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What is Medical Sonography?
What is Medical Sonography?
Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a non-invasive and painless medical test that uses sound waves to create images of blood flow, organs, and tissues to assist doctors in confirming or ruling out a specific diagnosis. Also known as ultrasound, sonography is a common tool used by doctors in obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) to monitor a woman’s pregnancy.

What Are the Duties of a Medical Sonographer?

Sonographers help to prep...
Brain Foods
Brain Foods
Back in the day (whenever that was) it was common to think that foods shaped like particular organs or body parts would help keep the actual corresponding body part healthy and well.

As scientific thought began to work its way to the forefront, those ideas were treated like wives’ tales or folklore. So, in today's world we can rely on science to point the way towards foods that contribute to optimal cognitive function and we n...
MRI Helps Show How Loneliness Appears in the Brain
MRI Helps Show How Loneliness Appears in the Brain
A new study shows a sort of signature in the brains of lonely people that make them distinct in fundamental ways, based on variations in the volume of different brain regions as well as based on how those regions communicate with one another across brain networks.

A team of resear...
MRI Gets to the Bottom of Smell, Taste Dysfunction from COVID-19
MRI Gets to the Bottom of Smell, Taste Dysfunction from COVID-19
By Emily Hayes, contributing writer

A study conducted by a team of researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health found brain damage in patients who died of COVID-19.

The 25-year-old female patient had been diagnosed with COVID-19, with symptoms including anosmia (loss of smell) and ageusia (loss of taste). Experience with her case was ...
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
The job outlook for Physical Therapist Assistants and the demand for their services is so good that government analysts predict more than 1,000 positions will open up every month, on average, for the next decade.

Trained and licensed Physical Therapist Assistants should have little trouble finding job opportunities for the foreseeable future.

There is a high demand for physical therapist assistants, especially due to the ag...
Blind Test Shows AI-Enhanced MRI Scans
Blind Test Shows AI-Enhanced MRI Scans
If you have ever had an MRI scan before, you’ll know how unsettling the experience can be. You’re placed in a claustrophobia-inducing tube and asked to stay completely still for up to an hour while unseen hardware whirs, creaks, and thumps around you like a medical poltergeist. New research, though, suggests AI can help with this predicament by making MRI scans four times faster, getting patients in and out of the tube quicker.

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Margaret Avila, Ph.D., PHN, APRN

Founding Dean of Nursing/Nursing Consultant/Nursing Faculty

 With over 50 years of professional nursing, Dr. Avila has been actively involved in nursing as a Nurse Practitioner in adult and women’s services, Assistant Professor at Mt. Saint Mary’s College, and Cal State University Los Angeles, also holding faculty positions at Dymally School of Nursing, Harbor UCLA Women’s Health NP Program and USC KECK SOM, and Nursing Director of Los Angeles County Public Health, Clinical and Public Health Nurse at the Department of Health Services,

Dr. Avila has been awarded both the National Hispanic Nurse of the Year and Southern California Public Health Association Leadership Awards, and numerous awards bestowed for her Public Health Nursing, as well as the Diversity Award and Innovation Award presented by the Department of Health Services.

Dr. Avila is actively involved in community service being active with the California DHS, Office of Family Planning, Family PACT Clinical Practice Committee, Federal Drug Administration, Panel Member Devices, ALIVA Health & Wellness Center- Nurse Practitioner, and Hollywood-Sunset Free Clinic- Nurse Practitioner. She has also presented at the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Department of Health Services, CMS Annual Nursing Conference and CDU Colloquium, in addition to her numerous publications including, The Reinvigoration of Public Health Nursing: Methods and Innovations. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Role of an Advanced Practice of Public Health Nursing in Bio-Terrorism Preparedness. Public Health Nursing, and The Public Health Practice Manual: A Tool for Public Health Nurses. Public Health Nursing.

Dr. Avila’s nursing credentials consist of ADN Diploma, St. Vincent’s College of Nursing, BSN, Mount Saint Mary’s College, MS Health Care Management, Cal State University, MSN Cal State University Long Beach, and Ph.D. Nursing, University of San Diego.


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