National Health Observances

Hoy es el Día Nacional de la Esclerosis Múltiple. @joinÁmate les mandamos un fuerte abrazo a los valientes que la padecen.

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Mandamos nuestro amor, fuerza y rezos para todas las almas que los cuidan. #AmateAhora


Hoy es el Día Nacional de la Esclerosis Múltiple (EM).

Más de 1.000 personas al año padecen esa enfermedad. Es la segunda causa de minusvalía, y con más frecuencia en mujeres que en hombres (2 por 1).


Es una afección muy dificil. Se siguen las investigaciones y los tratamientos de muy diverso tipo y de muy diversa índole, y se sigue sin sabe qué ocurre con esta mielina.

Nosotros podemos decir, de paso, que hemos trabajado y seguimos haciéndolo con esta afección, y la verdad es que la Medicina Tradicional China (MTC) ha colaborado enormemente a la recuperación de muchas de estas personas.


#ENVIVO ÁmateAhora Con Marta Medina y Vicente Serrano Sin Censura 750AM

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Hablamos sobre ÁmateAhora
Nuestro mensaje-
El Saber es Poder…ÁmateAhora
Estamos creando la experiencia de poder y paz. La tranquilidad de llegar a un acuerdo con nuestro estado de salud. Y collaborando con lideres ESTAMOS mobilizando Familias, Communidades, El Mundo.

Hablamos sobre El Reto de 90Dias en estas Temporadas Festivas
Ámate Ahora 2014 WinterChallengeHablamos sobre WomenHeart
Hace tres años mi papá murió de acaloramiento, tubo un ataque fulminante y mi mamá es recipiente de un marcapasos por el descuido del Diabetes. Te Pregunto, Conocemos un familiar, amigo, un vecino que a muerto de una condición preventible? 600,000 personas mueren de enfermedades cardiovasular en E.U. eso es 1 en 4 muertes al año. 70% de las mujeres latinas tienen un factor. Y 15% tienen tres factores.

Como recién nombrada Campiona de Salud Cardiovascular por WomenHeart. Aprendí después de ver un Cardiólogo que tengo un soplo. Ahora se que es un problema estructural/de naciemiento. WomenHeart ha sido una gran ayuda y apoyo. Tambien soy Co-Lider de un grupo de apoyo de WomenHeart en RUSH- Oak Park Medical Center, mensual.

El No Saber es Problema!
El factor #1 de mortalidad en la mujer hispana es la enfermedad cardiovascular.
Para mas información visiten o llamen al 773-587-5909c para participar en un grupo de apoyo de WomenHeart.

Que hacer ahora!

  • No fumen
  • Perder el Sobre Peso
  • Chequear el nivel del Colesterol
  • Chequear el nivel del Azúcar, Diabetes
  • Chequear el nivel del la Precisión

Como portavoz de WomenHeart yo estaré trabajando con la campaña, Para La Mujer Hispana en Febrero con Burlington Coat Factory. Comenzamos Feb 3 en el 1121 S. Canal. Donde estaremos dando informacion en español sobre la salud del corazon. Para donaciones escribe cheques: WomenHeart y pasen al evento. El Saber es Poder, ÁmateAhora!

Chequean el video de la campaña, Para La Mujer Hispana gracias a Burlington Coat Factory y WomenHeart.


“Pump Brain” and Cognition

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Join our Rush/WomenHeart of ChicagoWest Meet Up Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Rush Heart Center for Women. This patient support group is for women,

of all ages, with or at risk for, heart disease.

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

5:45pm – 7:30pm

Location: Rush Oak Park Hospital’s Medical Office Building

2nd Floor, Room 2000, 610 S Maple St., Oak Park, IL

Program: Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, MD, Neurologist, Rush Memory Clinic

Topic: “Pump Brain” and Cognition or call (847) 404-2952 for additional information.

