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WHAT YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE LEAVING MED SCHOOL!

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My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge - Hosea 4v6 (Bible)
How ironic is it that after spending nearly a decade in the fore walls of medical school, medical graduates leave school and yet remain bereft of information that are crucial to them succeeding in the real world.



The truth remains that there are as many reasons people enter into medical school to study medicine as there are to choose whether or not to practice the profession following graduation. 


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Chikungunya: Yet Another Virus!

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Medic-ALL  (24:10:2014) by Kayode Kuku MB;BS At a time when the world is agog with the now very popular but deadly "Ebola virus disease", its outbreak in parts of West Africa and recent spread to the United States and Spain, some other parts of the world are having to contend with "Yet Another Viral"disease without a known cure.
The Chikungunya (pronunciation:/ chi-ken-gun-ye: meaning, that which bends over in the "Makonde" language of Tanzania and Mozambique) disease is caused by a mosquito-borne virus (meaning it is transmitted to people by mosquitoes).

The chikungunya virus was documented for the first time, last December in the islands of St Martin in the Caribbeans, even though it is believed to have existed in parts of Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions for decades. The major symptoms of the disease include fever (usually over 39°C) and severe joint pain (causing infected persons to bend over), others may include muscle pain, headache, joint sw…

New York Doctor with Ebola after return from Guinea

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By Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastian Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A doctor who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients was in an isolation unit in New York on Friday after testing positive for the deadly virus, becoming the fourth person diagnosed with the disease in the United States and the first in its largest city.
The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed at least 4,900 people and perhaps as many as 15,000, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to World Health Organization figures. Only four Ebola cases have been diagnosed so far in the United States: Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, two nurses who treated him there and the latest case, Dr. Craig Spencer. Spencer, 33, who worked for Doctors Without Borders, was taken to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday, six days after returning from Guinea, renewing public jitters about transmission of the disease in the United States and rattling financial markets. Three people who h…

The Broken Heart Syndrome

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A broken heart can feel very real for those experiencing the loss of a loved one or significant other. But for some, the emotional stress does quite literally break their heart – at least temporarily – causing symptoms that can mimic a heart attack.


What is broken heart syndrome?
Broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition usually caused by a stressful or emotional situation. People tend to experience a sudden chest pain or think they are having a heart attack. Broken heart syndrome is one of the many names for takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a rare and temporary condition where part of a person’s heart suddenly becomes weakened or 'stunned' - forcing the rest of the heart to work harder. When this happens, the heart’s left ventricle changes shape, developing a narrow neck and round bottom. The shape created by this bulging out earned the syndrome the name 'takotsubo', meaning octopus, in Japan where the condition was first reported. The condition is also referred to…

Nigeria Declared Ebola-Free by WHO

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Medic-ALL (20:10:2014) by Kayode Kuku

With no new cases of Ebola reported in Nigeria over the last 42 days, the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the country "Ebola Free", a sign of how the deadly virus could have been easily contained had the other West African countries ravaged by the disease acted swiftly.
There haven’t been any cases of Ebola in 42 days, said WHO Country Representative Rui Gama Vaz in a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. “The last chain of transmission has been broken. The disease is gone,” said Dr. Vaz. “This is a spectacular story, that Ebola can be defeated.” This is following an announcement that Senegal is also rid of the virus.
The entire world and health officials particularly were concerned of a possible worldwide outbreak  and wary of the spread throughout the world when a Liberian-American "transported" the virus into Nigeria when he flew into Lagos, the Country's most populous city with a population of about 21 …

End of 21-day Quarantine for Family of Ebola Patient

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USA Today News (20:10:2014)People who had contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan before he was hospitalized are breathing a sigh of relief today. Those 48 contacts, including four family members who shared a small Dallas apartment with him, have completed the 21-day observation period without falling ill and are no longer at risk of the disease. About 10 of the 48 contacts were considered to be a higher risk because of their closer contact with Duncan. Ebola has an incubation period of up to 21 days, according to the World Health Organization. People who are exposed to an Ebola patient who don't become sick during that time are considered to be out of the woods. That's welcome news to Dallas and U.S. public health officials, who have struggled to contain Ebola since Duncan's diagnosis at Texas Health Presbyterian on Sept. 28. Duncan died Oct. 8. Last week, two of Duncan's nurses were diagnosed with Ebola and have been moved to specialized hospitals. Other health wor…

Ebola In America: Nigerian Flight raises Fears

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Medic-ALL (17:10:2014)A man died on a plane from Nigeria landing at Kennedy Airport in Queens early Thursday, sparking fears that the deadly Ebola virus had finally touched down in New York, sources said.
Unnamed man aboard an Arik Air flight from Lagos, Nigeria, died an hour before the plane landed at Kennedy Airport . Centers for Disease Control and Health Department members in protective gear swarmed the Arik Air flight landing at JFK’s Terminal 4 after the 63-year-old man, a U.S. citizen, died on the plane about an hour before landing at 5:45 a.m. The Arik air plane had departed from Lagos, officials said. The man, who was traveling alone, was vomiting profusely and complaining of chest pains before he died of an apparent heart attack, a Port Authority source said.
Passengers were held on the plane for about 45 minutes after arrival as CDC officials determined that the dead passenger didn’t have the disease that’s infected more than 7,500 people in the West African countries of Liberia,…

Ebola: Containing The Spread...How Feasible?

