The next pandemic is only a matter of “When and what,” according to health security experts, who here discuss what’s needed to be ready for a variety of possible pandemics and infectious threats, both natural and terror.
Medicine in the Third World is vastly different than in the US, and American doctors sometimes run into unexpected hurdles when they try to bring modern medicine to impoverished nations. One such doctor describes his efforts.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 30, 2020 including: A study that shows patients who recover from COVID-19 without ever being seriously ill may still end up with heart damage. Then, research shows evidence that a common shrub often used in Native American medicine may be the key to treating antibiotic-resistant infections. And finally… if you like pale ale or IPA beers you’re likely to be a risk-taker.
People who injure their foot often think they have a mere sprained foot or ankle when they actually have an injury that is potentially much more severe and disabling if not treated. Experts explain the Lisfranc joint and injuries that can hurt it.
With faces hidden behind masks for COVID-19, we are losing some of the visual information we depend on for smooth communication. Experts discuss the awkward encounters and specific looks we’re likely to misinterpret when we can’t see other people’s mouths.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 23, 2020 including: Doctors are still learning about Coronavirus and some of what they’re finding is confusing. Then, many first responders to the 9-11 attacks in New York have brains that have aged 10 years more than normal. And finally, a study shows that people over six feet tall are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 16, 2020 including: Chemicals called endocrine disruptors cause 32 different health problems ranging from infertility to diabetes and impaired brain development. Then, The COVID-19 pandemic is making working moms cut their hours on the job… but not dads. And finally, a study shows that becoming a dad gives men a greater sense of purpose… Which often leads to healthier and less risky choices.
A new study shows that people who have type 2 diabetes and are under chronic stress are more likely to have high blood sugar. The study’s lead author and a patient discuss how stress can make diabetes worse and what people can do to counteract it.
Development of a Coronavirus vaccine is proceeding at a breakneck pace. What needs to happen to make sure it’s safe and effective? And if a vaccine is successfully made, who should get it first? Will enough people opt in to get back to normal life, or will COVID-19 be with us for years? Experts discuss.
People working at home may have no commute and can work in their pajamas, but they may find themselves more exhausted than when they worked at the office. Two experts discuss reasons for this fatigue—patterns of working at home and the surprising stress of virtual meetings.
Many school districts are delaying decisions on whether students will attend in person or will be taught remotely once again to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to children and staff. Experts discuss the methods under consideration to lower risks and whether that will be enough to open for classes.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 9, 2020 including: A study find that COVID-19 can damage the testicles. Then doctors have discovered a way to predict who is likely to be affected by organ rejection or damage. And finally, if social media makes you mad, it turns out that its heaviest users want you to feel that way.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 2, 2020 including: A study showing that telehealth is taking off in the United States. Then, a study in the Journal of Hospital Infection showing some mask materials are better than others. And finally, a new study shows that the “mommy brain” stereotype is wrong.
Lung transplants are the least done of all major organ transplants because the lungs are so easily damaged in the death process. A lung transplant surgeon explains, using one particularly difficult case as an example.
Electroconvulsive therapy still has a stigma, with the reputation of being a painful, disturbing procedure that wipes out memories and, if movies are to be believed, even creates zombies. Experts explain the reality—that ECT is a quiet procedure that provokes a short brain seizure, releasing huge amounts of neurotransmitters to reset the brain in what is the quickest and most dependable treatment for severe and often suicidal depression.