For more information on WomenHeart of Chicago West, contact

Complimentary parking around the hospital and medical building

Free of charge and priceless! Light, heart-healthy appetizers served

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  • Associate professor of neurological sciences
  • Clinical core co-leader, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Senior attending neurologist, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Co-investigator and senior attending neurologist, Chicago Health and Aging Project (CHAP)
  • Co-investigator and senior attending neurologist, Minority Aging Research Study (MARS)
  • Physician referral line: (312) 942-3333


  • B.Sc. (Honors), 1984, University of Windsor, Biology
  • MD, 1988, Chicago Medical School, Medicine
  • Residency, 1992, Henry Ford Hospital, Neurology
  • Fellowship, 1996, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center/Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders

Academic Interests

Aggarwal’s academic interests focus on understanding the cognitive, physical and psychosocial changes that occur in individuals as they age. Specific areas of her work include community-based participatory research focusing on risk factors for cognitive decline, with a special emphasis on how vascular disease and neuroimaging changes relate to cognitive functioning and Alzheimer’s disease in minority populations.

Clinical Interests

Diagnosis and clinical management of persons with all types of dementia (Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body disease, Fronto-temporal dementia and Vascular dementia). Clinical trial specialist with expertise in National Institute on Aging-funded trials (Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study- ADCS) and pharmaceutical trials.

Representative Publications

  1. Aggarwal  NT, Wilson RS, Bienias JL, De Jager PL, Bennett DA, Evans DA, DeCarli C. The Association of MRI Measures with Cognitive Function in a Biracial Population Sample Arch Neurol 2010:67(4):475-482
  2. Aggarwal NT, Wilson RS, Beck TL, Bienias JL, Bennett DA. Motor Dysfunction in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Risk of Incident Alzheimer’s disease Arch Neurol 2006:63:1763-1769
  3. Aggarwal NT, Bienias JL, Bennett DA, Wilson RS, Morris MC, Schneider JA, Shah RC, Evans DA. The Relation of Cigarette Smoking to Incident Alzheimer’s disease in a Biracial Urban Population Neuroepidemiology, 2006: 26:140-146
  4. Aggarwal NT, Wilson RS, Bienias JL, Berry-Kravis E, Bennett DA. The Apolipoprotein E e4 allele and Incident Alzheimer’s disease in Person’s with Mild Cognitive Impairment Neurocase 2005:11, 3-7
  5. Aggarwal NT, Wilson RS, Beck T, Bienias JL, Bennett DA. Mild Cognitive Impairment in Different Functional Domains and Incident Alzheimer’s disease Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 2005:76:1479-84

Your fork, fingers and feet can determine your fate via Dr. Joel Kahn #amateahora

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Imagine walking out of the doctor’s office for your check up at age 50 and beaming because you were told that you were at super low risk for heart disease. In fact, the doctor said you had ideal levels of blood pressure, cholesterol, fasting glucose and smoking status. Would you be surprised that ideal levels are found in only a small number of those checked? Did they get their healthy heart status by luck or did they have lifestyle habits early in life that promoted winning the “ideal” status banner? Can you plan, even in your teens or 20’s to do the same? read more

Love you momma Madrigal

CARDIA Study Shows Choices Matter When it Comes to Preventing Heart Disease

The Coronary Artery Risk Development in (Young) Adults Study or CARDIA has been studying the health of thousands of people recruited when they were 18-30 years old and followed for 20 years or more. They reported on habits associated with having this “ideal” heart status and the lessons are instructive and simple for all. At the beginning of the study, 44 percent had low risk heart status mainly because they were so young, and the “ideal” measurements by 20 years of follow-up fell to 25 percent of the group. Apparently things like getting older, jobs and raising families challenge us to remain on a healthy path.

