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Yet Another War: Major determinants of Low Birth Weight

July 23, 2012 – 12:01 AM | 10 Comments

Low birth weight (LBW) has been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as birth weight of less than 2,500 grams (or 5.5 pounds). In spite of consistent efforts to improve the quality of maternal …

Doctors – The Patients Awaiting Ethical Treatment

July 22, 2012 – 5:40 PM | 7 Comments

The opening paragraph of a fairly popular clinical medicine handbook advises the young intern to never forget that his patients have names; their diseases are not their names. Yet, very disappointingly, we see most of …

What Doesn’t Kill You: An In-depth Look At Pain

July 21, 2012 – 12:35 AM | 2 Comments

In 2011 researchers from the universities of Michigan, Colorado and Colombia performed an experiment in which they were able to demonstrate that our brain is unable to differentiate between physical and emotional pain. They put …

The Dark Side of Private Medical Colleges

July 20, 2012 – 4:30 AM | 3 Comments

As many as 33,703 candidates appeared in the medical entry test this year competing for 5,271 seats in 40 public and private medical and dental colleges across the province. Nearly 3500 seats are available in …

Issues Faced Typically by a Dental Student and the General Societal Issues of a Doctor.

July 19, 2012 – 12:05 AM | 10 Comments

The question to an apple of elder’s eyes was, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and I, an innocent, ignorant child would promptly and confidently answer, “Doctor!”. Not to forget the …

Yet Another War: Emergence of Drug Resistant Strains of Organisms

July 18, 2012 – 12:05 AM | 6 Comments

This era is recognized as a paradigm of medical advancements with a solution to every other ailment. The battle of pathogenicity vs. remedy ran step by step with the evolution of mankind and there was no …

Health Care for the Underprivileged

July 17, 2012 – 1:43 PM |

My first brush with the public health field came in the second year of medical school, when we were appointed to work in the Pulse Polio program. Since we were taught Community Medicine as part …

Avoiding Medical Errors

July 15, 2012 – 1:32 AM | One Comment

Medical errors occur at disturbingly high rates that have contributed in failing the standard of care of the health care system. Although the frequency of such errors is divisive, it is well known that errors …

The Obstacles of Studying Reproductive Health

July 14, 2012 – 8:56 PM | One Comment

In the early 1900’s, undertaking a scientific investigation was not markedly different from being a journalist operating in a totalitarian state. Agonizing measures had to be taken to circumvent established social and cultural norms, often …

Acute Appendicitis: No More a Synonym for Appendicectomy?

July 12, 2012 – 7:10 AM | 8 Comments

Acute appendicitis is the most common cause of acute abdomen requiring surgical intervention. It occurs in 7% of population and around 250,000 cases of acute appendicitis are reported in the United States, each year. This …

Becoming Better Doctors

July 8, 2012 – 5:36 AM | 24 Comments

There are few professions in the world as fascinating as a doctor’s. The reason being its association with the wonderment called life. And while a physicist plays his part carrying the human race technologically forward, …

Lifestyle of a Doctor: Burnout and Social and Family Issues

July 4, 2012 – 4:00 PM | 13 Comments

Like any other regular day, my eyes barely open, hair unkempt, keeping an apron on just to ensure my identity and enforce my pitiful authority, I rush towards the door and right into the wards …

Health is Hope and Hope is Everything!

July 2, 2012 – 7:48 PM | 13 Comments

‘The first wealth is health’ is a famous quote said by Sir Emerson. We live in a super-fast age. The Internet has shrunk the world dramatically and people are connected all the time. Multitasking is …