Mountaineering is supposed to provide the experience of a lifetime, a noble exercise alone or with a guide and a few climbing partners in a sort of perfect harmony with nature. The beauty of the mountain, the silence of high altitude and the sounds of the glaciers filled with life are all what mountain climbers dream of when they choose a specific peak to ascend. One would therefore imagine that going all the way to Nepal or Tibet to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, would provide such an experience. Unfortunately, this is not so. We have…

Running a successful research laboratory is not an easy task, but it can be daunting as a clinician when clinical and administrative responsibilities also are integral parts of the job. This could explain the worrisome trend that saw a dramatic reduction in the workforce of “physician-scientists” during the last 30 years as evidenced by the declining number of M.D.-only physician-scientists who have applied for NIH funding even when they themselves were recipients of mentored grants (KO8). So how can anyone manage to do it?

First, it is critical to understand the responsibilities of running and working in a research laboratory…

The duties of medical students are somewhat limited as the main goal of medical school is to observe and learn as much as possible. Medical students must be “sponges”, but the limitation that they can’t yet organize and fully care for their patients. The transformation to residency is therefore quite a shock and can be rather difficult because it involves a plethora of new challenges that are inspiring, exhausting, revealing about one’s self and truly exhilarating all at once. Here are a few tips to make residency training a successful one.

Be dependable

The long hours can literally beat residents…

Why is tumor tissue so important in the management of cancer patients? It turns out it goes well beyond establishing a diagnosis.

The purpose of obtaining tissue from a tumor through a biopsy has evolved over the last few years from merely establishing a diagnosis to predicting response to therapy and providing a realistic prognosis for patients. This evolution stems from the recently acquired ability to precisely analyze tissue using molecular assays, biomarkers and genotyping and is in keeping with the notion of “molecular medicine” itself often referred to as “personalized or precision medicine” where a treatment plan is formulated…

Nutrition research is notoriously difficult to conduct. Despite many attempts at assessing the impact of nutrition and dieting on health, the field remains plagued by uncertainty, questionable results, ever changing recommendations leaving the readers confused and unable to decide on a path forward.

In an attempt to address some of these issues, biomarkers capable of “objectively assessing food consumption” including food intake and impact of food groups on the body are making an entry into the world of nutrition research. Such biomarkers would finally allow researchers to do away with self-reported dietary intake questionnaires that are largely unreliable and more…

Cancer affects millions of Americans every year and despite progress in detection, surveillance and treatment, it is still the second most common cause of death in the US. Some cancers such as melanoma or brain cancer affect people of every age, ethnicity, and gender. But of the gender-specific cancers, one of the most common and deadly affecting men is prostate cancer which is responsible for 30,000 death in the US each year. The emergence of new more effective therapies has brought a renewed focus on the impact of such therapies on patients’ lives before and after treatment. …

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of primary liver cancer, remains one of the most highly lethal cancers in the world accounting for approximately 600,000 deaths per year making HCC the third leading cause of cancer-related death. …

Feb 26–29, 2020

Little did we know that the PAIRS annual Meeting that just concluded February 29 2020 was going to be the last IR meeting for long while. Indeed, the crisis due to COVID-19 has paralyzed the global economy, restricting at first and then almost eliminating travel between countries and subsequently preventing any meeting of more than 50 people from taking place in some countries while others took even more dire steps by simply banning meetings all together. As a result, medical conferences have been cancelled or postponed one by one, including the annual meetings of the European Society of Radiology and…

For many years at tumor boards, despite clinical evidence that minimally invasive image-guided therapies were clearly helpful to cancer patients, we, as interventional radiologists, had to face the ultimate judgment in the form of our colleagues from other oncology disciplines asking us for the “data”. “Where is the data?” “Where are the clinical studies?” I did not take it as a criticism but rather as a call to arms. As a specialty, we needed to do better.

Colleagues at other institutions heard the same refrain which forced us to get our act together. And so we did. We started generating…

Stories about how animal behavior resembles that of humans are being reported almost daily. More than 70 years after Konrad Lorenz, the Austrian zoologist and father of ethology (the study of animal behavior) who received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1973, first wrote about the similarities between animals and humans from the standpoint of their mental states, scientific evidence is starting to prove him right.

Grumpy Dog

A research study at the University of Vienna indicates that dogs are fully capable of displaying envy. The basis of the experiment was simple: two dogs were taught to “shake hands” without…

Jeff Geschwind

Located in New Haven, Dr. Jeff Geschwind is an influential medical expert who has made an impact on cancer research and treatment. http://jeffgeschwind.org/.

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