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Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure, and Wrong-Patient Surgery

Author: M. Aroon Kamath, M.D.
Submitted: September 17, 2010. Updated: October 07, 2010.
Category: Internal Medicine | Emergency Medicine | Medical Students | Preventive Medicine | Nursing | Orthopedics | Rheumatology | Surgery

The operating room is where, without doubt, many lives are saved and a multitude of destinies are altered. However, in today’s rapidly changing world, the number and complexity of surgical procedures are increasing dramatically. So is the number… Read more... (Comments: 2)


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)


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)


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)


New SBI and ACR recommendations - breast cancer screening should begin at age 40

Author: Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
Submitted: January 04, 2010. Updated: January 04, 2010.
Category: Family Medicine | Geriatrics | Gynecology | Internal Medicine | Preventive Medicine | Oncology | Radiology | Surgery

The new recommendations from the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) on breast cancer screening, published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, state that breast cancer screening… Read more... (Comments: 0)


Artificial arteries - nanotechnology trial one step closer, gets funding

Author: Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
Submitted: January 03, 2010. Updated: January 02, 2010.
Category: Cardiology | Family Medicine | Internal Medicine | Critical Care | Surgery

An expert team at the Royal Free has received £500,000 to take their invention of an artificial artery from the laboratory to human trials within the next year.

The grant from the Wellcome Trust means the team, led by George Hamilton, Professor… Read more... (Comments: 0)


Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) not recommended to treat chronic low-back pain

Author: Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
Submitted: January 02, 2010. Updated: January 02, 2010.
Category: Family Medicine | Geriatrics | Neurology | Orthopedics | Physiotherapy | Rheumatology | Surgery | Anesthesiology & Pain

A new guideline issued by the American Academy of Neurology finds that transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation, a widely used pain therapy involving a portable device, is not recommended to treat chronic low-back pain—pain that has persisted… Read more... (Comments: 0)


Measuring the primary tumor: intraductal breast cancer with foci of invasive ductal carcinoma

Author: Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
Submitted: January 01, 2010. Updated: January 02, 2010.
Category: Family Medicine | Internal Medicine | Medical Students | Nursing | Oncology | Surgery

Accurate staging of early breast cancer has become ever more important, especially with the current debate about when it is better to exclude adjuvant chemotherapy. Patients don’t like it and physicians are becoming more and more aware of the… Read more... (Comments: 0)


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