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New Alzheimer's Drug; Game Changer?

Medic-ALL -9/1/2016-RESEARCHIn what has been described as a possible game changer for patients suffering Alzheimer's disease, an experimental drug aducanumab given once a month for a year to patients in a clinical trial was found to clear the brain of protein (amyloid) plaques which are believed to play a key role in disrupting cellular processes and nerve cell communication processes in the brain. These plaques are commonly seen in aging brains but Alzheimer’s patients tend to have much more of these plaques.

The study included 165 participants divided into 4 groups and treated with an intravenous infusion of either aducanumab or a placebo for over 54 weeks. The 4 groups of patients received 4 different doses of the experimental drug and PET brain scans showed reduction in plaques at all doses and duration with the greatest reduction observed in the highest dose group.
Of course, the fact that the study involved just a handful of patients is something to be mindful of before makin…

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The Physician, The Leader!

Medic-ALL, June 22, 2016Lately I have been exposed like never before to the diversity of roles available in a medical team  in a developed country like the United States and this has made me wonder even more about the role of the Physicians as the "Head of the medical team" and leaders in the medical sector and the responsibilities that come with such leadership positions that most physicians have to imbibe rather than learn. I came across this interesting article on the "proper way for physicians to be leaders" by a Pathology resident one, one of my favorite medical blogs and I thought i should share  via, by Benjamin Mazer MD, MBA In medical school, you learn very quickly that you can’t know everything. By the end of your first-year anatomy course, you’ll probably give up on learning the names of every part of the body, let alone the intricacies of how they function. As physicians, we must grow comfortable with our limitations. We seek help f…

First U.S Uterus Transplant Fails

Medic-ALL (03:09:2016)The first attempt at a womb transplant in the United States has failed after a sudden complication forced its removal about 2 weeks after the initial surgical operation.

The recipient, the 26 year old Lindsey, is however recovering well according to reports.

The technique is a new frontier that would hopefully one day offer woman born without a uterus or who lost their uterus to disease a chance of getting pregnant.

The failed transplant was the first of 10 planned by the Cleveland Clinic in a clinic trial, and the hospital said the study is continuing.

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First Womb Transplant in the U.S

About 5 months after the first baby was born from a transplanted womb in Sweden, a team of doctors at the Cleveland Clinic performed the first successful uterus transplant in the United States. 

On Wednesday, February 24, a 26 year old woman received the new womb courtesy of a deceased organ donor in a 9 hour operation. The womb will be removed once she has one or two babies. This will enable her to stop the medications she has to be on to prevent her body from rejecting the foreign organ-this is a huge risk that has led to failed procedures in the past. Her previously impossible pregnancy will now rely on in vitro fertilization (IVF), using her eggs (harvested prior to the transplant) that have been fertilized with her husband's sperm and then frozen.

As at Thursday, the patient was in stable conditions and will have to wait for about a year for the healing process to be complete before she has the IVF procedure. Also, a cesarean secti…

What About the Zika Virus?

Medic-ALL (01-30-2016) DISEASES
by Kayode KukuI am probably not the only one to have noticed that the "short-named" viruses seem to be making all the headlines over the cancers and "mouthful-named" diseases. From the Ebola virus to Lassa, the last couple of years have witnessed deadly outbreaks of these viral hemorrhagic fevers in different parts of the world...meaning we should be taking them seriously. 

What about the Zika virus? Over the last couple of weeks, the Zika virus has been spreading aggressively throughout Latin America and with global infection rates rising, the world is very much at alert to learn more about the emerging disease.
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne viral disease that was first identified in rhesus monkeys in Uganda, East Africa in 1947 through a monitoring network set up for yellow fever at the time (Zika belongs to the same viral family-Flavivirus as the yellow fever and dengue virus). It was subsequently found in humans in Uganda and Tanza…

Lassa Outbreak in Nigeria..Months and counting

Medic-ALL (01-25-2016) DISEASEby Kayode Kuku
Just less than 2 years after the Ebola virus hit the Nigeria and other countries in the West African region, Lassa fever, another viral hemorrhagic fever, with similar symptoms as Ebola broke out in the country.

Lassa fever is an acute viral illness first discovered in Nigeria in 1969 when 2 missionary nurses died from the disease. The virus was subsequently named after the town in Borno State, Nigeria where the first cases occurred. The virus belongs to the virus family, Arenaviridae, a single stranded RNA virus which is animal borne and usually associated with rodent transmitted diseases in humans.

It is endemic in parts of West Africa including Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia and Nigeria notably but the risk is spread throughout the region where the disease vector, the multimammate rat (Mastomys Natalensis) is distributed.

Lassa virus is transmitted to humans by contact with food or household items which have been contaminated with excreta …