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Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K), Duke's very own basketball coach, is now also coaching the US basketball team for this year's London Olympic Games.The 12-man team was finalized last Saturday and practice has already begun on 5th July in Las Vegas.

You can view more photos from their weekend basketball practice here.

We wish them all the best in their upcoming matches!

Source: NBA facebook, CBS Sports


You all have a universally fatal condition. It's called pre-death. — Ivan Oransky

Ivan Oransky, health editor of Reuters Health, talks about how people are suffering from a widespread of pre-conditions such as pre-diabetes, pre-cancer, pre-death and many more and also how healthcare can find a solution by taking a lesson from baseball. Watch this video clip as Ivan Oransky delivers his talk in a witty and feel-good way.



The obvious thing is to think about what we could remove from our diet. But I took a completely opposite approach and began asking: What could we be adding to our diet that could boost the body’s defense system? In other words, can we eat to starve cancer? — William Li

William Li, a cancer researcher, discusses how anti-angiogenesis can help to treat cancer and other diseases. Cancer, as he describes, starts out as a harmless microscopic tumor and gets larger when they gain access to enough blood supply and nutrients. Without these, the cancer cells are not deadly. What anti-angiogenesis does is to help prevent blood vessels from reaching cancer cells and thus, the tumor simply can't grow.

He then goes on to discuss how eating natural foods such as fruits and vegatables can help to prevent cancer.

Watch the 20 minute talk by clicking on the picture above.



Other than featuring stories from our students, faculty members and blog authors, we at upbeat also want to share interesting videos/talks with our readers. These videos and talks will of course, be medically related and are aimed at providing our readers with some "food for thought".

Today, we would like to share with you a talk from

You can't make a recipe for something as complicated as surgery. Instead, you can make a recipe for how to have a team that's prepared for the unexpected. — Atul Gawande

In this 19 minute video clip, How Do We Heal Medicine? , Atul Gawande, a surgeon and public health journalist, discusses how doctors can improve their practice using a checklist for surgery. You might ask, why a checklist? Well, watch the video below to find out more!

You can learn more about him by reading his profile here.


Contributed by Kizher, Class of 2012

The countdown is finally over; I am officially Dr. Kizher Shajahan Mohamed Buhary! It has certainly been a long and painful yet rewarding journey for all of us in the class of 2012.   

Year 1

Contributed by Zhou Yi, Class of 2015

During the periods of spring-summer, the 2012 Project Karen team set off as planned on 27th April and headed towards Chiang Mai, Thailand. Sixteen of us, including thirteen Duke-NUS medical students and three doctors, felt very excited about this mission trip and were ambitious in achieving our planned goals.

Project KAREn collage

More Pics can be found on the Duke-NUS Education flickr page here

Once again, another group of enthusiastic students continue the tradition of Project KAREn by embarking on their journey to Huay Khao Lip, a Karen Hill Tribe village near Chiang Mai in northern Thailiand. Conceived by a group of devoted Duke-NUS seniors in 2010, the objectives of Project Karen are to give much needed help to this village and improve students' clinical skills by training as volunteer doctors.