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Questions regarding the policies, business, ethics, and other aspects of the practice of medicine that are not directly about the health of an individual.

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Medical professionals referring to 'left' and 'right': are they referring to my relative directions or theirs?

Given that they're facing me and I'm facing them. Excerpt from radiologist report: ... there is narrowing of the left neural foramen in comparison to the right ... but whose? Additionally: Is ...
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Should we always eat something before taking pain killers?

When buying pain killers in the pharmacy (no doctor prescription), sometimes I'm told to take the pain killers only after eating something, sometimes they say it doesn't matter, and most of the times ...
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How is pain measured?

Patients are often asked to rate their level of pain. Usually, I have found that these questions come without instructions as to what constitutes the maximum on this scale (maximum pain you can ...
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Videos of surgery

Where can I find a website which contains videos of open trauma (HD if possible)? I want to accustom to these views (because I am a medical student).
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What are side effects frequencies based on?

I am one of these patients who reads everything that comes with their pills. Including, of course, the sometimes really long side effects list. Where I am, and from what I read online this is common, ...
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Treatment Options of Tension Pneumothorax

What I‘ve learned and heard is that if there is an indication of a tension pneumothorax (e.g. rib series fracture with elevated pulse and difficulties in breathing), treatment is always to get two ...
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Is a study of one research in the field of medicine?

Medicine is not my field, nor do I have mesothelioma. I'm also not seeking any clinical trials or experimental treatment. However, sometimes I find myself trying my read medical papers, either out of ...
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Why do surgeons wear blue aprons during surgeries?

In most cases, the surgeon wears a white apron, but during a surgery he is wearing a blue apron, why blue?
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Why do medical professionals tap syringes before injecting somebody?

Why do medical professionals tap syringes before injecting somebody? What happens if they don't?
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Which type of doctor to see when?

What type of doctors are specialised in what fields? Ideally, below is a Community List of which doctors are responsible for what. This list is not exhaustive and should not be taken at face value ...
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Differences between MD vs DO regarding computational research?

I'm nearing graduation from university, at which point I'll have a degree in computer science (bioinformatics) with a minor in mathematics. My intention is to specialize in computational medical ...
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What would happen if you administered endothelin during a myocardial infarction?

I have been going through the Rhodes medical physiology and have learned about Endothelin (specifically its role in hyperplasia) and collateral vessels in slowly developed [cardiovascular disease] (...
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Why is medicine used to treat symptoms which are our body's way of telling us something is wrong?

If symptoms are our bodies way of saying that something is wrong and needs to be attacked/fixed, why do we take medicines to suppress our symptoms? Doesn't that negate the point of having the symptoms?...
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Acetaminophen after a heart attack [closed]

My grandmother was prescribed Dolo 325 (acetaminophen or paracetamol) after she had an episode of a silent heart attack. The dose is to be taken twice daily. Can anyone explain how this treatment ...
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Citrate vs EDTA

What is the difference between the use of «citrate» and «EDTA» as an anticoagulant in medicine (I know that each one is used for some dosages but not the other, but I need to know why)?
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Are homeopathy treated patients really experiencing "Placebo"?

Today my mother told that a person who has heart disease is sound with an expensive homeopathic treatment. And I stopped explaining her that it's a placebo. I hear this claim a lot. In fact it worked ...
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Why is it a bad idea to use uppers and downers simulatenously?

In the Requiem For A Dream (2000) which is based on a novel written in '78, The grandma uses rainbow pills for weight loss and after overdosing on them. She loses Her sanity and ends up getting ECT. ...
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What is the reason behind doctors giving some medicines after/before the meal?

How they give medicine like you have to take in early morning without taking any food?
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Verify Credentials for Nurse Practitioner

There is a Nurse Practitioner near our home who can do most routine things Doctors can do, i.e. blood test, flu shot, etc, etc What websites can help verify credentials, education, complaints, etc of ...
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What is Clinical Decision Support (CDS)? [closed]

What is Clinical Decision Support (CDS)? What is the official reasoning behind making CDS mandatory for Electronic Health Record (EHR) applications?
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How often are explicitly or implicitly bayesian approaches used in clinical diagnoses?

Intuitvely, patient diagnosis seems like a pardigmatically bayesian problem. I'm interested in the extent to which explicit (or implicit, if it can be established) bayesian reasoning informs patient ...
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How do doctors go about diagnosing uncommon diseases?

This is a question about how doctors carry out diagnoses in practice, not one looking for medical answers. My question is, statistically most cases are horses, but how do you find the zebras? ...
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What does B.D means in a Doctor's Prescription?

I searched the Web and I came across this article explaining the meaning of B.D it says that B.D means twice a day but it doesn't specifies that I have to take the medicine twice a day before or after ...
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What guarantees the benevolence of a doctor? [closed]

We are often told to trust doctors and the healthcare system in general. But what guarantees that the doctor is so willing to help, especially if they are hired in a public system? Just the fact ...
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How does pulse oximetry work?

