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Automated blood-cell analyzers. Can you count on them to count well?

Author: M. Aroon Kamath, M.D.
Submitted: January 19, 2011. Updated: January 24, 2011.
Category: Family Medicine | Hematology | Internal Medicine | Critical Care | Emergency Medicine | Medical Students | Nursing | Oncology | Pathology

The Coulter principle

The Coulter principle states that particles pulled through an orifice together with an electric current, produce a change in electrical impedance that is proportional to the size of the particle traversing the orifice.… Read more... (Comments: 1)


Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome and the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Author: John Kenyon, CNA
Submitted: October 07, 2010. Updated: October 15, 2010.
Category: Cardiology | Family Medicine | Internal Medicine | Critical Care | Emergency Medicine | Medical Students | Nursing

Wolf-Parkinson-White (WPW) will turn up on occasion in the office of a family or general practitioner, and the response to this finding will vary depending upon the experience (specific to the condition) of the provider and the symptoms, if any, of… Read more... (Comments: 7)


The Wrongly Famous in Medical History

Author: M. Aroon Kamath, M.D.
Submitted: September 17, 2010. Updated: October 07, 2010.
Category: Cardiology | Family Medicine | Internal Medicine | Medical Students | Organ Transplants | Neurology | Nursing | Oncology | Orthopedics | Pathology | Surgery

In medical history, there have been instances wherein, one gained “name” and “fame” for “describing” a particular condition or “performing” a procedure, when in fact, someone else had already described or performed that procedure. Some… Read more... (Comments: 3)


Chemotherapy and cardiac toxicity - the lesser of two evils

Author: John Kenyon, CNA
Submitted: September 15, 2010. Updated: October 07, 2010.
Category: Cardiology | Family Medicine | Hematology | Internal Medicine | Medical Students | Preventive Medicine | Oncology | Pathology | Pharmacy | Radiology | Research

One of the most dreaded side effects of certain chemotherapy agents is their effect on the heart. The paradox comes from the fact that these drugs, while only a handful, are among the few chemotherapy agents with a substantial survival benefit. In… Read more... (Comments: 0)


Benign Ventricular Rhythms and the Anxious Patient

Author: John Kenyon, CNA
Submitted: September 12, 2010. Updated: October 07, 2010.
Category: Cardiology | Family Medicine | Geriatrics | Internal Medicine | Critical Care | Emergency Medicine | Medical Students | Preventive Medicine | Nursing | Psychiatry

One of the more common causes of visits to the Emergency Department is the patient who complains of “palpitations” or skipping, fluttering, “a feeling my heart stops for a minute,” or otherwise misbehaving myocardium. Almost always the patients… Read more... (Comments: 4)


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)


Are the ligaments of Berry the only reason why the thyroid moves up with deglutition?

Author: M. Aroon Kamath, M.D.
Submitted: August 24, 2010. Updated: August 24, 2010.
Category: Endocrinology | Family Medicine | Internal Medicine | Medical Students | Oncology | Pathology | Radiology | Research | Surgery

As medical students, we could not have dared to appear for the final year undergraduate examination without knowing why the thyroid gland moves up with deglutition and the central role played by the “ligaments of Berry” in this context.

The… Read more... (Comments: 1)


The right hypochondrium… Is it really “right”? A territorial dispute

Author: M. Aroon Kamath, M.D.
Submitted: August 18, 2010. Updated: August 18, 2010.
Category: Cardiology | Family Medicine | Geriatrics | Gastroenterology | Hepatology | Endoscopy | Internal Medicine | Critical Care | Emergency Medicine | Medical Students | Organ Transplants | Nursing | Pathology | Pulmonology | Radiology | Surgery

Since the time one enters the realm of clinical medicine, the general area just inferior to the costal margins is introduced as the right and left hypochondriac regions (or, the right or the left hypochondrium). In the following discussion, I will… Read more... (Comments: 2)


Soft drink consumption may increase risk of pancreatic cancer

Author: Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
Submitted: March 01, 2010. Updated: February 28, 2010.
Category: Endocrinology | Family Medicine | Gastroenterology | Internal Medicine | Nutrition | Oncology | Pathology

Consuming two or more soft drinks per week increased the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by nearly two-fold compared with individuals who did not consume soft drinks, according to a report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a… Read more... (Comments: 0)


Massive Recall of Tylenol in USA, UAE and Fiji

Author: Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
Submitted: January 16, 2010. Updated: January 16, 2010.
Category: Family Medicine | Internal Medicine | Neurology | Orthopedics | Pharmacy | Rheumatology | Surgery | Anesthesiology & Pain

Johnson and Johnson is extending the voluntary recall of certain lots of OTC products in the Americas, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Fiji. This includes Tylenol, Motrin and St. Joseph’s aspirin (FULL RECALLED PRODUCT LIST BELOW). The company… Read more... (Comments: 0)


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