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Stroke PatientAs the third leading cause of death in the United States, stroke affects all our lives and is an important topic for medical interpreters to understand. Stroke is also extremely complex, with numerous risk factors, warning signals, and types.

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, CultureSmart will host a medical interpreter training workshop with Judith Welch Clark, RN, BSN, the stroke service nurse at Boston Medical Center. Judith will discuss critical aspects of stroke – from risk factors to ongoing therapies after release – and look at the interpreter’s roles in caring for stroke patients.

The interview below introduces you to Judith and her tremendous clinical knowledge of stroke. We’ve bolded key terminology, linking some words to further information. To join us on Saturday, March 5, please visit this link to register. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Information Translations on the Web

Health Information Translations There is a vast amount of multilingual resources available on the web, most can be unreliable. We have been using the Health Information Translations site for a few years and find it to be a fairly reliable source for obtaining translations of the most common medical conditions and medical procedures.

Special Wellness Section in the "New York Times"

Today’s New York Times includes a special section, Well, that provides health information covering the human body from brain to toe.

The “Well” articles are a great way for interpreters to review their knowledge about individual body parts and learn more about studies and common recommendations for maintaining health.

The Well home page also includes links to health quizzes and calculators.

New York Times Health Guide

By far, one of the most useful links for  medical interpreters who want to improve their understanding of more commonly used medical terms, conditions, procedures, etc.

From Smoking Boom, a Major Killer of Women

Six Killers: Lung Disease:  From Smoking Boom, a Major Killer of Women
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is usually caused by smoking, has become a major killer in women.