Monday, July 27, 2015

Bobbi can rest in peace

After almost six months in a comatose state, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston, succumbed to her prolonged illness.  The nature of a prolonged coma, dealing with the confusing signs and situations, as well as the emotional turmoil can be very difficult for a family involved in such a case.  Here is an article from Newsmax in which this picture is examined.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Breathing Trouble or Trouble with Breathing?

Language is a difficult issue when it comes to medicine, and so much of what a physician learns about a patient's problems are through the words used in describing the issue.  One might say "shortness of breath" or "trouble with breathing" or the medical term "dyspnea," and they all have different nuances of meaning.  The task is to accurately communicate the problems that the person is having, because the range of pathology that can affect the ease of breathing is incredibly broad.  Here is just one look at the topic, in the Scary Symptom post:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Turn up or tune out your nose?

It seems as though it's common to "tune out" or ignore an irritating sound, whether background noise or music.  But can you do the same to an odor?  Understand that when you work in an environment with a background odor, you often don't smell it after a while, but that is called "olfactory fatigue," in which your nose kind of wears out for that smell.  Can you do that willfully?  And if not, why not?  Here's an article from Scary Symptoms that explores that situation.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gotta go when you run?

We looked at this question, and it's a real one, years back in medical school with an experiment involving all of us running around the block.  Some basic thoughts about an often observed phenomenon, from the Scary Symptom site:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Is it a good twitch, or a bad twitch?

We all know the feeling.  You're sitting at your desk and a muscle twitches; your leg, your side, or even your eye.  What does it mean?  Might it be something terrible?  Here is an article from Scary Symptoms in which I help the author explore the facts behind the troubling twitch.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Number Nine Nods

Keeping with the billiards theme for now, I note the hitting of the 9000 view mark, about six weeks after we hit 8000.  Will it keep going at this rate or speed up?  Thanks to all of you who have viewed and shared my posts, and I look forward to posting more in the coming weeks.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bush falls - Are you in danger?

The recent fall at home of President George H.W. Bush and his subsequent injury highlights the danger that older individuals face in their most familiar surroundings.  While we hope for a full recovery for our 41st President, there are many other seniors that need to pay attention to this event, and look around to be sure that they remain safe.  Here is an article from Newsmax which looks into this picture: