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Escaping Domestic Abuse: The Reality by Rasheeda Adams

In this thought provoking post a women’s advocate talks about the challenges and realities of working with female victims of domestic abuse. The writer discusses the difficulties associated with addressing this problem in low & middle income nations like Ghana versus developed world settings.

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An open letter to Elon Musk’s Ambien doctor, By Jemima Kankam, MD, FAPA

“Dr. Kankam, make sure to tell them not to prescribe Ambien to anyone who complains of not sleeping.” That was the advice an internal medicine physician gave me when he learnt I was giving a talk to a group of medical residents and medical students. He was referring to the alarming increase in doctors who […]

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Black is beautiful, or is it?

As the summer enters its full force and many plan their vacations to the beach and other sunny places, I remembered that not all of us are going to be enjoying the sun equally. There are a few who would avoid the sun like the plague, and this is not from fear of skin cancer. […]

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Open Letter to Fox 45 News Baltimore by Chris Roberson, NP

Happy Tuesday FB friends and family. I am a sole believer for educating and promoting awareness in Baltimore and beyond about HIV Prevention but I have several issues with this article that was featured on Fox’s webpage written by Marilynn Marchion, AP Chief Medical Writer and also Fox news reporter Patrice Sanders reported this topic […]

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The war on drugs; who won that war?

I first saw her in my clinic seeking care for HIV but when we first met like most patients with her medical condition she was not an ideal patient. The decision to start her on ART Antiretroviral therapy in those days when the only single tablet regimen was Atripla (Tenofovir/Emtrictabine/Efavirenz) was not an easy one […]

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Personally I cannot say when I had my first drink because I believe I was just too young to remember. I believe I must have been three or four years old then because it was definitely before I went to any sort of school.   My grandmother who was very influential in my early life believed […]

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Most of us have heard of the use of chicken soup to cure common cold or flu symptoms, today I decided to do a literature search to determine if there is any evidence supporting this common recommendation.  I can promise you that if chicken soup were produced by a drug company that companies stock will […]

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As a student in medical school I have a host of memories that I believe would still remain vivid in my mind for ages. One such image is my experience as a 4th year medical student observing an amputation. The consultant orthopedic surgeon gave us a brief history of the patient. The patient was a […]

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Prostate cancer screening always raises a lot of controversy on account various reasons; most notable among these is the nature of the physical exam recommended for screening, digital rectal exam (DRE). On a discussion on digital rectal exam one Ghanaian friend of mine said categorically ” there would be no gay probing of my nether […]

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As an immigrant from Ghana I have the liberty of blaming all my weight gain on the American diet and a lifestyle with less physical activity. Whilst the kinds of foods we eat play a major role in weight gain physical activity may be a bigger culprit. Over the course of 16 years I have […]

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How I evolved from a tolerant physician to one with a healthy appreciation of alternate lifestyles

As a physician from Ghana brought up in a very religious family, I must admit that when it comes to gay rights and other issues related to sexual minorities I was as far to the right as anyone could be.  My first experience with openly gay individuals was when I came to the United States. […]

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Today I would be talking about a problem that affects a large proportion of men. This is a condition most men have experienced before and concerns women very much since it affects them very directly. I still remember a patient telling me about his experience with premature ejaculation, he was really concerned because he really […]

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My first HIV patient that I cared for was in Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana in the late 1990s. I can still remember the woman in her mid-thirties who we had admitted with symptoms suggestive of meningo-encephalitis; I do not really remember whether I was a house-officer or a final year medical student. I had […]

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Let’s talk to our elderly patients about their sex lives.

He was referred to me by a colleague with a large geriatric practice for evaluation and treatment for HIV. He was 76 years old and lived in an assisted living facility. He was, however, very independent and only required limited assistance. When asked what he expected from the visit he responded that he had been […]

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Difficult conversations – Talking about sex with your doctor

I recently read a book by Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz a UCLA cardiologist who also happens to be a consultant for the Los Angeles Zoo. In her book ‘Zoobiquity’ Dr. Natterson-Horowitz demystified the story of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) transmission from monkeys in West and Central Africa to humans. Most doctors today including me have a […]