To cut down on errors in medical training, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) set a policy in 2003, which limits the total amount of shift hours a resident can work. Currently, the hour cap is set at no more than 16 hours for first-year residents or interns, and no more than 28 hours in one shift for others.
Recent data shows that despite the rules, this is not being adhered to across the board. To read more, click here.
A national group of leading OB-GYNs are advocating for over-the-counter birth control pills…..no prescriptions necessary. In my honest opinion, this sounds like some very irresponsible medicine.
To read more about it, click here.
Some very brilliant, NIH (National Institutes of Health) funded researchers at the Northwestern University-Evanston, have developed a novel way to inhibit the progression of the debilitating disease called MS or Multiple Sclerosis. This novel method is achieved through a process called “antigen-specific immune suppression.”
MS is an auto-immune disease, that occurs when the body’s T-cells (white blood cells found in the immune system) attack its own myelin or nerve covering. Auto-immune diseases are usually treated with immunosuppression therapy, however this suppresses the entire immune system and leaves the individual open to other infections or diseases.
I read a guest post last week on KevinMD.com’s blog, by family physician Stewart Segal, MD, a major advocate of preventive medicine. As a fellow proponent of preventive medicine, I was very intrigued by the following excerpt and the questions that he raised in regards to preventive medicine and the choices that we make. I want to share them below with my readers because they’re definitely worth pondering.
I am always awed by how precarious life really is and how much people take it for granted! If today is your last day, are you going to enjoy it or are you going to waste it worrying about tomorrow? Do you have an “attitude of gratitude” or are you so involved with life’s stresses that you forget to give thanks for what you have?
If today is your last day, did you contribute to your demise by neglecting your health? Did you waste your time on earth or did you accomplish what you set out to do? Are you proud of what you’ve accomplished? Did you make others smile and bring happiness to those you met?
Did they resonate with you?
(to read the entire guest post on the KevinMD.com blog, click here)