Medical Interpreter / Duke University Health System
Spanish Medical Interpretation at Durham Regional Hospital Durham, NC
2007 - Present
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Weddings, Commitment Ceremonies, Engagement, Quinceañeras, Events, Portraits, etc.
2006 - Present
Medical Interpreter - Translator / Interpreter's Link
Language interpretation for Spanish/English, mainly in the medical field (doctor's appointments, surgical procedures, physical therapy, rehabilitation) Transcription services involving both English and Spanish. Translation of documents from English to Spanish or Spanish to English. Facilitator for focus groups for research purposes or community outreach (in both English and Spanish). Extensive experience with the latino community in the Triangle Area.
Past and current clients include: Worker's Compensation insurance companies Department of Social Services University of North Carolina Chapel Hill University of California San Francisco Durham Center Access Centro Hispano Durham Chatham County Durham County Chamber of Commerce, Raleigh etc.
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4th & 5th Grade Math Teacher / Gimnasio La Montaña
Translator/Interpreter/English Teacher to Employees / Defence Systems Colombia, S.A.
International Communicator and Child Sponsorship Plan Coordinator / Fundación Educativa Amor
Inflammation is activated in the brain after a stroke, but rather than aiding recovery it actually causes and worsens damage. That damage
can be devastating. In fact, stroke is responsible for 10% of deaths
worldwide and is the leading cause of disability.
understanding how inflammation is regulated in the brain is vital for
the development of drugs to limit the damage triggered by a stroke.
David Brough from the Faculty of Life Sciences, working alongside
colleagues including Professors Dame Nancy Rothwell and Stuart Allan,
has studied the role of inflammasomes in stroke. These inflammasomes are
large protein complexes essential for the production of the
inflammatory protein interleukin-1. Interleukin-1 has many roles in the
body, and contributes to cell death in the brain following a stroke.
Brough explains: “Very little is known about how inflammasomes might be
involved in brain injury. Therefore we began by studying the most well
researched inflammasome NLRP3, which is known to be activated when the
body is injured. Surprisingly we found that this was not involved in
inflammation and damage in the brain caused by stroke, even though drugs
are being developed to block this to treat Alzheimer’s disease.”
studies using experimental models of stroke demonstrated that it was
actually the NLRC4 and AIM2 inflammasomes that contribute to brain
injury, rather than NLRP3.
This discovery was unexpected, since
NLRC4, was only known to fight infections and yet Dr Brough and
colleagues found that it caused injury in the brain. This new discovery
will help the Manchester researchers discover more about how
inflammation is involved in brain injury and develop new drugs for the
treatment of stroke.
The research was funded by the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council and has been published in PNAS.
well as identifying new targets for potential drug treatments for
stroke Dr Brough points out how little we currently know about how the
immune system works in the brain.
He says: “We know very little
about how the immune system is regulated in the brain. However, its
important we understand this since it contributes to disease and injury.
For example, in addition to stroke, Alzheimer’s disease has an
inflammatory aspect and even depression may be driven by inflammation.”
In 1975, Dr. Vera Peters stood fast in front of 400 medical professionals and painstakingly proved them wrong.
This talk, in which she argued that breast cancer should be treated with removing merely the cancerous area and treating with radiation (instead of the borderline mutilation that was the standard treatment of the day), was not received well. Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence Peters presented — she had meticulously conducted a study of over 8,000 cases by hand — her findings were largely dismissed, and advocates of her “lumpectomy” methodology labeled incompetent. Her daughter, Dr. Jenny Ingram, recalls of the event, “there was just a dead silence at the end of this. I don’t think anyone could believe it, they were just shocked (by the data).”
History, of course, has borne out that she was correct, and her techniques are now the basis of modern-day breast cancer treatments.
This event was the second act to an already-remarkable life. In earlier years, her work on Hodgkin’s disease had brought it down from a death sentence to a treatable disease. Unfortunately, according to her contemporary Dr. Charles Hayter, the international medical community did not appreciate her spot in the limelight, and more or less shunned her, saying “go back to Toronto and do your women’s work.”
