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Taewoo Kim
This study examines the perceptual basis of diagnostic virtuosity in East Asian medicine, combining Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology and an ethnographic investigation of Korean medicine in South Korea. A novice, being exposed to numerous clinical transactions during apprenticeship, organizes perceptual experience that occurs between him or herself and patients. In the process, the fledgling practitioner's body begins to set up a medically-tinged "intentionality" interconnecting his or her consciousness and medically significant qualities in patients...
October 21, 2016: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
Seyed Hamdollah Mosavat, Maral Marzban, Mohsen Bahrami, Mohammad Mahdi Parvizi, Mahdie Hajimonfarednejad
One of the best remaining manuscripts is the "Canon of Medicine" fathered by Avicenna in the Islamic Golden Age [ninth to twelfth century AD]. Considering Avicenna's role in the development of medical science in the Islamic Golden Age, we reviewed Avicenna's point of view on sexual headache based on his famous book "Canon of Medicine". This historical review discusses the clinical approaches applied to diagnose, classify, and treat sexual headache-specifically herbal therapy-from the viewpoint of Avicenna and Traditional Persian Medicine...
October 21, 2016: Neurological Sciences
Paul L Schneider, Zhaoping Li
OBJECTIVE: To provide a thorough analysis of the range of ethical concerns that may present in relation to the care of the morbidly obese inpatient over the course of several years of care. METHODS: A narrative of the patient's complex medical care is given, with particular attention to the recommendations of three separate ethics committee consultations that were sought by his health care providers. An ethical analysis of the relevant issues is given within the Principles of Biomedical Ethics framework, highlighting the principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice...
2016: Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics
Luigi Baciadonna, Christian Nawroth, Alan G McElligott
Animal emotional states can be investigated by evaluating their impact on cognitive processes. In this study, we used a judgement bias paradigm to determine if short-term positive human-animal interaction (grooming) induced a positive affective state in goats. We tested two groups of goats and trained them to discriminate between a rewarded and a non-rewarded location over nine training days. During training, the experimental group (n = 9) was gently groomed by brushing their heads and backs for five min over 11 days (nine training days, plus two testing days, total time 55 min)...
2016: PeerJ
J L Wang
Hua Shou was a very famous physician at the turn of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. In addition to his medical skills, his social communication was also very helpful to his fame. Under the tutorship of the Confucianist Han Shuo, and physicians such as Wang Jüzhong and Gao Dongyang in his early days, Hua Shou obtained two identities: Confucian scholar and doctor. The former helped Hua Shou get acceptance from literati group, meanwhile, Hua Shou's medical skill helped him deepen the communication among them. By means of his double identity, Hua Shou got acquaintance with many local and nation-wide scholars and politicians, including Zhao Lian, Chen Xingzhong, Wang Shuyu, Fang Guozhen, Song Xuanxi, Zhu You, Wang Xiyang, Song Lian, Liu Ji, through them Hua Shou's fame spread throughout the country...
July 28, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
Masateru Nagae, Yasuo Mikami, Kentaro Mizuno, Tomohisa Harada, Takumi Ikeda, Hitoshi Tonomura, Ryota Takatori, Hiroyoshi Fujiwara, Toshikazu Kubo
INTRODUCTION: Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) cement is useful for spinal reconstruction, but can cause complications including new vertebral fractures, neurological disorders and pulmonary embolism. We report a case in PMMA cement used for spinal reconstruction after tumor curettage dislodged and penetrated the gastrointestinal tract. DIAGNOSES: The patient was diagnosed with a retroperitoneal extragonadal germ cell tumor at age 27 years. After chemotherapy and tumor resection, the tumor remained...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Teresa Stemeseder, Eva Klinglmayr, Stephanie Moser, Lisa Lueftenegger, Roland Lang, Martin Himly, Gertie J Oostingh, Joerg Zumbach, Arne C Bathke, Thomas Hawranek, Gabriele Gadermaier
BACKGROUND: Allergen specific IgE antibodies are a hallmark of type I allergy. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to analyze the sensitization profiles of an Austrian adolescent population utilizing molecule-based IgE diagnosis. METHODS: Serum samples of 501 non-selected pupils from Salzburg, Austria, were tested in ImmunoCAP ISAC(®) for IgE reactivity to 112 single allergens. Sensitization profiles were assessed and statistically coordinated with reported allergies...
October 18, 2016: Allergy
Jungyoup Lee, Kyuseok Kim, You Hwan Jo, Jae Hyuk Lee, Joonghee Kim, Heajin Chung, Ji Eun Hwang
Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) was developed for controlling intra-abdominal arterial bleeding before definitive bleeding control, and is commonly used in patients with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. Although there is limited evidence for other uses of REBOA, we used REBOA in a patient with massive gastrointestinal bleeding. A 53-year-old man with hematochezia was admitted to our emergency department with an initial systolic blood pressure (SBP) of 83 mmHg. His SBP decreased to 40 mmHg in 10 minutes despite rapid fluid infusion...
March 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Muhammad W Saif, Melissa Smith, Antonio Maloney
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is the backbone of the chemotherapy regimens approved for treatment of many malignancies, especially colorectal cancer (CRC). The incidence of cardiotoxicity associated with 5-FU ranges between 1.5% to 18% and is most commonly manifested as anginal symptoms. Cardiomyopathy is very rarely reported with 5-FU and capecitabine. A 35-year-old Caucasian male with T3, N1, M0 rectal cancer after the initial neoadjuvant chemoradiation with 5FU/LV followed by surgical abdominoperineal resection (APR), began mFOLFOX6 in the adjuvant setting...
