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Q&A With Harold Fernandez From Southside Hospital: Helping Combat Heart Disease In the Latino Community
The Latino community is one of the fastest growing in the country and also faces its own unique set of health concerns. Finding ways to help patients today can help improve the health of generations to come.
Harold Fernandez was just 13 when he and his 11-year-old brother started the journey from a small town in Columbia to the United States. Despite arriving as an undocumented immigrant Fernandez worked his way through some of the best schools in the country to become a top doctor in his field.
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Researchers in poor neighborhoods of Cape Town, South African tried to see if sending low-income underserved patients short text messages would improve patients’ adherence to taking anti-hypertension drugs regularly. The results were disappointing, but the strategy should be further explored, a UK team concluded.
Johns Hopkins University has been granted approval from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to be the first hospital in the country to perform HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants.
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