Visual Abstract: Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in USA (2015-2016)

This week’s NEJM has published the results from the Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network’s estimates of the effectiveness of the influenza vaccines in the United States of America in 2015-2016. The paper highlights some interesting details and I thought it would be a good chance to try out using the paper to jot down a visual abstract format. As an avid reader of the Controversies in … Continue reading Visual Abstract: Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in USA (2015-2016)

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Another NEJM Gem: The Doctor’s Dilemma

I always rather enjoy the narrative perspectives that the NEJM publishes every week, and some of those hit very close to my heart. The Doctor’s New Dilemma talks of how Modern Medicine today is facing away from the patient and into the computer screen. The author, Dr. Suzanne Koven, MD (you can follow her on twitter here), delves into how, in the hustle and bustle of … Continue reading Another NEJM Gem: The Doctor’s Dilemma

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New York Soda Rule: Raising the Debate on Paternalism in Public Health

Paternalistic attitude in unilateral implementation of public health policies, especially with respect to banning of (harmful) substances, has been one of the issues that I have been debating not only with my colleagues, but also with my own self, for a while now. Aside from the obvious stake in the matter as a student of Public Health and Community Medicine, this has been an issue … Continue reading New York Soda Rule: Raising the Debate on Paternalism in Public Health

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An NEJM Perspective for Every Medical Student

This perspectives article in the NEJM is a wonderful read. Describing the eternal struggle of the Third Year medical student, it is a wonderful narrative look into the rather sensitive issue by two people on two sides of the table: Katharine Treadway, a long time teacher, and Neal Chatterjee, a third year medical student, both from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvrd Medical School, Boston. Whilst … Continue reading An NEJM Perspective for Every Medical Student

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Students Forever? No Longer!

I am an avid reader of the Health Policy and Reform blog of the NEJM and believe that they should enable the commenting system on the site to allow bidirectional interaction, much like BMJ and its Rapid Responses. So, this week’s NEJM came with an article which piqued me greatly: Residents: Workers or Students in the eyes of Law? The critical point in understanding this … Continue reading Students Forever? No Longer!

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