Month: February 2019
- This 8-week mentor led online course along with virtual contact sessions (1 Day Interactive Workshop & Assessment) covers all the important aspects of understanding the broad concepts of dementia, identifying the common types of dementia, behavioural issues in dementia, basic principles of dementia management along with bed side teaching sessions which assists in appropriate diagnosis of a dementia patient On completion of the course, learner should be able to: Understand the broad concepts of dementia and its burden in society Identify common causes of dementia Acquire basic principles of dementia management Recognise when to refer a dementia patient to specialist services Create awareness about healthy aging and dementia in the community
- Master Class in Fetal Echocardiography is exclusively meant for practicing radiologists, post graduate (MD, DMRD, DNB – radiology students). Content of the course is designed to meet the requirement of students, beginners or those who already have some degree of competency in scanning and who wish to improve their skills specifically in Fetal Echocardiography without any interruption of their routine practice. This 4-module online course covers all the important aspects of fetal cardiac scanning, including cardiac embryology, circulation, the basics of echocardiography, normal views, common fetal cardiac anomalies, major lethal anomalies with presentation of multiple cases and finally tips & tricks which will enable the radiologists to understand the presentation of various anomalies in a better way. On completion of this course, the radiologists should be able to: Understand and recognize the basic cardiac embryology and fetal circulation Perform basic and advanced Fetal Echocardiography in an improved way Identify the common forms of congenital heart disease with enhanced accuracy Relate abnormal Echocardiography findings to the clinical outcome
- As per IDF data, approximately 425 million people are affected by diabetes across the globe, significant part of whom are in the Asia pacific region. India is now the diabetes capital of the world with 73 million people affected. It is estimated that diabetes would affect more than 12% of the population by 2025 (source – IDF atlas 8 edition). Foot complication is one of the most serious conditions, affecting 19% – 25% of diabetic population. It is noteworthy that one third of the expenditure on diabetic care is linked to management of foot ulcers. Diabetic foot care is in its incipient stage in India and Asia, however, foot complications due to diabetes are increasing at an alarming pace. About 100 thousand lower limb amputations are conducted among diabetic patients in India per year. It should be the utmost endeavor of every physician dealing with diabetic care to give comprehensive diabetic care, including foot care to the patients that can improve the quality of life and reduce the amputations due to diabetes amongst the population. Fellowship in Diabetic Foot Management (FDFM) is India’s 6 months mentor led, blended learning program in podiatry. It includes online video modules, live webinars & workshops, hands on training, MCQs and descriptive assessments along with in-person mentoring. The course covers a wide variety of practice essential topics such as applied anatomy, biomechanics of the foot, advanced diabetic foot management techniques such as plasma replacement therapy, ultrasonic debridement and role of orthotics and many more. The program is conducted under the able guidance and mentorship of leading national and international experts. On successful completion of course, candidates shall be awarded a completion certificate with accreditation from Indian Podiatry Association (IPA).
- In the recent years, the internet has become an important source for medical information. As a health science student or professional, there is always a need to stay updated with the latest research and apply it for patient care. The medical education curriculum does not teach one how to search online in a systematic manner. This course is intended to help medical students, academicians, practitioners and other learners to integrate best practices in searching medical literature from PubMed. The course is developed with new age learning technologies, keeping the young learners in mind. It is delivered in partnership with Mediknit, a leading professional medical education organization.
- Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect and accounts to one-third of all congenital anomalies. Studies have proved that Fetal Echocardiography helps in effective identification and enhanced pre-natal detection of CHD. Having said that, accurate identification of fetal anomalies, needs the radiologist to be sufficiently trained and appropriately skilled. This ‘Master Class in Fetal Echocardiography’, is the first in ‘REFER Series’ developed and delivered by Dr. Pradeep Srinivasan to bring about significant improvement in the standards of fetal imaging and early detection of fetal anomalies.
