A Brief Overview of the Camino de Santiago Trail

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A resident of Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, specializes in occupational and preventive medicine, and is the secretary and treasurer for the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Aside from his professional duties, William D. Jones, MD, enjoys fitness and travel, both locally and outside of OK. Dr. Jones plans to travel to Spain to hike the Camino de Santiago trail during the summer season.

The Camino de Santiago trail is an ancient Catholic pilgrimage now traveled by thousands of people each year on foot, horseback, and bike. There are several route options to choose along the Camino de Santiago, with some of the main ones including the Camino Frances (which starts in St. Jean Pied-du-Port and provides a variety of scenery) and Camino del Norte (which runs along the North Coast of Spain). Also popular, the Camino Portugués starts in Lisbon, goes through Northern Portugal, and is relatively flat compared to some of the other routes.

Most of the Camino de Santiago trail consists of well-maintained tracks or pavement, which makes it easy for travelers with little backpacking experience. Plentiful infrastructure along the trail also provides hikers with numerous options to stay overnight, thus eliminating the need to plan every detail of the hike. Upon completing 62 miles or more of the hike, travelers receive either a certificate of completion or a pilgrim certificate (if it was completed for religious reasons by a Catholic believer).

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AMA Adopts New Policies to Address National HIV Epidemic

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A medical doctor based in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones MD specializes in occupational and preventive medicine. Since 1988, Oklahoma City, OK-based physician William D. Jones has held membership in the American Medical Association.

The leading national physician organization in the U.S., the American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted new policies that seek to address the HIV epidemic as the result of a vote at its Annual Meeting. At the core of the new policy, the AMA will concentrate more of its fundraising efforts on plans that aim to accomplish such goals as diagnosing individuals who have contracted HIV as early as possible and treating HIV infection to bring about sustained viral suppression.

As an additional step toward suppressing the HIV epidemic in the U.S., the AMA adopted a policy that aims to de-stigmatize HIV infection. Through the policy, the AMA will advocate for the repeal of state laws that criminalize the non-disclosure of HIV status. It seeks to accomplish this in part by creating a new program to educate health care professionals, physicians, and the public on new techniques for reducing the risk of HIV transmission.

The 5th Annual Charity Angels Foundation Poker Tournament

 

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William D Jones MD

A self-employed physician in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones holds an MD from Brown University in Providence, RI. He has operated his private practice since completing his residency training through the University of Oklahoma at Oklahoma City. Outside of the professional environment, William D. Jones, MD, sponsors multiple charitable initiatives including the Angel Foundation at SWAT.

The Angel Foundation at SWAT is supported by all the teams of the SWAT Academy – a baseball and softball facility in Oklahoma City, OK, that is dedicated to helping players reach their full potential in a positive training environment. With the help of SWAT representatives and community members, the Angel Foundation hosts a range of fund-raising events to create sports scholarships for players in need of financial assistance.

One of theses events, the 5th Annual Charity Angels Foundation Poker Tournament, took place on February 9 at the SWAT Academy’s Oklahoma City headquarters. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event went directly to kids who would otherwise be unable to afford to play the game that they love. Participants get the chance to win valuable prizes such trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Branson, Missouri.

ACOEM Reports on New Framework for Evaluating Workers’ Wellness

 

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Since 1994, William D. Jones, MD, has provided occupational and preventive care in Oklahoma City, OK. The secretary and treasurer of the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, William D. Jones, MD, of OK belongs to the organization’s national counterpart, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

The July 2018 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reported on a new framework for evaluating the overall well-being of workers. Developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the framework examines the work and personal life factors that create a holistic understanding of the aspects that contribute to employees’ well-being. In addition, it assesses the effects of workers’ subjective experiences and observable aspects of the external environment.

The framework covers five distinct domains:

1. Physical environment and workplace safety climate.
2. Company policies, programs, and practices that may affect workers’ wellness.
3. Contributing factors to workers’ mental and physical health status.
4. Workplace evaluation and experiences that influence the quality of work life.
5. Home, community, and society as influential factors outside of the workplace.

Airedale Terriers – Beloved Companions

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Airedale Terrier
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William D. Jones, a self-employed MD in Oklahoma City, OK, enjoys spending time with dogs when he is not busy with work. In addition to serving as secretary of the Irish Setter Club of Oklahoma dog show, William D. Jones, MD, likes to spend time with his own Airedale Terrier puppy, Cooper.

Airedale Terriers, the largest terrier breed, perform well in just about any context, boasting some of the greatest versatility of any dog breed. They are bred out of the Otterhound as well as several terrier breeds, some of which are now existing. The Airedale can play the role of a childhood companion, big game hunter, duck hunter, and home guardian. It has even served in the armed forces, with varied responsibilities including sentry and messenger.

Due to the breed’s large size for a terrier, powerful build, and high energy level, most Airedales require some degree of obedience training. Their intelligence means they learn commands quickly, and their faithful nature helps them bond with owners and their families. They need regular stimulation, though, so those who can’t spend a lot of time with an Airedale should consider providing it with toys that are stimulating and challenging to play with.

