Controversies in health

Preventing the preventable: the lesson learned with the loss of Shane Warne

Death is inevitable, but there are ways we can possibly delay death by abiding to a healthy lifestyle which includes a sensible diet, physical exercise, and regular check-ups with the doctor. The death of Shane Warne caused by a heart attack is a sad reminder of how critical it is to listen to our bodies …

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Pelvic mesh implants related complications and lawsuits 

Everyone would have heard by now of the medical complications many women have endured following reconstructive pelvic surgery performed with the implantation of artificial mesh devices. In women, these surgeries are offered to fix two major problems, urinary stress incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Stress incontinence is a condition causing urine to leak from the bladder during impact activities such as running …

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Brain injury awareness week in queensland and victoria

Brain injury awareness week 2021

There is no such thing as one type of brain injury. Whether we refer to traumatic brain injury, stroke, or brain infection, all these events can leave a lifelong impact. In this video you can listen to the testament of various individuals, each one suffering from a different form of brain injury and learn how …

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Broken heart syndrome is on the rise in the COVID pandemic

Broken heart syndrome remains a mysterious, rare condition that only now is slowly being elucidated. It was first identified by a Japanese researcher who named it Takotsubo cardiomyopathy in 1990. This cardiomyopathy is very different from a heart attack and can be misdiagnosed until specific tests reveal its intrinsic characteristics. While a heart attack is …

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Diagnostic tests - doctor taking blood sample

Diagnostic tests: are we overtesting our patients?

The progress of medicine goes parallel to the increasing availability of diagnostic tests that help a physician to navigate through a suspected condition in symptomatic patients, as it happens when someone with chest pain is prescribed an electrocardiogram to ascertain for a possible myocardial infarct.  Additionally, diagnostic tests represent valuable means for disease prognosis by allowing to monitor disease progression as well as for assessing the efficacy of a treatment.   Diagnostic tests have also become a critical approach to screen …

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Blood Clots & Embolism: 3d Illustration of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Blood clotting complications after COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 infection

Blood clotting complications after COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 infection: Paradoxes, similarities and health risks   There has been, and there still remains deep concern and confusion regarding the occurrence of blood clotting linked to COVID-19 vaccines, in particular, the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccines, which have been linked to a small number of …

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Sport related concussion

Sport related concussion: definitions, diagnosis, management and legal implications

Sport related concussion: definitions, diagnosis, management and legal implications   The Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Medical Association published a paper in January 2017 to define sport related concussions and provide recommendations to be implemented in sport settings to reduce the incidence of concussions. The ultimate goal of the article is to define …

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Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

Ulnar nerve entrapment

Before delving into today’s pathology, ulnar nerve entrapment, I would like to first introduce a few fun facts on the anatomy of the elbow and arm including the description of all three main nerves: the median, radial and ulnar nerve. Like all nerves of the upper extremities, the ulnar nerve originates from the C8 and …

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Gene Therapy - DNA mutation for medico legal information

Gene therapy as exciting as concerning

Gene therapy cured “the boy in the bubble” Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder (SCID) is a life-threatening congenital condition linked to a mutation of a gene located on the X- chromosome. It is also referred to as the “boy-in-the-bubble” disease because in some countries children are placed in isolation to stop them from getting infections. The …

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Consultants E-cigarettes: are we being stormed by another epidemic call?

Consultants E-cigarettes: are we being stormed by another epidemic call?

Vaping, so called when smoking e-cigarettes, was conceived to quit tobacco smoking and reduce harm. However, there are rising concerns on the health risks associated with e-cigarettes, their rapid consumption by the youth, and the conflicting debates on how to address the legislation regulating their production and sale. In the US, the detrimental consequence of …

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