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Articles by Haris Riaz

Dr Haris Riaz graduated from Dow Medical College, Pakistan. He serves as the Chief Editor at the Journal of Pakistan Medical Students (www.jpmsonline.com) . He can be reached at [email protected]

The Residency Interview Saga: Tell Me About Yourself?

October 13, 2014 – 10:50 PM |

The match season is in full momentum and hence I thought to follow up from my previous blog post. Many people have started to get their interviews lined up and wonder as to how to …

International Medical Graduates in the Match Process: Credentials, Tactics, Determination and Luck!

October 11, 2014 – 8:11 PM |

The 2015 match is in full swing. Prospective candidates from across the globe are battling hard to secure what for many of them is the ultimate dream, a residency match in the United States. I …

Towards Individualized Medicine

May 30, 2014 – 10:47 AM |

Medicine is a rapidly changing and evolving field. During my medical school, we memorized the rather strict guidelines for the use of statins to lower LDL levels within tightly controlled limits, specially for secondary prevention …

Clinical Trials: Time for a Paradigm Shift?

January 18, 2014 – 7:01 PM |

Clinical trials are considered to be the most rigorous form of evidence and form the essence of the current evidence based health care. Given the randomized and double blinded nature of the most stringent of …

A Glimpse into the Future ICU: The Closed Loop System

April 24, 2013 – 9:52 PM | One Comment

The modern health care system owes heavily to the technological developments which are occurring at a logarithmic pace. These advancements are necessary to overcome the burden of limited skilled manpower which healthcare has traditionally witnessed …

Red Meat Consumption and Mortality: Is Carnitine the Culprit?

April 17, 2013 – 7:31 PM |

Coronary artery disease (CAD) and its consequence – that is – ischemic heart disease continues to be the most common cause of mortality worldwide with numbers increasing every decade. There are numerous well established risk …

Practicing “Evidence” Amidst Fraudulent Research

March 26, 2013 – 10:13 PM |

The present era is of evidence based medicine. This evidence is derived from researches which prove which intervention is effective for a disease in question. Practicing medicine relies heavily on the untiring and incessant efforts …

Cure of HIV: No More A Dream

March 21, 2013 – 11:52 PM | 2 Comments

HIV is one of the most common causes of infectious disease mortality despite advancements in its management in the previous decades. Despite the central role of highly active anti-retroviral therapy, the disease was traditionally considered …

Mummies Reveal that Our Ancestors were not Immune to Atherosclerosis

March 18, 2013 – 9:47 PM |

The first thing that comes in our mind after hearing the term “atherosclerosis” is lipid deposition in arteries as a consequence of an unhealthy lifestyle. For instance consider smoking, junk food rich in low density …

Open Access Publications: A Bane or a Boon?

January 30, 2013 – 9:46 PM | 3 Comments

Medical journalism has conventionally relied on paid subscriptions. This is due to the fact that print publications confer substantial costs to the publication agencies which are compensated by financially charging the subscribers.  The modern era …

Countering Epidemics in Resource Limited Settings Using Google

January 17, 2013 – 5:00 PM |

Countering an epidemic is a daunting challenge, especially in resource limited settings. In these countries, there are no formal organizations like the center for disease control, which maintains rigorous surveillance and can hence predict the …

Fibulin 3 as a Mesothelioma Marker – Latest Research

November 5, 2012 – 3:14 PM |

The search for a mesothelioma marker has been a long awaited quest. Numerous reasons warrant the search of a clinical marker for the detection of mesothelioma. Despite the current advances in radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the …

Eat Chocolates, Prevent Heart Attacks!

June 12, 2012 – 4:59 PM | One Comment

Cardiovascular disease ranks first in the worldwide causes of mortality. The rising trend of obesity and clustering of certain risk factors in a population leads to metabolic syndrome which significantly increases the chance of acquiring …