Monthly Archives: January 2015

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

Professor Danna McKellar-Ntaka


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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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What Is Your 2015 Academic Goal?

Do you desire more discipline in your academic and professional life?  We always hear of people wanting to get more accomplished in a more efficient manner as the new year approaches.  Long range planning and documenting minute steps and milestones is one way to achieve more efficiency.

Try these suggestions:

1.  Make a list of the most important tasks of the day.  List them in order of importance.  If possible, perform this task the evening before.  Sometimes the new day will bring different priorities.

2.  Document reasons for shortcomings and a brief plan to compensate.

3.  Use all available time.  Listen to a lecture while washing dishes or starching a set of scrubs.

4.  Cultivate a group of thinkers who are as dedicated as you.  Ask for help.

The American Council of Women and Diversity in Medicine, Science, Business, and Education (ACWD-MSBE) is committed to mentoring women and scholars of color in achieving their goals.  2015 WILL be your most successful year.  Be resilient!


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