Science, technology, and medicine (STM) are not immune to the widespread and persistent crises that have defined the 21st century. We, the editors of Global Advances in Health and Medicine (GAHMJ), a new scholarly medical journal, believe that solutions in healthcare will be ones that accelerate the application of global advances in health and medicine, resulting in improved population-health management, healthcare delivery, and patient outcomes. The journal is focused on solutions in 3 main areas: (1) systems theory and medicine, (2) the global convergence of healthcare practices, and (3) evidence from the point of care (eg, medical case reports). And GAHMJ is more than a scholarly medical journal; it is a communication platform.
GLOBAL ADVANCES IN HEALTH AND MEDICINE This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To request permission to use this work for commercial purposes, please visit www.copyright.com. Use ISSN#2164-9561. To subscribe, visit www.gahmj.com. EdIToRIal Global advances in Health and Medicine The Editors of Global Advances in Health and Medicine: David Riley, MD; Jason Jishun Hao, DOM, MTCM, MBA; Helmut Kiene, Dr med; Gunver Kienle, Dr med; Michele Mittelman, RN, MPH; Gregory A. Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP • Tido von Schoen-Angerer, based in Switzerland and working with Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and coauthors Nathan Ford from South Africa and James Arkinstall from Switzerland write about access to medicine in areas of the For more information world with limited resources and address the about GAHMJ’s editorial question of how this access is affected in times of leadership, see page 7. economic uncertainty. • Anita Salamonsen, Brit J. Drageset, and Vinjar Fønnebø from the University of Tromso in Norway based on their work with the Norwegian S cience, technology, and medicine (STM) are not Registry of Exceptional Courses of Disease, con- immune to the widespread and persistent crises tribute a selection of patient case reports as well that have defined the 21st century. We, the editors as an overview of the registry. of Global Advances in Health and Medicine (GAHMJ), a new • Maurice Orange et al provide 2 case reports on the scholarly medical journal, believe that solutions in successful treatment of primary cutaneous B-cell healthcare will be ones that accelerate the application of lymphoma with mistletoe. global advances in health and medicine, resulting in • Gunver Kienle from Germany shares a review improved population-health management, healthcare article—“Fever in Cancer Treatment: Coley’s delivery, and patient outcomes. The journal is focused on Therapy and Epidemiologic Observations”—that solutions in 3 main areas: (1) systems theory and medi- is drawn largely from case reports. cine, (2) the global convergence of healthcare practices, • Jeremy Swayne from Scotland provides “The and (3) evidence from the point of care (eg, medical case Problem With Science—The Context and Process reports). And GAHMJ is more than a scholarly medical of Care,” an excerpt from the recently published journal; it is a communication platform. Remodelling Medicine. The journal itself is cross-disciplinary and peer • Jason Jishun Hao shares a “Review of Clinical reviewed and offers innovative STM content for the Applications of Scalp Acupuncture in Paralysis,” an worldwide community of healthcare professionals who excerpt from Chinese Scalp Acupuncture. (This arti- actively participate in the healthcare debate. The content cle is featured on our website, www.gahmj.com.) of the journal will highlight data from around the world • Rollin McCraty, Annette Deyhle, and Doc Childre with case reports, original research articles, opinion piec- from the Institute of HeartMath write about the es, and hypotheses. GAHMJ has an experienced interna- convergence of several independent lines of evi- tional editorial team: Jason Jishun Hao, DOM, MTCM, dence that support the existence of a global infor- MBA; Helmut Kiene, Dr med; Gunver Kienle, Dr med; mation field connecting all living systems. Michele Mittelman, RN, MPH; Gregory Plotnikoff, MD, MTS, FACP; and David Riley, MD. The journal will be THE BIG PICTURE published 10 times per year in print and digital formats We recognize that innovations are often disruptive, with abstracts in multiple languages. The digital publica- as cultures and traditions converge and compete with tion will offer additional features and information that approaches built around “the way things have always take advantage of emergent digital technologies. A mobile been done.” We see a challenge and opportunity in application will be launched to better serve the needs of healthcare today around the development of a new the journal’s readership. The website will offer additional global taxonomy for healthcare—a taxonomy that features including blogs, topic forums, customizable accommodates the global convergence of healthcare eNews portals, searchable databases, collaboration tools, practices, incorporates a systems approach to medicine, social-media functionality, international news, and con- and uses data from the point of care in new and innova- versations with key opinion leaders. tive ways. Sackett et al defined evidence-based medicine as the “conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of cur- IN THIS ISSUE rent best evidence in making decisions about the care of We are honored to feature the following authors individual patients. . . . Good doctors use both individual and articles, among others, in this inaugural issue of clinical expertise and the best available external evi- Global Advances in Health and Medicine. dence and neither alone is enough.”1 Editorial www.gahmj.com • Volume 1, Number 1 • March 2012 5 GLOBAL ADVANCES IN HEALTH AND MEDICINE Case Reports How can the 8 primary health targets outlined by the Around the world every day, doctors treat patients World Health Organization be realized acros
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