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Pain Measurement: Level 2 MegaPain In Second Molar

The medical world has increasingly come to rely on computerised technology. Nevertheless, there are complaints that evade almost every technological analysis. A variety of strategies is being used to try and make pain measurable – with surprisingly good results. more...

Article by Erich Lederer

Drug Reactions: Skin Pure

Medications often have undesirable effects on the skin – from harmless rashes to severe organ damage. Many effects first show up only after introduction of the medication into the market place. This is just one more reason to systematically collect data. more...

How Do I Know If I Really Love It?

Very interesting question from a med student reader the other day: How do I choose what specialty to go into? Her particular decision was worded differently, but the general idea of the query is the same: how can I possibly know what it’s going to be like to be this more...

Blog entry by Shirie Leng

Cachexia: Sparse Study Conditions

Once under way, there is barely any way back. In the case of cancer but also many other chronic diseases, the body breaks down muscle and fat. Our understanding of the molecular processes is just as limited as the treatment options available. more...

Article by Erich Lederer

The “Shocking” History of ECT

The use of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for the treatment of mental illnesses such as severe depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder spans the course of more than seven decades. With the new century has also come advances in science and explorations into new more...

Blog entry by Kumba Sennaar

Post-Hospital Syndrome

Imagine this: You are sick. You are the sickest you’ve ever been. You want to die. You almost did die. You want to bury your head in your cozy bed for the next two years. But you’re not in your bed. This bed has plastic for covers and sandpaper for sheets. more...

Blog entry by Shirie Leng

Zika Virus: In 40 Mosquitoes Around The World

For many years Zika virus slumbered away in solitude, little noticed by science. Now it's rushing from country to country. Its harmlessness as described earlier is also something it has left in the past. It's time for its re-evaluation. more...

Pregnancy: Retirement Notice For The Stork?

Intestinal worms and other parasites are freeloaders that can harm the health of their host. Yet they may perhaps also have an unexpected effect: they might be able to enhance fertility and offer help so that women are able to become pregnant sooner. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

Sorry, but I’m not part of the ancillary staff. I’m a physician.

A few months ago, I was on call as a cardiology fellow, and I had to go up to one of the inpatient floors to do a stat echocardiogram on a patient. Given how hemodynamically unstable he was, I was rushing to the room as fast as I could with this hefty machine that more...

Blog entry by Chiduzie Madubata

Travel Medicine: Resistance in Hand Luggage

People travelling abroad, especially to tropical countries, run the risk of becoming ill themselves - and introducing antibiotic resistant germs to Europe. A dissertation has examined the effectiveness of tropical medical advice and discusses the need for improvement. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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