In present day society, there exists an expectation held by doctors to handle any problems with their patients’ attitudes and continue on with their jobs. However, research in this particularly unique topic has found that this pressure can greatly and negatively impact the performance of doctors everywhere. Embed from Getty Images The rudeness of patients has been … Read More

Medical malpractice lawsuits are fairly common nowadays. Most doctors expect to get sued at least once in their lifetime. But, naturally, it still comes as a shock when it actually happens. Getting sued can be a very grueling process for physicians, and many practitioners are never the same even after their case is settled. The effects of … Read More

The last time I went to see a clinician was the first time I realized that my health was connected to my experiences as a black woman. At first, I just wanted to know what I could do about the acne flare up that had come after a period of extreme stress. She asked why I was stressed. I … Read More

This week on ENT Weekly, we take a small break to visit the healthcare of another country half a world away. This year, I had the opportunity to shadow physicians in Taiwan on a recent trip to visit family. Taiwan is an island country home to 23 million people and is located 100 miles off … Read More

We take another break from your regularly scheduled ENT Weekly to bring you another special from the island country of Taiwan. This time we look at private pay healthcare, focusing on cosmetic medicine. After my experiences with primary care, I wanted to experience a totally different aspect of medicine, looking this time into the tantalizing world … Read More

Five minutes pass, followed by ten more minutes. A 30-minute office procedure to place an ear tube has ballooned into close to an hour without the doctor emerging. I walk around, reassuring patients that the doctor would be entering their room shortly. Another five minutes pass before the doctor walks out of the procedure room. … Read More

Modern medicine is not a stand-alone field. It depends on another specialized profession to brainstorm, construct, and improve new technology: biomedical engineers. Biomedical engineers work closely with chemists, physicians, and other scientists to research ways of improving patient care. They design artificial devices and diagnostic machinery, working diligently to ensure the safety of their creations … Read More

It is nearly impossible to go through a day without using some sort of search engine. The advent of Google and other search engines in the ’90s made daily life easier. There is no longer a need to waste time struggling to remember minute details or memorizing facts when the answers can be uncovered in less than a … Read More

A large reason why cancer is such a deadly disease is because cancerous cells can “communicate” with each other. That is, these diseased cells can create certain signaling molecules that tell other diseased cells to perform a certain action. These signals help cancer multiply and migrate, spreading the disease and worsening symptoms. Traditionally, many pharmaceuticals utilize methods that block the … 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

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

Antibiotics are a staple in the healthcare system; they are effective drugs that kill bacteria and stop them from multiplying. Antibiotics heal many common illnesses such as bladder infections, sexually transmitted diseases, boils, and ear infections. They cannot, however, cure viral diseases such as the cold or flu. Unfortunately, this standard medication is often misused by both healthcare … 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

Warning: Graphic images. “Mike Stamford: I heard you were abroad somewhere getting shot at. What happened? Dr. John Watson: I got shot.” – Sherlock (BBC) College counselor, Clara: “During my time working with college veterans, I have deeply felt that there are three ‘one-percents’ prevalent in society. “There’s the one percent that we hear on … 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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