Loma Linda Cancer Center Celebrates 30 Years of Proton Treatment – Seventh-day Adventist Church

The James M. Slater, MD, Proton Treatment & Research Center at Loma Linda University Cancer Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The world’s first hospital-based proton therapy facility was a vision of Slater, who died in December 2019.

Slater, who championed and oversaw the Proton Treatment Center’s creation, was determined to improve the quality of life for patients undergoing cancer treatment and was inspired to use proton therapy to do so. He began working with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in 1986 to plan the proton synchrotron and center, which resulted in the construction of one of the most complex pieces of medical equipment ever built.

The original installation of the gantry at the Proton Treatment Center. [Photo: Loma Linda University Health News]

For years, the Loma Linda University Medical Center Proton Treatment Center was the only place in the world to offer proton therapy for patient treatment and research in a hospital setting. After opening its doors in 1990, it remained the only hospital-based treatment center of its kind in the United States until 2001. It was renamed in Slater’s honor in 2007.
The success of the Proton Treatment Center at LLU Cancer Center has prompted the establishment of 37 operational centers in the U.S. and 70 operational centers around the world. Additionally, another eight centers are under construction in the U.S. and 32 internationally.

Proton radiation therapy is the most precise and advanced form of radiation beam treatment available today. It is a painless, non-invasive procedure that allows patients to maintain their quality of life and quickly resume normal activities, permitting physicians to deliver full or higher treatment dosages to destroy a tumor with minimal side effects to a person’s surrounding healthy tissue or organs.

La Educación Adventista lanza matrículas y se prepara para retornar a las clases presenciales – Noticias

En una entrevista, el director de la Red habla sobre la campaña de matrículas para 2021 y sobre el protocolo para volver a las clases de forma presencial.

Por Felipe Lemos
22 de septiembre de 2020

El material de la campaña de matrículas de 2021 está en el aire. (Imagen: Portal de Educación)

El regreso a las clases presenciales de las escuelas, en todo Brasil, todavía es motivo de muchas dudas e inseguridades. Padres, educadores y autoridades gubernamentales debaten el tema para que las decisiones sean tomadas en cuenta con criterios de seguridad en todos los países. En el contexto sudamericano, la Red de Educación Adventista acompaña de cerca las discusiones y su desarrollo y se organiza para el regreso presencial y la continuación de las clases en régimen on-line.

Al mismo tiempo, ya está en el aire la campaña de matrículas para 2021 de la Red. La Agencia Adventista Sudamericana de Noticias (ASN) conversó sobre estos asuntos con el pastor Edgard Luz, director de la Red para ocho países sudamericanos. Hoy, en este territorio, son 948 instituciones de enseñanza, más de 22 mil profesores y más de 320 mil estudiantes de enseñanza primaria, secundaria y superior.

¿Cuáles son las novedades de la campaña de matrículas de este año de la Red de Educación Adventista en Sudamérica?

Este año, toda actividad en las instituciones educativas ha sido nueva para la comunidad escolar, pues nada se realizó de la manera convencional. Eso exigió que nuestro equipo tuviera que inventar una manera creativa y original para poder alcanzar los blancos establecidos al comienzo del año escolar. De modo que en algunos países ya se hicieron graduaciones on-line.

De la misma forma que se da con el proceso de clases, la campaña de matrículas se hace en un contexto completamente atípico, pero la Red de Educación Adventista se preparó para atender a sus clientes con calidad y creatividad, adaptando el proceso de acuerdo con la necesidad de los alumnos y sus familias, y siguiendo los protocolos sanitarios exigidos por los organismos competentes para garantizar la seguridad y el bienestar de todas las familias.

Bautismos en Soria y Calahorra

El pasado 5 de septiembre se realizaron dos bautismos en la iglesia adventista de Soria, y el 12 de septiembre dos más en la iglesia de Calahorra. Además, al menos otra persona más entregará su vida a Jesús el próximo 3 de octubre, Dios mediante, también en Calahorra.














Soria

Macario Vásquez y Elmer Vásquez, padre e hijo respectivamente, entregaron su vida al Señor por medio del bautismo el sábado 05 de septiembre en la iglesia adventista de Soria.  El pastor Gabriel Villarreal realizó la ceremonia bautismal a las 11:00 horas. Macario y Elmer estuvieron acompañados por hermanos adventistas, familiares y amigos.

