A physician recently uploaded 10 of the original Rorschach plates to Wikipedia, and psychologists are angry about it.
The Rorschach test is commonly used by psychologists to assess personality and emotional responses. By uploading the images, as well as common responses, they fear that patients can "game" the test, and in effect, render the results useless.
They say that, "the ...
Do homemade spacers for asthma work?
Take a look at how WhiteCoat "MacGyvered" a spacer for a metered dose inhaler, which can cost up to $100. So, instead of this:
You get this:
While keeping in mind that this blog does not give medical advice, consider a study from The Lancet that compared ...
With so much focus on health care costs, it's important to consider the mindset of the American patient.
The Wall Street Journal asks whether simple, less expensive, health care strategies that work in developing countries can be implemented Stateside.
For example an AIDS clinic in Alabama, by mimicking a similar program in Zambia, decreased its no-show rates by giving prompt appointments and interviewing patients looking for reasons why they may not ...
Tremendous controversy surrounds the screening for cardiac disease.
The USPSTF does not recommend heart screening tests for the general population, like a routine EKG or exercise stress test. Texas, however, takes the opposite approach. They recently passed the Texas Heart Attack Prevention Bill (via Schwitzer), "mandating health-benefit plans to provide coverage for certain screening tests for early coronary artery disease."
Indeed, some of the wording of the bill endorses tests ...
E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, have been largely unregulated, and there have been many doctors questioning its safety.
MedPage Today recently reported on the FDA's analysis of such products, and now we have some guidance as to how dangerous they can be.
E-cigarettes are battery operated, and contain nicotine and other flavors that the user can inhale. Advertisements claim they are safer since they don't burn tobacco.
But according to the FDA, they ...
Breast cancer screening has lead to an over-diagnosis of breast cancer.
Ramona Bates talks about a recent study in the BMJ, showing that there was a "52% over diagnosis of breast cancer in a populations of women who are offered organized mammography screening," amounting to, "one in three breast cancers being over diagnosed."
When it comes to cancer screening, it's hard to accept the consequences of over-diagnosis. But that risk ...
A lot of time and effort needs to be spent finding the right patient-physician match. And no where is that more relevant than a diabetic looking for an endocrinologist.
Diabetes blogger Amy Tenderich gives some great tips, most of which I hadn't thought of.
Of course, it goes without saying that if the match isn't right, a second or third opinion is always within a patient's right.
But, how do you ...
And should you assume that no news is good news?
The answer is no. According to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 7 percent of abnormal test results from primary care offices were never reported to the patient. And in a large, unnamed, academic medical center, that number ballooned to 23 percent.
That's almost a quarter of abnormal test results from that center that patients were never ...
Prostate cancer screening continues to be a controversial issue.
Regular readers of this blog know about the risks of cancer screening, especially prostate cancer, which can lead to unnecessary biopsies necessitating invasive procedures that can lead to life-altering side effects. All for a slow-growing cancer that may not have led to death.
The problem with prostate cancer is that the current detection methods, like the prostate specific antigen, are not ...