Author: Vane Gorgiev

Why are lab coats and physician coats white colored?

Why are lab coats and physician coats white colored?

The white coat gives a specific emotional response from patients. Traditionally, they were beige, but white is synonymous with innocence, being trustworthy, cleanliness and life. In the past, doctors wore their street clothes most often or black, reflecting the mortality and frequent deaths seen in their chosen profession. Today, the coats lend an air of professionalism and evoke feelings of a doc... »

25 Skills Every Doctor Should Possess

25 Skills Every Doctor Should Possess

As many ScienceBlogs readers know by now, last month Popular Mechanics published a list on their website of “25 Skills Every Man Should Know,” which included such esoteric talents as “frame a wall” and “extend your wireless network.” How these two made the list over such accomplishments as “find tickets to a Hannah Montana concert,” or “pass gas anonymously on an airplane flight” is beyond me, but... »

Why doctors marry doctors: Exploring medical marriages

Why doctors marry doctors: Exploring medical marriages

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, which means love is in the air for everyone, even busy physicians. Find out why a fellow health care professional may be your best match this holiday. Nearly 40 percent of physicians are likely to marry another physician or health care professional, according to the 2014 Work/Life Profiles of Today’s Physician  released last year by AMA Insurance. Many physici... »

Spider Venom Could Help Save Brains After Strokes

Spider Venom Could Help Save Brains After Strokes

Stroke victims may one day experience far less brain damage, but arachnophobes might not want to think too closely about their salvation. A molecule found in the venom of Australian funnel-web spiders has been shown to be highly effective at preventing stroke damage in rats, and human trials are next. Strokes kill an estimated 6.4 million people a year. Far more are left with damage to parts of th... »

Girl Is Separated From Her Parasitic Twin In Risky Operation

Girl Is Separated From Her Parasitic Twin In Risky Operation

A little girl has traveled from Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa to Illinois in order to receive a daring operation to remove her parasitic twin, in what the hospital describes as an “exceedingly rare variant of an already exceedingly rare condition.” The child, known only as Dominique, was born with the lower half of her undeveloped conjoined twin’s body – including two legs a... »

One day soon mechanical hearts could replace our flesh and blood ones

One day soon mechanical hearts could replace our flesh and blood ones

Back in 1982, Barney Clark became the first person to live without a human heartbeat when he had the Jarvik 7 artificial heart implanted in his chest. Since then, thousands of others have joined him, but none have been able to permanently live with an artificial heart. But someday (possibly soon), science will develop artificial hearts that beat as well as our own flesh-and-blood ones, according t... »

Australia Set To Keep Unvaccinated Kids Away From School

Australia Set To Keep Unvaccinated Kids Away From School

Australia isn’t getting a lot right when it comes to science right now, but one area in which it’s nailing it is vaccinations. Under a new government plan spearheaded by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the “No Jab, No Play” policy of several states – where unvaccinated kids cannot attend preschool or daycare centers – will apply to the entire country. Currently, Queensland, New South Wales,... »

What's Up With The Weird Ring On This Woman's Eye?

What’s Up With The Weird Ring On This Woman’s Eye?

If eyes are the window to the soul, these ones have a particularly unique window ledge. The case was recently presented in the ever-fascinating New England Journal of Medicine. The 37-year-old women went to the doctors in Guangzhou, China with complaints of watery and itchy eyes. An examination from an ophthalmologist (an eyeball expert) showed that she was simply suffering from a mild eye infecti... »

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