Approach Considerations A native renal biopsy is typically performed percutaneously through the patient’s back. Other possible approaches are the transjugular kidney biopsy and laparoscopic/open kidney biopsy. For kidney transplant, the graft biopsy is percutaneous and ultrasound guided. Renal Biopsy The percutaneous renal biopsy (PRB): The percutaneous renal biopsy is the standard of care. It is most commonly performed by radiologists and nephrologists.  Adequate tissue is obtained in 95%–99% of PRB, with a typical yield of about 10–20 glomeruli on average, depending on the type of disease, when using 14- and 16-gauge needles. The patient is placed in...Read More
4 Breakthroughs in Women’s Healthcare in the Last 10 Years Some women can’t fathom a time when mammograms were painful or full body mole mapping wasn’t the norm. For younger women with the Mirena IUD, the thought of having a menstrual cycle might even seem like a distant dream (or nightmare) from their teenaged years.In fact, the recent increased interest in IUDs, particularly the Mirena which is known for often causing menstrual cycles to lighten or disappear completely, was especially regaled as women feared the loss of birth control options with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. However,...Read More
Siddha drug ‘Nilavembu Kudineer’ popular in Kerala as an effective medicine for dengue fever The Siddha herbal drug, ‘Nilavembu Kudineer’, which became popular in Tamil Nadu as the best remedy for dengue fever and chikungunya, is being distributed in Kerala now by the Siddha practitioners to check spread of all kinds of fevers, especially the vector-borne diseases.The drug is distributed in all the medical camps set up in various government Siddha dispensaries and in centres of national health mission (NHM) and National Ayush Mission (NAM) as part of control measures for the menacingly increasing dengue and chikungunya virus infections....Read More
Periodontal pathogen may interfere with conception in young women In a new study recently carried out by researchers at the University of Helsinki, it was found that the common periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis may inhibit conception in young women. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, severe chronic periodontitis is the sixth most common medical condition in the world. Up until now, no data on the influence of periodontal bacteria on conception has been available.The study investigated whether microbiological and serological markers of periodontitis are associated with conception and involved 256 women aged between 19 and 42 who...Read More
ACIP approves new hepatitis A vaccine draft recommendations The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved new recommendations for hepatitis A vaccinations, including a focus on catch up vaccines for adolescents and those over age 40 years. While hepatitis A cases have dropped significantly since the vaccine’s debut – with the number of reported cases in 2015 dropping to 1,390, compared with 9,606 in 1971 – previous recommendations regarding catch-up vaccinations suggested patients should consider treatment, as opposed to catch-up vaccination. Now, children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 18 years...Read More
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