The researchers looked at five simple lifestyle habits to see how they related to having the low cardiac risk at year 20. These habits were: not smoking, optimal body weight, and diet habits that incorporated higher amounts of fiber (think plants), potassium (think plants), calcium (think nuts and seeds) and less saturated fats (again think plants.) Regular physical activity and average alcohol intake (vs. none) were the other lifestyle habits measured. They also looked at a second score (AHEI) of food items and gave point for higher levels of eating vegetables, fruit, fish and poultry, non-meat protein like nuts and soy, whole grains, low trans fats, moderate alcohol intake, and a higher polyunsaturated to saturated fat intake.

The Results Are In

Drum roll please! Whether judged by the five lifestyle habits or the multi-component AHEI food score, the better the lifestyle at a young age, the greater was the chance of ending up in middle age with a low heart disease risk status. It is not chance, it is lifestyle choices baby! You are in control. Your fork, fingers and feet can determine your fate.

For example, participants who practiced all five lifestyle habits had a 60 percent low risk heart status compared to participants with zero to one healthy habits who had about a five percent chance of being rated low risk in mid-life. That is a big difference that will result in a much better chance of living a normal span of years without illness and disability. The same trend and numbers existed for those with the highest points on the AHEI score vs the lowest. The most powerful predictor of ending up low risk in mid-life was…..never smoking as the other positive lifestyle habits were most common in those that also chose to never smoke. So give it up now if you are still smoking. Eat leaves, don’t smoke them!

From a Doc’s Perspective

I heard a piece of ancient Indian wisdom this week I want to share. It says “A person with health has 1000 dreams while a person without good health has only one dream.” The message of the CARDIA trial is that you are never too young, or too old, to plan to lower your risk of heart disease, the number one killer in Western society. Failing to plan is planning to fail and it will steal your dreams. Never smoke, eat lots of your damn vegetables and fruits, work out, stay thin by passing up on extra processed junk foods, and enjoy a glass of wine now and then. Please keep my waiting room empty.


A, B, C, D…understanding the parts of #Medicare. Coverage choices. Deadline today 12/7th!

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You have two ways to get Medicare. 1-855-611-4116 ReEnroll AARP


Step 1

Enroll in Original Medicare when you become eligible
Original Medicare

Covers hospital stays

Covers doctor and

outpatient visits

Step 2

If you want additional coverage, you have choices
Keep Original Medicare and add Medicare Supplement Insurance

Helps with some of the out–of–pocket
expenses not paid by Medicare Parts A & B

Keep Original Medicare and add Medicare Supplement Insurance

Helps with some of the out–of–pocket
expenses not paid by Medicare Parts A & B

Enroll in Medicare Advantage plan Medicare Advantage (Part C)

Combines Parts A & B and may cover prescription drugs
Additional benefits
If your Part C plan doesn’t

include prescription drugs,
consider adding Part D

And/Or Medicare Part D

Covers medications
your doctor prescribes

Medicare supplement plans only work with Original Medicare. If a private insurer knows that you are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, the insurer can’t sell you Medicare supplement insurance unless you are switching to Original Medicare.

How Medicare parts and plans work together

As this article shows, you can combine different Medicare parts and plans to meet your specific needs. Your choices depend on which path you take—Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage.

Some people who choose Original Medicare add prescription drug coverage (Part D) and Medicare supplement insurance, but it’s not required. Most Medicare Advantage plans include prescription drug coverage plus additional benefits like vision, dental and hearing coverage—all in one plan.

If you have a Medicare Advantage Private Fee-for-Service plan (PFFS) that does not include prescription drug coverage, you can buy a standalone Part D prescription drug plan. This is the only type of Medicare Advantage plan that allows you to do this.

View all the Medicare parts – plus Medicare supplement insurance – in one simple chart.

View chart  click here. 

Savor Your Meals while Staying on Track this Holiday Season, tips. #diabetes #amateahora

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NDEP| Healthy Eating at Family Gatherings and Special Events

1. Eat a healthy snack before arriving to the event

2. Bring your own dish

3. Fix only 1 dish

4. Drink water

5. Limit Alcohol

Tips for desert time:

Eat more veggies earlier in the meal. It saves calories and carb intake. Your bonus is viewing all the desserts, having a sliver of the most yummy dessert and add fresh fruit. 

