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Medical students’ communication is trainable

A good physician-patient-relationship is essential for the patient’s health. Accordingly, the therapeutic relationship can influence the success of the therapy with a variance of 30%. A well-structured, patient-centred medical history taking enables an earlier and more accurate

What do or should we value in the treatment for psychotic individuals?

Even with the biological approach adopted by mainstream psychiatry, it seems necessary to revitalize interest in the use of psychotherapy in the treatment of psychosis. Supporting this idea,  there are compelling reasons. One of the most important

ACTH deficiency in patients with suspected hypopituitarism: Choosing the right diagnostic test

The pituitary gland is a pea-sized gland located at the base of the brain. Often termed the “master-gland”, it secretes hormones which control growth, metabolism and fertility. Hypopituitarism is a clinical syndrome of deficiencies in one or

The benefits and safety of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)

Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is currently considered a low-grade neoplasm that mainly affects young women, and is characterized by the presence of diffuse pulmonary cysts. Several studies have shown that patients with LAM have reduced exercise capacity secondary to

Testing a new way to measure the impact of stroke: PRECiS

Cognition helps us think and understand the world. It involves functions like memory, attention, problem-solving, planning, organising and communicating. After a stroke, many people have problems with cognition. These can affect confidence, mood and the ability to

Action plans for pediatric eczema: Are they effective?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is like asthma in that it requires patients to change their medications and/or treatment depending on their symptoms.  This can be very confusing for many patients. An Asthma Action Plan has

22q11.2 deletion syndrome diagnosed in a young patient presenting with Parkinson disease

Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS), also called DiGeorge syndrome, is a fairly common genetic syndrome. In most cases, the diagnosis is made at birth or early in childhood as the most common features of the syndrome –

Seeing the signs: Acromegaly

Acromegaly is a rare disorder typically caused by a growth hormone (GH)-producing tumor in a small gland at the base of the brain: the pituitary. This organ is a “master gland”, controlling the production and release of

Can eradication of a bacterium in the stomach increase the platelet count in patients with chronic ITP?

Platelets are blood cells that play a major role in causing blood clots to form and preventing excessive bleeding so their reduction or dysfunction can result in bleeding and even death. These cells are made in the

Prior authorization for child and adolescent psychiatric patients deemed to be in need of inpatient psychiatric admission

Four million children and adolescents in the US suffer from a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers. In youth, many of these disorders can have life-long deleterious effects.

Normal mouth fungus changes after admission to the intensive care unit

The mouth is an important entry point into the body. Under normal conditions the mouth has many kinds of fungus, called the oral mycobiome, that help the body maintain health and resist infections. Several factors contribute to

Prox-1 and adipogenesis

Adipogenesis is the biological process that controls adipocytes differentiation and is one of the most well studied models of cellular differentiation. Adipose tissue is involved in the control of energy balance and especially in the study of

Cerebral herniation into the sigmoid sinus: A newly-realized cause of epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent seizures, which may vary from a brief period of lapse of attention or muscle jerks, to severe and prolonged convulsions. The seizures are caused by sudden, usually brief, excessive

Botulinum toxin for depression: Does patient appearance matter?

Most people know Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) as “the stuff that people use to make them look younger.” Botulinum toxin is a “neurotoxin” produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum.  When injected in small amounts, it causes weakening

The key key to open the door of iPSCs clinical therapy for patients

The discovery of iPSCs is probably one of the most astonishing accomplishments in the beginning of 21st century. This is by 4 early protein factors, the differentiated cells–such as fibroblasts, T and B cells—can return to pluripotent

Gas Man computer simulation mimics anesthesia care

Gas Man® computer simulation mimics anesthesia care and allows anesthesia care providers to improve patient safety. Major surgery requires an anesthesia professional to give general anesthesia to a patient. This often begins with a drug injected in