Developments in medicine and health that we’re still thinking about at year’s end. It’s not easy to say that any particular development in health or medicine was the most important in a given year [Ref – NYT]. But if we had
In the new guidelines, statin treatment targets are back for both primary and secondary prevention. Patients whose 10-year risk of ASCVD is 20% or more should try to reduce LDL-C levels by at least 50%, the same goal as for
Screening for breast cancer in order to reduce the burden of breast cancer in Sri Lanka – the way forward – Is mammography an essential tool? Yes, mammography is an essential tool for screening for breast cancer. To what extent mammography
An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slowly, or with an irregular rhythm. When a heart beats too fast, the condition is called tachycardia.
‘The big four “proximate” causes of preventable ill-health are: smoking, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and alcohol excess. Of these, the importance of regular exercise is the least well-known. Relatively low levels of increased activity can make a huge
Current advise to limit screen time for children [Ref-1], [Ref-2] has changed significantly with the latest 2019 guideline from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. It states that ‘The evidence base for a direct ‘toxic’ effect of screen
What are medical devices? Examples of medical devices include surgical lasers, wheelchairs, sutures, pacemakers, vascular grafts, intraocular lenses, and orthopedic pins. Examples of diagnostics include in vitro diagnostic reagents and test kits such as pregnancy test kits, and imaging systems
SIGECAPS is the mnemonic we medical students memorize to learn the core symptoms of depression: sleep, interest, guilt, energy, concentration, appetite, psychomotor retardation, and suicidality. The practice questions we spend hours answering in preparation for Step 1 of the U.S.
With a choking heart I read this in the Latest BMJ about Chocolates ” Chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which have anti-platelet, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects. Even so, the idea that eating chocolate would protect against heart disease was always
What is disease X? For the first time, the World Health Organization has included “disease X” in its annual list of priority infectious diseases. “A serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease,”