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  Norman Mc Swain, MD., was awarded the LSMS 2013 Community Service Award

 Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS, was born in the hill country of Northern Alabama, half hillbilly and half redneck.  Since a Cub Scout he knew that he was going to be a physician and a surgeon. He finished The University of The South in Sewanee, TN in Biology, medical school at the University of Alabama, School of Medicine with two years of surgical training at Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, and an additional two years on active duty in the Air Force under the surgery tutelage of Dr. Kermit Vandenbos (later a 2 star general).  Dr. Mc Swain finished residency at Grady Hospital (Emory School of Medicine) under Dr. J. D. Martin.  He joined the clinical and academic faculty at the University of Kansas in Kansas City as an assistant professor in surgery and ran the surgical emergency department and developed EMS education and the EMS system for the state of Kansas.  In 1977 he joined Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, and Charity Hospital, and set up the EMS system and EMT-P training for New Orleans and served as its medical director for the program.  His main interest is trauma at Charity Hospital and pre-hospital patient care, locally, nationally and internationally. He is active on the Committee of Trauma of the American College of Surgeons and assisted in developing the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program for physicians. To fill the gap in the trauma team he worked with the ACS/COT and the National Association of EMTs to develop the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support program that in 2008 has trained over half a million people in 45 countries.  He has worked with the Department of Defense to develop the Tactical Combat Casualty Care program for military medics.  


39 Years and Counting: Bogalusa Heart Study Charts Risk Factors in Child Health

Dr. Gerald Berenson

Gerald Berenson, MD, and his team at the Bogalusa Heart Study have been collecting health data about childhood heart disease risk factors and their lifetime implications for 39 years, making it the longest running biracial health study in the world. The study has generated thousands of peer-reviewed articles and provided hands-on training for hundreds of medical and public health students. Berenson just published his third book about lessons learned from the Bogalusa Heart Study: Evolution of Cardio-metabolic Risk from Childhood to Middle Age (Springer, 2011).

“We started our study with school-age children, from 5 to 17 years old. Because of the results we went down to preschool age, 2.5 to 5.5 years old,” says Berenson. Ultimately, the Bogalusa team sought birth records to try to answer questions about birth weight and heart disease and diabetes risk. A majority of the people who began participating in the study as school children continued to come back to the Bogalusa clinic for follow-up health checks as first years, and then decades rolled by, creating a generation of heart health data.

The secret to the loyalty and commitment of the study participants was becoming partners with them in their health, says Berenson.

“When we did a physical examination for the study, we sent back information to them and their doctor and referred them to their private physicians if they had them. If there was any kind of medical problems I went and examined them myself and took care of them. I had 4,500 patients to look at initially,” Berenson recalls, wryly. The study has screened over 16,000 individuals in the Bogalusa area over the duration of the study.

Research results from the Bogalusa Heart Study demonstrated that when risk factors for metabolic syndrome and heart disease are present in childhood, related health problems such as high blood pressure, hardened arteries, heart disease, and diabetes are more likely to occur in adulthood.

Gerald Berenson has been studying risk factors to children’s health for nearly 40 years, expanding his work beyond Bogalousa, LA, to partnerships around the globe. His research is now looking at longevity and genetics.

“Now we are looking at longevity and doing genetic studies,” says Berenson, who is working with his staff to develop a formal archive of the Bogalusa Heart Study. He also is building international collaborations with researchers from nations including Finland and Australia that have been studying health data over the lifespan.

Despite his contribution to the understanding of children’s heart health, Berenson says there are still many questions he wants answered, among them: “I’d like to know why are so many prescriptions given for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, how to control violent behavior, how to overcome the inertia in schools to teach proven health education.”

Berenson and his team have tried to solve that last question with a health education program called Health Ahead/Heart Smart. The K – 6 health curriculum which was implemented for nearly 7,000 students in Washington Parish schools and resulted in better control over weight gain among participating students as well as better fitness results in national tests.



