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Bizarre Skin Conditions That You Never Want To Get – #3

What is the largest organ system in the body? The Integumentary System!   Yes, we all know this well-known fact since our elementary and middle school days. Our skin covers the entire surface area of our body, serving various different functions. From temperature regulation to being the first line of defense for the immune system, our soft skin is often our best friend.   However, we may encounter some quite tenacious pathogens that can lead to some quite gruesome skin conditions, some of which you should truly pray that you never get. I will be going over the top 10 most intriguing integumentary ailments that I have come across, one at a time over the next several articles, continuing forward with the next one here at #3.   3. Leprosy Leprosy is one of the most interesting and unfortunate disorders. Also known as Hansen’s disease, this condition results in damage to the skin as well as the nervous system due to a bacterial infection that can manifest in a period of 6 months to 40 years (quite a huge opportunity window for precipitating the disease pathology!). Leprosy can most commonly be spread from person to person through nasal secretions and droplets.   With its slow development, leprosy starts its effects on the coolest areas of the body, resulting in loss of sensation (anesthesia). Some of the more gruesome symptoms...

10 Physicians Who Changed The Face Of Medicine – #5

Medicine is an art form. However, it wasn’t always that way.   The history of medical practice has been quite tumultuous. From being one of the most feared fields back in the day (with its high morbidity and mortality rates) to the refined approach that it is today, the nature of medicine has metamorphosed quite dramatically. Every single proponent of the medical field has pushed it forward with his or her efforts, contributing to the joint notion of progress for the betterment of patient care. But who really were these drivers of change?   Over the next several weeks, I will be highlighting a few of the most notable physicians in the world. All of them have contributed a novel aspect to the profession, either through their unique care, research, developments, or just pure genius. While there are undoubtedly numerous physicians that deserve to be recognized, I have limited myself to 10 individuals who I found to be the most stellar and memorable.   So, without further ado, let’s continue on with our next visionary here at #5.   5. Dr. Harvey Cushing Source Surgeons are complex creatures. Given their strong commitments to their patients, personal interest in furthering research, and spreading their knowledge to the next generation, all while trying to balance it with a life outside of medicine, all this can leave surgeons to be quite volatile...

10 Physicians Who Changed The Face Of Medicine – #6

Medicine is an art form. However, it wasn’t always that way.   The history of medical practice has been quite tumultuous. From being one of the most feared fields back in the day (with its high morbidity and mortality rates) to the refined approach that it is today, the nature of medicine has metamorphosed quite dramatically. Every single proponent of the medical field has pushed it forward with his or her efforts, contributing to the joint notion of progress for the betterment of patient care. But who really were these drivers of change?   Over the next several weeks, I will be highlighting a few of the most notable physicians in the world. All of them have contributed a novel aspect to the profession, either through their unique care, research, developments, or just pure genius. While there are undoubtedly numerous physicians that deserve to be recognized, I have limited myself to 10 individuals who I found to be the most stellar and memorable.   So, without further ado, let’s continue on with our next visionary here at #6.   6. Dr. Emil Theodor Kocher Source The Nobel Prize is one of the highest honors in the world, marking the recipient as a brilliant mind capable of cultivating the most effective ideas for the benefit of human society. Dr. Emil Theodor Kocher, who received the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physiology...

10 Physicians Who Changed The Face Of Medicine – #7

Medicine is an art form. However, it wasn’t always that way. Photo courtesy of Katie and Matt Hardin The history of medical practice has been quite tumultuous. From being one of the most feared fields back in the day (with its high morbidity and mortality rates) to the refined approach that it is today, the nature of medicine has metamorphosed quite dramatically. Every single proponent of the medical field has pushed it forward with his or her efforts, contributing to the joint notion of progress for the betterment of patient care. But who really were these drivers of change?   Over the next several weeks, I will be highlighting a few of the most notable physicians in the world. All of them have contributed a novel aspect to the profession, either through their unique care, research, developments, or just pure genius. While there are undoubtedly numerous physicians that deserve to be recognized, I have limited myself to 10 individuals who I found to be the most stellar and memorable.   So, without further ado, let’s continue on with our next visionary here at #7.   7. Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis Image Source Washing your hands is an important skill.   While we are all familiar with this statement and even accept it consciously, there was once a time when doctors were the primary agents of disease by not washing their hands...

10 Physicians Who Changed The Face Of Medicine – #8

Medicine is an art form. However, it wasn’t always that way.   The history of medical practice has been quite tumultuous. From being one of the most feared fields back in the day (with its high morbidity and mortality rates) to the refined approach that it is today, the nature of medicine has metamorphosed quite dramatically. Every single proponent of the medical field has pushed it forward with his or her efforts, contributing to the joint notion of progress for the betterment of patient care. But who really were these drivers of change?   Over the next several weeks, I will be highlighting a few of the most notable physicians in the world. All of them have contributed a novel aspect to the profession, either through their unique care, research, developments, or just pure genius. While there are undoubtedly numerous physicians that deserve to be recognized, I have limited myself to 10 individuals who I found to be the most stellar and memorable.   So, without further ado, let’s continue on with our next visionary here at #8.   8. Dr. John Snow Image Source Medical genius. Child prodigy. Father of epidemiology. All of these terms aptly to one person – Dr. John Snow.   Trained as a physician in the early 1800s, Snow grew to be one of the leading minds known for two particular developments – his work...

Bizarre Skin Conditions That You Never Want To Get – #4

What is the largest organ system in the body? The Integumentary System!   Yes, we all know this well-known fact since our elementary and middle school days. Our skin covers the entire surface area of our body, serving various different functions. From temperature regulation to being the first line of defense for the immune system, our soft skin is often our best friend.   However, we may encounter some quite tenacious pathogens that can lead to some quite gruesome skin conditions, some of which you should truly pray that you never get. I will be going over the top 10 most intriguing integumentary ailments that I have come across, one at a time over the next several articles, continuing forward with the next one here at #4.   4. Cutaneous leishmaniasis We are all afraid of getting bit by a mosquito when going abroad to one of the many wondrous countries of Asia, Europe, South America, or some other continent. But what about sandflies? Well, if you are going to one of the Middle Eastern countries like Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan, or to our very own southern neighbors of Peru and Brazil, be careful of those sandflies, known to carry and transmit the parasitic protozoa that cause the rare condition known as cutaneous leishmaniasis.   Among the most common manifestations of the ailment is the formation of one or...

Immune Systems Need ‘Software’ Updates, Just Like Your Macbook

Larry Smarr, Founding Director, CALIT2, details the growing epidemic of children, especially those with gastrointestinal disorders, who were not exposed to the necessary microbiomes during the formative years of their immune systems.   Read more about Larry Smarr. Filmed at FutureMed, in February 2013, at Singularity...