Psychiatry: Day of the Unlocked Door

Locked wards in psychiatry are supposed to protect patients. Yet suicide attempts and absconding are more common with locked wards than in hospitals with "open doors". A new study makes it clear: coercive measures tend to jeopardise therapy. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

The Importance of Chest X-Rays

One of the most important things I learned as a pediatric resident was to order a chest X-ray, if I was puzzled about a diagnosis. I wish more doctors knew this, because I constantly wonder why it often takes patients so long to get a diagnosis when they have shortness more...

Who’s Your Ideal Patient?

Want to hang out with diabetic truckers with erectile dysfunction? Or hippie women with chronic yeast infections? Who’s your ideal patient? Attention doctors: if you’re not attracting your ideal patients, don’t blame them. They probably have no idea how to find more...

Blog entry by Pamela Wible

Autoimmune Diseases: Parkinson Is In The Cast

Researchers during their search for the causes of Parkinson's disease have come across a fresh and clear track: they have observed a link between Parkinson-typical genetic alterations and T-cell activation. Is any trembling and anxious waiting for new therapeutic more...

Article by Sabine Fliegen

Tumour Therapy: Better Off Not Labelling Off-Label

Treatments using off-label medications are controversial – in tumour medicine as well. A new study aims to prove that when it comes to medication it makes sense to pay less attention to tumour type but more to the metabolism of malignant cells. more...

Article by Erich Lederer

The Importance of Repeating a Greatly Abnormal Lab Test

A good friend called the other day saying her doctor, who was a kidney doctor, ordered some blood work because my friend had lost weight, when she had not been trying to do this. One of the thyroid tests came back as greatly abnormal. more...

Cancer: An Inheritance That One Cannot Reject

How do ethnic or gender differences manifest as part of cancer risk? And what added value do doctors get from the respective information? These questions are being answered by researchers using long-term data collected from more than 1.3 million cancer cases in the Los more...

I’m a Doctor. I’m on Medicaid. I Work As a Waitress.

I just received this letter from a physician in the Unites States of America: "Like thousands of medical school graduates each year, I did not get a residency. We might as well be lepers…I did manage to get a very part-time job in the IT department at the hospital more...

Blog entry by Pamela Wible

Benign Congenital Hypotonia is Not a Diagnosis

There are countless reason that a baby is floppy or weak at birth. One diagnosis that is not correct is Benign Congenital Hypotonia. I frequently tell parents and friends that the Internet has a great deal of good medical information, considerable misinformation, as more...

Bad Vibriotions

Summertime is bathing time. However "brain-eating" amoeba and "carnivorous" vibrios spoil the pleasure for holiday makers. Doctors are effectively groping about in the dark when dealing with non-specific symptoms, such as occur with amoebic encephalitis. This infection more...

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