Hannah Kaya: Major Medical Topics addressed in the 2016 Elections

  This article gives the facts on two medical issues being voted on in this year’s election: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-the-2016-election-results-mean-for-health/ Legalization of Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use Legalization of Physician-assisted Suicide

 

This article gives the facts on two medical issues being voted on in this year’s election: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-the-2016-election-results-mean-for-health/

  1. Legalization of Marijuana for Recreational and Medical Use
  2. Legalization of Physician-assisted Suicide

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“Disconnecting”

It was definitely a challenge to disconnect from all electronic devices for a day – or even part of a day. It did make me realize how dependent we are on our computers and phones for communication, school, news, and entertainment. I was able to avoid use of my phone while I was at Church … Continue reading ““Disconnecting””

It was definitely a challenge to disconnect from all electronic devices for a day – or even part of a day. It did make me realize how dependent we are on our computers and phones for communication, school, news, and entertainment.

I was able to avoid use of my phone while I was at Church last Sunday, and it was a perfect opportunity to observe people. For the first couple of hours, I was able to engage in many conversations with people outside of texting or calling. It definitely makes communication more meaningful. There is an added dynamic and meaning to words when you’re able to view a person’s facial expression. The last couple of hours, I spent helping in my church nursery. I helped watch and play with nearly 20 three-year olds. It was definitely amusing listening to them try new vocabulary words that weren’t always within their proper context, and interact with each other in limited ways: “you need to share,” “you’re my friend,” “I’m this many years old…” The nursery was an entirely different world with unique dynamics in conversation and interaction that contrasted very sharply from the previous couple hours I spent conversing with adults.

This was a challenging assignment, because so many people try to contact you via your electronic devices even if you decide to put them away for a day… or part of a day. It was interesting seeing how many people constantly walk around with their phone in their hand ready to use, but it was also interesting to see the difference in facial expression when people were engaging with each other instead of with text messages. There was more genuine enjoyment written on their faces. I enjoyed the opportunity to make a conscious effort to engage with others outside of electronic devices.

Cyclosporine and its Effects on the Kidney

Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant drug with major adverse effects on the kidneys. This drug is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and widely distributed. After being metabolized by the liver, small bits of it are excreted in urine. Ironically, this nephrotoxic drug is used to prevent rejections of new kidney transplants. Blood levels of this drug must … Continue reading “Cyclosporine and its Effects on the Kidney”

Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant drug with major adverse effects on the kidneys. This drug is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and widely distributed. After being metabolized by the liver, small bits of it are excreted in urine.

Ironically, this nephrotoxic drug is used to prevent rejections of new kidney transplants. Blood levels of this drug must be periodically assessed to ensure that it hasn’t reached toxic levels, and BUN and serum creatinine levels are monitored for kidney damage. Rise in either of these kidney lab values, however, must be further assessed to determine wether the cause is due to kidney damage or rejection of the kidney transplant. Patients who have both renal impairment and rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis may not receive this drug. Patients who have only renal impairment, or the other two conditions without the renal impairment, may receive this drug, but kidney function must be closely monitored and the dosage may need to be adjusted.

Due to its nephrotoxic effects, patients must be educated on what to report. This includes an increase in blood pressure, hematuria, an increase urinary frequency, decrease in urine output, or cloudy urine.

 

Introduction and Electrolyte Values

Hi Everyone! As you can see from the picture I posted, part of the time that I spend outside of school is with kids – teaching them beginning piano, and then showcasing their progress in a little recital for their family to see. This is a photo taken from a piano recital I held over … Continue reading “Introduction and Electrolyte Values”

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As you can see from the picture I posted, part of the time that I spend outside of school is with kids – teaching them beginning piano, and then showcasing their progress in a little recital for their family to see. This is a photo taken from a piano recital I held over a year ago.

On a different note, as I’ve been studying my electrolyte values this past week, one electrolyte that I constantly have to go back to and look at is Magnesium (1.8-2.7mg/dL). At first I thought that it would be Chloride or Phosphate that I would have a hard time remembering, because we see those far less frequently than sodium, potassium, or even magnesium. But somehow, I remember those harder values better for that reason. Instead it’s magnesium that I always seem to forget and have to look up again and again. The lab value that I like the most, however, is potassium (3.5-5.0 mEq/L). There are very few numbers to remember and it’s a very common lab value that pops up in patient’s charts. Because it’s so easy for me to remember, potassium lies very dear to my heart.

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