Can A Pill A Day Prevent HIV?

As medical students, the threat of needle-stick injuries and the subsequent use of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is a constant looming presence. Side-effects are sucky, viral resistance is sucky, HIV is sucky. I don’t know how I missed it, but apparently there have been some significant trials for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The article I found canContinue reading “Can A Pill A Day Prevent HIV?”

Weekly Whine: “Health” Frenzy

Sometimes, I like finding like-minded blogs. Blogs that may teach me something new about my field. I  like health, and I don’t think health is just about the sciences. But I am not in support of this world-wide frenzy to be “healthy” to such an extent that people are pushed towards eating disorders. Exercise is GOOD. LeadingContinue reading “Weekly Whine: “Health” Frenzy”

There Was This Boy: Your Future Matters

A few times every year I see on Facebook, blogs and Twitter how high school students consider their options for life after school.  There was this boy I dated in high school. He was not a genius, but he performed as an above-average student. He did well in Maths, Science and Biology. He was goodContinue reading “There Was This Boy: Your Future Matters”

My Wish for World TB Day

As posted yesterday, today is World Tuberculosis Day. StopTB has this really cool campaign where you can make your own stopTB poster about your goals for this disease. The theme is “Stop TB in my lifetime”, which I think is an excellent motive. This is the poster I made:

Doctors: Guardians of Human Rights

Today is Human Rights Day in South Africa, in memory of the Sharpeville Massacre and the many other human rights violations in this country’s history. The Truth and Reconciliation Committee reported that “[h]ealth practitioners […] have a unique responsibility in society, as healers, to understand and alleviate causes of human suffering, and to promote health.” This being theContinue reading “Doctors: Guardians of Human Rights”

Could Computers be an Infectious Risk?

My dad works a lot with Health Informatics, and is very involved in the digitalising of South African health care systems, especially when it comes to tele-health. Recently, one of his colleagues mentioned something genius in its simplicity: There has been a big push to computerise the administration of hospital wards – and with goodContinue reading “Could Computers be an Infectious Risk?”

Mad Genius, or Simply Genius?

The latest worldwide Armageddon scare is man-made: Scientists at the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands have created a mutation of the Bird Flu virus (H5N1) that could literally wipe out half of Earth’s population. Bird flu kills more than 50% of all people it infects. The reason it hasn’t caused mass annihilation thus farContinue reading “Mad Genius, or Simply Genius?”

Grouchy Smurf is Grumpy: On Globally Relevant Research

I’m a bit of a Grinch. Or a grump, or maybe just a cynic. Anyway, I read this article about how poor dental health can lead to pneumonia, therefore you must brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. The research was done by the Yale University School of Medicine, so IContinue reading “Grouchy Smurf is Grumpy: On Globally Relevant Research”