Accomplish Your Goals by Finding Inspiration

This site was designed to provide a free resource for medical and scientific scholars to find inspiration, accurate information, and unique study techniques.  But the site is much more than a technical resource.  The overtones are motivational and inspirational in nature.  The accomplishment of academic goals can be hampered by barriers which prevent our ability to focus.  Family duties, financial concerns, and personal crises can affect one’s ability to focus during study times.  During times when you feel that you are alone because of a health issue or other relevant concern, read how other people have managed to press forward during difficult times.  People who are brave and transparent enough to speak openly about difficult times in life are an inspiration to others.

Vice President Joe Biden is an example of a person who has seen many difficult days in his life.  Today he will bury his eldest son attorney, Beau Biden who succumbed after a two year battle with brain cancer.  On December 18, 1972 Vice President Biden experienced tragedy when his first wife and 1-year-old daughter were killed in a car accident.  Beau, who will be honored and buried today, and his brother, Hunter were survivors of that fatal accident.  Mr. Biden has been open about his anger, rage, and questions for God after this tragic accident.  In honor of his first wife and daughter, he does not work on December 18th.  Biden also made is clear to colleagues in the Senate that he was to be interrupted promptly if either of his sons called.  Mr. Biden was a single parent for five years before marrying again.  He credits his wife for renewing his interest in life.

Today I chose to give the highest respect to Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden.  Mr. Biden is a man of strength and courage.  He is example for all of us to find inspiration.  Keep pressing forward no matter which obstacles you face or who is the cause of the obstacle.  If you have caused your own crisis, accept the facts, forgive yourself and continue on with your goals.  Do well with this information.  Accomplish your goals even if you are your only supporter.


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Medical Terminology by Professor Danna McKellar-Ntaka

Gangli/o- ganglion (knot)
Gastr/o- stomach
-gen origin or production
Genesis- origin or production
Gen/o- origin or production
Ger/o- old age
Gingiv/o- gums
Gli/o- glue
Glomerul/o- glomerulus (little ball)
Gloss/o- tongue
Glott/o- opening
Gluc/o- sugar
Glyc/o- sugar
-gram record
Gyneco- woman
Hem/o- blood
Hemat/o- blood
Hemi- half
Hepat/o- liver
Hepatic/o- liver
Herni/o- hernia
Herero- different
Hidr/o- sweat
Hist/o- tissue
Homo- same
Hormon/o- hormone (an urging on)

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Medical Terminology by Professor Danna McKellar-Ntaka

Conjunctiv/o- conjunctiva (to join together)
Contra- against or opposed to
-eal pertaining to
Ec- out or away
-ectasis expansion or dilation
Ecto- outside
-ectomy excision (removal)
-emesis vomiting
-emia blood condition
En- within
Encaphal/o- entire brain
Endo- within
Enter/o- small intestine
Epi- upon
Epidym/o- epididymus
Episi/o- vulva (covering)
Erythr/o- red
Esophag/o- esophagus
Esthesi/o- sensation
Eu- good or normal
Ex- out or away
Exo- outside
Extra- outside
Fasci/o- fascia (a band)
Femor/o- femur
Fibr/o- fiber

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Glossary of Prefixes, Suffixes, and Combining Forms by Professor Danna McKellar-Ntaka

Bronchiol/o- bronchiole (little airway)
Bucc/o- cheek
Capn/o- carbon dioxide
Carb/o- carbon dioxide
Cardi/o- heart
Cata- down
-cele pouching or hernia
Celi/o- abdomen
-centesis puncture for aspiration
Cephal/o- head
Cerebell/o- cerebellum (little brain)
Cerebr/o- cerebrum (largest part brain)
Cerubin/o- wax
Cervic/o- neck or cervix
Cheil/o- lip
Chir/o- hand
Chol/e- bile
Chondr/o- cartilage (gristle)
Chrom/o- color
Chromat/o- color
Chyl/o- juice
Circum- around
Cis/o- cut
Col/o- colon
Colp/o- vagina (sheath)
Con- together or with

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Glossary of Medical Prefixes and Suffixes by Professor Danna McKellar-Ntaka

Let’s delve right into the material.  My philosophy is that there is no shortcut to doing the work.  Knowing how to break down each prefix, root word, combining form, and suffix will allow you to analyze any report in a clinic or laboratory situation.  You will also need to complete reports that are consistent with your discipline within allied health or the professional healthcare team.

a-                         without

ab-                       away from

abdomino/a-        abdomen

-ac                       pertaining to

acous/o-              hearing

acr/o-                   extremity or topmost

-acusis                 hearing condition

ad-                       to, toward, or near

aden/o-                glad

adip/o-                 fat

adren/o-              adrenal gland

aer/o-                  air or gas

-al                       pertaining to

albumin/o-          protein

-algia                  pain

allo-                    other

alveol/o-             alveolus (air sac)

ambi-                 both

an-                     without

ana-                   up, apart

an/o-                  anus

andr/o-               male

angi/o-               vessel

ankyl/o-              crooked or stiff

ante-                  before

anti-                   against or opposed to

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Gwyneth Paltrow says steam your vagina, an OB/GYN says don’t

As a clinical anatomist and microbiologist, I thought this article was worth sharing.

Dr. Jen Gunter

paltrowOn today’s episode of ask the experts we pit the gynecologic advice of Gwyneth Paltrow, a consciously uncoupled actress and self-professed lifestyle expert who dabbles in vaginal health, against that of yours truly, a board certified OB/GYN who has completed a 5 year OB/GYN residency and a fellowship in infectious diseases and is an expert in vulvovaginal disorders.

Ms. Paltrow, recommends a V-steam. Her words:  “You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in LA, you have to do it.”

My response: Don’t.

Here’s why.

The vagina (and uterus and vulva for that matter) should be viewed as self-cleaning ovens. We know that douching is harmful, heck, even seminal fluid can be harmful (exposure to multiple partners without condoms is…

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Work With a Purpose

Dr. George Washington Carver said, “No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”  He also said that if he stopped working in his laboratory to answer every trivial complaint he would have never had time for scientific discovery.  In other words, we must all live for a purpose.  Carry on your life’s assignment no matter what goes on around you.  Be diligent in seeking your goals even in the face of personal crises.  This semester is off to a busy start for the young professionals we mentor, but distractions are present.  Our goal is to keep everyone motivated and on focus.

Several people have requested that we review the rules for medical terminology.  Our goal is to accommodate our followers and we will add a special set of review lectures in addition to the planned lectures for this session.  Live on purpose.  Study on purpose.  You can accomplish your goals despite the distractions.

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