So she did. And improved the lot of a great many breast cancer survivors in the process.
She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1975, raised to Officer in 1977, and was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2010. In January of 2015, the aforementioned Dr. Hayter wrote and put on a play about her, entitled Radical, in Toronto. It opened to goodreviews.
“Manners do matter, but I’d prefer that she not be too sophisticated at a young age. When we’re making art, I try not to show her any techniques. If she wants to draw a purple frog with curly legs, I don’t correct her. That’s her imagination and I don’t want to damage that part of her nature.”
Back when I was a studying biology, I noticed that a lot of anatomical terms sound like they come straight from Middle Earth. So, to celebrate the release of the last Hobbit film, I’ve created this INCREDIBLY nerdy quiz.
Do these words and phrases refer to parts of the human body, or reference people and places from J. R. R. Tolkien’s work?
Antrum of Highmore
Crypt of Morgagni
Caves of Androth
Loop of Henle
Great Vein of Galen
Halls of Mandos
Gap of Calenardhon
Canal of Schlemm
Islets of Langherans
Chamber of Mazarbul
You shall not pass.
Little known Tolkien fact: Gróin is Gimli’s grandfather, and also Gimli’s height when standing next to Aragorn.
“We met at a party fifty years ago. He’d just drank a yard of ale when I met him. Do you have that expression here— ‘yard of ale?’ It’s when you pour a pint of ale down a tube, straight into your throat. Anyway, he was feeling quite good. He called me ‘funny face’ that night. And he’s called me ‘funny face’ ever since. We stayed at the party so late that we missed the last bus, and on the walk home we planned our honeymoon.”
(Owl Turd Comix)If you really want to treat your friends like σκύβαλον, then this is what you do to them when you have a lingual advantage over them. But at least you’re drawing two people closer together in a romantic bond.-via Tastefully…
Morning run (11am). I decided to just follow the C25k program and push myself to run faster during the running intervals. Also tried out the Intervals app for iPhone and I like the cues. Now I...read more
Morning run (11am). I decided to just follow the C25k program and push myself to run faster during the running intervals. Also tried out the Intervals app for iPhone and I like the cues. Now I#x27;ve got to look into signing up for a 5k race/run. I#x27;m feeling very confident that I won#x27;t run into sciatica problems because the weight training seems to be making me more flexible.
So, I decided not to post here until I felt that I had established a habit. I told myself three weeks ago that I#x27;d give myself 21 days to establish the habit of going to the gym three tim... read more
Had a run while waiting for a patient that I dropped off for an appointment. I wanted to run for longer but there wasn#x27;t time. It was much warmer than yesterday so I had a couple of laye...read more
Had a run while waiting for a patient that I dropped off for an appointment. I wanted to run for longer but there wasn#x27;t time. It was much warmer than yesterday so I had a couple of layers less.
A run while I waited for a patient I had dropped off for an appointment. I enjoyed this one because half of it is uphill and the other half is downhill. I#x27;ve also noticed my pace is imp...read more
A run while I waited for a patient I had dropped off for an appointment. I enjoyed this one because half of it is uphill and the other half is downhill. I#x27;ve also noticed my pace is improving very slightly.
It was cold, though.
Gear: tights, long pants, headband, sunglasses, hoodie, thin workout sweater, t-shirt, longsleeved workout under shirt, Nike Free Run +
I#x27;m gradually seeing my pace improving. I loved this run. I did it before going to work (night shift), right at dusk and the trail was very foggy and wet... but just beautiful. I listen...read more
I#x27;m gradually seeing my pace improving. I loved this run. I did it before going to work (night shift), right at dusk and the trail was very foggy and wet... but just beautiful. I listening to a song I had just discovered the day before: quot;Keep the streets Empty for Mequot; by Fever Ray. I just put it on repeat and it made the whole run magical. Absolutely loved this run!