December 17, 2021
Yet another year is coming to a close, marking another groundbreaking year in medicine. 2021 continued to test the healthcare system and its dedicated professionals with COVID-19 surges and viral variants, rising cases of chronic disease, and nationwide health crises demanding immediate attention.
In line with the A4M mission to disseminate the latest knowledge in modern medicine, we strive to keep clinicians up to date and well-equipped to tackle any clinical challenge with our weekly blog articles. From the role of hormonal health in immunocompetence to the latest successes in Alzheimer’s disease therapeutics, topics featured on the A4M blog highlight essential developments in the industry. To wrap up the year, we compiled a list of our readers’ favorite blogs from 2021.
May 7, 2021
The month of May honors National Nurses Month a time designated to recognize the incredible contributions nurses make to the field, particularly during the increased strain they have endured throughout the COVID-19 crisis. In early 2020, the pandemic turned nurses and other healthcare personnel into frontline responders, forcing them to contend with caring for COVID-19 patients, insufficient personal protective equipment, grueling work hours, and other factors contributing to exponentially rising rates of burnout.
Today, nurses and other healthcare professionals continue to grapple with the global pandemic and its repercussions on the healthcare system, one of which is the magnified visibility of institutional failures. Effects of such failures are widespread and include the tremendous burden placed on frontline nurses throughout the past year, severely impacting their mental and physical wellbeing. With endless reports of overwhelmed and exhausted practitioners flooding the news, supporting nurses and their fellow medical professionals has never been more important.
February 16, 2021
The neurologic features of COVID-19 infection still remain under investigation as a growing number of reports indicates the potential for cognitive symptoms in certain patient cases. Recent research has examined high-resolution magnetic resonance imagery to reveal microvascular brain injury and inflammation in COVID-19 patients who have died, however, no evidence of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral attack in tissue samples has been reported. The damage is reportedly caused by thinning and leaky brain blood vessels tied to the viral infection, per a letter recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.