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House M.D./Research Blogging

House M.D. 1.02: Denialism

Once you have read the plot, you will understand what I am going to deal with in this post. The key to understanding how House reached a diagnosis of SSPE in the adopted kid was in a funny encounter he had in the clinic. A yummy mummy had brought in her kid who she was… Keep Reading

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Reblood: Tasty Humans!

I stumbled on this blog from a link on Ben Good’s blog. It is a fascinating look into why mosquitoes behave the way they do, biting some people and leaving others at rest. I guess thus settles a lot of weird pseudoscientific claims that I have always been assaulted with whenever I complained of being… Keep Reading

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IMGs in the USMLE, 2011 Match

Given the growing number of medical students from India who are taking the USMLE, terms like steps, match, scramble, have become more common on the medical school turfs in the sense pertaining to the USMLE. This year, three people I know personally applied for the match. Two of them got through. So, when I got… Keep Reading

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Research Blogging

Buck-teria!

First up, a disclaimer. I know one of the researchers who conducted this short study personally and professionally. I admire their work and what they have done to further the cause of promoting research by medical students in India. So, this post may be a little biased, but anyways, I decided to go ahead with… Keep Reading

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Research Blogging

Tears = Turn Off

How many of us have been reduced to blubbering idiots by the tears of a distressed damsel? I am sure the casualties are too many to put a number. Almost all of us have come across a time when we were moved by the tears of a lady. Often the center of male chauvinism, the… Keep Reading

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Valentine’s Day Special: John Hunter

In this special series, I will try to head up to Valentine’s Day with a series of posts to celebrate the day of love with posts not quite so pink and rosey. And I will start with the volatile Scottish surgeon: John Hunter! Yeah. You read that right! Read on, to understand why I chose… Keep Reading

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Research Blogging

Death Drug on the Death Row

In the lethal injections used to execute prisoners on the death row, one of the major components is an important anesthetic drug called sodium thiopental. Under a three drug protocol, sodium thiopental is used to anaesthetise the prisoner, then pancuronium bromide paralyses him, before potassium chloride is administered to cause a fatal heart attack. (1)… Keep Reading

Research Blogging

Florbetapir: Making AD A Costlier Affair

The FDA has conditionally approved the novel contrast agent, Florbetapir, to help in the diagnosis of amyloid beta plaque build up in the brains of Alzheimer’s (or, for that purpose, any damn dementia) patients. Now there are several reasons why I am not over the moon with this, but I will come to them later.… Keep Reading

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