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A Surgery-Free Cure For Appendicitis?

Appendicitis inflicts nearly 300,000 Americans each year. In most clinical settings, the 30-minute surgery is the standardized solution and no other treatment options are offered. However in the past where surgery hasn’t been an option, such as for American soldiers in submarines during the Cold War, antibiotics were successfully used as an appendicitis treatment. Recently, several studies in Europe have re-investigated this treatment option and determined that antibiotics can be used to treat appendicitis instead of appendix removal surgery, reports The New York Times. Of the 1,000 participants, 70% of those who took antibiotics needed no further surgery or treatment. Where antibiotics were not effective, subsequent surgeries were completed without any additional risks. Physicians who participated in the study proposed valuable questions regarding when to offer antibiotics and when is this treatment is most cost-effective. Given these unanswered questions and the uncertainty associated with appendicitis and its causes, further study regarding the efficacy of antibiotics is warranted.   Check out the complete study published by the New England Journal of Medicine,...

Kicking a Habit: Should We Reward for Success or Penalize for Failure?

Do you smoke or bite your nails? Do you have any kind of habit, likely exacerbated by stress, that you know you shouldn’t do but just can’t stop? If you bit your nails, which would be a more effective solution: treating oneself to a manicure for a week of no biting or penalizing oneself for biting by using a ‘Bite No More’ polish that tastes awful? What if the penalty didn’t just taste bad but hurt your wallet too? A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that smokers were more likely to enroll in reward-based cessation programs but were more successful in penalty-based cessation programs, The New York Times reported. In a study of 2,500 smokers affiliated with CVS, participants were enrolled in two different programs: a reward-based one and a penalty-based one. In the reward based-program, individuals were offered an $800 reward if they were able to go six-months without smoking. In the penalty-based program, individuals submitted a $150 deposit at the start, and after six-months if they had succeeded they would receive the deposit back and an additional $650, but if they failed they would lose their initial deposit. Researchers found that penalties such as losing a $150 deposit for cessation program failure nearly doubled one’s chances for successful quitting. Furthermore, those in the penalty program were five times as likely to quit...

Saving Time By Eliminating Showering?

If there’s one thing us AlmostDocs don’t have, it’s time. Rushing from class to class, spending hours in the library, and enjoying the occasional night away, is there any time to do anything else? Source: giphy.com According to this article, we might be able to make a little more time for ourselves by replacing our showers with a 3-minute misting of bacterial spray. The spray, called AO+ Refreshing Cosmetic Mist, contains an ammonia-oxidizing bacteria called Nitrosomonas eutropha, which is most commonly found in dirt and untreated water. It is believed that these bacteria used to exist in large quantities on humans, as well, and helped keep us clean before washing with soap and shampoo became a common practice. (a surprise to me, since I always assumed everyone just smelled really bad back then). That’s right, apparently you don’t even need deodorant if you have enough of this bacteria. Source: gifbay.com Still, people have reported a reduction in body odor and clearer, softer skin after just a month of forsaking modern bathing and instead using the AO+ Spray. So if you’re short on time, why not try a new method of hygiene, go old-school human, and save 10 minutes a day on a...

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...

3 Problems Doctors Face When Prescribing Medical Marijuana

Ziva D.Cooper, PhD, discusses the limitations doctors face when prescribing medical marijuana. Dr. Cooper explains that a lack of controlled studies and unknown risks to pulmonary health are the main concerns for many...

Surgery for Rare ‘Brainy’ Scalp Changes Man’s Life

Ramtin Kassir, MD, Plastic Surgeon, describes the symptoms of cutis verticis gyrata, or CVG, a condition in which the skin of the scalp starts resembling the folds of the brain. The condition is extremely rare, and the procedure to remove the folds is delicate in nature, due to the various factors and complexities involved with removing part of the...

Do the Cannabinoids in Marijuana Have Anti-Tumor Properties?

Martin Lee, author of Smoke Signals, and director of Project CBD, discusses the enlightening research coming out of the California Pacific Medical Center about the antitumor and anticancer effects of cannabinoids. Cannabidiol, in particular, has been shown to potentiate first line chemotherapy...