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27 Jan 2009
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Marfan Syndrome

Essay - 5 pages - Medical studies

Marfan syndrome (MFS) is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by deformities in the skeletal, cardiovascular, and ocular systems. MFS is caused by a defect in the fibrillin-1 gene (FBN1), located on chromosome 15 at 15q21. Discovery: Marfan syndrome was first described in 1896 by Antoine...

21 Jan 2009
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Lupus

Essay - 5 pages - Medical studies

Recognition of gender and ethnicity from the health aspect has become increasingly imperative for medical practitioners. They are realizing the importance of evaluating health risk factors for both male and female, majority and minority groups, and young and old citizens. As diverse as the...

15 Jan 2009
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Autism

Essay - 3 pages - Medical studies

Autism manifests itself before the age of three years. It is one of the five existing pervasive developmental disorders, which are regarded as neuro-developmental disorders. They are diagnosed on a group of three behavioral impairments or dysfunctions: impaired social interaction,...

15 Jan 2009
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Investigating the role of a gene suspected to be part of the hedgehog signaling pathway in Drosophila

Essay - 6 pages - Medical studies

Though Hedgehog (hh) has many homologues in vertebrates that signal through the same pathway, involving homologue proteins involved in Drosophila, leading to different effects on the organism (though all imply the morphogen feature of hedgehog), we will focus on its signalling pathway in the...

15 Jan 2009
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As a result of the practice of organ transplantation, do we ultimately require a re-thinking of the meaning of death?

Essay - 7 pages - Medical studies

Ever since its inception in the 1950s, organ transplantation has been accompanied by questions about the ethics of taking organs from the dead and living and giving them to others. Discussions abound among physicians, ethicists, policy makers, and the public. At first living and willing relatives...

13 Jan 2009
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Clinical tests in developing countries and pharmaceutical ethics issues

Thesis - 10 pages - Medical studies

The clinical trials performed on humans by the pharmaceutical companies are essentials for the advancement of the knowledge of human health. After the terrible Nazis experimentation during the Second World War, some actions have been taken to protect the participants of the clinical trials. Many...

13 Jan 2009
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The Health Care System in the UK

Essay - 5 pages - Medical studies

The first national strike in the NHS for nearly 20 years took place in London in September last year. This seems to be of bad omen for the British Health Care system. Before we go further into the subject, let us remember how health care used to be before any protection system existed in the UK....

12 Jan 2009
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The consecration of the patient's autonomy

Thesis - 11 pages - Medical studies

Pain, suffering and death are to some extent, inevitable in human life, though Health care must always seek to eliminate unnecessary suffering and untimely death. But it is easy to recognise that prolonging the process of dying us often undesirable. The difficulty encountered by medical teams is...

09 Jan 2009
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Cost literature review: Assisted reproductive techniques and In-vitro fertilization

Thesis - 11 pages - Medical studies

According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, fertility problems affect 7.3 million of women and their partners in the United States. That compromises about twelve percent of the population of reproductive age (American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 2008). The majority of...

17 Nov 2008
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The birth of Antisepsis

Essay - 5 pages - Medical studies

Joseph Lister's publication of “On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery” presented to the medical world Lister's method of using antiseptics made from carbolic acid during surgery. Lister hoped to use disinfectants to not only effectively heal more surgical patients but...

11 Nov 2008
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Understanding children with Asperger's Syndrome through visual art

Essay - 5 pages - Medical studies

It is believed by many that art is one of the most basic ways that people communicate their inner feelings, thoughts and values with the world outside themselves. This is particularly true of children, who are often times painfully honest in expressing how they see themselves and others by...

11 Nov 2008
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Conquering chronic illness: Treating the person as well as the disease

Essay - 6 pages - Medical studies

A chronic illness is an affliction in which many areas of life are affected. “In the United States, nearly one third of the population experiences severe chronic pain at some point in life. It is currently the most common cause of long-term disability, partially or totally disabling...

06 Oct 2008
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How does LSD work?

Essay - 9 pages - Medical studies

LSD is a highly potent hallucinogen which can profoundly alter consciousness. The exact causal mechanism of this drug is unknown, but much information about its effects on the brain has accumulated over the past few decades. Understanding the causal mechanism behind its action may have...

30 Sep 2008
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Oriental medicine: A healing method proven effective through the test of time

Essay - 5 pages - Medical studies

My sophomore year of high school was one of trials and tribulations, and contained a lot of extreme ups and downs. While some Western doctors might have diagnosed me differently, my acupuncturist, Lauri Doyle of San Luis Obispo, said I simply had a hormone imbalance which is very common in...

25 Sep 2008
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Medical negligence: Minor patients & consent

Case study - 8 pages - Medical studies

Modern legal and ethical requirements have significantly impacted doctors' approach to patient involvement in decisions in relation to treatment with a “discernible tendency to overload the information dumped upon patients about infinitesimal risks until the unhappy souls are either scared...