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Global Health 2035 – Salud Global 2035

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Salud Global 2035
El mundo convergerá en una generación

A pesar de que el mundo se acerca al año 2015, el plazo acordado para alcanzar los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (ODM), y de que la comunidad internacional está negociando el próximo marco global, todavía subsisten enormes disparidades en la salud entre países. La gran mayoría de las personas que sufren muertes prevenibles causadas por enfermedades infecciosas o relacionadas con la salud materna o infantil viven en países de ingresos bajos o medianos bajos.

El informe Salud Global 2035 representa un nuevo y ambicioso marco de inversiones destinadas a cerrar esta brecha en los sistemas de salud en el transcurso de una generación. Elaborado por la Comisión de Inversiones en Salud de The Lancet, formada por un equipo de 25 renombrados economistas y expertos en temas de salud global, Salud Global 2035 ofrece una guía para lograr mejoras radicales en la salud global a través de una gran convergencia en lo que respecta a las muertes por enfermedades infecciosas, la mortalidad infantil y materna, una reducción pronunciada de la incidencia y las consecuencias de las enfermedades no transmisibles (ENT) y las lesiones, así como la promesa de una cobertura de salud universal “en favor de los pobres”.

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Global Health 2035
A World Converging within a Generation

Prompted by the 20th anniversary of Investing in Health, the World Bank’s 1993 World Development Report (WDR 1993), an independent commission of 25 renowned economists and global health experts from around the world came together from December 2012 to July 2013 to revisit the case for health investment. The commission was chaired by Lawrence Summers, the Chief Economist at the World Bank responsible for choosing global health as the focus of WDR 1993, and co-chaired by Dean Jamison, lead author of WDR 1993. The commissioners aimed to reconsider the recommendations of WDR 1993; examine how the context for health investment has changed in the past 20 years, and develop an ambitious forward-looking health policy agenda targeting the world’s poor populations.

The commission’s report, Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation, was published in The Lancet on December 3, 2013 and launched on the same day at events in London, Tunis, and Johannesburg.

The report makes the case that:

  • The returns on investing in health are even greater than previously estimated
  • Within a generation—by 2035—the world could achieve a “grand convergence,” bringing preventable infectious, maternal and child deaths down to universally low levels
  • Taxes and subsidies are a powerful and underused lever for curbing non-communicable diseases and injuries
  • Progressive universalism, a pathway to universal health coverage (UHC) that targets the poor from the outset, is an efficient way to achieve health and financial protection.

View the video on Global Health 2035. and Read more at

The Commission


Lawrence H. Summers

Charles W. Eliot University Professor
Harvard University (Chair)

Summers is President Emeritus of Harvard University, He previously served as Vice President of the World Bank, Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, Director of the National Economic Council, and Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. Summers was the first social scientist ever to receive the annual Alan T. Waterman Award of the National Science Foundation (NSF). He also was awarded the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal. Summers holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard.

Dean T. Jamison

Professor of Global Health
University of Washington (Co-Chair)

Jamison previously held academic appointments at UCSF, Harvard and UCLA and was an economist on the staff of the World Bank where he was lead author of WDR93. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University and was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

George Alleyne

Director Emeritus
Pan American Health Organization

Knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to medicine, Alleyne served as Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO). He was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honor that can be conferred on a Caribbean national. Alleyne is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Kenneth Arrow

Joan Kenney Professor of Economics
and Professor of Operations Research, Emeritus
Stanford University

Winner of the 1972 Nobel Prize in economics together with Sir John Hicks, Arrow is well known for his pioneering contributions to general equilibrium theory and welfare theory. Previous academic appointments include positions on the economics faculties of the Universities of Chicago and Harvard. Arrow also received the John Bates Clark Medal. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

Seth Berkley

Chief Executive Officer
GAVI Alliance

Berkely previously served as president, CEO and founder of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Prior to founding IAVI in 1996, Berkely was Associate Director of the Health Sciences Division at the Rockefeller Foundation. Berkely has also worked with the CDC, with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and for the Carter Center (based in Uganda). He holds a medical degree from Brown University.