September 14, 2016: Curēus
Kam Lun Hon, Michael Ho Ming Chan, Ming Him James Ng, Chi Cheung Ho, Yin Ching Kathy Tsang, Wing Hung Tam, Chung Shun Ho
OBJECTIVE: Maternal drug abuse may influence neonatal outcomes. We compared neonatal outcomes of patients with urine screened positive for commonly abused drugs (CAD) versus those who were screened negative, and reviewed the pattern of drugs detected at a university teaching hospital. METHODS: Urine samples collected from babies with suspected illicit drug exposure who were admitted to the neonatal unit were sent for comprehensive drug screen (CDS) performed by liquid chromatography-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-TOF/MS)...
October 10, 2016: Current Clinical Pharmacology
Johannes Bircher, Eckhart G Hahn
This paper explores the diagnostic and therapeutic potential of a new concept of health. Investigations into the nature of health have led to a new definition that explains health as a complex adaptive system (CAS) and is based on five components (a-e). Humans like all biological creatures must satisfactorily respond to (a) the demands of life. For this purpose they need (b) a biologically given potential (BGP) and (c) a personally acquired potential (PAP). These properties of individuals are embedded within (d) social and (e) environmental determinants of health...
2016: F1000Research
Hassaan Tohid
Introduction: The world renowned comedian and four-time Oscar nominated actor Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014. From the outset, the news indicated that his death was believed to be a suicide and this was later confirmed to be true by the autopsy reports. Williams had been suffering from severe depression, which is believed to be the leading contributor to his suicide. In this case study, I will highlight the event of the actor's suicide and the main risk factors along with depression leading to his tragic death...
July 2016: Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
M Onisto, S Garbisa, M Spina
Lorenzo Gotte (1926-1991) was an outstanding histologist at the School of Medicine of Padua. This year marks the 25th anniversary of his passing away - commemorated during the recent congress of the Italian Society for the Connective Tissue (SISC), held in Padua (September 30 - October 1, 2016). This brief note recalls this outstanding figure: indeed, forthose who knew him, Lorenzo Gotte was an exceptional scientist and at the same time, an unparalleled teacher - and, for many, a great friend. It is still difficult to separate these aspects of his personality, so intertwined in his life: studying elastin and elastic tissue was a passion central to Gotte's life...
September 30, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
R Ragesh, Animesh Ray, Agrima Mian, Surabhi Vyas, S K Sharma
We describe an interesting case of severe asthma who was not showing satisfactory response to standard treatment. Investigations revealed him to be suffering from allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA). After starting systemic steroids he showed marked improvement initially only to have recurrent symptoms within a year. He was investigated further and found to have chronic pulmonary aspergillosis in the form of chronic cavitary pulmonary aspergillosis (CCPA) and aspergilloma as also the presence of selective IgA deficiency...
April 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
H M Vincent
Famous for the discovery of the parasite, Leishmania, named after him, and the invention of Leishman's stain, William Boog Leishman should perhaps be better known for his work in military and public health, particularly the prevention of typhoid. Leishman was a Medical Officer in the British Army from 1887 until his death in 1926. His early research was on diseases affecting troops posted to stations within the British Empire. He saw cases of Leishmaniasis while stationed in India, and was able to identify the causative organism from his detailed records of his observations...
October 12, 2016: Parasitology
A Barry Kay
Paul Ehrlich's techniques, published between 1879 and 1880, for staining blood films using coal tar dyes, and his method of differential blood cell counting, ended years of speculation regarding the classification of white cells. Acidic and basic dyes had allowed him to recognize eosinophil and basophil granules, respectively, work that was a direct continuation of his discovery of the tissue mast cell described in his doctoral thesis. Ehrlich went on to develop neutral dyes that identified epsilon granules in neutrophils ("cells with polymorphous nuclei")...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Sarangarajan Ranganathan
The study of Histiocytic lesions has been a passion of Pepper Dehner over the years. He has contributed several case series and reviews on various categories of these diseases for over 4 decades, with his earliest articles in the 1970s. He has written on all aspects of the disease including seminal articles on Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) and their prognostic features, his experiences with regressing atypical histiocytosis, his encounters with malignant histiocytosis, and classic articles on juvenile xanthogranuloma...
September 1, 2016: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
Michal Elboim-Gabyzon, Osnat Atun-Einy, Insaf Khoury-Assaf
PURPOSE: To review the literature on the existent evidence considering the use of power wheel chair (PWC) for children with DMD who can still walk independently. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted through nine databases by the three authors independently. Both quantitative and qualitative research designs were considered for inclusion. Studies were included only if the study population consisted of ambulatory children diagnosed with DMD. Data extraction was on participant characteristics, level of walking and on outcomes in term of impairment, function and participation domains (ICF, World Health Organization, 2001) in accordance to a structured diagram by the three authors independently...
October 9, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Stephen Alerhand
Barely had I received my PGY2 in-service exam score when an attorney wrote me offering to pay for my supposed "medical expertise." Having come across one of my FOAM blog write-ups, he asked if I would consult with him on that topic for his client's medico-legal case against the defendant emergency physician. My natural response was to inform the attorney that I was only a resident. However, it seems that is precisely why he sought my insight. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
September 22, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Gregory Tsoucalas, Markos Sgantzos
Paul of Aegina lived in a era when the preservation of the ancient Greek tradition was for him almost a necessity. Eager to follow the dogma of "oρθoπo(ε)δώ" (orthopodo: pace with no malformation), he introduced a series of surgical operations of reconstructive-cosmetic-plastic-orthopaedic nature to confront any disfiguration of the human body. The aim of our study is to present the atmosphere of the era concerning the congenital malformations, describe briefly Paul's contribution on classic orthopaedics and present his views on the preternatural fingers...
October 7, 2016: International Orthopaedics
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