San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 21, 2011
MedHelp, the world’s largest health social network, in association with Jordan International Aid, an all-volunteer based, humanitarian aid and relief organization, will hold a free, live chat on Tuesday, March 22, from 8-9pm EDT (Wednesday, March 23, at 9-10am local Japan time) with disaster relief physicians and medical aid professionals to share information and answer questions on the effects of the March 11, 2011, magnitude 8.9 earthquake, catastrophic tsunami and subsequent nuclear reactor leaks.
Joining the chat live from Sendai, Japan, will be Jesse Mendoza, president of Jordan International Aid, Tim Riesenberger, MD, emergency room physician, and Vanessa Remhof, RN. Enoch Choi, MD, medical director of Jordan International Aid, family medicine physician, and a contributing expert on MedHelp’s ask-the-doctor forums, will moderate the chat from Palo Alto, CA.
During the one-hour chat, the participants will discuss various health issues relating to the disaster including radiation and radiation exposure, emergency preparedness, spread of disease, as well as reports from the various survivor camps where the Jordan International Aid team is working.
To register for this event, please go to http://www.medhelp.org/health_chats/register/59. Registration is free.
To support these efforts, MedHelp has pledged to donate up to $10,000 to the American Red Cross through a fundraising campaign on Facebook. More details can be found on MedHelp’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/medhelppulse.
John de Souza, CEO of Medhelp commented: “This is a time for the world community to come together to support the people in Japan who have been affected by these tragic events. This live chat gives the international community the unique opportunity to hear a first-hand account of the medical relief situation on the ground in the affected areas. Members of the MedHelp family, both medical professionals and users of our site, will be joining together to do our small part to support those in need and get a better understanding as to the well-being of the people in Japan.”
Continuing this awareness outreach, MedHelp will host a second live chat on Thursday, March 24, from 4-5pm EDT called “Radiation Exposure: What You Need to Know.” In this free chat, radiologist Garry Choy, MD, will discuss the health risks of radiation exposure, how to protect oneself from exposure and the signs and symptoms of radiation sickness.
To register for the radiation exposure health chat, please go to http://www.medhelp.org/health_chats/register/60. Registration is free.
Dr. Choy is a board-certified radiologist who specializes in diagnostic radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, and answers questions in MedHelp’s radiology forum.
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