25 Sep 2008
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Methamphetamines

Essay - 5 pages - Medical studies

In 1927, the U.S. medical community began to use ephedrine, which is the active ingredient in ma haung, a plant, to open bronchial passages in patients with asthma. As the supplies of naturally occurring Ephedra vulgaris began to dwindle, pharmaceutical companies began to search for a synthetic...

10 Sep 2008
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The efficacy of Needle Exchange Program

Essay - 6 pages - Medical studies

A review of the literature concerning the efficacy of needle exchange programs show that such programs work well in reducing rates of HIV and other infections among IV drug users. Further, such programs neither encourage addiction or increase rates of experimentation with intravenous...

10 Sep 2008
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Stress and postpartum depression

Essay - 6 pages - Medical studies

Many women experience some mood changes after childbirth. The mild form of mood alteration experienced by two-thirds of mothers following the birth of a child is commonly known as postpartum blues. This is a mild, transient change in mood which usually begins within one to five days following...

05 Aug 2008
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Top facts about Anorexia Nervosa

Tutorials/exercises - 5 pages - Medical studies

In a society that is becoming more commercialist and consumer-driven, it is inevitable that standards of beauty become the focus of many, especially women who are the general targets of many advertisements and products. It is because of the prevalence of the idea that “thin is in” that...

04 Aug 2008
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Music as therapy: The pain and anxiety reducing properties of music

Essay - 5 pages - Medical studies

This literature review examined the effect of music on pain and anxiety in preoperative patients and burn victims as well as older people with osteoarthritis. Studies that explored the effect of music intervention generally allowed subjects to listen to self-selected music during the...

01 Aug 2008
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Huntington and the pathogenesis of Huntington's disease (HD)

Tutorials/exercises - 5 pages - Medical studies

Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder with an established genetic origin. Adult onset HD is characterized by motor dysfunction, cognitive decline and psychiatric disturbance (Ranen et al., 1993 and Harper, 1996). Initially symptoms include depression,...

30 Jul 2008
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Methods of transmission: Dengue fever

Tutorials/exercises - 6 pages - Medical studies

The adventurous tourist, obliviously hacking his way through the jungles of Brazil, is first aware of a faint buzzing noise, then a tiny sting on his arm. The smack of his hand seems to have taken care of the problem: he has merely been bitten by a mosquito, so it seems there is no reason...

30 Jul 2008
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Is abortion immoral?

Thesis - 8 pages - Medical studies

Abortion is an issue that has probably become one of the most controversial issues that are debated in the United States and in other countries today. Different schools of thoughts have different ideas and opinions regarding abortion, some ideas are pro-abortion and some argue for the abolishment...

27 Jul 2008
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Reconciling truth and fact: Abortifacient herbs in a medicalized world

Essay - 7 pages - Medical studies

Today, we know everything. We not only know that the stars are pretty and move through the sky with the seasons, we know what they are made of and why they appear to move. We not only notice the soothing effects of the opium poppy, but have identified the neural circuitry involved...

23 Jul 2008
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Gender differences in food foraging behaviour in mallard duck

Essay - 4 pages - Medical studies

The species Anas platyrhynchos, or the common Mallard duck, is a very well-documented organism, being found in virtually all parts of the world, with the exception of Antarctica. Like most other dabbling ducks belonging to the Anatinae family, the mallard duck is known to be noisy (or...

23 Jul 2008
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Occupational hazards of emergency first responders

Essay - 5 pages - Medical studies

Emergency responders, as defined by police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel, are often exposed to potential hazards within their work, due to the very nature of their work. Many of these people are heroes in that they willingly sacrifice their lives for the altruistic...

20 Jul 2008
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Autoimmune disease and rheumatoid arthritis

Essay - 4 pages - Medical studies

An autoimmune disease occurs when the body makes antibodies against some of its normal tissues (autoantibodies). In other words, it fails to distinguish “self” from “non-self” cells. The immune system attacks the naturally existing body tissues by causing lymphocytes to become...

20 Jul 2008
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Difference between Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

Essay - 4 pages - Medical studies

The article goes over bulimia nervosa in a brief but descriptive article which is broken up in to three pages. Individuals with bulimia nervosa periodically engage in discreet eating periods, which can be considered to be binge eating, which is then followed by act of purging. This is a recurrent...

20 Jul 2008
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Physician-Assisted Suicide - published: 20/07/2008

Essay - 5 pages - Medical studies

My cousin died after battling a brain tumor for six years. Before being diagnosed, she had moved to Dallas, got engaged and planned to be a teacher. At her time of death, she did not even look like the same person. One of my mother's closest friends, Joan, a registered nurse, died of cancer a few...

17 Jul 2008
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Trip down memory lane : Hallucinogens and its effects

Essay - 3 pages - Medical studies

Taking hallucinogenic drugs can be a trip down heaven or hell. Hallucinogens are a type of drug that distorts or alters the way a person perceives the world. Taking hallucinogens is like entering into a completely different world which simultaneously became part of the human world. The emerge of...