La ceremonia bautismal comenzó con la predicación del pastor animando a la congregación a seguir el ejemplo de Jesús quien fue bautizado por Juan el Bautista, y públicamente fue proclamado hijo de Dios (Mat 3: 13-17).   De la misma forma cuando una persona se bautiza y da testimonio público de su fe, llega a ser miembro de la familia de Dios.

Al finalizar los bautismos, el pastor hizo un llamado a las visitas que estaban presentes a entregar su vida al Señor por medio del bautismo y dos personas levantaron sus manosMacario y Elmer expresaron su gratitud a Dios por Su amor y bondad comprometiéndose a ser misioneros de Dios con su familia y amigos.

Calahorra

Carmen Burbano y Cesar Zúñiga, esposos, se bautizaron el sábado 12 de septiembre a las 11:00 horas en la iglesia adventista de Calahorra.  El pastor Villarreal visitó a Carmen en su casa y después de escucharla decir que había recibido estudios bíblicos hacía ya varios años, él le preguntó que si había algo que le impidiera dar el paso de fe y bautizarse.  Carmen respondió “Nada, creo que me he demorado en tomar esta decisión y ahora estoy lista”.  El Pr. Villarreal le dijo que se estaba programando una ceremonia bautismal para el mes de septiembre y que esta sería una linda oportunidad para entregar su vida al Señor.

Adventist ministry connects local mums in Australia and New Zealand

Mums At The Table, an initiative of Adventist Media, has launched 11 new online groups in Australia and New Zealand in response to increasing requests by mums to meet up with someone in their local area.

The groups are part of two new ways to connect with mums in the local community. Both new ways utilise Facebook; one via Messenger chat groups and the other as local meet-up groups.

“We did a poll and about one in seven in our group of 7000 mums said they wanted to make new mum friends and meet in person,” said Melody Tan, project manager of Mums At The Table. “That’s 1000 mums spread out across Australia and New Zealand calling out for connection and community. As Christians, it’s our duty to respond to cries for help and, with these mums, it’s in the simplest way possible: Being a friend.”

One of the groups, the Adelaide Facebook meet-up group, attracted nearly 60 new members in less than a week, with some of the mums organising a meet-up just two days after it was launched.

Lianne Zilm is a member of the Birdwood Seventh-day Adventist Church (SA) and as a volunteer moderator of the group, organised one of the first Adelaide meetings, attended by five other mums.

“There is such a need in the community for encouragement and connection, particularly for mums. While meeting new people can be a bit out of my comfort zone, I actually think that it’s good to rise to a challenge and to connect with a diverse group of people from within the community. I also feel that God has put me in an opportune position as a stay-at-home mum so I have the flexibility to attend meet-ups during the week,” says Ms Zilm, a mother of three young children and a part-time student.

“When I became a first-time mum, I recall the steep learning curve when it came to dealing with a new baby as well as the isolation that came with the massive change of lifestyle. I am hoping that this group will help connect mums through shared experiences and mutual solidarity through the challenges of bringing up children, and, of course, to share the fantastic parenting, health and spiritual resources that are produced by Mums At The Table. I’m really looking forward to attending more meet-ups and would love to encourage Adventist mums in Adelaide to join the group and be part of the fun!”

Nine of the 11 new groups are managed and moderated by volunteer Adventist church members. More volunteers are needed so that new groups can be launched.

“We want to launch new groups in every major city and state,” says Ms Tan. “We have mums in Queensland, Victoria, Christchurch and country New South Wales all requesting meet-ups, but we don’t have enough resources to start those groups yet. If any church member is happy to make new mum friends, even if you’re not in any of the locations mentioned, I would love to hear from you. We would also love to have more church members involved in the groups that we already have moderators for. The more the merrier.”

At the same time, Mums At The Table is also looking to connect mums from their Facebook group with playgroups organised by local Seventh-day Adventist churches, which was not possible earlier due to the coronavirus pandemic and the introduction of lockdown measures.

“Now that restrictions are easing, we are hoping to direct mums to attend these playgroups once they start up again. We’ve partnered with 14 churches so far but I’m sure we have more playgroups than that and so would urge any church running a playgroup to get in touch with me.”

The 11 new Mums At The Table online groups are based in the Blue Mountains and Emu Plains (NSW), Lake Macquarie and Newcastle (NSW), Ryde (NSW), Northwest Hills District (NSW), Chatswood (NSW), Gold Coast (Qld), Southeast Melbourne (Vic), Perth (WA), Adelaide (SA), as well as North Auckland and South Auckland (NZ). All groups, except North and South Auckland, have at least one volunteer church member managing and moderating the group.

