manI’m going to relate a story from my past to you. But before I do, I have to ask a couple things from you, reader. First, don’t pity me. I don’t want your pity. And second, please learn something from my story.

I used to live the American Dream. You know the one I’m talking about. The picturesque scene everyone envisions in their mind: the big house with the big yard, complete with all the amenities that you might expect to find inside.

HIVAIDSCaribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was observed in the United States last month with two experts indicating that, despite significant progress, many challenges remain in addressing the epidemic in the Caribbean.

“Although tremendous progress has been achieved in the Caribbean region, and we have the tools needed to achieve an AIDS-free generation, many challenges remain,” said Dr.  Rachel Albalak and Dr. Jean Wysler Domercant of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) at Florida International University is partnering with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Miami/Fort Lauderdale to promote breast health and early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in underserved populations of North Miami Dade.

“This relationship will help us deliver on our mission to address community needs in North Miami,” Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, HWCOM executive associate dean for academic affairs, said in a recent press release to announce the partnership. “The alarming rate of presentation in advanced stage breast cancer will be impacted by this partnership.”

healthmanGroundbreaking radiation therapy technology, called TrueBeam STxâ„¢, now gives doctors at Baptist Hospital of Miami the ability to treat many cancers that were previously difficult to treat because of their location near vital organs such as the heart or spinal cord or because of the tumor’s natural tendency to move within the body. 

TrueBeam STx is versatile and can be used for all of the types of radiation therapy the hospital offers. Baptist is the only facility in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties to acquire the technology. “TrueBeam STx has the ability to essentially target or ‘lock on’ to the tumor by checking thousands of location points every 10 milliseconds and selectively delivers radiation only when the tumor comes into range.