Category Archives: Medicine

Autism: Early Bird Diagnosis

Recognition of autism spectrum disorder currently occurs at the earliest at two years of age. This could soon change due to MRI-based diagnostics – at least for "high-risk children" from families which already have an autistic sibling. But does such an early more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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The Story Of A Rare, Serious Complication Of Mononucleosis

Thirteen years ago, I received a call from the mother of a college freshman who was concerned because her son had been diagnosed with mononucleosis during finals week. She felt something was not quite right and asked me for advice. more...

Blog entry by Niran Al-Agba
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The Problems With Vegetarian Diets In Adults And Children

Vegetarian diets in adults and children can create medical problems. Inadequate protein can make a great difference in a patient's health. Children can be put at great risk with a vegetarian diet. more...

Mosquitoes: Vaccinating With Spit

Each year, more than 700 million people fall ill to mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. One British company has developed a vaccine designed to protect against all of these diseases. It is being tested in a phase I study. more...

Diabetes: Diet Instead Of Injections?

Is a special diet a cure for type 1 and type 2 diabetes? This supposition is being expressed by cell biologists based on an animal study. They evaluate their results to be relevant to human medicine despite open questions. more...

Physician Burnout May Not Happen. But “Burn In” Is Guaranteed.

I saw a new residency graduate post about how balanced she will choose to be and how not taking work home would keep her idealism alive. Like a woman who has been pregnant and gone through delivery and postpartum, I wanted to tell her the truth about how emotions more...

Blog entry by Jean Robey, M.D.
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Glioblastoma: Remission Rather Than Progression

For the first time American neurosurgeons have employed genetically modified T cells in the treatment of a solid tumour. One patient with recurrent and multifocal glioblastoma ended up being in remission for about seven months. more...

Watch Out Who You Call “Paternalistic”

My husband and I, both anesthesiologists, enjoy our Sunday mornings together - coffee, the New York Times, a leisurely breakfast. No rush to arrive in the operating room before many people are even awake. Seeing reporter Jan Hoffman’s front-page article about more...

Blog entry by Karen Sibert

Dr. Lewis Rowland And Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy

I was sad to read of Dr. Lewis Rowland's death. He presented several cases of a disorder called Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy. This article highlights the importance of recognizing the disorder and the probable need for pacemakers in the boys and their mothers. more...

Depression: You Are What You Eat!

The results of the SMILES study offer hope: the first randomised controlled study examined whether a change in diet can have a positive impact on the development of depression. The authors see great potential in this simple form of therapy. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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