Approximately 200,000 to 500,000 Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) or mini strokes occur annually in the United States. Symptoms are not specific and continue be challenging for physicians to diagnose, as a result the estimated group affected varies broadly. The imaging technique of choice for physicians making a diagnosis is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and when this is not available, they use computed tomography (CT) scan. Unfortunately, neither scanning machine is guaranteed to detect evidence of a block in the blood flow within the brain.
Imagine being a physician in the midst of residency training, caring for an elderly patient who is terminally ill. The family tells you at each consultation to do everything possible to save their father. With the greatest medical technology at your disposal, you do your best to care for your patient and his family. There are machines to control heart rate and breathing and tubes to bring in food and remove wastes, so your patient lives more than a month longer than any physician would have expected. But were you true to your oath, “first do no harm”?
After two extremely packed days at the TEDMED conference and absence from this series, today’s post continues the month-long series called the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge (#HAWMC) created by WEGO Health. Today’s writing prompt: Stream of Consciousness Day. Start with the sentence “_______”just write, don’t stop, don’t edit. Post! It’s been two awe-inspiring days of TEDMED2012 … Continue reading
Angio-what? Angiogenesis is a natural process in which the body generates blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the tissues of the body and remove carbon dioxide and other wastes. In this compelling talk Dr. William Li, a cancer researcher explains abnormal angiogenesis
After spending last week focusing on cancer awareness among minorities, I decided to submit one of those articles to the Cancer Research Blog Carnival. It was accepted. (Yeeeesssss!) It’s been five quiet months of blogging and now I just might be starting to make a friend or two out there. Each month Cancer Research presents what’s new and now from cancer biology, cancer genetics, cancer therapeutics to cancer diagnostics and patient care. Head on over to Highlight HEALTH and check out the 21st edition of this blog carnival which is the standard for all things cancer. Be sure to read all the articles, the Health Advocate is in such excellent company.