Cureus Now Supports Video!

Do you know what’s better than describing a highly advanced medical procedure? Showing the video, of course!  We’re thrilled to announce that Cureus now supports YouTube videos! Videos can be inserted in an article wherever the author chooses.

At Cureus, we’re committed to offering a unique experience built upon our foundation as an online, open access medical journal, and that means allowing the Cureus community to share and watch videos as a way to promote good science. Imagination is a wonderful thing, and I think we can all agree it’s a huge part of reading, but when it comes to medical science, the less imagination required, the better. With videos embedded in your article, you now have the ability to show instead of tell – just one more example of how Cureus is committed to providing a cutting edge experience for authors and readers alike.

What does it look like, you might ask? Adding a video is as easy as inserting a video tag {{Video 1}} into your article and uploading the corresponding file.

adding a video

The result? An embedded video complete with title and description that can be played directly in the article or from the specific YouTube page.

Embedded Video

Researchers Develop Injection-Free Vaccinations

Researchers Develop Injection-Free Vaccinations
The new technique could help tackle HIV and Malaria.

Researchers at King’s College London have developed an injection-free technique that can deliver dried live vaccines into the skin without the need for a traditional hypodermic needle.

The vaccine is administered through small rows of microneedles made of sucrose which penetrate the skin and dissolve quickly — enabling specialized immune cells in the skin to kick-start potent immunizing properties of the vaccine.

This important technical advancement stabilizes a live viral vaccine at room temperature rather than requiring refrigeration — which can be a considerable challenge in developing countries where transporting and storing live vaccines in a continuously cold environment would not be possible.

An injection-free vaccine also offers a cheaper alternative to hypodermic needles and removes any safety risks from needle contamination along with the added benefit of pain-free administration.

Dr Linda Klavinskis from the Peter Gorer Department of Immunobiology at King’s College London, is excited by the possibility of delivering live vaccines in a global context, without the need for any refrigeration.

“This new technique represents a huge leap forward in overcoming the challenges of delivering a vaccination program for diseases such as HIV and malaria,” Dr Klavinskis said in a news release.

“But these findings may also have wider implications for other infectious disease vaccination programs, for example infant vaccinations, or even other inflammatory and autoimmune conditions such as diabetes.”

The study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by King’s College London, is part of a larger project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

via Stanford Medicine


Cureus People: Rabia Zafar, PhD – University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Cureus People: Rabia Zafar, PhD – University of Central Florida College of Medicine


Rabia Zafar Phd.

Team Cur&#275us talked with Rabia Zafar. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Florida – in 2010.

Her entry for the Cur&#275us Fall 2012 International Poster Competition received 1st place in the Neurology category.

Rabia is currently a second year medical student attending the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando.

Video: Diagnosing and Treating Autonomic Disorders

Video: Diagnosing and Treating Autonomic Disorders



Marc LaDerriere inspecting wine at Vina Robles Winery & Vineyards in Paso Robles.

Stanford Hospital has posted a fascinating video highlighting the complexities of diagnosing autonomic disorder.

Marc LaDerriere, a director of wine sales for the Vina Robles Winery & Vineyards in Paso Robles began noticing strange symptoms – including fatigue, inability to perspirate and fluctuating blood pressure.

“Hot weather sapped his strength and made him dizzy, yet he was sweating less and in cool weather no goose bumps ever appeared when he grew chilled.”

He was eventually referred to Stanford Hospital & Clinics where Neurologist Safwan Jaradeh, M.D. diagnosed Marc with having an autonomic nervous system disorder, brought on by a lyme disease infection that he had carried for years without ever knowing it.

“The autonomic nervous system,” according to Dr. Jaradeh “is the part of the nervous system that controls all the vital functions and organs that are independent of our own will.” This system controls your heartbeat, digestion, respiration, perspiration and all the other things we do without consciously thinking about it.

Safwan Jaradeh, MD is the director of Stanford’s autonomic disorders program — he is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, electrodiagnostic medicine and autonomic disorders.

Read more about autonomic nervous system disorders at Stanford Hospital’s site.

Cureus Editorial Board Feature: Robert M. Quencer, MD

Cureus Editorial Board Feature: Robert M. Quencer, MD


Robert M. Quencer, MD

Cur&#275us met with Robert M. Quencer, MD, Robert Shapiro Professor of Radiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Radiology, a position he has held since 1992.

The former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Neuroradiology from 1998-2005, Dr. Quencer brings his vast knowledge and neuroradiology expertise to the Cur&#275us Editorial Board.

In addition to his clinical, academic and leadership roles, Dr. Quencer has published over 150 articles and book chapters in many areas of neuroimaging and has authored two books in neuroradiology.

Cureus People: Shawna Bellew, University Of Central Florida

Cureus People: Shawna Bellew, University Of Central Florida


Shawna Bellew

We met with Shawna Bellew, a fourth year med student from the University of Central Florida. Her submissions for the OB/GYN and Internal Medicine categories both won 3rd place in the Cur&#275us Fall 2012 Poster competition.

The OB/GYN poster compares traditional laparotomy to robotic techniques in treating endometrial cancer. Her Internal Medicine entry explores acute pancreatitis and its connection to eating disorders, specifically bulimia in young females.

Growing up in a family of doctors the decision to go to med school came easy, although not obviously. She started her studies as an art major, and even though she switched tracks she still remains a passionate artist.

In 2010 she won first prize at an art competition sponsored by the American Medical Association. Her entry “The Standardized Patient” received top honor in the “Empathy” category.

Watch the whole video here.

Cureus Editorial Board Feature: Jason Pozner, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Cureus Editorial Board Feature: Jason Pozner, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Jason Pozner, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the founder of the Sanctuary Plastic Surgery and co-owner of Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center in Boca Raton, Florida.

The son of a successful health spa and diet center physician in New Jersey — Dr. Pozner graduated from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York with a Distinction in Research. He trained for five years in an intensive general surgery residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Our video team stopped in to talk with Dr. Pozner who joined Cur&#275us as an Editorial Board member earlier this year. Dr. Pozner is a highly respected authority on both surgical and non-invasive plastic surgery techniques.