What can you learn from talking to people who suffer from uncommon medical conditions? Positivity, persistence and the satisfaction of giving back. Read the full post on aSweatLife.com.
“They can break you—make you question wanting to be here.” Read the full article for VICE.
Take a peek inside these doctors’ homes to see what medicines and products they do (and don’t) use themselves. Read the full article for Chicago Magazine.
Open wide and say,“Ahhh”—to a doctor who is hundreds of miles away. Experts call it telemedicine, or “the delivery of health care at a distance,” says Ronald S. Weinstein, M.D., founding director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program at the University of Arizona. Instead of visiting a doctor in person, you do it via text or video chat. Read the full article for Men’s Health.
If you found a lump on your body where there wasn’t one before, you might proceed to freak out. Doctors call this an “alarm symptom,” or a sign that should put patients on high alert for cancer. Yet when British researchers recently surveyed people who had experienced 10 of these types of signs, about half of the participants didn’t see their docs. Some people brushed the symptoms off as inconsequential, while others feared what they might find out. Read the full article for Men’s Health.
Forget skeletons: Search your family’s closet for tumors instead. Having a first-degree relative like a parent or sibling with cancer roughly doubles your own risk of that disease, according to Noralane M. Lindor, M.D., medical geneticist at the Mayo Clinic. Read the full article for Men’s Health.
Misdiagnoses are more common than you think—here’s how to make sure you’re receiving the right care from your physician. Read the full article on Shape.com.
The numbers just don’t add up. Four in 10 people with at least one risk factor for type 2 diabetes—including obesity or high blood pressure—think they have no risk at all, finds a new survey by the American Diabetes Association. Even worse: 80 percent say they’re in good or excellent health. Read the full article in Men’s Health.
Oxycontin. Vicodin. Percocet. Opiates like these can make the agony of surgery or cancer more bearable. But potent painkillers come with serious risks—namely addiction and even death. And a new report finds more than half of hospital patients were given some opioid pain medications. Read the full article in Men’s Health.