When naming serious diseases, or medical conditions, people try to give them a sense of gravitas. Even neutral names acquire a serious ring to them. But every now and again, otherwise sober medical professionals get cute. Here are a list of serious medical conditions that have freakishly silly names.
Crowdsoucing has become more popular than ever. The wisdom of crowds was also incredibly prominent during the aftermath of the Boston bombing, with people from around the world looking over photos from the event in an attempt to track down the bombers.
Wonderful though these things are, would you really want to trust the crowd with your health? A new start up CrowdMed aims to find out.
Residency should be set to a maximum of 40 hours per week. The idea that a person can be productive, efficient, and offer their “best” selves for 80-100 hours per week is false. By allowing a normal schedule for doctors in training, this will allow for balance in their lives and ultimately better care for patients.
Can you turn over a new leaf, go on a diet, learn a new language, and get up every morning at dawn to meditate and clean your house? The idea of ego depletion says, “no.” And it has physical evidence to back that up.
The newest addition to human anatomy is just 15 microns thick, but its discovery will make eye surgery safer and simpler. Harminder Dua, a professor at the University of Nottingham, recently found a new layer in the human cornea, and he’s calling it (can you guess?) Dua’s layer.
528 left in the cold. 528 is the number of U.S. Medical Graduates who did not match into a residency this year — more than double the number from last year. Why is this important? Workforce experts predict the United States will face a physician shortage of 130,000 by the year 2025.
About two years ago, we had a lady come in with vague complaints who began to be hypotensive and tachycardic. Despite all interventions, her pressure continued to deteriorate until she actually went into PEA.
Yes, yes you can! Think you have it tough? At least when you’re feeling miserable you can cry. Some people break out in hives when they cry, because they’re allergic to the water in their own tears.
Sometimes when it rains, I enjoy going for walks outside. I can tuck away my umbrella and pretend I’m Eponine in Les Miserables, and that cheers me up. Not even that basic comfort is denied people who suffer from aquageic urticaria. Also known asaquagenic pruritis — water itch — it’s an allergy to water. Some comparatively lucky souls only run into trouble when the water is cold, but for many it’s any type of water at all.
1. 2 Pradaxa Doses Beat Warfarin in Afib. Considering both efficacy and safety, both the 110-mg and 150-mg doses of dabigatran (Pradaxa) had a net clinical benefit compared with warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation.
2. Overweight Women Risk Delivering Baby Early. The risk of preterm delivery increased significantly in women who were overweight or obese at conception.
3. Broken Bones a Signal to Screen Women for Abuse. One in six women treated at fracture clinics reported being victims of domestic violence over the preceding 12 months, and one in 50 said their current injuries were caused by a partner.
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At a social gathering not long ago, a colleague and I exchanged stories about residency training, fondly remembering the patients who had helped us grow both as doctors and as people.
A doctor-in-training we both knew listened intently to our conversation, but when we asked him about his experiences with patients, he looked lost and struggled for a response.
“My generation is different from yours,” he finally said, and then told us about getting “caught” sneaking back to the hospital earlier that year to talk with a couple of patients. He had already officially signed out for the night, but even going back just to say hello would count toward and push him over his 80-hour weekly work limit. Such a violation could cause his residency program to lose its accreditation.