September 17, 2012

Pricked by Hepatitis B Contaminated Needle! OMG, What Now?

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Accidental exposures to infected medical tools used by medical staff continue to be an issue. Despite good safety precautions put in place at the teaching hospital where I am a resident, doctors particularly the junior ones continue to prick themselves, once in awhile, with needles contaminated with body fluids.

September 13, 2012

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) can also be referred to as Lupus. It is a long-term disease involving the immune system that may affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs causing many varied symptoms, the most common being tiredness, joint pains and skin rashes. In its severe form, problems of the kidneys and other organs occur. Anti-inflammatory pain killers are often used for the joint pains. Steroids and other medications are required for its severe form.

September 09, 2012

Q&A: ECG Diagnosis of Cardiac Conditions

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Electrocardiograms (ECGs) are performed with the major goal 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.

September 06, 2012

Q&A: Hepatic Complications Of Cytotoxic Medications

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Patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer using conventional cytotoxic agents, molecularly targeted agents, and immunotherapeutic agents, require careful assessment of liver function both prior to and during therapy. The natural history of chemotherapy hepatotoxicity is variable. Some agents cause reversible toxicity while others are associated with a progressive course that can lead to fibrosis or cirrhosis despite drug discontinuation.

September 05, 2012

Q&A: Cardiovascular Complications of Cytotoxic Drugs: Supraventricular Tachyarrhythmias

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The survival rate of cancer patients has greatly increased over the last 20 years. However, to achieve this result, a considerable price has been paid in terms of the side effects associated with the intensive anticancer treatment.

September 01, 2012

IRP/IFP Research Grant in Basic and Clinical Research for International Students

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The Fondation internationale pour la recherche en paraplegie (IRP) and International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia (IFP) foundations have the exclusive aim to promote basic and clinical research related to spinal cord injury.