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Use of Balloon and Balloon-like devices in Medicine

Author: M. Aroon Kamath, M.D.
Submitted: September 12, 2010. Updated: September 27, 2010.
Category: Cardiology | Dermatology | Family Medicine | Geriatrics | Gastroenterology | Endoscopy | Infections | Internal Medicine | Critical Care | Medical Students | Nursing | Ophthalmology | Radiology | Surgery | Cosmetic Surgery | Urology

I recently came across a very interesting article listing the many extended uses of the Foley’s catheter in plastic surgery [1]. This article prompted me to attempt to compile information on the various ways in which Balloon catheters and other… Read more... (Comments: 1)


Rituximab drastically reduces efficacy of H1N1 vaccine in rheumatoid patients

Author: Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
Submitted: January 07, 2010. Updated: January 07, 2010.
Category: Family Medicine | Infections | Internal Medicine | Immunology | Preventive Medicine | Oncology | Pharmacy | Pulmonology | Rheumatology

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are partially protected by the influenza vaccine 6-10 months after treatment with rituximab. Researchers determined that while the flu vaccine is safe, it is ineffective for RA patients in the first 6 months following… Read more... (Comments: 0)


In praise of dirt - the history of cleanliness

Author: Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
Submitted: January 02, 2010. Updated: January 02, 2010.
Category: Infections | Internal Medicine | Immunology | Research

Last week an interesting article was published in the Economist magazine which cited several scientific claims about the advantages of human exposure to dirt!1

The article starts by outlining a history of the changing concept of cleanliness… Read more... (Comments: 1)


Swine flu prevention - is hand washing with soap effective?

Author: Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
Submitted: January 02, 2010. Updated: January 02, 2010.
Category: Family Medicine | Infections | Internal Medicine | Preventive Medicine | Pulmonology

We see a lot of government sponsored ads telling us to use hand soap. In fact the CDC website recommends the following protective measures be taken by the general public: “Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available,… Read more... (Comments: 0)


H1N1 patients not required to stay at home longer periods - N Engl J Med

Author: Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
Submitted: January 02, 2010. Updated: January 02, 2010.
Category: Family Medicine | Infections | Internal Medicine | Preventive Medicine | Pulmonology

According to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine1, it may be unnecessary for patients infected with swine flu (H1N1) to stay at home for longer than four days after the start of symptoms. It reveals that the… Read more... (Comments: 0)


Children more likely to catch swine flu - N Engl J Med

Author: Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
Submitted: January 02, 2010. Updated: January 02, 2010.
Category: Family Medicine | Infections | Internal Medicine | Preventive Medicine | Pediatrics | Pulmonology

Young people aged under 18 years are more likely than adults to catch swine flu from an infected person in their household, according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the research also shows that young… Read more... (Comments: 0)


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