Archive for the 'Medical' Category

Puxatawnee Pat

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Patricia went to the doctor today for an appointment related to her broken foot. Much to Pat’s surprise, the doctor indicated another 6 weeks will be needed for the break to fully heal. It could be worse – that woodchuck in Pennsylvania frequently learns that winter is going to last for 6 more weeks 😉

Nocebo Effect

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Melinda Beck had a fascinating column in the Health Journal portion of today’s Wall Street Journal. Her column focused on the nocebo effect – the propensity of patients to display various symptoms after being told that these symptoms could occur based on the treatment they are receiving. Basically, you read the warning labels on drugs […]

Nap Time

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

This week’s Newsweek has an article about napping. It cites a study jointly done by the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Athens Medical School which suggests that taking at least three naps a week reduced coronary mortality by 37 percent. A rough, back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that my current propensity to nap […]

Way Beyond Leeches

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

There was a story in the NY Times Science section today about the use of electricity to block migraines.  The article starts out with the claim that in ancient Rome people with intense pain in their heads were sometimes treated with jolts from the black torpedo fish, also called the electric ray. One question I […]

Medical-Specialty-Specific Dietary Strategies

Monday, April 17th, 2006

It has been known, or at least alleged, for a very long time that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. With the advent of increased specialization in medicine, perhaps this saying needs to be reworked for particular medical specialties. In particular, what do you need to eat, and how often do you need […]