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Loma Linda, CA, United States

Loma Linda University is a Seventh-day Adventist coeducational health science university located in Loma Linda, California, United States. The University comprises eight schools and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. More than 100 certificate and degree programs are offered by the schools of allied health professions, behavioral health, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and religion. Curricula offered range from certificates of completion and associate in science degrees to doctor of philosophy and professional doctoral degrees. LLU also offers distance education. The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges . Its on-campus church has around 7,000 members. Loma Linda Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist K-12 school, is located nearby.The university also hosts a branch office of the Ellen G. White Estate. Affiliated with Canadian University College and operating on the same campus, is Loma Linda University's Marital and Family Therapy Master's Degree program. Loma Linda is closing its program in Alberta and is no longer admitting students.According to a New York Times blog, "Loma Linda University has the highest median starting salary , a function of their strong programs in nursing, dental and allied health." This position does drop off by mid-career. Wikipedia.

Maxwell G.P.,Loma Linda University
Plastic and reconstructive surgery | Year: 2014

Breast augmentation remains one of the most common aesthetic procedures performed in the United States. Silicone implants have undergone an evolution with the availability of both fourth- and fifth-generation devices from the 3 leading manufacturers in the United States. This article explores the evolution of breast implants with special emphasis on the advancement of the silicone implants. Clinicians should strive to provide ongoing data and sound science to continue to improve clinical outcomes in the future.

Messina M.,Loma Linda University
Journal of Nutrition | Year: 2010

Soyfoods have long been recognized for their high-protein and low-saturated fat content, but over the past 20 y an impressive amount of soy-related research has evaluated the role of these foods in reducing chronic disease risk. Much of this research has been undertaken because the soybean is essentially a unique dietary source of isoflavones, a group of chemicals classified as phytoestrogens. The estrogen-like properties of isoflavones have also raised concern, however, that soyfoods might exert adverse effects in some individuals. There is intriguing animal and epidemiologic evidence indicating that modest amounts of soy consumed during childhood and/or adolescence reduces breast cancer risk. Evidence also suggests that soy reduces prostate cancer risk and inhibits prostate tumor metastasis, but additional clinical support for the chemopreventive effects of soyfoods is needed. Soy protein is modestly hypocholesterolemic and there is suggestive epidemiologic evidence that soyfoods lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) independent of effects on cholesterol. In clinical studies, soy favorably affects multiple CHD risk factors; however, with the exception of improved endothelial function, the data are too limited and/or inconsistent to allow definitive conclusions to be made. In regard to bone health, although recent clinical data have not supported the skeletal benefits of isoflavones, 2 large prospective epidemiologic studies found soy intake is associated with marked reductions in fracture risk. Soybean isoflavones also modestly alleviate hot flashes in menopausal women. Finally, other than allergic reactions, there is almost no credible evidence to suggest traditional soyfoods exert clinically relevant adverse effects in healthy individuals when consumed in amounts consistent with Asian intake. © 2010 American Society for Nutrition.

Rajaram S.,Loma Linda University
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition | Year: 2014

α-Linolenic acid (ALA) is an n-3 (ω-3) fatty acid found mostly in plant foods such as flaxseed, walnuts, and vegetable oils, including canola and soybean oils. Most of the health benefits observed for n-3 fatty acids have been attributed to the marine-derived long-chain n-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid, because of the strength of evidence from both epidemiologic studies and randomized controlled trials. Furthermore, the observed cardioprotective and other health effects of ALA have been credited to its precursor role in converting to EPA in the body. The promotion of fatty fish consumption for its documented health benefits may not be practical for those who are concerned with the unsustainability of marine sources or who avoid eating fish for a variety of reasons. ALA-rich plant sources are more abundant and may serve as a suitable alternate. It is therefore worthwhile to consider the evidence for the health benefits of ALA. The purpose of this review is to present the evidence from recent studies on the association between ALA and cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and fracture risk. The potential mechanisms that explain these associations will also be briefly discussed. © 2014 American Society for Nutrition.

Study objective: The National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) includes a large nationally representative sample of emergency department (ED) visits that is widely used for research. This study investigates the frequency of apparent NHAMCS disposition discrepancies for visits with intubation. Methods: Using 10 years' worth of NHAMCS data composed of 348,367 ED visits, those recorded as including intubation were evaluated for congruence of disposition, which was expected to be either death or admission to a critical care unit. Results: Of the 875 ED patients recorded as having intubation performed, 27% had incompatible dispositions: 81 (9%) were recorded as discharged and 153 (17%) as admitted to a non-critical care unit. Cross-reference with free text chief complaint descriptions and International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision diagnoses codes indicated errors in recording both intubation and admission. Conclusion: One fourth of NHAMCS ED visits with intubation have an ED disposition incompatible with this procedure. © 2012 by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Green S.M.,Loma Linda University
Annals of Emergency Medicine | Year: 2013

Holmes et al1 remark that decision rules "aid and empower clinicians by providing evidence with regard to risk"; however, the devil is in the details of application. Their particular new decision rule, if successfully validated, may reduce abdominal CT scanning by up to 11% in settings wherein committed clinicians can selectively and consistently apply the rule in a1-way fashion. Elsewhere, however, the rule may be perceived as too complex, insufficiently sensitive, less accurate than gestalt, and having the potential to increase rather than decrease CT usage. Penaloza et al2 make a compelling case that skilled clinicians should likely abandon 2 common decision rules for pulmonary embolism risk stratification because they are inferior to gestalt. Meltzer et al3 disprove a widely described scoring system for appendicitis in adults. Decision rules are everywhere in medicine today but often add little or nothing to solid professional judgment. Before we adopt them, we should carefully scrutinize the strengths and limitations of each. Copyright © 2013 by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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