August 08, 2010

West African College of Physicians (WACP) Calender Of Events For The Year 2010

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The West African College of Physicians (WACP) has announced its complete Calender Of Events for the year 2010. All fellows and associate members are to take note and inform their centers. You are encouraged to spread the information far and wide.

August 07, 2010

Deep brain stimulation show promising results for Alzheimer's disease

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In a world first, Dr. Andres M. Lozano and his team at Toronto Western Hospital has shown using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) on patients with early signs of Alzheimer‘s disease is safe and may help improve memory.

August 03, 2010

GMC Acceptable Postgraduate Qualifications

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The General Medical Council (GMC) is the UK's independent body concerned with regulating doctors, and ensuring good medical practice in the UK. Its primary role and purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine in the UK.

WACP/RCP Collaboration Programme

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The Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP) and the West African College of Physicians (WACP) have gone into a mutually beneficial partnership that will see to the training and production of safer, more competent and much more resilient doctors for the future.

Q&A: Assessment and Treatment of Chest Pain

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Patients who present to the doctor's office with chest pain are a diagnostic challenge given the wide array of possible etiologies, including a potentially life-threatening condition. Studies have estimated that approximately one-third to one-half of these patients have musculoskeletal chest pain, 10 to 20 percent have gastrointestinal causes, 10 percent have stable angina, 5 percent have respiratory conditions, and approximately 2 to 4 percent have acute myocardial ischemia (including myocardial infarction).

Q&A: Treatment of Mercury Poisoning

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Mercury exists in elemental, inorganic, and organic forms, all of which may be toxic. The toxic manifestation depends on the form of exposure. Thus the form of mercury exposure determines the clinical manifestations, the treatment and prevention of mercury toxicity. Potential toxicity from ingestion of fish during pregnancy is an issue (see below) and fears regarding the use of thimerosal in vaccines have largely been debunked as baseless.

August 02, 2010

Q&A: Cellular and Tissue Receptor Function

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In biochemistry and pharmacology, receptors are chemical structures, composed of protein, that receive and transduce signals that may be integrated into biological systems. These signals are typically chemical messengers which bind to a receptor and cause some form of cellular and/or tissue response, e.g. a change in the electrical activity of a cell.

Q&A: ECG Diagnosis of Medical Conditions

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The overall goal of performing an ECG is to obtain information about the electrical function of the heart. Medical uses for this information, however, are varied and often need to be combined with knowledge of the structure of the heart and physical examination signs to be interpreted.