H.E. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho*

Minister of Health, Rwanda

Dr. Binagwaho is also currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She previously served as Permanent Secretary of the Rwandan Ministry of Health and as Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission. A medical doctor by training, Dr. Binagwaho serves as a member of several boards, foundations and journals combating AIDS and infant mortality.

Flavia Bustreo

Assistant Director General
Family, Women’s and Children’s Health
World Health Organization

Bustreo previously served as Director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. Prior to that she held assignments with the World Bank, with NORAD and with country and regional offices of the WHO, including Sudan, Senegal, Bangladesh, WHO’s regional office in Copenhagen and at WHO HQ in Geneva. Bustreo played a key role in the recent High Level Taskforce on International Innovative Financing for Health Systems and in the UN Taskforce on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5. She holds a medical degree from Padua University and a M.Sc. in Communicable Disease Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

David Evans

Director, Department of Health Systems Financing
World Health Organization

Evans, who holds a PhD in economics from the Australian National University, previously served as Director of WHO’s Global Program on Evidence for Health Policy. An expert in the economics of household decision-making in developing countries, including decisions relating to health, Evans joined WHO in 1990 to help develop research into social and economic factors relating to tropical diseases.

Richard Feachem

Director, Global Health Group, Global Health Sciences, and Professor of Global Health
University of California, San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley

Currently also a Visiting Professor at London University and an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Feachem previously served as founding Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Under Secretary General of the United Nations. Additional posts include: Director for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank and Dean of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Feachem was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to health and development.

Julio Frenk

Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health and T&G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government

Frenk previously served as Minister of Health of Mexico. He also was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. Additional previous positions held by Frenk include: director of the Center for Health and the Economy at the Mexican Health Foundation, executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy at the WHO, Senior Fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Executive President of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City. A member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Frenk holds a medical degree from the National University of Mexico and a joint PhD in medical care organization and in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Gargee Ghosh

Director, Development Policy and Finance
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ghosh previously held positions at Google, at McKinsey & Company (where she served as a Senior Expert in the Social Sector Office) and at the Center for Global Development. Involved in the early days of the BMGF’s work in policy and innovative finance, Ghosh holds Master’s degrees in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford and in International Relations from Georgetown.

Sue Goldie

Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Director, Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard University

A MacArthur award recipient, Goldie has focused her career on improving the health of vulnerable populations, in particular women, across the globe. Renowned for rigorous scholarship in decision science, and a long-standing champion of interdisciplinary research and education, Dr. Goldie serves as the Director of both the Harvard Global Health Institute at Harvard University and the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has served on the Board of Global Health at the Institute of Medicine, and as a scientific or technical advisor to the World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Institute of Medicine, and National Academy of Sciences.

Yan Guo

Professor of Public Health and Vice President
Peking University Health Science Center

Yan also is Vice Director of the China Academy of Health Policy and Board Member of the Community Health Branch of the Chinese Hospital Management Association. She has served as a consultant for a range of internationally sponsored projects carried out in China such as DFID’s China Urban Health and Poverty Project, the World Bank-sponsored Final Assessment of TB Control project and the UNICEF-funded Comprehensive Primary Health Care Project.

Sanjeev Gupta

Deputy Director
Fiscal Affairs Department
International Monetary Fund

Previous positions held by Gupta include: Senior Advisor in the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department, Assistant Director in the African Department, Assistant Director and Chief in the Expenditure Policy Division of the Fiscal Affairs Department and Economist in the European Department. Gupta has led IMF missions in some 25 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He was previously a Secretary of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi, Senior Faculty at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, and Fellow, Kiel Institute of World Economics, Germany.

