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Biosimilars in the Caribbean – Key Considerations

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10.7727/wimj.2012.331
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849–52

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Biotechnology is the use of living organisms and processes to manufacture large quantities of complex molecules for medicinal purposes known as biopharmaceuticals. Diseases, that were once almost impossible to treat, are now treatable because of biotechnology. Some examples of these diseases are diabetes, chronic anaemia, multiple myeloma and some lymphomas.

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e-Published: 24 Jun, 2013

Colon Cancer Screening

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365–7

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The “Missed” Population of Perinatally HIV-infected Adolescent Slow Progressors in Jamaica

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295–7

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e-Published: 17 Jun, 2013

Ethnomedicine

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215–16

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Ethnomedicine refers to the study of traditional medical practice which is concerned with the cultural interpretation of health, diseases and illness and also addresses the healthcareseeking process and healing practices (1). The practice of ethnomedicine is a complex multi-disciplinary system constituting the use of plants, spirituality and the natural environment and has been the source of healing for people for millennia (2).

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e-Published: 10 Jun, 2013

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

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194–6

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e-Published: 10 Jun, 2013

Paediatric Critical Care: Stepping Beyond the Double Doors

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73–4

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e-Published: 10 Jun, 2013

New Rotavirus Vaccines for Infant Gastroenteritis Arriving Soon

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1–3
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Rotavirus gastroenteritis is the second most common disease of infants and young children. Each year, rotavirus causes approximately 111 million episodes of gastroenteritis requiring only home care, 25 million clinic visits, 2 million hospitalizations, and 352 000 – 592 000 deaths (median, 440 000 deaths) in children < 5 years of age, worldwide (1). By age five years, nearly every child will have an episode of rotavirus gastroenteritis, 1 in 5 will visit a clinic, 1 in 65 will be hospitalized, and approximately 1 in 293 will die (1). Children in the poorest countries account for 82% of rotavirus deaths. The most prevalent rotavirus serotypes which are responsible for over 80% of worldwide gastroenteritis infections are G1[P8], G2[P4], G3[P8] and G4[P8] (2). A previously licensed rotavirus vaccine in the United States of America was withdrawn from the market when it was associated with increased risk of infant intussusception (3).
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Depression: A Major Public Health Problem Facing the Caribbean

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353–4

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Epidemiological studies indicate that depression is a common disorder worldwide (1, 2). Estimates of the lifetime prevalence for this disorder range from 5–17% of the population in the USA (3–4). However a MEDLINE trawl of two hundred and seventy-five publications on mental health issues in Caribbean people revealed a paucity of written material on depression in the region.

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Developments with Regard to End-of-life Decisions in Newborns

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277–8
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End-of-life decisions in newborns are among the most difficult decisions in paediatric practice. Especially when they concern newborns with untreatable diseases. An open discussion about the dilemmas regarding such decisions may help to develop a coherent and integrated approach.

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Paediatric Critical Care: Beyond the Walls

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217–19
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The delivery of optimal paediatric critical care requires healthcare providers to think outside the confines of the intensive care unit. Public health strategies, training and recertification in basic and advanced paediatric life support and optimized transport of patients are key issues for consideration.

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