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A Response to Anandabazar’s Indictment of Doctors-in-Training: Attitude vs Aptitude or Students vs System

So, I have been meaning to blog for a while now, but as all my online blog-ey friends know, I have been suffering from a massive attack of Bloggers’ Block. However, I recently got the inspiration to write again because of a recent article I read in the massively popular Anandabazar Patrika, titled মেধা থাকলেই ভাল ডাক্তার হয় না (only merit does not a good doctor … Continue reading A Response to Anandabazar’s Indictment of Doctors-in-Training: Attitude vs Aptitude or Students vs System

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Derry City Football Team Hit by Mumps: Points to A Deeper Problem

The Derry Journal has reported that several players in the Derry City football team has come down with Mumps. The team boss has said something, according to the news paper report, which indicates a deeper issue behind the outbreak.According to the quote given by the newspaper: “It’s certainly interesting that it’s affecting our southern lads as our Derry based players appear to be okay. I’ve been told … Continue reading Derry City Football Team Hit by Mumps: Points to A Deeper Problem

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Reemergence of Murine Typhus in Galveston, Texas, USA

A study published in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal has pointed to the fact that there is a possibility that murine typhus, a disease caused by Rickettsia type and typically spread through Xenopsylla cheopis fleas has reemerged in Galveston, Texas in USA. The article concludes: Dynamic shifts in the epidemiology and transmission of murine typhus are not unprecedented. Although the rat-to-rat cycle of transmission by … Continue reading Reemergence of Murine Typhus in Galveston, Texas, USA

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Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria Threatens India

According to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the dangerous, artemisinin-resistant malaria is clawing at the borders of India and Myanmar. Go to article From the article abstract: Summary Background Emergence of artemisinin resistance in southeast Asia poses a serious threat to the global control of Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Discovery of the K13 marker has transformed approaches to the monitoring of artemisinin resistance, allowing introduction … Continue reading Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria Threatens India

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Utah Speaker Succumbs to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Becky Lockhart, the first female speaker of the House of Representatives of Utah, succumbed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in January 2015. She was a trailblazer politician, and brought legislative reforms to the state. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that she started suffering from vertigo around Thanksgiving, and the disease progressed relentlessly till her death on January 17, 2015.  Continue reading Utah Speaker Succumbs to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

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Probable Case of Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in Hong Kong

A 65 year old man has reportedly succumbed to what is being stated to be sporadic Creutzfeldt Jakob disease according to a report in Outbreak News Today. The report states: He presented with dizziness since August 2014 and developed onset of cognitive decline since September 21, 2014. He was admitted to a public hospital on September 22, 2014. Subsequently, he developed rapidly progressive dementia, cerebellar … Continue reading Probable Case of Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in Hong Kong

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