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While the world's eye is laser-focused on the Summer Olympics in Rio, amid all of the feats of strength and showcases of athleticism lies a dangerous disease: Zika. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) reports 166,000 suspected and confirmed cases in Brazil for the period January 2016 to July 2016. While WHO states that the threat of Zika spreading rampantly during the Olympics is actually quite low—possibly because of seasonal change as it is now winter in Rio when mosquitoes are less active and the Brazilian population has started to develop immunity—the mosquito-borne or sexually transmitted pathogen is rearing its ugly head in the U.S.—specifically, in Florida. In the U.S. and its territories alone, 7,373 laboratory-confirmed Zika cases have been reported for the period January 1, 2015–Aug. 3, 2016. The U.S. is just one of the 65 countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission.
Learn more about this pathogen and what you need to learn to combat this and other future pathogens.
GENOMIC MEDICINE IS AFFECTING HEALTHCARE BY DRAMATICALLY CHANGING THE PREVENTION, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF DISEASES.
It does so by using molecular information about an individual to tailor their treatment and health care. Genomic medicine isn't a new idea; in fact, it's been around for a while, but under pseudonyms such as personalized medicine, individualized medicine or, more recently, precision medicine. But the term genomic medicine is how we should be describing the state of this science.
In this vlog series led by instructor Jeanette McCarthy, Ph.D., you'll learn about some of the exciting applications for genomic medicine in the clinic, as well as some of the hurdles we face in practicing genomic medicine. You'll also get a "crystal ball" look into what's on the horizon.
FROM MILITARY NURSING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE
Katie Fenton loved the high adrenaline that comes from being a military nurse—a path she's followed since graduating with a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania seven years prior. Though the traditional next step was to become a nurse practitioner, Fenton realized that role wouldn't give her the autonomy she wanted. So she set her heart on a new challenge: medical school.
Challenge accepted: This fall, Fenton will begin attending Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (Camden, N.J.). But she wouldn’t have made it so far so quickly without UC Berkeley Extension's Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program.
PUSHING THE ONLINE SCIENCE COURSE EXPERIENCE FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS
In 1999, the Euro was established, Microsoft released Windows 98, Star Wars Episode 1 was released and Napster debuted. And lesser-known fact: Longtime UC Berkeley Extension science instructor Monica Ranes-Goldberg created online course Introductory Biology as part of the school's first foray into the then-new learning environment, using AOL as the platform.
"The Internet in general had also exploded at that time," Ranes-Goldberg remembers. "Google had just been founded the year before, and the vast majority of people did not know how to do Internet searches. This was also a world without YouTube. My first online course did not have PowerPoint slides and the textbook publishers did not provide companion websites; there was very little in the way of supporting materials that could be used online."