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 […]
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 […]
Osteoporosis is most prevalent in older women. If breast cancer treatment has caused women to go through menopause early, they may be at risk for osteoporosis at a younger age. Hormone deprivation therapy is one of several treatment options available to men with prostate cancer, and research shows that men who are given hormone deprivation […]
Tissue engineering is a rapidly expanding field which strives to develop viable organs. In this article, Petersen et al describe a novel technique for regenerating damaged lung tissue. Adult rat lungs were treated with a protocol which removed all cellular components from the lung, leaving behind an extracellular matrix which retained the airway and vascular […]
This opinion piece from the latest issue of the BMJ is of particular relevance to RCSI students, who come from a variety of countries and backgrounds. In addition, RCSI holds its own membership exams abroad, particularly in the Middle East. The writers of this piece stress that countries should be encouraged to develop their own […]
As medical education has become more layered, the overlap of patient management in different specialities has increased. Such an overlap can create a difference in opinion regarding treatment course. This issue is highlighted in The University of Alabama’s recent publication in The World Journal of Emergency Surgery titled “Management of Blunt Extracranial Traumatic Cerebrovascular Injury: […]
The submission guidelines for the 2011-2012 issue of the RCSIsmj have been updated. Go take a look and get those ideas flowing! Submissions are due October 3, 2011. Questions? Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.