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Shining a light on 22q11 Deletion Syndrome Director – Suzanne Murphy

Posted: December 5, 2018 at 12:59 PM   /   Blog

Despite 22q11 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) being the most common recurrent copy-number variant disorder, it is one few medical students have a clear understanding of. It is caused by a microdeletion occurring in chromosome band 22q11.2 and a 2004 study estimated it to have an incidence of approximately 1 in 4000 individuals.1 Some of the confusion […]

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The Opioid Epidemic: what is it and how do we address it? Staff Writer – Maria Mikail

Posted: October 8, 2018 at 9:29 AM   /   Blog

Introduction According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2017 the United States of America (US) had 72,306 deaths occur due to drug overdoses; 49,068 (67.8%) of those deaths were secondary to opioids.1 On a daily basis, it is estimated that 115 people in the United States die due to opioid overdose.2 Internationally, the […]

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Getting Published: the good, the bad and the ugly ICHAMS Social Media Officer – Clare Lambert

Posted: September 28, 2018 at 8:13 AM   /   Blog

Despite having been published, my relationship with research has been a challenge. It began during my undergraduate degree in Canada, when I worked in a neurobiology lab doing electrophysiology on snails. I spent hours looking down a microscope trying to stab single cells with a glass pipette. Each experiment took many hours and, sometimes, late […]

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Figuring it Out RCSIsmj staff writer Alexandra Mitcham

Posted: March 5, 2018 at 9:23 PM   /   Blog

No matter how much training health care professionals have in using the precise phrasing to describe a lesion, articulate symptoms, or present a case to consultants’ satisfaction, a picture is worth a thousand words. App Figure 1 has capitalized on this idiom; it is an application that acts as a platform for sharing clinical images […]

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Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Premature Infants RCSIsmj staff writer Maria Mikail

Posted: January 1, 2018 at 8:44 PM   /   Blog

Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Premature Infants Introduction and Epidemiology Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), occurring in 1 to 3 per 1000 live births, is the most common gastrointestinal emergency in preterm infants with a mortality of 30-50%.1-2 The disorder is characterised by a constellation of events including: ischemia of the intestinal mucosa, followed by inflammation, invasion of various […]

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Going Viral RCSIsmj staff writer Julia Hunter

Posted: December 11, 2017 at 4:44 PM   /   Blog

In the United States, approximately 90% of cervical cancers may be associated with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).(1) HPV has also been identified as a carcinogen for cancers of the penis, vulva, vagina, anus and oropharynx. A 2012 study found that 4.8% of cancers occurring globally can be attributed to HPV infection.(2) While there are over […]

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The sum of our parts RCSIsmj staff writer Katie Nolan

Posted: November 4, 2017 at 6:38 PM   /   Blog, Menu

The scientific and medical field have been buzzing with anticipation since Italian neuroscientist Sergio Canavero revealed plans for the first human head transplant in 2013. 1 As the proposed date for this pioneering work looms closer, December 2017, experts and critics have been weighing in heavily on the pitfalls and likely outcomes of a surgery […]

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Pediatric Complex Care RCSIsmj staff writer Stephanie Tung

Posted: April 17, 2017 at 11:18 PM   /   Blog, News

Children with medical complexity (CMC) are a fast growing group of heterogeneous children who face substantial clinical obstacles in their journey through the health care system. CMC are increasing in prevalence likely due to the medical successes in survivorship of premature infants (1), those born with congenital anomalies (2) and/or chronic conditions (3) as well […]

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A new high: fentanyl RCSIsmj staff writer Julia Hunter

Posted: March 20, 2017 at 5:42 PM   /   Blog

In the United States, synthetic opioid deaths increased 79% from 2013 to 2014 and the number of drug products seized which tested positive for fentanyl increased by 426% during the same period.(1) Recent years have seen fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, contribute significantly to rising mortality rates due to opioid overdose and fentanyl-contaminated heroin use.(2) Due […]

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Lullabies and Cuddles for NICU Preemies RCSIsmj staff writer Samar Atteih

Posted: February 15, 2017 at 3:20 PM   /   Blog, News

Premature infants often spend large amounts of time in hospital NICUs, requiring a number of painful procedures. It’s well documented that premature infants are capable of experiencing even higher levels of pain than full term neonates do, due to immature nervous systems. However, doctors are often hesitant to prescribe analgesia due to relative lack of […]

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