Medical workers: Vaccinate yourselves first
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Medical workers: Vaccinate yourselves first

Just under half of health care workers do not get their annual flu vaccine. Some of these workers contract the flu and unknowingly transfer it to their sick hospitalized patients, and in some cases, because of them passing the flu along, those patients die.   We know the most important reason …

Sildenafil important information (Uses, side effects, overdosage & precautions)
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Sildenafil important information (Uses, side effects, overdosage & precautions)

What is Viagra? Viagra (sildenafil) relaxes muscles found in the walls of blood vessels and increases blood flow to particular areas of the body. Viagra is used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men. Another brand of sildenafil is Revatio, which is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and improve exercise capacity …

A first-time case in a 35-year medical career
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A first-time case in a 35-year medical career

A couple of years ago I saw a young man with pain in his lower right abdomen. I sent him for an urgent CT scan with a “wet read” to check for appendicitis. It was afternoon, and things were crazy at the office. I forgot all about the pending CT …

20 Totally Weird Medical Drawings Google Thinks You Need
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20 Totally Weird Medical Drawings Google Thinks You Need

So maybe you think you have ringworm. What do you do? You Google it, of course. UTI? Google. A stye? Google, please help. Well, Google heard your cries and frantic keyboard typing, so in early 2015, they started including medical facts in their “Knowledge Graph” (cool lingo, Google!), which is the first thing that grabs …

WHY DOCTORS STAY SILENT ABOUT MISTAKES THEIR COLLEAGUES MAKE?
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WHY DOCTORS STAY SILENT ABOUT MISTAKES THEIR COLLEAGUES MAKE?

Telling a patient about another doctor’s medical error can mean losing business or suffering retribution. Now, some physicians are looking for ways to break the code of silence. Patients don’t always know when their doctor has made a medical error. But other doctors do. A few years ago I called …

12 Medical Words You Always Mispronounce
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12 Medical Words You Always Mispronounce

Tinnitus EMMA KAPOTES/RD.COM, ISTOCK Say: “TIN-it-us.” That’s how doctors say it, but they’re used to hearing “ti-nite-us” too. If you have the condition, here are effective tinnitus remedies. Ophthalmologist EMMA KAPOTES/RD.COM, ISTOCK Say: “off-thull-MAH-luh-just.” Your eye doctor will want you to take a closer look at all the letters: There’s an H after …

The Only Five Criteria to Consider When Choosing A Medical School
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The Only Five Criteria to Consider When Choosing A Medical School

Hospital cafeteria food. Malignancy or benign-ness. Patient population seen in the third and fourth years. A medical school interview provides a fusillade of data points to consider, and an applicant can feel overwhelmed. But what criteria actually matter in the long run? Doctors can debate this question endlessly, but here, …

5 Ways A Hospital Stay Can Make Us Sicker
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5 Ways A Hospital Stay Can Make Us Sicker

Especially when we’re sick and vulnerable, we rely on health-care providers to treat us. We depend on their knowledge, training, skills, and compassion. We expect them to help us to heal so that we can return to our duties and responsibilities as employers or employees, spouses, parents, neighbors, and friends. …

Top 5 Voluptuous Facts About Breast Implants
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Top 5 Voluptuous Facts About Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States. It has a colorful past that would cause many women to second-guess going under the knife. The following delves into the forgotten history and the trials and tribulations that went into various attempts to perfect a procedure that still …