Archive for June, 2018

Life After Life And The Limits Of Medicine

Friday, June 29th, 2018 |

  Rare and precious was an event I enjoyed this spring: lunch together with my medical school dean and two of my most influential professors. Through lecture and lifestyle, they mentored me in the nuances of medicine and health. But we are all older now. Signs of age weigh upon us. And for we four, […]

International Health For Super Specialists?

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 |

“I’m a super refined specialist. What can I do to serve the world’s most poor?” We at INMED regularly hear questions of this nature from healthcare professionals whose expertise is narrowly focused, and often also highly reliant upon technology and other specialists. Douglas Blackall, an academic pathologist at the University of Arkansas, carried similar questions […]

What Is The Most Useful Second Language?

Friday, June 15th, 2018 |

  “I’m enrolling for classes and I have to take a foreign language. Which one shall I choose?” This dilemma is familiar to most. One challenge is that at the time we decide – usually in high school – we have no clue over where, ten years in the future, we will live or with […]

Can Azithromycin Prophylaxis Prevent Death In Children?

Friday, June 8th, 2018 |

  Would administering a routine dose of azithromycin (a common antibiotic) to large numbers of children, regardless of whether they were ill or not, improve child survival? This rather unorthodox question was actually tested in a massive research initiative, whose results were announced this month.   The journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases published this research […]

Ebola Round Two: Should We Be Alarmed?

Friday, June 1st, 2018 |

  We are once again on high alert over Ebola. True, this year the disease has killed only a very small number of persons – twenty-seven – but the potential for rapid, worldwide dissemination is a clear and present danger. Remember how in 2014-2016 Ebola Round One killed 11,310?   We are better prepared for […]