- June 12, 2019Researchers at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology have developed a glue gun to put the human body back together when it has been seriously injured. The pins and stitches currently used to treat serious injuries come with drawbacks: They can be painful, they leave scars, they require high skill from the doctor, and they sometimes have to be removed after the tissues heal. Suture on the intestine, lungs or blood vessels often leak and therefore require a sealant. The medical glue that the researchers have developed is a “two in one,” said Prof. Boaz Mizrahi, head of the Biomaterials Laboratory of the Technion. It replaces both stitches and the sealant, and is good for both external and internal injuries, he said. All sorts of medical glues are already being used in dermatology, surgery, and other areas. Israeli startup Nanomedic Technologies Ltd., for example, has developed a medical device that it says can dress burns and other wounds with nano materials that mimic human tissue and peel off once the skin below is regenerated. Still, the glues currently in use to replace sutures and staples are limited by their mechanical properties and toxicity, the researchers said. Because they are very toxic, they can be utilized only on the surface of the skin. In addition, hardening of the glue may make the organ less flexible or the adhesion may not be sufficiently strong. With these limitations in mind, researchers have been on the hunt for a glue that is suitable for different tissues, nontoxic, and flexible after hardening. Such a glue would also need to decompose in the body after the tissue is fused together. Mizrahi worked together with doctoral student Alona Shagan and came up with what they say is a “very strong, nontoxic tissue adhesive that remains flexible even after solidification.” Their study...
- May 30, 2019Pinnacle Ventures has launched a pharmacogenomics programme to enable genetic testing to drive personalised prescribing decisions. The innovation arm of Pinnacle Midlands Health Network, a not-for-profit primary health care management company in New Zealand, is also working on embedding biomarker information into electronic health records and linking it to a clinical-decision support prescribing tool that can help prescribers by providing direct access to international pathways and guidelines. Pharmacogenetics involves prescriptions being tailored to a person’s genetic make-up, as people metabolise drugs in different ways, which can have a significant impact on a drug’s effectiveness. Ventures plans to do about 5,000 pharmacogenetic tests over the next 12 months, says chief executive John Macaskill-Smith. Some will be self-funded because individuals are struggling with their medications and others will be fully funded by Ventures, targeting specific groups within the Midlands population. Macaskill-Smith says it is a simple test that covers 65–70 per cent of medications frequently prescribed in New Zealand. “The New Zealand health system is under strain but using testing like this you could reduce the trial and error of prescribing and prevent adverse reactions to medications,” he said. Ethnicity plays a big part in how a person metabolises drugs, but the clinical trials that prescribing information are based on very rarely involve Māori or Pasifika test subjects. Macaskill-Smith said Ventures is partnering with key kiwi groups, Auckland University and Otago University medical schools and Callaghan Innovation to support research and develop a better understanding of how unique New Zealand populations respond to different medications. People who have a pharmacogenetic test can choose to consent to contributing their non-identifiable demographic information to researchers. Embedding the biomarker information into EHRs ensures a patient’s results are used for both current and future prescribing decisions, he said. Macaskill-Smith says a lot of direct-to-consumer online genetic-testing tools involve people...
- Surgery students spend so much time on screens that they have lost the ability to perform simple tasks such as stitching and sewing up patients, a professor has warned. Roger Kneebone, a professor of surgical education at Imperial College, London, says the focus on academic knowledge has come at the expense of craftsmanship. “It is important and an increasingly urgent issue,” Kneebone told the BBC. “It is a concern of mine and my scientific colleagues that whereas in the past you could make the assumption that students would leave school able to do certain practical things – cutting things out, making things – that is no longer the case.” The professor, who teaches surgery to medical students, believes that this is down to an increase in technology which takes away the experience of handling materials and developing skills. ”An obvious example is of a surgeon needing some dexterity and skill in sewing or stitching,” he explained. ”A lot of things are reduced to swiping on a two-dimensional flat screen” Kneebone adds that a growing number of students are becoming “less competent and less confident” in using their hands, resulting in young professionals who “have very high exam grades but lack tactile general knowledge”. The professor will be speaking on Tuesday at the V&A Museum of Childhood in east London, at the launch of a report, published by the Edge Foundation, calling for more creativity in the curriculum. The report warns that entries to creative subjects have fallen by 20 per cent since 2010, including a 57 per cent fall in design and technology GCSE. Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, who will be speaking alongside Professor Kneebone added: “Creativity is not just for artists. “Subjects like design and technology, music, art and drama are vitally important for...