Churches or individuals interested in helping can contact Mums At The Table at <[email protected]> or visit <facebook.com/groups/MumsAtTheTable>.

Ecuadorian Pathfinders Participate in Online Camp

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T oday, the Pathfinder Club program fulfills an important role within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ecuador, since the activities it hosts helps many young people learn to have a life more connected with God, to work as a team, and to share a message of love and hope with the world.

Pathfinder camporees are designed to help Pathfinders strengthen their leadership and grow spiritually, physically, and mentally, without forgetting that it is a meeting where they can meditate on the main objective: that other people come to know about God.

This year everything changed and the face-to-face camps would not take place due to COVID-19; however, that was not an impediment for various Pathfinder clubs in northern Ecuador (Ecuatoriana Mission of the North – MEN)–they were able to enjoy the camps online .

Activities

From August 28 to 30, different districts such as Magdalena, south of Quito; Carapungo north of Quito, Orellana district in Coca, located in the northeast of the country, among others, took an active part and added around 670 Pathfinders who attended the virtual camp. Attendees enjoyed the many activities and interactions through the platforms.

“It is very important to have events that can unite young people, even despite the limitations,” says Erika Alvarado, leader of Pathfinders in the city of Orellana. “The Lord is good and allows us to use technological means to continue doing our part.”

The youth ministry department of MEN highlights that the main objective is to get all the clubs to work together and share evangelism techniques using their special God-given abilities. That is why the members of the Pathfinder Clubs witnessed the fruit of sharing Jesus. The result was ten people who gave their lives to God through baptism. The event was a great motivation for everyone to be a part of evangelism month.

Adventist Review Online | Adventist Hospital in Mexico Bounces Back After 48 Employees Get COVID-19

Health-care institution keeps serving in an area hard hit by the pandemic.

When employees at the Southeast Hospital, an Adventist health-care institution in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, began testing positive for COVID-19, management had to tighten operational procedures to flatten the curve and somehow continue to provide non-COVID medical care to a community hit hard by the pandemic.

“Our state of Tabasco kept moving between the fifth and third places at the national level with the number of positive cases of COVID-19, and for us, it meant 23 percent of our staff were affected,” hospital administrator Alexis Pérez said.

Rise of COVID-19 Cases

As of September 15, 2020, more than 28,800 positive cases and 2,620 deaths have been reported in Tabasco.

Forty-eight employees, including Perez and Robert González, the financial director of the hospital, had to be quarantined for three weeks or more between early April and August, according to Pérez. “Our hospital had never faced such a challenge, where we had to move fast to protect all employees and patients coming in,” Pérez said.

The hospital, classified as a facility that does not treat COVID-19 cases, has a triage area to screen for COVID-19 symptoms. Patients with such symptoms are sent home to rest or directed to one of the appropriate medical centers for treatment.

Something had to be done to protect the dozens of hospital staff while regular visits and surgeries decreased in the months of lockdown that began in April. New patients sent by overwhelmed hospitals began to seek regular medical services at the Southeast Hospital, needing additional coordination, Pérez said.

Studying the Reasons and Moving Ahead

“We sat down to document and analyze the positive cases in our hospital. We concluded that many of the infections took place outside the institution, in the general activities with friends or family members,” Pérez explained. The hospital moved into increased preventive measures, including the washing of hands, sanitizing areas, and the correct use of personal protective gear for each hospital department.

novidades sobre prevenção e tratamento

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Neurologista explica o que se sabe de novo sobre tratamentos e explica que há fatores que contribuem para a prevenção do Mal de Alzheimer

Por Felipe Lemos
21 de setembro de 2020

Rede de apoio, especialmente da família, é fator fundamental no tratamento da doença (Foto: Shutterstock)

A Doença de Alzheimer é um conhecido transtorno neurodegenerativo progressivo e fatal que se manifesta pela deterioração cognitiva e da memória. O resultado é o comprometimento progressivo das atividades de vida diária e uma variedade de sintomas neuropsiquiátricos e de alterações comportamentais.

Ela é estudada no mundo inteiro e pesquisadores estão em busca de respostas relacionadas a diagnósticos e tratamentos precoces, vacinas e mais informações que possam contribuir para prevenção e combate.

