May 18th, 2016
Weekly Chatter
Professional Medical Opportunities
An important global health issue of our time thought to have more than 27 million victims today, human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor, or commercial sexual exploitation. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians, the Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA) offers a comprehensive 11-hour human trafficking course at a cost of $20/hour. Click here for more information. 

The International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) is offering 15 travel stipends of $2000 to persons attending the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine to take place from September 22-25, 2016 in Beijing, China. Recipients will also receive free registration to the meeting. Click here for more information. 

ACPeds Board member Dr. Michael Garver has been led to Village South Africa to provide guidance and care to the people of South Africa. Also a member of the advisory board, Dr. Garver is looking for interested medical providers who are available to travel November 17- 26. In addition to serving the local inhabitants with desperately needed medical assistance, participants will experience an overnight safari, an unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner and more. For more information, click here.
Abortion Pill Reversal
For women who have just taken the first dose of the abortion pill Mifepristone (Mifeprex or RU­486), a change of heart may actually be possible. Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) is a way to intervene in the medical abortion process with Progesterone Rescue prior to the woman's self-administration of misoprostol. Headquartered in San Diego, California, APR hosts a network of over 300 physicians worldwide to assist women who call the APR hotline within 72 hours of receiving an abortion. The hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by one of the APR medical professionals.

As of November 2015, over 140 healthy babies have been born to women who have
sought to reverse the abortion pill and approximately another 75 are pregnant after successful reversals. There is but a small window of opportunity after a woman takes the RU486 when she is sent home with misoprostol to take by herself. Many women change their minds during this time so they need to know there is hope before they take the misoprostol.

What can you do?
 *Note* The above clip explains some of the projects medical background and features one of the joyful mothers whose life was turned around as a result of the program.
The Serious Need for Play #WeeklyBlogPost
Unstructured and imaginative free play is important for children to be able to grow into happy adults. Free play improves problem solving skills and generally makes kids smarter yet children today have less free play time because they are participating in more structured activities and games that have established rules at younger ages. 

Parents can  encourage free play by turning off the electronics and creating more spaces for children to play .

To read more benefits of free play and suggestions for parents,
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