Category: Med Blog

A Quick Guide to Prevention Screening

Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • USPSTF recommends screening men 65-75 years old who have¬†ever smoked, with ultrasound. Anything less than 3cm is normal. 3cm-3.9cm require surveillance every 2-3 years. 4cm-5.4cm require surveillance every 6 months.¬†Aneurysms 5.5cm or larger require surgical referral. [Grade B recommendation]
  • Screening for Breast Cancer
  • USPSTF recommends mammogram starting at age 50, then repeat every
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    When to Think About Temporal Arteritis

    When an older patient comes in for a headache, besides the common headaches like migraine, cluster, and tension headaches, it is also very important to consider Temporal Arteritis. Here, I will explain to you what this is. What is it? In summary, temporal arteritis, also known as Giant Cell Arteritis, is a systemic vasculitis of medium and large arteries. While… Continue reading

    Psychiatric Interviews for Teaching

    The best way to learn how to interview psych patients is to see how others interview psych patients, and then trying it yourself, and you’ll have plenty of chances to improve your skill during your clinical rotations. I’ve found some useful examples of Psych interviews, courtesy of the University of Nottingham. Here are the videos in the series:
    1. Somatization
    2. Self
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    Female Reproductive Endocrinology in 28 Easy Steps

    In my med school experience, Female Reproductive Endocrinology is one of the more challenging things to learn in physiology, since hormones rise and fall, and interact with each other in different ways in different phases of the cycle. But when broken down to 28 steps, the process is easier to understand.
    1. Menstruation marks the beginning of the menstrual cycle, because
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    All About Female Hormonal Drugs

    When we talk about female hormonal drugs, the biggest treatments that come to mind are for breast cancer, menopause, contraceptives, and fertility. BREAST CANCER As estrogen often causes breast cancer to grow, breast cancer can be treated with hormonal drugs. There are two major ways to tackle breast cancer via hormonal therapy. One, you can either suppress breast cancer’s response… Continue reading