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December 2010

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Religious Sanction on Healthcare

St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, lost its designation as a Catholic hospital in December because it carried out an abortion in November 2009 to save the life of a 27 year old woman with severe pulmonary hypertension. The mother of four children was three months into her pregnancy, when, considering the… Keep Reading

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Life Beyond Medicine

PGMEE and the Past Year

2010 was the year when, for the first time in my life, I tasted the bitterness of failure. Of course, I am talking about the post grad entrance tests: the examination which allows or denies you an entry into the hallowed pantheons of higher medical education in India. It was also the year when, due… Keep Reading

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Mr. Second Innings: Laxman

I guess I was waiting for the outcome of the test match to shoot this post out, because depending on the final outcome, I would have painted Laxman either in the shades of a tragic hero or a match winning superstar. In either case, his fluent 96 remains one of the best test cricket innings… Keep Reading

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Research Blogging

The First Human RCT: Renal Sympathetic Denervation in Treatment Resistant Hypertension

Treatment resistant hypertension has been an issue which has been bugging medical practitioners for a long time now. The first human trial on renal sympathetic denervation for treatment of this condition, the results of which have been recently published in The Lancet, show some promise. This prospective, multicenter, randomized trial included non-diabetic patients with a… Keep Reading

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Contemplating a Medical Blog Carnival

I know, it is a ridiculously difficult thing to keep going given the present strain I am going through, but I have always wanted to be be able to collate and collect the blogs I read (and I read a large number of them!) and start off with a Blog Carnival. Goes without saying that… Keep Reading

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Research Blogging

Timing the Tab-late

The conventional wisdom states that the intake of thyroid hormone replacement is best when done in the morning, on an empty stomach, in order to allow the best absorption and a more predictable range of serum concentration, thereby preventing potentially iatrogenic hypothyroidism. Now, this has also been studied, albeit in small groups (1), showing that… Keep Reading

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Rapid Revision: ADHD

Epidemiology: One of the commonest psychiatric affliction of the school going population. It is thrice as common in boys The characteristic features are: Age inappropriate hyperactivity Impulsiveness Inattention Classification: Class I: Hyperactivity, Impulsiveness and Inattention all three are present Class II: Hyperactivity and Impulsiveness present only ClassIII: Only Inattention present. It is the least common… Keep Reading

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Wikileaks, Banks and Mainstream Media

I had previously written on this blog about how the mainstream media was inordinately quiet over the issue of PayPal, Bank of America and MasterCard withholding transactions relating to Wikileaks over pretenses of risky investment policies. Now banks are entitled to reserve their rights to trade with people or organizations that they consider (potentially) harmful.… Keep Reading

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