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how to healPALO ALTO, Calif. -- How does a doctor specializing in saving lives turn into one of the nation's leading experts -- and medical educators -- on end-of-life care?

Dr. Vyjeyanthi "V.J." Periyakoil says her 25-year journey from medical school in her native India to directing Stanford University's palliative-care fellowship program taught her that the art of healing lies in listening to her patients. What she heard wasn't always in the medical textbooks.

What they told her led Periyakoil to becoming a leading voice in the movement to reconceptualize end-of-life care from limited hospice treatment in the last six months of life to comprehensive treatment for profoundly ill people.

"Much of my work had been on the importance of dignity in health care," Periyakoil recalls.

By Lori Jordahl, MBA-HA.

STD/HIV Prevention and Control Consultant, Florida Department of Health, Miami Dade

STD Awareness Month is an annual observance to call attention to the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and to promote prevention and testing across the country. New CDC estimates show that there are nearly 20 million new infections in the United States each year. Half of all new STD infections are among youth.

(Miami – April 1, 2013) – National Public Health Week (NPHW) is recognized in Miami-Dade County and across the nation from April 1-7, 2013.  This year’s NPHW theme is: “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.” This theme zeros in on the two common threads of public health and prevention.

Public health has a role in all of our lives; similarly, we each have a role in bringing the lessons of public health and prevention to life.  Even the smallest steps can make a big difference. Much like the business world, ROI indicates the return on investments.  Supporting evidence-based public health programs will result in healthier communities and reduced cost in treating diseases.

baptist healthBy Christina Baez

The Caribbean has some of the highest amputation rates due to diabetes in the world, with that in mind Baptist Health of South Florida is committed to providing quality health services and education to its Caribbean neighbors. Baptist Health International hosted a workshop on Friday, March 22, at the19th Annual International Diabetes Conference at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.