Alzheimer’s Disease; A microbial angle in support of the amyloid hypothesis

Oligomerization of amyloid beta proteins in the brain are a hallmark feature of Alzheimer’s diseases (AD). Their role in Alzheimer’s pathogenesis is not well understood and whether these amyloid beta plagues are actually deleterious is still very controversial. What we do know is that once the amyloid beta proteins oligomerize, tau proteins tangles in neurons […]

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Minorities significantly underrepresented in cancer clinical trials; Identifying barriers to improve recruitment and equality

Clinical trials are the most advanced, cutting edge treatment available and they should be available to everyone. When there is hot new drug, upper-class Americans with out-of-network insurance coverage will have the luxury to travel to a medical center and get enrolled in a trial. “As checkpoint blockade immunotherapy research takes off, the patients getting […]

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Why doctors choose to die differently; Lessons from Narrative Medicine’s Aging & End-of-Life Seminar

What is narrative medicine you ask? It is a medical approach that utilizes the sharing and listening of narratives in an attempt to to treat patients beyond purely their symptoms. Rita Charon, a pioneer of this approach has shown that medicine infused with reflective and creative writing and story telling can improve patient care, enhance […]

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Common foods and medications you should NEVER mix together

Although our Biochemical and Physiological Basis of Nutrition course is comprehensive, covering dietary source of nutrients, RDA, mechanism of absorption, clinical manifestations of malnutrition and toxicity, we rarely discuss food-drug interactions. I suspect that most patients are unaware of the notion that simply drinking a cup of grapefruit can significantly increase the half life of […]

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In addition to lowering total cholesterol, FIBER improves sleep quality

The phenomenon of sleep has garnered interest over several decades due to it pathophysiological link to hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. There are a plethora of neurotransmitters that act on various regions of the brain that affect the internal circadian clock that allow the brain to switch between wakefulness and sleep. There is growing evidence to […]

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Advil vs. Tylenol: How to best utilize America’s most popular pain relievers

Battling chronic back pain is something you imagine in your 50s or 60s. Two and half years ago, I was unfortunately diagnosed with two herniated discs clearly unprepared for what lied ahead. Since the diagnosis my lifestyle, gym routine, study schedule have been extremely fluid and unregimented because of the unpredictable nature of the right […]

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Using a Killer to Kill a Killer: Treating a Deadly Form of Brain Cancer with the Polio Virus

Recently, I watched a CBS Special on 60 minutes that I had to share! Researchers at Duke are experimenting with a reengineered polio virus to treat a deadly form of brain cancer called glioblastoma.  In my opinion, the journalism in this 60 minute special is done well by also including the grim reality that is associated with the unsuccessful side of clinical […]

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Obesity’s Influence on Prostate Cancer Risk for African American Men

For unknown reasons, African American men have the highest rates of prostate cancer incidence and mortality in the United States. Yesterday, I read a fascinating study that identified obesity as playing a significant role in prostate cancer risk in African American men. In a study published just two days ago in JAMA Oncology, researchers Drs. Alan […]

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Selecting the ‘Right’ Hospital for You; Looking further than a ranking

One day  while studying for the MCAT at a Barnes and Noble, my eyes and ears were directed to a elderly couple sitting next to me engrossed in a magazine. As I peeked over, I noticed it was a US News & World Report: Best Hospitals 2015 edition magazine. For the hour I sat next […]

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Best approach to treat an aneurysm: Coil embolization or Clipping

Recently, I spent a lot of my time in the neuro-angio suite, a surgical room complemented with the technology to visualize blood vessels using a technique called angiography. For the past two months, I experienced the unique opportunity to observe a procedure that uses angiography called coil embolization. This procedure primarily treats cerebral aneurysms,  abnormal […]

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