ASAving The World

The arrival of large-scale production of acetylsalicylic acid 120 years ago paved a new path of conquest. ASA, according to studies, protects patients from coronary events, as well as from cancer, and is effective against depression. Can (almost) everything be cured more...

The Snap Of A Glove

I realized the snap of a glove in the operating room for me is akin to the starter's pistol for a runner or swimmer. The snap brings me into total focus on the task at hand, the operation to be performed. I am locked, loaded, and prepared to engage the malignant more...

Blog entry by Steven Curley
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Medical Concerns About Tattoos And Piercings

Tattoos and piercings can cause serious medical problems. Doctors and parents need to discuss the risks with patients and teens. Even if there is not a medical problem, teens need to know the risks. more...

Childhood Cancer: The Burden Of Survival

Children who suffer from cancer today survive much longer than before. However, as adults almost all unfortunately suffer from serious sequelae illnesses, as a new study shows. Doctors should keep a close eye on those affected, since aftercare doesn't end. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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MS: One Blow Follows Another

It is now known that repeated blows to the head can lead to severe brain damage even decades later. According to a recent study, traumatic brain injuries are particularly dangerous during adolescence. They are thought to increase the risk of developing multiple more...

Article by Anke Hörster
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Do Physicians Deserve Our Mercy?

Recently, a video went viral when a woman complained about the lengthy wait time at a clinic. On video, we see the physician ask if the patient still wants to be seen. The patient declines to be seen, yet complains patients should be informed they will not be seen in a more...

Blog entry by Niran Al-Agba
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Cancer Medication: Knocked Out By Bacteria

Researching the microbiome is in vogue: medical researchers have now found out that some medications are made ineffective due to the influence of bacteria. This can, especially when dealing with cancer therapies, have serious consequences. more...

Article by Nicole Simon
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“What Are The Outcomes That Matter?”

Much of Dr. Atul Gawande's talk at the opening session of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' annual meeting in Boston on October 21 celebrated the virtues of checklists and teamwork, topics that have turned into best-selling books for the well-known surgeon and more...

Blog entry by Karen Sibert

5 Things Physicians Can Do To Protect Themselves

As someone who talks to many physicians about burnout and life in medicine, I find myself having a lot of discussions about the circumstances of people's jobs. Almost inevitably, there comes a point in the conversation where someone expresses dissatisfaction about an more...

Blog entry by Nisha Mehta

Obligatory Aerobics For The Depressed

The doctor advises doing sport – the patient nods, but not much ends up happening. For people with mental illness, regular sport can have as much impact as medications. Getting back up on their feet, however, is very difficult for them, because of their illness. Time more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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