Medicine

Dogs Can Sniff Out Breast Cancer

Dogs Can Sniff Out Breast Cancer

With just six months of training, a pair of German Shepherds became 100-percent accurate as breast cancer spotters in an unusual but promising diagnostic trial. Dogs can sniff out cancer from a piece of cloth which had touched the breast of a woman with a tumor, researchers said Friday, announcing the results of an unusual but promising diagnostic trial. With just six months of training, a pair of... »

Top 10 Things Your Doctor Wants You To Know

Top 10 Things Your Doctor Wants You To Know

It may surprise you to know that doctors, in fact, get our most up-to-date medical knowledge from the National Enquirer (Man Gives Birth to Baby With Wooden Leg, Hospitalized With Splinters!), Sports Illustrated (Swimsuit Edition) and Reader’s Digest. The “I am Joe’s Pancreas, Kidney or Ovary” series personally got me through first year medical school. A recent issue of Readers Digest discussed te... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

CT Scan Show's Man's Pancreas Caked In Calcium

CT Scan Show’s Man’s Pancreas Caked In Calcium

If you needed some inspiration to go easy on the drinks this weekend, look no further. A recent report published in the New England Journal of Medicine tells the story of a heavy drinker whose habit ended up calcifying his pancreas, one of the main enzyme factories of the body. Yes, that sounds horrible. The 50-year-old man went to the hospital with severe pain in his abdomen below his ribs and co... »

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