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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...

10 Physicians Who Changed The Face Of Medicine – #9

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 #9.   9. Dr. Robert Liston Image: Source If you think you are fast, think again! Dr. Robert Liston was one of the most renowned surgeons of his time, known widely for his speed of operation in a time when anesthesia was absent. From conducting an amputation in just under three minutes to...

10 Physicians Who Changed The Face Of Medicine – #10

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 get started with our first visionary here at #10.   10. Dr. Dominique-Jean Larrey Image Source Here’s something amazing: If you were to call 911 right now, an ambulance would be at your doorstep in less than 10 minutes. While this is a seemingly simple fact that we often take for granted, we should be thanking Dr. Dominique-Jean Larrey for his efforts...

Bizarre Skin Conditions That You Never Want To Get – #2

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 #2.   2. Smallpox Among the various epidemics in world history, probably none other is known as famously as the smallpox outbreak that killed millions of people in the 20th century. There are various different forms of smallpox, with the most fatal ones being in the category of variola major. As of today, the world has been eradicated of smallpox with the fortunate development of a vaccine. The last time the United States saw a case of smallpox was back in 1949.   Among its many features, smallpox is well known for its dermatologic consequences. Usually starting with a fever, body aches, and...

Bizarre Skin Conditions That You Never Want To Get – #5

  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 #5.   5. Epidermolytic ichthyosis We all know certain thick-skinned individuals in our lives. It may be that office personnel who appear to be completely immune to insults or that next door neighbor who fails to even attempt to change his noise pollution habits despite your many complaints. As it turns out, the field of dermatology offers a physical condition for thick skin, which is manifested as the disease known as epidermolytic ichthyosis (EI).   EI is a primarily congenital (present from birth) ailment that results in the primary symptoms of redness, blistering, and possible peeling of the skin. Right from the first...

10 Physicians Who Changed The Face Of Medicine – #2

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 #2.   2. Dr. Thomas Starzl Source What does it mean to be accomplished? In my opinion, the best way to answer this question is by looking at the life of Dr. Thomas Starzl, a pioneer in the field of transplant medicine.   With a wealth of experiences in the field of...