A Decade of Progress in Global Neurosurgery

While the past ten years have yielded significant progress in neurosurgery, the prioritisation of global health outcomes and equity in neurosurgical care is a particularly valuable advancement due to the benefits yet to be gained. The appreciation of safe and effective neurosurgery as a key element of universal health coverage is highly encouraging as a sign of progress towards more equitable surgical care for patients around the world.

COVID-19 and Liver Transplants are mutually exclusive – Fact or Fiction?

COVID-19 has fundamentally altered clinical practices and guidelines. This also applies to liver transplantation. In the UK, liver transplant activity has dramatically decreased during the early months of the pandemic. The traditional logic dictates that transplantation-related immunosuppression increases the risk of COVID-19 infection and entails sub-par clinical outcomes. However, theories remain theories without clinical evidence. This article examines whether such concerns justify reducing liver transplant activity.

Psychological and social burden of cutaneous leishmaniasis among the residents of Quetta City, Pakistan

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease transmitted by sand-flies and is considered one of the most neglected diseases in the world. It mostly affects the poorest of the poor. People living in poor situations are more susceptible. Leishmaniasis includes several variants...

Building Bridges in Medical Science 2021 Conference Proceedings

The Building Bridges in Medical Science 2021 Conference was held virtually on March 6th, 2021. Abstracts were judged by panel consisting of representatives from both the BBMS Organising Committee and the Cambridge Medicine Journal. A selection of abstracts are included in this set of conference proceedings, published by the Cambridge Medicine Journal.

Posterior Circulation Ischaemic Stroke Imaging – Correlates and Perspectives

Posterior circulation ischaemic stroke (PCIS) is a disease of high mortality and morbidity. However, current research predominantly focuses on the anterior circulation, specifically the internal carotid artery. Recommendations of change are required for the improvement of clinical outcomes.

Endeavouring to Improve Glioblastoma Multiforme Patient Prognosis – A Literature Review of Biomarkers and Novel Therapeutic Approaches

Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) patients typically deteriorate at a rapid rate, and survive an average of 15 months from diagnosis – despite clinical intervention with the current approach of maximal surgical resection and adjuvant chemoradiotherapy. Tumour recurrence and treatment resistance remain inevitable with this standard treatment protocol, and therefore, we must endeavour to investigate more efficacious alternatives which offer better patients better prognosis and quality of life.