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A Agência Adventista Sul-Americana de Notícias (ASN) conversou com um especialista no assunto sobre o que de mais atual se sabe a respeito. O entrevistado é o médico Christian Ximenes. Há 23 anos na área, é neurologista, doutor em neurociência e professor universitário. Atualmente, trabalha na Universidade Estadual do Ceará e Hospital Geral de Fortaleza.

O que é a doença?

Em linhas gerais, o que se sabe atualmente sobre os prejuízos causados pelo Mal de Alzheimer ao organismo humano?

A Doença de Alzheimer se enquadra no grupo de doenças chamadas de neurodegenerativas; elas são caracterizadas pela degradação de neurônios em áreas específicas do cérebro e essa degradação se espalha depois para o restante do órgão.

No caso do Alzheimer, a área de início é o hipocampo, uma região de grande importância para formação de nossas memórias. No início, o paciente idoso começa a ter dificuldade de formar novas memórias, a esquecer coisas que aconteceram recentemente (onde guardou algo, por exemplo). Com a evolução da doença, começa a comprometer também as memórias mais antigas, bem como a orientação espacial (localização em lugares). Na fase mais avançada, até as funções mais básicas como locomoção e alimentação (engolir alimentos) fica comprometida.

Stories versus stereotypes :Adventist News Online

I sat nervously in the dentist’s office as he explained the procedure to me.

“It’s simple,” he said. “I’m going to slice open your gums, cut your four wisdom teeth in half and then pull them out in pieces. Nice and easy.”

Nice? EASY? How DARE he use that nonchalant tone with me! I thought. Didn’t he care that the anaesthetic might fail? He was totally unphased. I was totally not.

He scribbled some illegible words and ticked a few boxes on my patient forms. Tracing his pen down the page, he stopped and smiled. “Oh! You’re a writer?” he remarked, eyes suddenly wide and excited.

“Yeah I, uh—I am . . . ?” I replied unconfidently, totally sidelined by his sudden enthusiasm. I never know what to write when medical forms ask you for your occupation. Writer? Journalist? Artist? Professional email-er? “But my job is pretty varied most days . . .” I added, trying to hide a bad case of imposter syndrome.

The dentist spun around in his chair and rummaged through his filing cabinet. “Have you published any books?” he asked excitedly, looking over his shoulder.

“No, no books yet,” I laughed. “But I’ve published a lot of articles on faith, and I write a lot of news stories.”

“Oh that’s fantastic!” he said. “I wish I’d been your age when I was first published. But I’ve written a few books now, as you can see!”

Thud. A pile of books landed on the desk in front of me. One looked like an encyclopedia, the other four like novels. I was surprised.

“Have a look! Flip through!” he encouraged me. In the space of 30 seconds, my nonchalant dentist had become a little boy in a candy store.

“Oh, thanks!” I said, looking through the big one first—a light blue hard-cover with hundreds of pages, filled top to bottom with diagrams of what looked like war medals. My mouth hung agape, a side-effect of a reaction somewhere between fascination and shock.

Paraguay prepares to send volunteers to the world

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T he challenges of 2020 have motivated Adventist youth in Paraguay to motivate them to start the first School of Missions, a project designed to provide encouragement to the Voluntary Service department of the Adventist Church in Paraguay and its executive secretariat. 

Start of the School of Missions

More than 30 Adventist youth from across the country took on the challenge of preparing and training themselves to be the hands of Christ and bring hope to the corners of the earth.

“I am happy that now in Paraguay we have the possibility of preparing ourselves as missionaries,” says Guadalupe Bobadilla, School of Missions participant. “One of my great dreams has always been to serve Christ wherever he sends me, and training is the first step to achieving this dream.”

Their first meeting was attended by special guests such as Pastor Joni Oliveira, leader of the Adventist Voluntary Service in South America (SVA) , Pastor Jaime Pérez, leader of SVA in Paraguay, and Martina Gómez, volunteer in Thailand. They shared experiences, testimonies, training, and information to encourage future volunteers.

“We are grateful for this opportunity and also very happy, because many young Paraguayans will be preparing to be missionaries in the world,” says Pastor Pérez.

The preparation consists of twelve virtual classes that will be carried out via Zoom. These courses will be developed by different pastors, teachers, VWA volunteers, and special guests.

In addition, the SVA in Paraguay has an online platform for weekly review of the required reading of a book called Passport to Missio.

Upon completion of the course, students will receive an official Adventist Voluntary Service certification. This is a mandatory requirement to be part of the network of volunteers in the world.

This article was originally published on the South American Division’s Spanish site 

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