Trachea Transplants: The Stocholm Story

There are many medical topics that are of an ongoing interest and importance. One of them is the rebuilding or restoration of the trachea caused by tracheal defects. In fact, tracheal defects are one of the most complicated problems found in a person’s head, neck and chest. People often…

Medicare

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Perry McLimore, MD., JD. History Medicare’s genesis was in the 1930s when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a proponent for universal health care in America. Such an idea did not sit well with many in Congress, and the thought died. In 1948, President Truman…

From stem cell break through to major concerns: the japanese story

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  By Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN When reports of a possible successful Stimulus Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotent cells (STAP) were published in the Nature Journal in January 2014, the scientific community became very excited at the possibility of a simple way to produce embryonic…

America’s Health Care System

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Perry McLimore, MD., JD. The U.S. health and medical care system are matchless compared to the remaining “industrialized” countries. No uniform healthcare system and no universal health care coverage exist for U.S. citizens. However, U.S. health care is, by far, the costliest…

Measles: To Vaccinate or not to Vaccinate

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Perry McLimore, MD., JD. Introduction In the news recently is the account of a measles outbreak that apparently started in Disneyland, located in California. Currently, there are almost 100 confirmed cases of measles in California, Arizona, Utah, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, Nebraska, and Mexico. It…

Adverse Events: Their Classification

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""] Meenakshi Bhamdi, B. Pharm In pharmacovigilance/drug safety, one of the most important criteria is the presence of an adverse event in a case study. For example, if a person takes an XYZ drug and experiences any unfavourable and unintended sign (including an abnormal laboratory…

Season Affective Disorder, Winter Blues or Something More?

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN All of us have heard the term “winter blues”, in fact many of us have experienced it on exceptionally cold, winter days. For many people however, it’s more than the winter blues, it is actually Seasonal Affective Disorder…

An Introduction to Pharmacovigilance

By Meenakshi Bhamdi, B. Pharm We all are aware of the importance of medicines in our lives. Be it a mild headache to a disastrous cancer or any life-threatening ailment, the world of pharmaceuticals just proves that no ailment can be beyond its reach. But as every coin has…

Clinical Research Using Mobile Technology: Apple’s ResearchKit

By Illana A. Stanley, Ph.D. INTRODUCTION TO APPLE’S RESEARCH KIT Apple, the company behind the iPhone and the maker of one of the most popular mobile operating systems, iOS, announced on March 9, 2015 an addition to the iOS operating system called ResearchKit. On April 14, 2015, ResearchKit…