Family physician Mike Evans
is famous for his terrific whiteboard videos
, where he distills complex medical ideas to its most understandable essence. Here, he tackles low back pain, a condition that most adults will experience sometime during their lives. Watch and learn how more tests for back pain isn't necessarily better.
In this Daily Show
segment, "An Outbreak of Liberal Idiocy," correspondent Samantha Bee likens the anti-vaccine crowd to right-leaning climate deniers. I've been saying this for awhile: The anti-vaccine mentality crosses party lines. Remember, Jenny McCarthy got her start from the progressive-leaning Huffington Post
Comedian John Oliver with a must-see takedown of Dr. Oz, after his disastrous performance
at the recent Senate hearings: "It's easy to fill a show with shameless pandering without dangerously misleading medical information." And at the 13:44 mark, he shows us how it's done. Epic.
with another classic parody: "Let it flow." As he puts it, "an emotional, epic anthem ... about urinary retention." Men with BPH rejoice!
British comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb
imagines what a homeopathic ER would look like. I love the "homeopathic lager" at the 2:20 mark of the sketch. Classic.
A woman experienced symptoms of a stroke
: facial droop, dysarthria, arm weakness and reduced fine motor control. She recorded these symptoms in a real time video, which is now on YouTube. Several days prior, she experienced similar symptoms that were dismissed by physicians. After this episode, she was correctly diagnosed with a transient ischemic attack
, and now on appropriate medications. But I agree with Dr. Markku Kaste with the World Stroke ...Read more...
Dr. Oz testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and gets grilled by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a former prosecutor. As the senator puts it, Dr. Oz has a huge megaphone, which he could use to promote evidence-based health practices. Instead, he squanders this opportunity by endorsing products of questionable value.
Physician and best-selling author Abraham Verghese
is a professor of medicine at Stanford University and has given presentations worldwide, focusing on the human side of medicine. In his terrific TED talk, he passionately argues that in the midst of overwhelming data and technology, we must never lose sight of the patient.
"When we shortcut the physical exam, we not only overlook simple diagnoses, but we're losing much more than that."
returns in the next episode of his web series, Dr. House of Cards.
He navigates an interaction with an "anti-vaccine mother" in a family medicine clinic, Frank Underwood-style. At the 2:11 mark, watch how he reframes the conflict and goes on the offensive.
For more Dr. House of Cards
, check out the first episode
Emergency physician Brian Goldman, host of CBC's White Coat, Black Art
, wants to lift the cloud of shame when medical mistakes are made, so they can be openly discussed and not be repeated by other physicians. In this masterful TEDx Toronto talk, Dr. Goldman shares compelling stories of his own errors and reveals the 3 words that every emergency physician fears.
When it comes to mistakes in medicine, the ...Read more...