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Medic-ALL (13:10:2014) by Kayode KukuNearly 3 months ago, the news of a Liberian-American infected with the Ebola virus entering into Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria filled the air and the spotlight was on the African continent, particularly the West African countries; Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia that had been ravaged by the outbreak of the  deadly disease many months before one of Africa's biggest economies was hit by the news of the "immigrant" index patient ; a remarkable 38 years after the first recorded outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976.
Fears were raised at the time as to the the likelihood of the virus to spread to other parts of the world as many believed the alarming spread in the lesser developed West African countries may have been due to sub-standard level of their healthcare systems.  HOW MUCH ATTENTION AND ASSISTANCE DID THIS COUNTRIES REALLY GET FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY before the Nigeria incident was reported lat…

World Egg Day: Health Benefits of Egg

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Medic-ALL (10:10:2014)Today, we join the whole world in celebrating the World Egg day being the 2nd Friday in the month of October. A day established by the International Egg Commission (IEC) at the Vienna Conference in 1996. The World Egg day serves as a unique opportunity to help raise awareness on the benefits of egg and is celebrated in countries all around the world. 

Eggs are a common food source and have been eaten by humans across the world for thousands of years. They are produced by the female species of many animals but by far the most common choice for consumption is the eggs of chicken. Eggs are one of nature's highest quality sources of protein and contain many key ingredients of life. Hence, several health benefits ranging from brain and muscle development to disease prevention can be derived from egg consumption. 
Health Benefits of Egg
Strong muscles: the protein within eggs helps keep muscles working well while slowing the rate at which they are lost.
A healthy brain

First Ebola Patient Dies in the U.S

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Medic-ALL (08:10:2014)


The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. died this morning in Dallas at 7:51 A.M. local time. The sad news was announced by the facility offering his care, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, in an emailed statement this morning that read: “It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am. Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing. We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time.” Texas health official David Lakey, commissioner of the state’s health department, also offered his condolences to the family and said, in a statement, that the past week was an “enormous test of our health system.” The patient, who had been admitted to …

Medical Miracle: First Womb Transplant Baby Born

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Medic-ALL (07:10:2014)
The first ever baby to be born via a transplanted womb was delivered in September to a 36 year Swedish woman who was born without a womb and received a womb transplant from a friend in her early-60s. The British Medical Journal "The Lancet" reported that the baby was born prematurely last month weighing 1.8kg (3.9lb).
The woman received her womb from a 61-year-old family friend. As the recipient had intact ovaries, she was able to produce eggs, which were then fertilized using IVF prior to the transplant.
Absolute uterine factor infertilityis considered the only form of female infertility which remains untreatable. This condition is often consequence of "Rokitansky syndrome" a condition in which a female is born without a uterus (womb). Cancer treatment is another scenario in which a woman can be left without a functioning womb. Adoption and surrogacy have proved the best options for such women in the past to have children. However, this news o…

Ebola in Spain

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Medic-ALL (07:10:2014)


In the first known case of Ebola transmission outside the shores of Africa, a Spanish Nurse has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus in Madrid, Spain just days after the United States reported it's first case of the disease. The Spanish medical worker tested positive after treating an Africa-based missionary who had been infected with the virus and flown to Madrid, where he was been admitted at the Carlos Ill Hospital which had been specially prepared to treat the disease. Alarms are however being raised by Spanish medical-worker representatives over the adequacy of the country's medical procedures to manage the disease and prevent the spread in the country and beyond.
The infected medical worker was part of a team that treated Brother Manuel Garcia Viejo, a Spanish missionary who served as a medical director of a hospital in Sierra Leone and died of Ebola on September 25, three days after he was flown into Madrid. She worked as a sanitary technici…

CONTAINING EBOLA: Learning From Nigeria

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Medic-ALL (05:10:2014)  Ref: Washingtonpost
After several months of the Ebola outbreak and devastating reports streaming out of West Africa where the deadly virus has overwhelmed already weak public health systems and left thousands of people dead, anxiety has begun to grip in the United States over the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the country, one West African nation serves as an example of hope: Nigeria, which appears to have successfully contained  the Ebola virus, with no new case reported in the country since the 31st of August 2014.




As concerns spread over the readiness of U.S. hospitals , there are some lessons to be learned from Nigeria, where officials managed to get ahead of the fast-moving virus after it was brought into Africa's most populous country by an Ebola-infected Liberian-American man who had flown into Lagos from Liberia for an ECOWAS meeting.
As in the U.S. case, Ebola arrived in Nigeria by passenger plane. But unlike Thomas Eric Duncan — who arrived in Dalla…