The 2018 AMA Research Symposium in Maryland

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2018 AMA Research Symposium
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An occupational and primary preventive medicine professional with nearly three decades of experience, Dr. William D. Jones earned his MD from Brown University and then completed his residency training at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK. Professionally, William D. Jones, MD, maintains membership in professional organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA).

A leader in the medical field, AMA has supported research efforts, assisted with the development of public health policies, and served a wide membership of medical professionals since its founding in 1847. The association hosts numerous events every year for its members, including its Research Symposium.

The 2018 AMA Research Symposium will take place in National Harbor, Maryland, on November 9 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Hundreds of individuals from across the nation will present their original scientific research at the event. Those eligible to submit abstracts for the annual Research Symposium include medical students, fellows, residents, and candidates with Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification.

Sleeping In on Weekends Decreases Risk of Death

 

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William D Jones MD

A resident of Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, is a physician focusing on occupational and preventive medicine. Having received his doctor of medicine from Brown University, William D. Jones, MD, operates his own private practice for patients in Oklahoma City, OK.

Sleep is an essential part of preventive care. In fact, physicians almost always recommend that patients get an adequate amount of rest in order to best recover from diseases and illnesses.

A new study coming out of Sweden claims that people who sleep in during the weekend have a lower risk of death. On the other hand, people who get less than five hours of sleep each night increase their rate of mortality by 52 percent. The good news for those on a tight weekday schedule is that the higher mortality rate can be lessened or eliminated by reclaiming the lost sleep during the weekends.

Examining the data of more than 43,000 subjects, the researchers still recommend a proper amount of sleep each night, no matter what day of the week it is. They also found that both insufficient and excessive sleep generally lead to a higher risk of death.

How Office Workers Can Reduce Back Pain

 

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William D. Jones, MD, serves as an independent occupational and preventive medicine physician in Oklahoma City, OK. William D. Jones, MD, helps his patients to guard against and manage a variety of work-related illnesses and injuries, including back pain.

Back pain is a common complaint among professionals who spend a great deal of time sitting at their desks. While the fixed position of sitting in a chair increases the amount of pressure placed on the intervertebral discs and tightens the muscles of the back, poor posture can easily exacerbate it. Slouching or slumping in a chair can not only strain the discs but also stretch the ligaments and other nearby structures, which can cause or worsen pain.

Many experts find that you can reduce the temptation to slouch by adjusting the height of the computer keyboard, which should be positioned so that your elbows can be bent at a 90-degree angle without the upper back coming forward. Likewise, they recommend keeping the bottom edge of the computer monitor close to level with your chin, which will help to keep the back and neck straight.

You may also find that your back pain decreases with a proper adjustment of your office chair. The seat should be adjusted to allow you to sit with your thighs parallel to the floor with your feet flat. A slight slope of the thighs is usually comfortable, but a footrest can make it easier for you to keep your feet firmly grounded.

Benefits of Team Sports for Adults

 

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William D Jones MD

William D. Jones, MD, practices occupational and preventive medicine in Oklahoma City, OK. In his free time, William D. Jones, MD, of OK enjoys playing slow-pitch softball for both a men’s league and a co-ed league.

Just as they do for children, team sports offer adults physical, social, and mental benefits. Team sports challenge the athlete cognitively, as he or she must be aware of what is going on within the game at all times and often needs to make split-second decisions based on others’ actions during play. Because these decisions often involve quick communication with teammates, the process involves even more focus and is even more mentally challenging.

Responsibility to one’s team also encourages a player to become more disciplined and motivated to play at a high level. Accountability to others not only gives the athlete a goal to work toward, but also helps to keep him or her working past challenges. The interest in contributing toward that goal helps to keep the athlete, as well as the group, focused, an invaluable skill both on and off the field.

Meanwhile, the constantly changing activity level of team play means that the athlete gets a varied workout. Unlike individual exercise, in which the athlete typically works at the same level for extended periods of time before taking a break, the team athlete will run, jump, stop, throw, and catch in quick succession. This works different muscle groups and different levels while offering more challenges to the cardiovascular system.

Nepal – Home to Many Extant Historic Sites, Despite Earthquake

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Boudhanath Temple
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William D. Jones, MD, is an Oklahoma City, OK, physician who provides personalized occupational and preventive medical care. Passionate about travel, OK resident William D. Jones, MD, has traveled extensively across Africa and the Middle East, and recently had the opportunity to experience India and Nepal.

A mountainous country often impacted by earthquakes and flooding, Nepal offers a host of historic sites that make a visit culturally rewarding. As reported by National Geographic, the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in April of 2015 had a devastating impact beyond loss of life that included the collapse of the nearly two centuries old, nine-story Dharahara Tower, a watchtower which dominated Kathmandu’s skyline. Also impacted was the 16th century Hanuman Dhoka, the city’s oldest palace on Durbar Square, as well as a number of historic temple pagodas.

Despite these significant cultural losses, many more historical sites worth visiting survived the earthquake in a small country that boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites. Among these was the Boudhanath Temple, which features a resilient stupa, or mound for sacred relics, built in the fifth-century. Nepal’s oldest Hindu site, the Pashupatinath Temple, not only survived the temblor but was used in performing last rites for many victims of the earthquake.