My opinion: The article in the link below discusses many potential advancements that can replace needles. For example, pills may one day have tiny needles that inject the medication into the intestine so it can reach the bloodstream. Another involves a pill that will dissolve in the tongue, diffusing through the membrane to the bloodstream. There may even be microscopic patches full of needles that can be pressed into the skin. All of these methods are remarkable, but, the article reminds us that only 10% of inventions make it to market. I can see the needle patches being a reality, but I'm not sure about the edible pill. What if the needles don't inject in the right place, like in the small intestine? Also, I'm wondering what the patches will do to the skin over time, as they inject over such a wide area. Regardless, I'm glad that alternatives are being researched. Though it may be of minor concern to scientists, I'm sure many patients are tired of sticking themselves with needles. Any thoughts? Feel free to comment.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
I'm not surprised that there are some doctors who do this. I've heard other stories where anesthesiologists demean their patients. In my own personal experience, the operating room personnel sometimes swear at each other or make casual jokes, but these are never directed at the patient. I just wonder how much of this is unaccounted for, since most patients don't have the opportunity to record their doctors. Should all operating rooms be monitored after this incident? Does the patient even have the right to secretly record the operation? Feel free to comment.
Monday, June 8, 2015
I write this after the recent passing of an elderly family friend due to suicide. This event has taken quite a toll on us and our community, and I can't help but wonder how it could have been prevented. Previously, I didn't think that seniors were very likely to commit suicide. However, the following article insists that their depression is different. Major life changes occur, for example, the death of a spouse or retirement. Some believe that loneliness after these experiences may contribute to depression. Contracting many illnesses could be another factor. What's most interesting to me, though, is that it is not easily detected. The article suggests that their symptoms may overlap with those of their other illnesses, ultimately hiding the depression. In the case I described above, it also appeared that the onset of depression was very quick. I don't know the answers to a lot of these questions, but like many others, I do not think that we value mental health in this country enough. Looking back, I wish there was something I could have done, but there's no way I could have known. Any personal stories or advice? Feel free to share.
Friday, May 22, 2015
My opinion: Considering that anesthesiologists are some of the highest paid professionals in medicine, many people believe that they should be replaced by assistants, such as certified registered nurses anesthetists (CRNAs), or even by robots. The issue is, their replacements may not always provide adequate care, especially with complex surgical procedures. Many states have already allowed for CRNAs to practice independently of anesthesiologists. I believe that CRNAs and robots may be used in certain scenarios instead of anesthesiologists. These doctors may not be eliminated, but will be used to a lesser extent to save money. Do you think this will occur? Feel free to comment.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
My opinion: I am not surprised that so many people are not tracked, as poorer countries may not have the resources to keep records. I agree with the article that the civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) may make for better records. When a family member dies, relatives may are asked questions that point to the most likely cause of death. This is probably the best alternative to physician diagnosis, since many places lack doctors required for an examination. I do wonder, though, if the family will have any motivation to complete the documents. Furthermore, what if they are illiterate? In those cases, someone else would have to do CRVS for them. Finally, this may not capture the number of children who are stillborn, since it is easy to keep the child's birth a secret from the community. I believe that a medical worker may have to be responsible for the collection of this data, although he or she does not necessarily have to be a doctor. Any opinions of your own? Feel free to comment.
Monday, June 2, 2014
My opinion: I'm glad to see that they're doing this for the public - I think this will benefit people in all locations around town, as time is of the essence when treating strokes. I am surprised, though, that a regular ambulance cannot give the same care. I suppose they may be able to treat heart attack victims, but maybe the emergency personnel aren't trained to handle strokes. Is it possible to utilize this mobile stroke unit in a regular ambulance? And if not, should there be other ambulances with different specialty treatments, like for seizures or asthma attacks? Feel free to comment.
Monday, May 19, 2014
My opinion: While I certainly think this website can do wonders for some people, the founders need to be careful of liability issues. For example, say someone takes the medical advice of just anyone who posts online, and then suffers serious consequences because of it. The company could find itself in numerous lawsuits. I think it may be a good idea to take some of the ideas on the website and discuss them with the doctor to verify their potential credibility. Also, if some of the information seems insecure, then perhaps users should all be anonymous. Then again, this would also make it impossible to know who is evaluating the patient. What's more, unless the company insists that its users who provide answers undergo a background check, people with no credentials at all may be posting answers. Any other ways to improve the site, or is it just too difficult to carry out? Feel free to comment.