Saturday, January 24, 2015

Latest Pattern AIPG: Correct Approach

Today we conducted a country wide session about latest pattern AIPG via satellite across the country, only one of its kind 80 centers connected and approximately 4000plus students attended this seminar. It was adrenaline surge for me as well to be connected to so many young voices at the same time. I hope i could contribute by making a difference in their careers : Sumer Sethi

Friday, January 23, 2015

BMJ article Raises Concern over Capitation Fees

A prestigious British medical journal has raised an alarm over "capitation fees" paid by students to get admission in India's private medical colleges, saying it "raises concerns" about the quality of one of the world's largest medical educational systems. 

Interesting question raised in an prestigious journal. But are the stake holders and political stronghold in India actually bothered?

Reference : Economic Times Article.

Radiology helps in understanding Alzheimer's disease

Researchers at Keck Medicine of USC used high-resolution imaging of the living human brain to show for the first time that the brain's protective blood barrier becomes leaky with age, starting at the hippocampus.

Key Point about the study: High-resolution MRI analysis of regional BBB permeability in the living human brain. BBB breakdown during normal aging begins in the hippocampus. Accelerated BBB breakdown in the hippocampus may contribute to cognitive impairment.

Article cited:
Montagne, A., Barnes, S. R., Sweeney, M. D., Halliday, M. R., Sagare, A. P., Zhao, Zlokovic, B. V. (2015). Blood-brain barrier breakdown in the aging human hippocampus. Neuron, 85, 1-7. Published online Jan. 21, 2015; doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2014.12.032

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Trochanteric Bursitis-Radiology

Trochanteric bursitis is characterized by painful inflammation of the bursa located just superficial to the greater trochanter of the femur. Patients typically complain of lateral hip pain, though the hip joint itself is not involved.
Radiology Teaching Points
  1.  Plain radiographs of the hip and femur may be performed to assess for possible fracture, underlying degenerative arthritis, calcium deposition in soft tissue in the region of the greater trochanteric bursa, or bony lesions. 
  2. Bone and computed tomography scanning can also be used to exclude underlying diseases. 
  3. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging are able to visualize the trochanteric bursa when present.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Take help, seek other's perspective

Sometimes we all hit a block, and anybody can be wrong at times. Many of us are afraid to allow others to give us an insight into our problems because it kind of makes us feel vulnerable. Insecurity and ego are other issues stopping us. However, sometimes what is obvious to everyone else is invisible to the sufferer. Because, the other person might be able to give an unbiased comment and a more clearer view of things.

Let me quote Gibran here," Is not the mountain far more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?

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