Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas and Medicine...Merry Christmas to all! #medtweeps #christmas

Christmas is in the air! I was just wondering how Christmas relates to medicine...Sounds crazy!! But I ended up getting this, an eponymously named disease, clinical signs, radiological signs, a connection to toxicology and few other interesting stuff which is related to Christmas.....Post any further additions to the list in comments..

Christmas disease- aka hemophilia B...Is a blood clotting disorder caused by a mutation of the Factor IX gene, leading to a deficiency of Factor IX(Christmas factor). It is the less common form of haemophilia, rarer than haemophilia A. It has nothing to do with Christmas though, it is called Christmas disease after Stephen Christmas, the first patient described with this disease.

Christmas tree pattern- Seen in Pityriasis Rosea a scaling dermatological disorder, characterized by often widespread papulosquamous, hyperpigmented, scaling lesions that develop a "Christmas tree" pattern on the back.

Christmas tree deformity- A radiological sign seen sometimes in Intestinal atresia..In over 10% of patients with intestinal atresia the mesentery is absent, and the superior mesenteric artery cannot be identified beyond the origin of the right colic and ileocolic arteries. The ileum coils around one of these two arteries, giving rise to the so-called Christmas tree deformity on contrast radiographs.

CO toxicity from leaking electric Christmas tree lights -CO toxicity has also been reported as a result of inhaling methyl chloride vapor, which is a component of paint stripping solutions, or from leaking "bubble" electric Christmas tree lights

Tropical Sporotrichosis is common in those involved in Christmas tree farming- Sporotrichosis is a subacute or chronic subcutaneous infection caused by the fungus Sporothrix schenckii.Diagnosis should be considered when a cutaneous lesion is found on a patient involved with Christmas tree farming, landscaping, rose gardening, berry picking, baling of hay, and in veterinarians.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

My 100th post on blogger: TOP TEN POSTS OF 'INQUISITIVES' BLOG

Its a very special moment for me.This is the 100th post of Inquisitives blog on blogger.Its made special by three reasons.One is that the 100th post coincides with my father's birthday.Second is that frankly i never thought i will come this long(to be frank i didnt even know exactly what a blog was, let alone blogging when i started the blog).And a 100 posts after, i have to say,Blogging has become a very special hobby for me.Its very satisfying, that it helps me to increase my knowledge and has given the opportunity to interact with lots of special frens from around the globe.Third reason is that Inquisitives's posterous, which i use to create and autopost to blogger and other social sites registered 10,000 page views today(since september 2009).

In this post i will enlist the Top Ten Posts of my blog(ones which have got the highest pageviews since Sept.2009, thats when i started using google analytics)

1)Identify the Skin lesion and Diagnose the clinical condition

2)My blog 'Inquisitives' is Apture-enhanced now!Have a look at this screencast to know how.

3)Sagittal T1-weighted MRI scan in an 11-day-old boy- Diagnosis?

4)What disease does this picture speak about?

5)Identify all the pictures.Connect the three pictures.And give me the diagnosis.

6)Histopathological picture of mature Ovarian cystic teratoma-Identify what the arrow is pointing at (#quiz #medtweeps)

7)What is the radiological abnormality in this T2-weighted MRI of Cervical spine?

8)Identify the radiological sign and the probable diagnosis

9)Young male presented with history of cough and hemoptysis.Connect the two images and give the diagnosis.

10)Identify the Pathology and Diagnose

I thank all my frens who have kept me going and everyone who reads my posts.I am all ears to your suggestions in improving the blog.Finally i dedicate this post to my loving father.
Looking forward to active participation from everyone...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Newly approved drugs(FDA November-December 2009)

Romidepsin- Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor indicated the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.Romidepsin is a natural product obtained from the bacteria Chromobacterium violaceum.

Wilate- a von Willebrand Factor/Coagulation Factor VIII Complex (Human) indicated for the treatment of spontaneous and trauma-induced bleeding episodes in patients with severe von Willebrand disease (VWD).

Ecallantide- Plasma kallikrein inhibitor indicated for treatment of acute attacks of hereditary angioedema in patients 16 years of age and older.


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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lazarus Effect-Someone on death's door can be brought back to life with treatment costing around 40 cents a day! #WorldAIDSday


3800 people die everyday froma preventable and treatable disease- HIV/AIDS...Treatment costs around 40 cents a day.The results are nothing short of miraculous.Someone on death's door can be brought back to life. In as little as 90 days.This transformation is called the Lazarus Effect.


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