Richard Horton

The Lancet

Horton was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and is a Past-President of the US Council of Science Editors. He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Founder Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences. He currently chairs the Royal College of Physicians’ Working Party on Physicians and the Pharmaceutical Industry; co-chairs a WHO Scientific Advisory Group on Clinical Trials Registration; is a Council Member of the Global Forum for Health Research; is a Board Member of the Health Metrics Network; sits on the External Reference Group for WHO’s Research Strategy; and is an External Advisory Board Member for the WHO European Region. Horton is also a Senior Associate of The Nuffield Trust, a think tank for research and policy studies in health services.

Dr. Margaret Kruk

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University

Dr. Margaret Kruk research emphasizes health system effectiveness and population preferences for healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Kruk is particularly interested in the application of new methods, such as discrete choice experiments and systems dynamic modeling, in studying the interactions between health systems and populations in low-income countries. She works with governments and academic colleagues in several African countries, including Tanzania, Ethiopia, Liberia, and Ghana. She has published on women’s preferences for maternal health care, policy options for human resource shortages, health care financing, and evaluation of large-scale health programs in low-income countries. Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Kruk was an assistant professor in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and policy advisor for Health at the Millennium Project, an advisory body to the UN Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals.

Adel Mahmoud

Professor in Molecular Biology and Public Policy at Princeton University

Recently retired as President of Merck Vaccines and member of Management Committee of Merck & Company Inc, Mahmoud has also held academic posts at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland spanning 25 years concluding as Chairman of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief. Mahmoud holds an MD degree from the University of Cairo and a PhD from the University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a member of numerous prestigious associations and societies including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. He has received both the Bailey K. Ashford Award of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Squibb Award of the Infectious Disease Society of America. Dr. Mahmoud currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, South Korea and as a member of the Board of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative as well as several public and not for profit corporations.

Linah K. Mohohlo

Bank of Botswana

Linah was appointed Governor of the Bank of Botswana in 1999 following a 23-year career in the Bank. She has also worked for the IMF and, in her capacity as Governor of the IMF for Botswana, she has been a member of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, representing the Africa Group 1 Constituency. Among her international engagements, Mohohlo served as a member of Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa, and currently enjoys membership of the Africa Progress Panel, Investment Committee of the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund, Investment Climate Facility for Africa and Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. Mrs. Mohohlo is a recipient of several Central Bank Governor of the Year Awards. She has been honored with the Presidential Order of Honour in recognition of efficient and devoted service to Botswana, and The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum recognized her with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. She read Accounting and Business, Economics, Finance and Investments at the University of Botswana, The George Washington University and University of Exeter, and has undertaken the Executive Management study program at Yale University.

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez*


Dr. Pablos-Méndez is the Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID, a position he assumed in August 2011. Prior to his current position, Dr. Pablos-Méndez served as Professor of Clinical Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University, and as Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation where he led its global strategy on the transformation of health systems towards Universal Health Coverage and Public-Private Partnerships for technologies against diseases of poverty. He was previously Director of Knowledge Management at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. Dr. Pablos-Méndez received his M.D. from the University of Guadalajara’s School of Medicine and his M.P.H. from Columbia University.

Mthuli Ncube

Chief Economist and Vice-President
African Development Bank

Ncube holds a PhD in Mathematical Finance from Cambridge University. Before joining the AfDB, he held the post of Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa, and before that was Dean and Professor of Finance at Wits Business School. He has extensive experience as an investment banker and as a regulator; he served as a Board member of the South African Financial Services Board (FSB). Ncube is also Chairman of the Board of the African Economic Research Consortium, Chairman of the Global Agenda Council on “Poverty and Economic Development” (World Economic Forum) and a Governor of the African Capacity Building Foundation.

