Obesity Bias In Medicine

Obesity Bias In Medicine

Studies show that medical professionals are as biased as the rest of us against people who are overweight, resulting in lectures, misdiagnoses, and patients who start avoiding the doctor. Experts explain the problem, results, and what might be done about it.

Medical Notes: Week of September 27, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 27, 2020 including: Most of what we’ve heard about delays at the postal service have had to do with the election…but delays could also keep millions of people from getting their medications. Then, a new study finds that two-thirds of the plastic waste in the United States comes from other things like electronics, consumer products and cars. And finally, if bosses want to curb fraud and unethical behavior among employees, encourage them to put up family photos at work.

More Pets In The Pandemic

More Pets In The Pandemic

Pets are a comfort in difficult times, and the pandemic is no exception. Animal shelters report a surge in pet adoptions, especially puppies, in the last six months, and veterinarians are having to adopt procedures such as telemedicine to deal with the increase while still staying safe. Experts explain how adopting and training a new pet has changed in the pandemic.

Medical Notes: Week of September 20, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of September 20, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 20, 2020 including: Scientists have learned why symptoms of a Coronavirus infection includes the loss of the sense of smell.  Then, a new nasal vaccine has proven effective in prompting an immune response in mice without causing illness. Then, To keep COVID-19 from spreading indoors, scientists say we may need a new generation of air conditioners. And finally… some good news if you’ve always thought that selfish jerks get ahead quicker than nice people in this dog-eat-dog world.

Overworked Pharmacists: Mistakes Waiting To Happen?

Overworked Pharmacists: Mistakes Waiting To Happen?

Pharmacists are often asked to do more work in less time than they need, and some experts worry it’s causing medication mistakes. A pharmacist specializing in medication safety discusses pressures on pharmacists and what consumers can do to protect themselves.

Medical Notes: Week of September 13, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 13, 2020 including: Having COVID-19 may not provide protection against getting it again. Then, an experimental drug combination is showing some promise against ALS. Then, about 10 percent of Americans have diabetes and many of them are undiagnosed. If you’re working at home because of the pandemic, experts say there are really only two ways to handle it. And finally… the increase in states where recreational marijuana is legal is raising the alarm among physicians who say pot can cause interactions with other drugs.

The Looming “Hothouse Earth”

The Looming “Hothouse Earth”

Rising global temperatures have produced extreme weather and a rising sea level. Climate scientists fear we may soon reach the point of no return, resulting in a hothouse with large portions of the planet uninhabitable. Authors of a major report on this phenomenon explain.

Medical Notes: Week of September 6, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of September 6, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 6, 2020 including: A study that vaping among teenagers is a huge risk for COVID-19. Then, a study that evaluates injuries from ATV crashes. Plus, a study that shows that knowing the facts about the pandemic reduces the stress that people feel about it. And finally, you may have seen headlines recently that wearing a neck gaiter for a face mask is worse than no mask at all - a subsequent study produces evidence that they’re not so bad after all.