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Dr Dali Edwards

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The Plight of an International Medical Graduate Physician Who Is an American Citizen

Here is a compelling story of a Bulgarian trained physician who has done everything to please the US residency training programs yet she has not been offered any residency position to continue with her American dream - practicing medicine in her new home country.

 

At the same time thousands of visiting physicians on J1 and H1B visas are enrolled into residency training across America every year.

A story of Neviana Dimova, M.D., M.S.

I am a Bulgarian trained neurologist, and I represent a group of 485 foreign trained doctors, who have passed their licensing exams and certified their education through the appropriate channels, but are unable to practice because we cannot get into a U.S. residency program. We call ourselves "Residency Ready Physicians" (you can find us on Facebook). Many of our members have compelling personal stories of the struggle to enter the U.S. medical system.

According to the latest statistics, there may be as many as 6,000 U.S. citizens and permanent resident IMGs (International Medical Graduates) who have not been able to enter the required residency training. We want to work and are ready to serve where needed. We would consider it a privilege to work in a rural or inner-city area, just knowing that we have the opportunity to use our skills to help people.

Flu Antibody’s ‘One-Handed Grab’ May Boost Effort toward Universal Vaccine

Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and Sea Lane Biotechnologies have solved the co-crystal structure of a human antibody that can neutralize influenza viruses in a unique way

 

The antibody recognizes the crucial structure that flu viruses use to attach to host cells, even though previously this structure had been thought too small for an antibody to grab effectively.

The immune protein manages to hit this precise spot by using just a small part of its target-grabbing apparatus. In so doing, it can neutralize a broad range of dangerous flu viruses.

“This highly focused binding to the receptor binding site using only a single loop on the antibody has never been seen before, and it’s really fascinating; it gives us some good ideas about designs for vaccines and therapies,” said Ian A. Wilson, the Hansen Professor of Structural Biology at Scripps Research. Wilson was senior investigator of the study along with Ramesh R. Bhatt of Sea Lane Biotechnologies. The report appears online ahead of print on September 16, 2012, in the journal Nature.

Biochemists Solve a Birth-Defect Mystery

The cellular cause of birth defects like cleft palates, missing teeth and problems with fingers and toes has been a tricky puzzle for scientists.

 

Now Professor Emily Bates and her biochemistry students at Brigham Young University have placed an important piece of the developmental puzzle. They studied an ion channel that regulates the electrical charge of a cell. In a new study published by the journal Development, they show that blocking this channel disrupts the work of a protein that is supposed to carry marching orders to the nucleus.

Without those instructions, cells don't become what they were supposed to become -- be that part of a palate, a tooth or a finger. Though there are various disorders that lead to birth defects, this newly discovered mechanism may be what some syndromes have in common.

Bates and her graduate student, Giri Dahal, now want to apply the findings toward the prevention of birth defects -- particularly those caused by fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

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