Dr. K. Srinath Reddy*

President, Public Health Foundation of India

A medical doctor with specializations in cardiology and epidemiology, Dr. Reddy headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) until recently. He has served on many WHO expert panels and is on the Board of the World Heart Federation. He edited the National Medical Journal of India for 10 years and is on the editorial board of several international and national journals. Dr. Reddy was awarded the WHO Director General’s Award for Global Leadership in Tobacco Control at the 56th World Health Assembly in May 2003. He was conferred the prestigious national award PADMA BHUSHAN by the President of India on the occasion of the 57th Republic Day of India, in 2005. The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, UK, awarded him the Queen Elizabeth Medal in 2005. Dr. Reddy was elected Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine (US National Academies) in 2004. He has been recipient of research grants from the Indian Council of Medical Research, NIH (Fogarty), Wellcome Trust, WHO, British Heart Foundation and the Global Forum for Health Research.

Helen Saxenian

Independent Consultant and Senior Consultant, Results for Development Institute

Saxenian works as a independent consultant to various international organizations. She is a senior consultant to the Results for Development Institute. She led the Institute’s support to GAVI on the revision of several of its policies, including its eligibility policy, co-financing policy, and introduction grants and support to campaigns. Saxenian holds a PhD in applied economics from Stanford and a B.A. in economics from U.C. Berkeley.

Agnes Soucat

Director for Human Development
African Development Bank

At the AfDB, Soucat is responsible for health, education, and social protection in 54 sub-Saharan Africa and Maghreb countries. Previously she worked at the World Bank where she co-authored the World Development Report 2004 and pioneered Results Based Financing in Africa. Before joining the World Bank she worked for UNAIDS, UNICEF and the European Commission. Trained as an MD she holds a Masters in Nutrition from the University of Nancy (France) and a Masters of Public Health as well as a Ph.D in Health Economics from Johns Hopkins University (USA).

Karen Helene Ulltveit-Moe

Professor of International Economics, University of Oslo and Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Ulltveit-Moe holds a PhD in economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH). Previously she worked as Research Director of the Centre for International Economics and Shipping at NHH in Bergen. Ullveit-Moe has worked as a consultant for the European Commission and the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry. She has also served as member of government-appointed public commissions and as member of the Board of directors of Norwegian multinational corporations.

Dr. Gavin Yamey*

Global Health Group, University of California, San Francisco

Gavin Yamey, MD, MA, MRCP, is Lead of E2Pi, the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative, based within the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Yamey previously was Deputy Editor of the Western Journal of Medicine, Assistant Editor of the BMJ, and founding Senior Editor of PLoS Medicine. Awarded a Kaiser Mini-Media Fellowship in Global Health Reporting, Yamey developed a series on Sudan, Uganda and Kenya that was discussed in the UK Parliament. He has been external advisor to the World Health Organization and to TDR, the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. Dr. Yamey holds a medical degree from Oxford University and University College London.

*Commissioner on Investing in Health


Alexandra (Alix) Beith (CIH Secretary)

Senior Policy Associate
Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP)

Beith previously worked with Broad Branch Associates, the Center for Global Development, Management Sciences for Health and HLSP/UK and HLSP/Spain. She holds a Masters Degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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What is a Heart Murmur and How Does it Relate to Valve Problems? #amateahora

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If you have a heart murmur, you may be wondering what it means. Your physician may have told you that it was an “innocent murmur” or you may have been referred for further tests. This American Heart Association video explains the causes of heart murmurs and what you may need to know about your heart health. Visit for more information about valve problems.

Your Journey with Diabetes, Take it One Day at a Time

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Reverse Diabetes Eating FullyRaw! Listen to this interview about reversing diabetes eating a plant-based raw vegan diet. It’s diabetes awareness month. Let’s celebrate health!

Meet Kristina and Robby both took on a healthy lifestyle because they had blood sugar issues, and became good friends. Support makes a difference. Kristina was able to reverse her hyperglycemia eating FullyRaw because its more of a lifestyle disease, the onset of type 2 diabetes. Robby is a type 1 diabetic who is sharing his journey eating and managing his Diabetes. Kristina at and Robby at