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

In medical documentation, being an X-ray, MRI, description of physical examination or other, the sides "right" and "left" should be always used from the perspective of the patient. ...
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Should we always eat something before taking pain killers?

Ibuprofen and Aspirin are both non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These NSAIDs can be differentiated into selective NSAIDs and non-selective NSAIDs. Non-selective NSAIDs such as ...
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Videos of surgery

Top quality resources for videos will be found at sites from surgical academies, which often offer free or low-price subscriptions to students/residents/trainees: American College of Surgeons ...
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Why do surgeons wear blue aprons during surgeries?

Initially surgeons did wear white in the operating theater, but there were two large problems with this. Firstly, under the bright lights, the white reflects too much light making an inordinate amount ...
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What guarantees the benevolence of a doctor?

What guarantees that the doctor is willing to help, especially if they are hired in a public system? Nothing In the end, the doctor with the perfect resume could end up killing you because for ...
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What does B.D means in a Doctor's Prescription?

As @LangLangC pointed out, bis in die is Latin for twice a day. However, usually drugs come with a prescription information a bit more elaborate, and twice a day is more commonly abbreviated as B.I....
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What exactly does "general practitioner" mean?

Note: I can give you a breakdown of the CURRENT medical system in the US. Naming and training used to be different some decades ago, when the term GP was more broadly applied, but I am less familiar ...
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Is a study of one research in the field of medicine?

To build off of what JohnP said, scientific evidence has a hierarchy of reliability. Some types of papers, by their very nature, are more academically rigorous and likely to lead you to the truth. ...
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Is a study of one research in the field of medicine?

"Studies of one" are also known as case studies, N-of-1 studies or case reports. I will refer to them below as case reports, for simplicity. They vary in quality just like any other type of studies. ...
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How does pulse oximetry work?

Introducing Energy States Around an atom, there are 7 different electron shells1. When the electrons receive the necessary amount of energy, they jump from one state to another (called "ground state" ...
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Are homeopathy treated patients really experiencing "Placebo"?

Homeopathy isn't a scientific thing, and sometimes it is very easily refuted https://www.livescience.com/31977-homeopathy.html homepathic "remedies" are compounds that are so diluted that there is a ...
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Citrate vs EDTA

I'm not familiar with using citrate or EDTA as an anticoagulant in medical care (i.e. as a drug). However, it is often used in blood sampling tubes so that the blood sample does not clot. As to ...
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What is the difference between eczema and urticaria?

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, itchy skin condition that is very common in children but may occur at any age. It is also known as eczema and atopic eczema and was ...
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How do doctors go about diagnosing uncommon diseases?

My question is, statistically most cases are horses, but how do you find the zebras? The answer is... complicated. I will answer first from my experience as a (US) physician, and secondly, from a ...
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Taking Blood Pressure Bilaterally -- Why?

Because that's the way to measure blood pressure The German guidelines for treating hypertonia are to always measure bilateral. (German Source Only) As @DoctorWhom pointed out in the comments, ...
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What is the reason behind doctors giving some medicines after/before the meal?

Simple answer: Because that is just the medication guidelines. Some medications, because of onset of actions, effect of stomach acid, upsetting stomach and other factors need to be taken on or off a ...
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Should we always eat something before taking pain killers?

It is the information leaflet, which usually comes with all drugs, that should tell you to take them with or without food. For one/few time use, it can be better to take them on an empty stomach or ...
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Why is it a bad idea to use uppers and downers simulatenously?

"Uppers" and "downers" are colloquial terms for drugs with stimulant effects versus depressive effects, respectively. The primary acute health concern with either (i.e., what tends to kill people in ...
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Is it true that freckles have zero potential for malignant transformation?

I don't think there is much medical science here, just interpretation of language and writing. "Freckles have zero potential for malignant transformation" is not a statement of scientific ...
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Which type of doctor to see when?

Primary Care Primary Care Physician (General Practitioner) In the USA: primary care specialties include Family Medicine (all ages), Internal Medicine (adults), Pediatrics (children). Nurse ...
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Differences between MD vs DO regarding computational research?

MDs and DOs are both physicians. Both learn at least a core medical curriculum, then take exams demonstrating that level of knowledge (USMLE vs COMLEX). Both can apply for residencies for any ...
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Medicines in the fridge

Chemical reactions are slowed down at lower temperatures; refrigeration can increase the shelf-life of medicines that would not last long enough at room temperature. Refrigeration could be important ...
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Should we always eat something before taking pain killers?

It is indeed important to differentiate the drug in question and the individual and the intention for using the drug and the way it is taken, temporally. Painkillers – or analgesics – come in a wide ...
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What is the name of this medical practice?

There is a site called Anatomy Stuff which specialize in providing replications of the human body. In particular, they have a section called Anatomy Models, which has a range of human-esque models, ...
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Are hand-made mask using HEPA safe to breath through?

Shop-vac, a major manufacturer of HEPA material strongly advises against using their vacuum bags to make a filter First, the filter materials used in the vacuum cleaners are for no purpose other than ...
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How do I stop my doctor from killing me?

First up Coleman's, well, he's a crank. There's no other word for it - he's an AIDS denialist, a COVID-denialist, and the lion's share of his career has been spent writing lurid tabloid "advice&...
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How do doctors go about diagnosing uncommon diseases?

The UK National Health Service estimates that 80% of rare diseases have an underlying genetic etiology¹. Thus, rare diseases diagnosis now and in the near future is mostly a function of: Having a ...
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What is Clinical Decision Support (CDS)?

What is Clinical Decision Support? This ends up getting a little bogged down in compliance mumbo jumbo, but Clinical Decision Support is defined by the US centers for medicare and medicaid services as:...
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Possibilities after stage IV melanoma diagnosis

If you're searching for treatments that are not currently main stream, you need to look on https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=melanoma+and+spain&Search=Search to see if there's a trial in ...
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Overfull ERs across the globe

This doesn't look like a Germany only problem to me. The UK has this problem, the US… This is a classical textbook resource allocation problem. Our ideologues have a theriac like cure-all for this. ...
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