It’s World Malaria Day!!! And to commemorate, here’s another 6-questions mini-quiz for you. Give it a go.
Let’s meet Jacob, a 41-year-old solicitor. (more…)
The last week before being suspended from medical school due to the current viral pandemic was what I had been looking forward to the entire term- “Labour week”. I still remember the day before the lockdown; heading to the hospital for my night shift. The city would usually be busy with young people heading out and traffic being close to a standstill. Instead, foot traffic was noticeably lighter. I had bought a coffee at a local café as I had done so for some time now, but this time the experience was different in light of the unprecedented situation. (more…)
The World Health Organisation designated Tuesday the 24th of February 2020 as World Tuberculosis Day.
Today, TB remains the world’s deadliest infectious killer, claiming many lives on a daily basis.
As global citizens, we can do our part by educating ourselves about the condition, in order to stop the discrimination and stigmatization encountered by many TB patients, and also as healthcare professionals, in the management of TB.
Here’s a quiz for you. Let’s meet our patient now, shall we? (more…)
Today is World Sleep Day, and I can begin by telling you how much I love sleep. I mean we all do, right?
Anyway, World Sleep Day is an annual event celebrated on a global scale to educate others about (more…)
Rare Disease Day is celebrated annually in order to raise awareness and recognition of rare diseases, and the impact they have on the lives of people with such conditions in order to improve access to diagnosis, treatment, health and social care to those affected. It is estimated that there are 300 million people globally living with one or more of the 6000 known rare diseases today.
In order to celebrate the day which is celebrated tomorrow (29th February 2020), here is a quiz to test your knowledge on some of them.
Correct! Cleidocranial dysplasia is a rare skeletal disease of autosomal dominant nature that affects the development of bones and teeth. Patients may present with a broad forehead, midface hypoplasia, and significant dental anomalies. (UpToDate)
That’s right! According to UpToDate, a meta-analysis showed that the world prevalence of the condition in 2012 was 2.7 per 100,000, with a higher prevalence in Europe, North America and Australia.
Correct! MPSs are a family of inherited lysosomal storage disorders that result in the build-up of partially degraded GAG, resulting in dysfunction and clinical abnormalities. Laboratory studies will show urinary excretion of GAG fragments and leukocyte inclusion bodies.
Correct! Waldenström Macroglobulinemia is a rare disorder of excess IgM protein production with a mean incidence of approximately three per million people. Diagnosis tends to occur around the age of 70, and is more common in Caucasians than other ethnic groups. Multiple myeloma is differentiated from WM usually due to the presence of hypercalcemia and renal insufficiency, with bone lytic lesions. Also, IgG and IgA are more commonly produced in MM, unlike WM where IgM is the monoclonal immunoglobulin.
That’s right! The diagnosis of HGPS is determined by the presence of clinical features: failure to thrive in first year of life, characteristic facial appearance, alopecia and prominent scalp veins, and sclerotic skin changes. Identification can also be achieved by genetic testing of the causative variant in the LMNA gene. The Progeria Research Foundation estimates that the prevalence of the condition globally is 1 in 20 million people (5).
Correct! Kuru is a CNS disease that was endemic in Papua New Guinea and was believed to be transmitted from person to person by ritual cannibalism in the Fore tribes, in particular by eating the brains of an infected individual. Although the disease is 100% lethal, it is close to none-existent due to cannibalism being outlawed.
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This Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared this week (1st – 7th December) as the National Influenza Vaccination Week to emphasize the importance of getting the flu vaccine.
There are many misconceptions about the flu (more…)
Not too long ago, a man who spent most of his time in front of a mirror was probably frowned upon by society, a man who disliked sports raised eyebrows, and a man who talked about his feelings most likely didn’t garner as much empathy as he should. (more…)