50th Anniversary of First Successful Heart Valve... →
I’m still not over learning about how freakin’ sweet the heart is (studying the inguinal canal: not as exciting), so perhaps it’s fitting that today marks the 50th anniversary of the first successful heart valve implant. And guess what? The thoracic surgeon responsible for developing the implant and performing the surgery worked at OHSU. Represent!
hello hello! i’ve neglected the blog this past week due to our first GIE exam—if med school is like running a marathon, test week is kinda like doing a set of wind sprints every mile. our exam lasted all of five hours on monday, half of it a practical with the cadavers (hard) and the other half a written exam (easy). but hey, i did okay! quite the confidence booster to not have failed...
Free Trade May Reduce Access to HIV Medications... →
pocketglobalhealth: Link from Reuters. A recent report from UNITAID warns that medications from generic manufacturers in India, which supply many other developing countries, might become more expensive if India is forced to comply with current laws regarding patent protection. Indian pharmaceutical companies currently benefit from unique patent laws specific to India that allow them to...
In a health care system in which our menu has no prices, we can order filet...– Dr. Abraham Verghese in “Culture Shock-Patient as Icon, Icon as Patient,” NEJM 359:26, December 2008. (We read this paper for class so I’m not sure if the link will work for non-subscribers, but here it is).
NYT: At Hospitals, New Methods With a Focus on... →
We’ve all been told since the second grade that America is a melting pot, we are a nation of immigrants, you know the drill. So I find it funny that American hospitals are just starting to adapt to said melting pot, and that the NYT publishes articles like this saying ‘ooh look! lots of diverse patients seek health care!’ I mean, shouldn’t practices promoting cultural...
Plumpy'nut, a dietary supplement to treat... →
Sounds tasty! Raises several issues common to the generic pharmaceutical debate now that it has become an intellectual property issue… link from the NY Times.
It's the most wonderful time of the year.