Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mobile phone text messaging: Tool for malaria control in Africa

Across many malaria-endemic areas in rural Africa, health systems are weak, infrastructure is poor, and poverty is widespread. Traditionally, the communication gap between managers of health services, health workers at the periphery, and the patient population they serve has been a barrier to efficient service delivery [1]. This gap, however, has the potential to be bridged through the rapid expansion of mobile network coverage, availability of inexpensive handsets, and decreasing costs of mobile phone services [2],[3]. It has been estimated that over two-thirds of the population in Africa is covered by a mobile network with a penetration rate of 50%, reaching over half a billion mobile phone subscribers across the continent…

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Case Study: Incidental low grade invasive transitional cell carcinoma of minor calyx in a hydronephrotic kidney with renal stones

By: Dr. Swapan Samanta
Incidental carcinoma of the renal pelvis is a rather common radiological finding with hydronephrotic kidneys or kidneys with renal stones; but it is extremely rare to detect carcinoma of the renal pelvis in such cases. I have recently reported one such case. So clinicians, radiologists, and pathologists should be aware of…

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Intensive HbA1C control yields long-term benefits in type I diabetes mellitus

Though type I diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is not a public health problem in India, it is still a challenging disease for the physicians dealing with patients affected with it. Given the patient’s age of its onset, physicians and parents alike are deeply concerned about the long-term complications of the disease… 

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In The News: September 10, 2013

Below are links to recent news articles of interest to the medical community in India. Please share your comments below – or you can share links to other useful articles that you have read as well.

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Traditional medical practice: Time has changed: Guest blogger Dr. Shalini Ratan

Managing a medical practice has never been a subject of learning in the medical education system. This has led to a lack of awareness among medical practitioners regarding the philosophy and methodology of running a medical practice with formal skills and planning. Typically, practicing medicine involves giving a diagnosis and… 

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Case Study: Recurrent and cyclic appendicitis in females: suspect pelvic endometriosis

By: Dr. Swapan Samanta
Endometriosis is a well-recognized gynecological condition in the reproductive age group. Literature on appendiceal endometriosis, which is a rare condition, is inadequate. The presentation to general surgeons may be atypical and pose diagnostic difficulty. Thus, a thorough history, gynecological assessment, radiology and serology may…

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Case Study: Stapler surgery for hemorrhoids or piles

By: Dr. Pravin Gore
Surgery for hemorrhoids or piles will leave a wound at each of the removed pile areas. This usually takes a few weeks to heal, thereby causing pain, bleeding and discomfort for the patient. With the advancement in technologies, stapler surgery for hemorrhoids or piles has been…

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