Depression is one of the most common and important mood disorders found in the primary care setting. Many times, it is a result of accumulated stress over a long period and is, unfortunately, often difficult to diagnose. Because high levels of stress can also cause a multitude of other malicious symptoms, depression can be masked by quite a … Read More

Doctors today are becoming increasingly dependent on technology. It is not inherently a bad thing, since with time comes change. We have seen tremendous improvements over the course of the past century that have totally altered the face of the medicine that our predecessors knew. However, at the same time, there is an increasing concern … Read More

For a long time, clinical empathy was brushed aside as being far less important for practicing medicine than technical skills. But with the sudden focus on improving patient satisfaction, the real importance of empathy is also bulging through. Studies have shown an association between clinical empathy, greater patient satisfaction, and a decreased likelihood of malpractice … Read More

Storytelling is a centuries old tradition, and it remains central to our lives even today. The field of narrative medicine is an attempt to converge this tradition with the practice of medicine. Dr. Rita Charon, who is a leading figure in this field, defines narrative competency as “an ability to critically understand and to be … Read More

“High school is like a lawn sprinkler. College is like a garden hose. And medical school is like a fire hose of information,” said Aurora Bennett, the associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. You might have heard some variation of this phrase before. Medical school is intense, and … Read More

Previously on ENT Weekly, we looked at congenital hearing loss and the ways that it is inherited. For immediate family, the diagnosis of congenital hearing loss leads to the immediate reaction of disbelief and denial. With advances in medicine and technology, however, the chances of acceptance are greater when looking at appropriate intervention methods. For … Read More

It was the early 1900s. Mrs. Davis, a 40 year old woman, suffered from epilepsy, a neurological disorder characterized by seizures. At the time, there was a prevailing medical view that there was a relationship between epilepsy and the uterus of a woman. Now, as bizarre as this idea might seem to you and me, her surgeon at … Read More

Ear infections, chronic strep throats, and allergies are the usual complaints that doctors see from their youngest patients. At the otolaryngology (ear-nose-throat) clinic that I work at, we provide clinical intervention ranging from antibiotics to corrective surgery. Following the trend of previous articles regarding hearing loss, we will explore the less common complaint of congenital hearing … Read More

Previously on ENT Weekly, we discussed various types of hearing loss (noise induced versus conductive), as well as ways to diagnose hearing loss. These topics, however, only scratch the surface as we explore asymmetric hearing loss and the possibility of acoustic neuromas. Embed from Getty Images Asymmetric hearing loss occurs when hearing is worse in … Read More

Raising the volume on the television, ignoring your family members, and having difficulty hearing in loud settings are some of the early warning signs that a patient may have hearing loss. Other factors, such as a history of noise damage or ear infections as a child, may also predispose patients to an early onset of … Read More

Warning: Picture of blood from a surgery depicted below. Viewer discretion is advised. From nodules to cancer, we complete our thyroid story by looking at two of the most common post-operative complications after thyroidectomy. Affecting a small number of our thyroid surgery patients, either vocal cord paralysis or parathyroid dysfunction can cause temporary or permanent health … Read More

In the previous article of ENT Weekly, we discussed the generally benign nature of thyroid nodules. The most common method to rule out the many types of thyroid cancer is fine needle biopsy, giving patients peace of mind. On the other hand, results may return positive for cancer, and this week, we will look into … Read More

Today, cancer is one of the leading causes of death in our world. Cancer begins with an abnormal growth of cells that can form a mass called a tumor, which can possibly invade nearby tissues. Similarly, in breast cancer, tumors form in the breast tissue. As with any type of cancer, early detection is critical for overcoming the disease and ensuring good health … Read More

“Is it cancer?” Patients often ask this question when they find out they have a thyroid nodule. For many, thyroid nodules are discovered incidentally during routine physical examinations, imaging tests like CT scans, or neck ultrasounds for completely unrelated reasons. Patients are referred to otolaryngologists, or ear-nose-throat doctors, who answer the nerve-racking question with a simple … Read More

The primary duty of physicians is to improve the health of their patients. But as a result of new technologies, through their years as medical providers, physicians are often involved in many futile efforts that are undertaken to prolong life. These efforts, more often than not, only add to the misery of the situation and end … Read More

Continuing our sojourn into the land of sinusitis, we will now explore treatment options. For ENT doctors, the primary goal of sinus treatment is to restore the normal sinus drainage patterns, allowing the sinus to clean itself. The first step for treatment is medication and at-home supportive care, which may include antibiotics to kill bacterial infections. In … Read More

Patients die. There is no hiding from this. By choosing to become a physician, a person chooses not only to save lives, but also to live amongst the dying every day. Physicians will always have patients who they will never be able to cure no matter how hard they try. Considering this, we can only … Read More

“Won’t you sit for a while, Doctor?” You can interpret this question simply or consider it more deeply, finding yourself amidst a struggle that stresses the minds of almost every young physician—finding a balance between efficiency and empathy. If you are like me, then you can probably appreciate the importance of both these terms. Don’t … Read More

In addition to the incredibly expensive modern day hospital fees, pharmaceutical treatment of a variety of illnesses has become increasingly taxing. With the recent scandal involving Martin Shkreli, a hedge fund manager and CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, and his 5000% price hike of Daraprim, many people are beginning to question the legitimacy of such actions. In September, … Read More

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