Pulse oximetry is a noninvasive method for monitoring a person's oxygen saturation (SO2). Though its reading of SpO2 (peripheral oxygen saturation) is not always identical to the more desirable ...
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Taking Blood Pressure Bilaterally -- Why?

There's a physician that always takes blood pressures bilaterally for EVERY patient he sees. These patients are assumed to be healthy adults coming in for basic routine medical exams. I don't see ...
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Why will COVID-19 last for 12 to 18 months?

In this YouTube video min 0:32, Dr. Samir Gupta, says It typically would last for 12 to 18 months In How the Pandemic Will End in the ll. The Endgame section: No matter which strategy is ...
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Overfull ERs across the globe

A study conducted by the German journal Ärzteblatt revealed that in German Emergency Rooms more than half of the patients do not think their condition requires urgent treatment and thus do not meet ...
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What is the protocol for allowing euthanasia in a medical facility?

Not many places allow assisted suicide however, when they do, it's for 'special circumstances'. On the other hand, there have been reports of "healthy" individual's, euthanasia requests being granted. ...
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How do hospitals know who is family?

When a person is hospitalized, family members are legally allowed certain rights, especially if the hospitalized individual is unable to make his or her own medical decisions. But how does the ...
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What exactly does "general practitioner" mean?

In the US, is a general practitioner (GP) a doctor who has finished a medical school and has a medical licence, but does not have any further specialization?
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Is it true that freckles have zero potential for malignant transformation?

This New York City dermatologist called Dr. Bobby Buca on this web page says: "Freckles and moles have two things in common: there is a genetic tendency to get them, and both are darker than the ...
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Are hand-made mask using HEPA safe to breath through?

As we know, there are no N95, N99 nor N100 masks anymore. In this YouTube video A Doctor Explains How to Make the Safest Face Mask, a doctor, and then his wife, talk about 'the safest face mask' hand-...
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Medicines in the fridge

Why are there some medicines that are put in the fridge? Thanks
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What might require a hand to be immobilized for a period of time?

I am attempting to write a story and am stuck on a question of medical significance. Can anyone describe a health issue for which a proper treatment might require bandaging / immobilizing one or both ...
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Need a primary care doctor: Internal medicine or family medicine?

I'm a single adult male looking for a primary care doctor, and I don't know how to choose between a doctor specializing in family medicine, and one specializing in internal medicine. I've read this ...
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Who can release my medical records if I'm temporarily disabled?

Say I have a severe allergic reaction, or cardiac event, or poisoning, or any of a billion other conditions that would require urgent medical care, but might leave me unconscious or otherwise unable ...
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Why are dermatologists working on coronavirus cases?

I saw a report that dermatologists are working on coronavirus cases. Does this mean that all kinds of medical doctors are licensed to care for COVID-19 patients? So a neurologist can help, ...
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Proper sleep quality index for compare with heart rate patterns

I LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT how to compare result of some detected patters in heart rate for sleep quality,for something like this work: Image-based sleep motion and Slope detection on Hammock, hill and ...
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Can Telomers be tampered with using Nano technology? [closed]

Can Telomers be tampered with using Nano particles or nano robots that can be artificially used to CAUSE cancer? I happen to run into this website Talking about nano technology based cancer research. ...
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What are the benefits or drawbacks of my primary care physician having hospital admitting privileges?

In the United States, what are the reasons for and against choosing a primary care physician who has hospital admitting privileges? For example, if my primary care physician does not have hospital ...
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What is the difference between eczema and urticaria?

What is the difference between eczema and urticaria? I want to know the pathophysiology and most common causes to understand why they are different !
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Best books for understanding pathophysiology

Please recommend some books on advanced pathophysiology that are accurate and simple.
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UK - Doctor's access to family info

Situation: My NHS doctor asks me "Do you have any history of X in the family?" (X can be anything you like: cancer, insanity, arthritis, sarcasm etc, doesn't matter, I'm more interested in the ...
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Which disease is this combination of medicine is used for? [closed]

I have had a cough form in several days. My doctor had given me some medication for this. But when I searched for the medication used it made me confused, because the medications given commonly work ...
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Is it typical for US doctors to be in the room and participating in their patient's CT Scan, MRI, etc?

I am sure we have all seen US TV shows where a patient needs a scan of some sort. The star doctor, often two of them so they can have dialog, is shown looking at a screen live while the scan proceeds, ...
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Could hairline fractures be obscured by x-ray images

I had fractured my ankle by the fracture of the fourth metatarsal was not seen in two X-rays that were taken. Only CT-scan revealed the cracks. Why is this the case? I was seen by an doctor who ...
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Difference between medical and general dermatology [closed]

So I am looking at the different clinical interests of dermatologists on the clinic's website. One provider lists their clinical interests as general dermatology and medical dermatology. I'm ...
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How often is a microscope used

I am planning on studying Graduate Entry into Medicine (4 years instead of 6 for people that already have a degree) in the UK. Microscopes really irritate my eyes. I think in the UK we still have to ...
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Venous PO2 and anemic hypoxia [closed]

Why does venous PO2 decrease in anemic hypoxia? Shouldn't it be constant as PO2 is a measure of the dissolved oxygen?
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