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OPMS Members in the Spot Light

  Norman Mc Swain, MD., was awarded the LSMS 2013 Community Service Award

 Norman E. McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS, was born in the hill country of Northern Alabama, half hillbilly and half redneck.  Since a Cub Scout he knew that he was going to be a physician and a surgeon. He finished The University of The South in Sewanee, TN in Biology, medical school at the University of Alabama, School of Medicine with two years of surgical training at Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, and an additional two years on active duty in the Air Force under the surgery tutelage of Dr. Kermit Vandenbos (later a 2 star general).  Dr. Mc Swain finished residency at Grady Hospital (Emory School of Medicine) under Dr. J. D. Martin.  He joined the clinical and academic faculty at the University of Kansas in Kansas City as an assistant professor in surgery and ran the surgical emergency department and developed EMS education and the EMS system for the state of Kansas.  In 1977 he joined Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, and Charity Hospital, and set up the EMS system and EMT-P training for New Orleans and served as its medical director for the program.  His main interest is trauma at Charity Hospital and pre-hospital patient care, locally, nationally and internationally. He is active on the Committee of Trauma of the American College of Surgeons and assisted in developing the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program for physicians. To fill the gap in the trauma team he worked with the ACS/COT and the National Association of EMTs to develop the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support program that in 2008 has trained over half a million people in 45 countries.  He has worked with the Department of Defense to develop the Tactical Combat Casualty Care program for military medics.  


39 Years and Counting: Bogalusa Heart Study Charts Risk Factors in Child Health

Dr. Gerald Berenson

Gerald Berenson, MD, and his team at the Bogalusa Heart Study have been collecting health data about childhood heart disease risk factors and their lifetime implications for 39 years, making it the longest running biracial health study in the world. The study has generated thousands of peer-reviewed articles and provided hands-on training for hundreds of medical and public health students. Berenson just published his third book about lessons learned from the Bogalusa Heart Study: Evolution of Cardio-metabolic Risk from Childhood to Middle Age (Springer, 2011).

“We started our study with school-age children, from 5 to 17 years old. Because of the results we went down to preschool age, 2.5 to 5.5 years old,” says Berenson. Ultimately, the Bogalusa team sought birth records to try to answer questions about birth weight and heart disease and diabetes risk. A majority of the people who began participating in the study as school children continued to come back to the Bogalusa clinic for follow-up health checks as first years, and then decades rolled by, creating a generation of heart health data.

The secret to the loyalty and commitment of the study participants was becoming partners with them in their health, says Berenson.

“When we did a physical examination for the study, we sent back information to them and their doctor and referred them to their private physicians if they had them. If there was any kind of medical problems I went and examined them myself and took care of them. I had 4,500 patients to look at initially,” Berenson recalls, wryly. The study has screened over 16,000 individuals in the Bogalusa area over the duration of the study.

Research results from the Bogalusa Heart Study demonstrated that when risk factors for metabolic syndrome and heart disease are present in childhood, related health problems such as high blood pressure, hardened arteries, heart disease, and diabetes are more likely to occur in adulthood.

Gerald Berenson has been studying risk factors to children’s health for nearly 40 years, expanding his work beyond Bogalousa, LA, to partnerships around the globe. His research is now looking at longevity and genetics.

“Now we are looking at longevity and doing genetic studies,” says Berenson, who is working with his staff to develop a formal archive of the Bogalusa Heart Study. He also is building international collaborations with researchers from nations including Finland and Australia that have been studying health data over the lifespan.

Despite his contribution to the understanding of children’s heart health, Berenson says there are still many questions he wants answered, among them: “I’d like to know why are so many prescriptions given for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, how to control violent behavior, how to overcome the inertia in schools to teach proven health education.”

Berenson and his team have tried to solve that last question with a health education program called Health Ahead/Heart Smart. The K – 6 health curriculum which was implemented for nearly 7,000 students in Washington Parish schools and resulted in better control over weight gain among participating students as well as better fitness results in national tests.



 


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