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Top 10 Medical TED Talks That Will Make You Think – #9

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this glorious human invention, let me start off with a brief introduction.   TED is a global conference that was established with a focus on brand new, cutting-edge ideas in the interdisciplinary fields of Technology (T), Entertainment (E), and Design (D). Speakers from around the world have been invited to speak on their area of expertise at one of these gatherings in order to display a novel development, discovery, occurrence, or some other thought-provoking measure that truly reflects the growth and potential of human capability. In the recent past, medicine has carved a distinct niche for itself in these conferences, showcasing some of the most astounding and intriguing ideas by pioneers in the field.   Over the next several weeks, it is my goal to present some these talks that will truly make you think about the medical field, where it is going, and maybe even what part you can play in its progress.   So, without further ado, let’s continue on with our next talk here at #9.     Featured Image Source...

Top 10 Medical TED Talks That Will Make You Think – #10

Source   For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this glorious human invention, let me start off with a brief introduction.   TED is a global conference that was established with a focus on brand new, cutting-edge ideas in the interdisciplinary fields of Technology (T), Entertainment (E), and Design (D). Speakers from around the world have been invited to speak on their area of expertise at one of these gatherings in order to display a novel development, discovery, occurrence, or some other thought-provoking measure that truly reflects the growth and potential of human capability. In the recent past, medicine has carved a distinct niche for itself in these conferences, showcasing some of the most astounding and intriguing ideas by pioneers in the field.   Over the next several weeks, it is my goal to present some these talks that will truly make you think about the medical field, where it is going, and maybe even what part you can play in its progress.   So, without further ado, let’s get started with our first talk here at #10.    ...

Bizarre Skin Conditions That You Never Want To Get – #6

What is the largest organ system in the body? The Integumentary System!   Yes, we all know this well-known fact since our elementary and middle school days. Our skin covers the entire surface area of our body, serving various different functions. From temperature regulation to being the first line of defense for the immune system, our soft skin is often our best friend.   However, we may encounter some quite tenacious pathogens that can lead to some quite gruesome skin conditions, some of which you should truly pray that you never get. I will be going over the top 10 most intriguing integumentary ailments that I have come across, one at a time over the next several articles, continuing forward with the next one here at #6.   6. Erythropoietic protoporphyria We all love going to the beach, lying there in the light of the bright afternoon sun and basking in the warmth of a great summer day. However, for individuals affected by the rare skin condition known as erythropoietic protoporphyria, a trip to the beach may turn out to be their worst nightmare.   Caused by an enzyme deficiency that leads to the accumulation of protoporphyrins, erythropoietic protoporphyria results in the common symptoms of redness, itching, pain, and burning of the skin, as well as possible discoloration and thickness of the skin on prolonged exposure (due to the...

Bizarre Skin Conditions That You Never Want To Get – #7

What is the largest organ system in the body? The Integumentary System!   Yes, we all know this well-known fact since our elementary and middle school days. Our skin covers the entire surface area of our body, serving various different functions. From temperature regulation to being the first line of defense for the immune system, our soft skin is often our best friend.   However, we may encounter some quite tenacious pathogens that can lead to some quite gruesome skin conditions, some of which you should truly pray that you never get. I will be going over the top 10 most intriguing integumentary ailments that I have come across, one at a time over the next several articles, continuing forward with the next one here at #7.   7. Vitiligo Vitiligo is a condition that results in the development of white patches on the body. It usually affects the generalized skin area with possible involvement of the mucous membranes and the eyes. The most common sites include the armpits, around the mouth, the navel, genitals, and rectal area. While the cause of vitiligo is idiopathic (unknown), it is believed that an autoimmune process might serve to explain the manifestation of this disease. For instance, the consequent presence of a condition such as hyperthyroidism may make a person more prone to have vitiligo.   In terms of the possibility and...

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!

Source   March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and it is an ideal time to get candid about the third most common cancer diagnosed among men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2016, over 95,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Colon Cancer, and of those diagnosed, over half will die from Colon Cancer. Colon cancer normally develops in adults 50 years of age and older from polyps in the large intestines. Colon cancer screening helps save lives by detecting polyps early so they can be removed before they become cancerous. Early detection through screening is invaluable and continues to play a pivotal role in the lives of over 1 million colorectal cancer survivors across the nation.   When it comes to regular screening for the average American, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend testing during the following intervals: • Colonoscopy every 10 years • Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) every year (colonoscopy is needed if results are positive) • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 to 10 years, usually with stool testing (FOBT) done every 1 to 3 years • Virtual colonoscopy every 5 years     A Fecal Occult Blood Test is a stool test and perhaps one the simplest Colon Cancer screening procedures. Blood in the stool is a classic indicator of the presence...

Bizarre Skin Conditions That You Never Want To Get – #8

What is the largest organ system in the body? The Integumentary System!   Yes, we all know this well-known fact since our elementary and middle school days. Our skin covers the entire surface area of our body, serving various different functions. From temperature regulation to being the first line of defense for the immune system, our soft skin is often our best friend.   However, we may encounter some quite tenacious pathogens that can lead to some quite gruesome skin conditions, some of which you should truly pray that you never get. I will be going over the top 10 most intriguing integumentary ailments that I have come across, one at a time over the next several articles, continuing forward with the next one here at #8.     8. Hypertrichosis If you want to see a werewolf in real life, then this disease is unfortunately the right one that can give you that end product. Hypertrichosis is a medical condition that results in the unexpected and excessive growth of hair in either localized or generalized areas of the body where hair would not usually grow. The two major types of hypertrichosis include acquired and congenital. Potential causes include a malignancy, certain medications, and malnutrition (anorexia nervosa), with individuals developing excessive hair growth manifestations commonly on the face, nose, and the eyelids.   The congenital form of this disease...

Bizarre Skin Conditions That You Never Want To Get – #9

What is the largest organ system in the body? The Integumentary System!   Yes, we all know this well-known fact since our elementary and middle school days. Our skin covers the entire surface area of our body, serving various different functions. From temperature regulation to being the first line of defense for the immune system, our soft skin is often our best friend.   However, we may encounter some quite tenacious pathogens that can lead to some quite gruesome skin conditions, some of which you should truly pray that you never get. I will be going over the top 10 most intriguing integumentary ailments that I have come across, one at a time over the next several articles, continuing forward with the next one here at #9.   9. Argyria Argyria is a clinical condition caused by an individual’s contact with or ingestion of silver salts. Workers involved in silver mining or individuals taking medications that contain a high level of silver salts are most prone to this condition. The primary manifestation of the disorder centers on a bluish-grey appearance of the skin and mucous membranes.   More specifically, the onset starts with a grey-brown staining of the gums followed by more widespread discoloring of the skin. Cutaneous pigmentation can be slate-grey, metallic, or blue-grey in color. This form of hyperpigmentation is most common in sun-exposed areas. In the...