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Missing patient found dead in hospital ceiling
Hospital

Missing patient found dead in hospital ceiling

How did patient end up dead in hospital’s ceiling? Cape Town – “All we wanted was for him to get help.” These are the words of a Kayamandi family in Stellenbosch, who say mystery surrounds the discovery of their 61-year-old relative’s body in a ceiling of an isolated area of …

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Blood-soaked man 'possessed by devil' arrives at hospital like zombie with gaping gunshot wound to his face
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Blood-soaked man ‘possessed by devil’ arrives at hospital like zombie with gaping gunshot wound to his face

WARNING: DISTRESSING FOOTAGE. The man stumbled into the medical centre in Brazil after reportedly being shot in the face Disturbing footage has captured the moment a man ‘walked like a zombie’ into a hospital in Brazil with a horrific bullet wound to the mouth. Staff at the medical centre feared …

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Handyman is impaled by two steel rods in the buttocks after falling from the second floor
Surgery

Handyman is impaled by two steel rods in the buttocks after falling from the second floor

As far as bad days go, nothing can beat what this man from China just went through. The handyman from Xi’an, China fell from the second floor of a building and landed on a metal fence and got impaled in the buttocks by two steel rods. Big Ouch! The handyman …

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Classification of Anti-psychotics drugs
Medical Student

Classification of Anti-psychotics drugs

Antipsychotic drugs were discovered in the 1950s and currently over 20 compounds are licensed. They vary in clinical effects and especially in unwanted effects. Antipsychotics are classified in a number of ways and this brief guide touches on selected aspects of classification. ‘Typical’ and ‘atypical’ antipsychotics Discovery of antipsychotic properties …

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Medical workers: Vaccinate yourselves first
Doctors

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 …

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

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 …

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Surprise! Doctors spend more time with computers than with patients
Doctors

Surprise! Doctors spend more time with computers than with patients

Medical appointments are getting shorter by the year. Sometimes it feels like doctors have no time to spend with their patients. What’s to blame for these brief clinical interactions? It could be the electronic health record, or EHR. Because of changes in how insurance companies and the government pay for …

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

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 …

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What Doctors Should Ignore
Doctors

What Doctors Should Ignore

Sickle cell anemia was first described in 1910 and was quickly labeled a “black” disease. At a time when many people were preoccupied with an imagined racial hierarchy, with whites on top, the disease was cited as evidence that people of African descent were inferior. But what of white people …

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