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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: November 24, 2014.
Category: Family Medicine | Hematology | Internal Medicine | Critical Care | Emergency Medicine | Medical Students | Nursing | Oncology | Pathology

For a non-hematologist like me, what was striking at the very outset while beginning to learn about cell counting, was the remarkable way in which techniques of cell counting (hematology)  and particle counting (physics)  have complemented… Read more... (Comments: 1)


The Wrongly Famous in Medical History

Author: M. Aroon Kamath, M.D.
Submitted: September 17, 2010. Updated: November 24, 2014.
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: November 24, 2014.
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)


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

Author: M. Aroon Kamath, M.D.
Submitted: August 18, 2010. Updated: November 24, 2014.
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: November 24, 2014.
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)


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