by an interagency team that includes an old friend of mine. And the third book, Operation World, was completely revised recently. I would add, please forwarding this…
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Mission Ethiopia

International Health
This blog will be silent from today until Wednesday, January 27. Why? Because Barb and I will be serving on a medical mission trip to Ethiopia. It's been three years since my last overseas mission trips (to China and Iran), and I'm excited about this opportunity to serve overseas once again -- and especially excited to be sharing this adventure with Barb. The trip is being led by my friend, Bob Cornuke, called the "Christian Indiana Jones." You can read more about his work and ministry here. In fact, my 2006 trip to Iran was with Bob when we traveled together to look for the remains of Noah's Ark high up on Mount Suleiman in Northern Iran (you can read about that trip here). As an aside, Bob and Col. Oliver…
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Who is Right about Condoms? The Pope or the President?

Bioethics, Children's Health, International Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Mental Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
It is being reported that in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 Proposed Budget, the president recommends that Congress eliminate funding for abstinence education and instead pour funds into condoms and contraceptive-based sex education. At the same time, another report asserts that physicians are now confirming the Pope’s contention that “statistics prove condoms ineffective against HIV/AIDS. Who is right? More Information: (more…)
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Swine Flu: Top 5 Reasons Your Should Not Panic

Children's Health, International Health, Men's Health, Woman's Health
Public health physicians and medical journalists have a tough job when it comes to informing the public about the Swine Flu as we have to walk the tightrope between informing you so that you can protect yourself and your family, and sending people into anxiety attacks. No doubt you are interested in the topic, as my blog posts on the Swine Flu on Monday, April 27 drew more hits than any blog on any day since I started blogging. So, why should you NOT panic – at least for now? More Information: (more…)
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Swine Flu: What You Need to Know

Children's Health, General Health, International Health, Men's Health, Parenting, Woman's Health
As officials warn of the spread in swine flu cases across several countries around the globe, there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself and your children from this unique virus. Also, you can read a couple of my other blogs: Is It a Cold or Sinus Infection? and 7 Ways to Protect Yourself from the Flu (in general) or the Swine Flu (in particular). More Information: (more…)
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News Flash: Experimental Ebola Vaccine Used On Human – this actual headline is part of the story line for Dr. Walt’s first novel

Bioethics, International Health
It was a nightmare scenario: A scientist accidentally pricked her finger with a needle used to inject the deadly Ebola virus into lab mice. Within hours, members of a tightly bound, yet Atlantic telephone conference trying to map out a way to save her life. Less than 24 hours later, an experimental vaccine – never before tried on humans -- was on its way to Germany from a lab in Canada. And within 48 hours of the March 12 accident, the at-risk scientist, a 45-year-old woman whose identity has not been revealed, was injected with the vaccine.  More Information: (more…)
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Final Report from Myanmar Team

International Health, Medical Missions
Now that a team of courageous family physicians is safely out of Myanmar, I can release to you their report of their trip. The team of Christian family physicians and other healthcare professionals originated at the only Christian Family Medicine Residency Program in the U.S., the In His Image Residency, out of Tulsa, OK. Here’s an exciting report from my dear friend, Lawrence Lee, M.D.: (more…)
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Team of Family Physicians in Myanmar – Report #3

International Health, Medical Missions
  Dr. Walt has received another report from a spouse of one of the team members of the Family Physicians from the U.S. that crossed the Thailand border into Myanmar and are providing medical mission work in the devastated delta of Myanmar.  If you want to send the team a message, through me, please post your note below. Here’s the note she sent to Dr. Walt: (more…)
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Family Physicians in Earthquake Ravaged China

International Health, Medical Missions
  Dr. Walt went to medical school with a college friend, Keith Morgan. They have been dear friends ever since. Dr. Morgan and his wife, Cindy, have been serving as medical missionaries in Macao, China, for almost 30 years. Part of their ministry has been setting up a Family Medicine Residency in China, and Dr. Walt had the privilege of teaching there a couple of years ago. We’ve just received a report from a team from the Macao Family Medicine Residency who are serving in the earthquake ravaged area of China. We hope you’ll keep them in your prayers. Here’s their report: (more…)
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U.S. Family Physicians in Myanmar – Report #2

International Health, Medical Missions
  Dr. Walt has received this report from a spouse of one of the team members of the brave U.S. Family Physicians that have crossed the Thailand border into Myanmar and are providing medical mission work in some of the most devastated areas of Myanmar. By the way, if you want to send them a message, through me, please post your note below. Here's the note she had sent to Dr. Walt: (more…)
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