Before telling this story, I’m going to have to lay some background for my non-medical readers.
The most obscene word in English, in my opinion, has three letters and is an acronym. It’s tPA (it stands for Tissue Plasminogen Activator).
This drug gets a lot of press as a "clotbuster." It has the potential to break down clots and reverse a stroke. That potential, however, has a dark side. By breaking down ...
The following is a sponsored guest post by Constantine Brocoum, a radiologist in Concord, NH. I have personally used eRoentgen, and recommend the product without reservation.
by Constantine Brocoum, MD
Like most inventions, eRoentgen was developed to respond to a need. As a practicing radiologist, I take frequent calls from primary care providers who need assistance in choosing the smartest way to diagnose their patients’ illnesses. They often need ...
Dr. John Clarke is the medical director of the Long Island Railroad and raps some sweet rhymes to H1N1.
"Hand sanatiza I advise ya get it why, it makes germs die when you rub and let it dry."
Here's a fascinating slideshow presentation from a patient who took to Twitter and started a blog after being diagnosed with cancer.
Take a look at how social media helped him. His name is Maarten Lens-FitzGerald, and he blogs at Maartens Journey.
When it comes to mammograms, not always.
I've written previously that the major problem in cancer screening tests is that they are not specific enough. With both PSA tests looking for prostate cancer and mammograms screening for breast cancer, many lumps or lesions that are slow-growing will be diagnosed, but not necessarily lead to a patient's death.
A good piece in the Los Angeles Times outlines the breast cancer screening ...
by Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Only one of every 20 prostate cancer diagnoses leads to a benefit that would not have been realized without PSA screening, an analysis of 20-year trends suggests.
An estimated 1 million excess diagnoses have accrued since 1986, and the incidence of prostate cancer remains well above levels that existed prior to widespread PSA ...
By now, we're aware of the sobering predictions for this fall's spread of H1N1 influenza.
But, as the Washington Post's Ezra Klein points out, our health system is ill-suited to deal with the situation:
It's simply too fractured to do anything different. Almost 50 million Americans have no insurance. Many more are underinsured. Many don't have a particular doctor or even medical center where they feel comfortable receiving care. Many are ...
by Steve Perry, MD
I recently read a post by Dr. Bob Sears which listed several “Vaccine Friendly Doctors” in Colorado and across the nation.
As a pediatrician and vaccine advocate, I thought I’d be on this list. I am “vaccine-friendly doctor” who works with moms and dads to find the best health care plan for their babies. I read the information on both sides of the issue and weighed the science ...
by Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Imaging procedures can expose patients to high cumulative doses of radiation, researchers say.
In a large study, 193.8 people per 1,000 were exposed to moderate doses of radiation each year, while 18.6 per 1,000 were exposed to high doses, and 1.9 per 1,000 received very high doses, according to Reza Fazel, MD, of ...
by Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
A generation of new, more sensitive troponin assays has improved hospitals' ability to diagnose a heart attack to a point as early as the time of emergency department presentation, two separate studies affirmed.
In one multicenter study, a sensitive troponin I assay had an early diagnostic accuracy of 96%, compared with conventional ...