Ebola spreading rate compared to other diseases

Via Sploid by Jesus Diaz Many people are freaking out about ebola, but the fact is that there’s no reason to panic because it spreads too slowly. Way slower than other infectious diseases. The graphic above shows it clearly: While a measles patient can infect a maximum of 18 people on average, an ebola patient…

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Corticosteroid Therapy in Septic Shock

I was reviewing my ICU notes and was wondering the roles of corticosteroid therapy for sepsis/septic shock.  Here are the current summary for corticosteroid therapy for sepsis/septic shock according to uptodate.com: SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Summary Laboratory assays of plasma cortisol concentration and response to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) stimulation are likely unreliable in critically ill patients.…

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Why Brain Death Is Death

Why Brain Death Is Death Fran Lowry September 19, 2014 In the final weeks of December 2013, Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old girl from Oakland, California, went into Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland for a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, and removal of redundant sinus tissue. Tragically, complications ensued. Jahi was declared legally dead on December 12, 2013, following 2…