The U.S. Justice Department has dropped its appeal to block a ruling by a New York Federal Judge to allow easy access, over-the -counter purchase of the "Morning After" pill for birth control.
A bit of medical humor: Ask a cardiologist about the purpose of the body and s/he will tell you it's to support the function of the heart. Ask a pulmonologist about the purpose of the body and s/he will tell it's to support the function of the lungs. This reminds of the late Rodney King's immortal quote, "Can we all get along?".
Breast cancer is not as common in men as in women, but there are 2400 cases diagnosed in men each year compared to 232,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women each year. Unfortunately, most men with a breast lump, bump, or discharge from the nipple will ignore the problem. As a result many men do not seek medical care and are diagnosed when the cancer is at a more advanced stage and is more difficult to treat.
National Public Radio (NPR) reported on a fascinating theory of Mark Thomas, an evolutionary geneticist at University College London. He points out that we human beings all started out being unable to digest milk's dominant sugar, lactose, after childhood. In fact, most adult mammals do not drink milk. But 20,000 years ago, people of Northern and Central European descent and certain African and Middle Eastern populations began developing lactose tolerance. He theorizes that there was a strong natural selective pressure to allow those lactose tolerant genes to survive. Drinking milk was an advantage to our species.
So many times we give a presentation and are not sure whether we have connected with the audience. Of course there is the look of approval on the audience face, the compliments you may receive after the program, or the observation that no one left their seat during the program. I have found that questions after the program indicates a level of interest and a connection with the audience. If you are speaking to a lay audience, you may receive validation that you did well when patients call and request an appointment.
Yes, you read it right. I said "Fecal Transplants". It may sound disgusting but there is increasing evidence that placing a healthy patient's feces inside the GI tract of a patient with Clostridium difficile gut infection may be the wave of the future. And it shows just how important our normal gut microbe flora is for good health. Here is how it works:
If Ms. Stein were a physician, she might proclaim that "a blood vessel is a blood vessel is a blood vessel is a blood vessel" regardless of what organ it supplies. The implication is that blockage of one leads to blockage of others.
Existing and potential patients can do more than ask friends and family about you and your practice. Now they can go online and read what others are saying about you. Interestingly enough, you can have an element of control on your reputation. It is true that you can’t control everything said about you, but you can set the scale of favorable vs. unfavorable comments in your favor with more positive comments than negative ones.
New information has come out on what works and what doesn't work for lateral epicondylitis...aka: tennis elbow. A new study published in JAMA will change how we have treated this condition for decades.