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What is “Good Medicine”?

An unexpected trip to the immediate care clinic in my neighborhood a few weeks ago left me pondering “good medicine” – what I like to call the administration of health care that addresses not just the physical, but also the emotional needs of the patient and truly encompasses what I feel it means to be an excellent physician.   (this has some inappropriate language but it’s a hilarious gif so…) It started on Sunday with a mild stomach ache that over the next 24 hours quickly devolved into what I delicately termed “lower GI upset” on the medical information sheet I was given to fill out when I arrived at the clinic. Three days with no reprieve convinced me to get myself checked out. After sitting for about ten minutes in the waiting area I was ushered into a chilly exam room and my vitals were taken by a friendly nurse.     I then waited for another ten or fifteen minutes for the doctor. Jovial with a friendly laugh, he put me immediately at ease and from the description I gave of my ailment, quickly determined that I most likely had a virus in my digestive tract which should resolve itself soon with the help of a few OTC medications and what he called a “GI Cocktail” that I could take before I left. After checking my pulse, he also decided to administer an IV since I was extremely dehydrated....

The New ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: “Feeling Nuts”

After an impressive run, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge appears to have reached its end. But fret not, trendsetters.  Another challenge has already supplanted the trendy fundraising campaign that raised over $100 million for the crippling condition known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. With everyone’s favorite Hollywood canis Hugh Jackman, and Star Trek’s Captain Kirk (William Shatner) leading the charge, the “Feeling Nuts Challenge” is exactly what it sounds like–a campaign to raise awareness for testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is particularly common among younger males, and roughly 8,820 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Follow the challenge on Twitter with #feelingnuts  ...

Move Over #tbt: Now Trending, #BrainTumorThursday

When I stumbled across the hash tag: #BrainTumorThursday, I was really taken aback—how did something as serious as a brain tumor become a trend akin to #womancrushwednesday and #selfiesunday? I prayed it wasn’t some kind of horrible joke and was beyond pleasantly surprised when I followed the hashtag link and found a heartwarming asssortment of thousands of enlightening tweets full of encouragement, education, awareness and even a few appropriate laughs regarding brain tumors, research, current patients, survivors, and their stories.   Maybe daily social media trends are evolving beyond the often narcissistic sentiments that follow with #throwbackthursday (look at how cute I was as a baby! [we’re all probably  guilty of this]) or #selfiesunday (this one doesn’t even need an explanation)… Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity #BrainTumorThursday.   Check out some of the best tweets below, or tune in every or any Thursday on Twitter to see what’s new in the world of brain cancer:     Side-note: #BTSM stands for Brain Tumor Social Media. It took me way longer than I’ll confess to figure that one out.  ...

Sara Bareilles & Cyndi Lauper’s New Video for Pediatric Cancer Will Make You Smile and Cry

Singers Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper combined forces in an effort to raise awareness and fight pediatric cancer.   I don’t care how tough you are, this video will send you spiraling into a whirlwind of emotions, and is liable to make you smile and...

To Frappucino or Not to Frappucino: The Caloric Expenses of an All-Nighter

As Almost-Doctors, we’ve all spent more than our fair share of late nights, if not all-nighters. And unless you’re superhuman, you most likely rely on a variety of study snacks and caffeinated beverages to power through those long nights of orgo or biochem or pharma. Sure, you knew that the Venti Mocha Frappucino wasn’t the healthiest, but caffeine is caffeine, right? Not quite… Click the image to...

A Flu for Who? An Influ-Venn-Za Diagram

The sun starts to set earlier, the wind picks up, the temperatures drop, and the lecture hall echoes with a symphony of sneezes and coughs… it’s flu season.   To guide you through every doctor’s favorite season, here’s a little information and history on the different types of influenza strains that can affect various animals and humans. Click the image to...

5 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Shut-In This Winter

Can you smell it? Wafting gently through the air, that elusive yet persistent hint of something that raises the fine hair on your arms but that you can’t quite name? Of course you can. It’s the faint, crisp, all too familiar scent that heralds the coming of autumn. I know, I know, it feels like summer just barely started and suddenly the warm breeze is tinged with the suggestion of the coming cold weather. It feels like I was celebrating the first day of spring mere weeks ago yet somehow it’s already the end of August.Labor Day Weekend has snuck up and found us in a cruel game of hide & seek. School is just around the corner and it’s time to return to early mornings yawning away in lecture and late nights studying in the hushed library. Oh sweet summer children, winter is coming and it almost doesn’t bear thinking about.     If you’re like me and are already feeling the cold fingers of despair when contemplating the prospect of trudging through feet of snow into a wall of sleet, here are a list of things to look forward to as the weather begins to turn. 1. Apple/Pumpkin Picking!  Depending on where you live, this is a great option if you’re looking for a fun day out in the fall. Go with a group and dress appropriately...