Study Suggests Way To Create New Eggs In Women

A series of experiments published in the journal Nature Medicine suggest young adult women have primitive stem cells that could generate new eggs. The findings are generating both excitement and questions.

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Is A Wound Care Specialist The Best Answer For Your Patients With Wounds?

One of the truly great aspects of our profession is that in podiatric medicine, we can offer our services through a wide range of areas. Whether as a provider to our patients or as a consultant to colleagues from other disciplines, a podiatric physician’s value is limitless. This is especially true when one considers the infinite good that we are capable of bringing to the medical community.

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My Top Ten Podiatric Pet Peeves

10. Podiatrists instructing patients to cut their toenails straight across. Where did this originate? Where is the evidence-based medicine for this approach? If everyone’s nails are shaped differently, why would everyone cut them the same? I have always told patients to follow the shape of the nail when trimming.

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Do Dilemmas Over DVT Prophylaxis Keep You Up At Night?

As physicians, we try to do everything in our powers to heal and improve our patients’ quality of life. Medicine and surgery are part science/part art and some problems have no definitive answers.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis and foot and ankle surgery is one of my top clinical dilemmas and one I actively discuss with colleagues, fellows and residents. I would love to hear the online community’s thoughts as well.

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Inbreeding To Blame For Bedbug Renaissance

Presenting at a meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, researchers said bedbugs can survive many generations of inbreeding, allowing one pregnant female to cause a building-wide infestation. Biologist Rajeev Vaidyanathan discusses that study, and another on pesticide resistance.

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Study Stirs Debate Over Transplants For Alcoholics

The study says some gravely ill alcoholics who need a liver transplant shouldn’t have to prove they can stay sober for six months to get one. The findings are reported in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.

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Preventing Accidental Poisonings

With an increasingly complex array of drugs found in many medicine cabinets, parents need to be reminded all over again about the importance of keeping medications away from young children, writes Dr. Perri Klass in the latest 18 and Under column.

Being a Med Student, Take Two

In 1990, seeking to keep pace with the rapid advances in medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine initiated the “recertification process.” Now, doctors must take an exam every 10 years.

Does Probiotic Yogurt Really Affect Digestion?

Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers write that the bacteria in yogurt affect people’s digestion–but not by repopulating gut flora. Microbiologist Jeffrey Gordon talks about these findings and the future of using bacteria as therapy for digestive disorders such as diarrhea.

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Massacre In Seal Beach: The Shooting Rampage In My Office Building

Seal Beach is one of the most charming and peaceful communities on the California coastline. I am lucky enough to have practiced podiatric medicine here for 30 years. Located on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, my office is situated just two blocks from the ocean and is part of a unique commercial center that contains a combination of professional offices upstairs and restaurants and beauty salons downstairs. Our center is a vibrant community of private business and professionals who know each other well and commonly refer clients to one another. It is truly an idyllic place to work.

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The Doctor’s Remedy: Turmeric for Joint Pain

Patients aren’t the only ones interested in alternative and complementary medicine. In a new occasional series, Well talks to doctors around the country to find out what nontraditional medicines or therapies they sometimes recommend or use themselves.

Have DPMs Abandoned Taping In Their Practice?

It is disappointing to hear DPMs say they do not use taping in practice, especially when their reasoning is that they only do surgery. If someone does not use taping, I believe he or she is turning away from podiatric roots, which are based strongly in lower extremity biomechanics. The study of biomechanics and its relationship to pathologies and treatment make podiatric medicine unique.

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Researchers Advance Cloning Of Human Embryos

The embryos would not be used for reproduction, but rather for the creation of embryonic stem cells. Many scientists believe that human embryonic stem cells made this way could revolutionize medicine.

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Steinman Dies Days Before Receiving Nobel Prize

Ralph Steinman won the Nobel Prize for medicine days after he died of cancer. However, the Nobel committee, which typically only awards the prize to living scientists, didn’t know Steinman had passed away.

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Three Scientists Share Nobel Medicine Prize

The Nobel committee says American Bruce Beutler and Luxembourg-born scientist Jules Hoffmann have shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in medicine with Canadian-born Ralph Steinman. Beutler and Hoffman were cited “for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity.” Steinman was honored for “his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity.”

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For Injured Athletes, Few Proven Treatments

Medical experts say tales of multiple futile treatments are all too familiar and point to growing problems in sports medicine, a medical subspecialty that has been experiencing explosive growth.

Delivering Viruses To Try And Kill Tumors

Writing in the journal Nature, researchers report some early success using a systemically delivered, engineered virus to try and kill cancer tumors. University of Ottawa professor of medicine John Bell explains the study and the response of patients who received the virus.

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My Search For A New Associate

I have just completed a six-month search for a new associate to join my practice. This process has been an eye-opening experience in revealing the problems we have created in preparing residents for a career in podiatric medicine.

I just read the new blog (see http://bit.ly/nTcUGF ) by Christopher Hyer, DPM, FACFAS, and could not agree more with his observations that underscore my own recent experience. It appears that today’s post-graduate podiatric residency programs are training individuals for a sub-specialty that has little demand or opportunity in the real world.

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