Cultural Trek around Manaslu Conservation Area


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Tsum Valley is the area situated in the northern part of Gorkha district bordering with Tibetan plateau under Manaslu Conservation Area. There are 7 VDCs in MCA which are divided into three valleys- Nubri, Kutang and Tsum. The area provides habitats for 39 species of mammals, including many protected and endangered species like; Snow Leopard (Panthera uncial), Lynx (Felis Lynx), Gray Wolf (Canis lupus chanco), Musk Deer and Assamese Monkey and other Himalayan indicator species such as Blues Sheep and Himalayan Thar.

The major ethnic group in all VDCs, except Sridibas is Bhotia (also known as Lama). Majority of people follow Buddhism. People around Tsum valley speak Tsum Language that is mix of Tibetan and their own language. Tsum Valley is declared as the area of non-violence and killing of animals is strictly prohibited.

Agriculture is the main occupation and the main crops grown are karau (naked barley), buckwheat, maize…

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Recap of October 24 #LCSM Chat


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By Laronica Conway

During the October 24 chat, members of the #LCSM chat community participated in an hour-long brainstorming session about combining advocacy and social media to increase lung cancer awareness.

It was a fast exchange of great ideas and it was a great opportunity to hear from those who advocate for lung cancer on a daily basis. We’ve got a long way to go but we all agreed that it will take a grassroots effort to increase awareness and change the public’s perception of lung cancer.  Hopefully, by changing the perception we can remove the stigma, increase funding for research and provide hope to lung cancer patients and their families.

Below is a quick recap of the chat. You can find the full transcript here, courtesy of Symplur.

Question 1: What are the most important messages we need to communicate to the public about lung cancer?

We discussed…

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Best Practice: Multidisciplinary Conference Tool–NCCCP (NCI)


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In the last fews weeks I have had the pleasure of participating in a few discussions and meeting a lot of different healthcare professionals and patients. A topic that has come been touched or mentioned a few time, is MDC, or multidisciplinary care.

From an oncology perspective, this has traditionally always referred to tumor boards, or tumor conferences. This has been a forum for various physicians to come together to discuss difficult or interesting cancer diagnosis, discuss treatment options, clinical guidelines or research, and to learn from one another. The traditional attendance according to the ACoS CoC (American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer) standards has been that a quorum was defined as Radiologist, Pathologist, Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, and ideally a Surgeon. In some organizations an invitation was extended to primary physicians. Typically all of the physicians sat in the front and discussed the cases. Supportive staff was in…

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Patient Experience Day 35: Test, Text, Tweets, & Tears


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Today I happen to be in a business meeting when my phone goes off. It is 2:16 pm CST. I know my father is at the medical oncologists office for his weekly appointment, labs, and preparation for his weekly infusion.

It is my mother and her message reads: AT MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS GIVING DAD AN IV TO HYDRATE, CALLING HOSPICE FOR BOWELS & ANXIETY. ALSO DOING URINE FOR INFECTION.

My reply: SO HE DECIDED TO STOP TREATMENT?

No response for minutes, so I respond with the all to familiar: ????

Mother’s reply: STOPPING CHEMO. HOSPICE COMING TOMORROW.

My mind shifts automatically and go from trying to manage and care for my father into caring for my mother, : OKAY. HOW ARE YOU? HOW ARE YOU DOING?

My mother sends a message telling me that she is “hanging in there” and also asking if I would be able to watch my father…

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Patient Experience Day 33: The Not So Happy Birthday


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I got out of the shower in my process of getting ready to go over to see my father for his Birthday. I noticed my phone had gone off, so I checked it, and there was a text from my mother at 11:35 am, it read:

DAD JUST TOOK A SHOWER & IT WORE HIM OUT. HE SAID NO COMPANY BUT I THINK HE NEEDS SOMETHING ELSE TO THINK ABOUT FOR AWHILE. HE SAID HE JUST WANTS TO DIE & I SHOULD GET HOSPICE. HE IS IN BED RESTING, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

My stomach dived deep into the pit of my stomach and I could feel my heart begin to beat faster, and it seemed difficult to catch my breath. I immediately picked up the phone to call my mother.

In the conversation exchange between my mother and I she informed me that my father woke up, had an…

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Why USA is the leader of advanced wireless services and Europe has fallen behind?


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Europe had been a pioneer of innovation and deployment in wireless communications for a dominant period in the history of this technology. From the first GSM standard to the first LTE network in Scandinavia, Europe led all the way. Till about 6 years ago, the European wireless market was at par or even better than the American market in certain aspects. But the scenario is changing now with the United States taking over as the leader of next-generation wireless services. Here are a couple of quick statistics to support this view. The GSM Association’s recent report estimated that 19% wireless connections in US would be on LTE by year end compared with 2% in the European Union. Wireless capital expenditure (CAPEX) has declined slightly in Europe over the past 6 years but has shot up more than 70% in US over the same period of time. While it is somewhat…

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