Patient Information: Unhealthy Half Knowledge

'The empowered patient' has become a household term since medical knowledge became available without limits on the Web. Yet such forms of information have a downside. Researchers point to a number of risks coming from modern media. more...

Misdiagnosis in Muscle Diseases

Having cared for both children and adults in six neuromuscular programs or clinics, I am continually amazed at the inaccurate diagnosis far too many patients receive. Several months ago a teenage youth sent me an e-mail saying he had been playing varsity basketball more...

A Physician’s Letter to His Younger Self

Well, I write to you from thirteen years into the future, on the brink of finishing cardiology fellowship in less than a year. It is hard to believe that I can finally begin to see the light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel, but I have learned some things more...

Blog entry by Chiduzie Madubata
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Euthanasia: Offer Without Demand

Medical euthanasia is now legal in many countries. Nevertheless it is relatively rarely used, according to a recent study. Overall, public support for euthanasia in Western Europe and the USA has almost continuously increased. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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Color Patch: Go Green

Burn patients often receive antibiotics as a precaution. It's not always so that current tests confirm the presence of infection. In order to avoid unnecessary antibiotic treatment, researchers have developed a wound dressing that alters its colour once the wound is more...

Cognitive Strain

The doctor-patient relationship is complicated by the fact that both doctor and patient are human, and thus have two parts to their brains. Many of you will be familiar with Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow. Kahneman, along with Amos Tversky and others, more...

Blog entry by Shirie Leng
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Cannula and Co.: Friendly Bloodsuckers

Whether it be blood extraction or vaccination, a prick and a small amount of pain is part of the deal – or at least until now. But the anaesthetic patch, infrared technology and blood sample extraction performed without using a cannula are making routine procedure more...

Who’s Watching the Children at the Dentist’s Office?

You may have read about the recent tragic deaths of two healthy children – Marvelena Rady, age 3, and Caleb Sears, age 6 – in California dental offices. Unfortunately, they aren’t the first children to die during dental procedures, and unless things change, they more...

Blog entry by Karen Sibert

How the Word “Burnout” Perpetuates Medicine’s Cycle of Abuse

We enter medicine with our hearts and souls on fire ready to serve humanity. By the time we complete medical training many of us have anxiety, PTSD, depression—even suicidal thoughts. Why? more...

Blog entry by Pamela Wible

MS: Healing Through High-Risk Therapy

One radical method of treatment seems able to stop MS – but the treatment is life-threatening. First, the researchers almost completely killed the immune system of patients by chemotherapy. Then they transplanted autologous stem cells into the patients. more...

Article by Irene Habich
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