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A Differentiation Diagnosis — Specialization and the Medical Student

Posted: September 2, 2011 at 6:41 AM   /   Blog

As medical students and future medical practitioners, we spend a lot of time differentiating between possible conditions, treatment options, etc. This approach is used not only in our practice but also in our career decisions. Medical students choose their future specialties sometimes with very little exposure or knowledge. There seems to be an increasing sense […]

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Effects of obesity on bone metabolism

Posted: August 29, 2011 at 12:22 PM   /   Blog

A common recommendation for the prevention and minimization of osteoporosis is an increase in weight bearing activity. In recent research, obesity has been cited as a possible protective factor to osteoporosis due to the increase in bone loading from excess weight. However, the relationship between osteoporosis and obesity is not limited to biomechanics. This article […]

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Healthcare Budget Reform: The physicians’ role in controlling medical care costs and reducing waste

Posted: August 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM   /   Blog

With the current global economic climate, governments around the world are making spending cuts where possible. Healthcare costs are the greatest in most countries and there is no doubt that budget reform is imminent. As physicians we will be faced with the challenge of balancing patient healthcare and limited medical resources. This article, published in the […]

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Ambulatory blood pressure measurement can result in targeted treatment of hypertension as compared to clinic or home blood pressure measurement

Posted: August 24, 2011 at 11:35 PM   /   Blog

Hypertension is the commonest chronic disorder seen in primary care. Its diagnosis is based on several blood pressure measurements in the clinic that are separated in time. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is usually used when there is uncertainty in the diagnosis of hypertension. In this systematic review, eligible studies were examined for diagnosis of hypertension in […]

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The ‘July Effect’: A Gap in Patient Care

Posted: August 22, 2011 at 10:16 PM   /   Blog

The ‘July effect’ has just ended in the United States and it is currently ‘August Killing season’ in the United Kingdom. These months not only signify the start of residency/internships for recent graduates, but the academic year-end for numerous medical trainees. It is a time when new physician trainees enter the workforce, others are promoted […]

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New research findings may help parents in early detection of autism

Posted: August 18, 2011 at 12:48 AM   /   Blog

The sibling study conducted in this paper examined 664 infants between 18 and 36 months who had an older biological sibling with diagnosed autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Published earlier this month, the study found that nearly 19% of the infants developed ASD, with a three fold increase in risk for males. While previous studies had […]

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STAN: Are fetal ECGs the better way of monitoring?

Posted: August 15, 2011 at 5:21 AM   /   Blog

Cardiotocography (CTG) was introduced in the 1960s to monitor fetal cardiac activity in utero. Its use in the intrapartum period is an attempt to predict fetal acidosis, allowing clinicians to intervene before fetal asphyxia occurs. However, it tends to have poor sensitivity and specificity. When fetal blood sampling (FBS) is used in conjunction with CTG, […]

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Rapid-Response Teams

Posted: August 14, 2011 at 10:07 PM   /   Blog

Based on the well-known concept that early interventions lead to improved clinical outcomes, rapid-response teams have been gaining popularity in many countries around the world. These hospital-based teams aim to improve early identification of patients at risk of rapid clinical deterioration, and subsequently to provide specialized critical care at their bedside. While they have been […]

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Crossing the HLA Barrier: HLA-Desensitisation and Renal Transplantation

Posted: August 9, 2011 at 11:35 PM   /   Blog

HLA-sensitisation is observed in 30% of patients on the kidney-transplant waiting list and has long been a problem in transplantation treatment of kidney failure. In this study conducted across the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, Montgomery et al investigate the possibility of overcoming this obstacle to successful lasting treatment of renal failure. Published last month […]

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Career decision difficulties post foundation training – the medical student perspective

Posted: August 9, 2011 at 11:28 PM   /   Blog

In this article, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM) Short Reports in May 2011, author Vishal Luther addresses the difficulties of choosing a specialization for medical students. Questionnaires were administered and filled out by 115 final year students from a medical school in London, UK. In the questionnaire, students ranked […]

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