A Doctor’s Guide to 13 Awesome Gifts For Him On Valentine’s Day

As medical students, we live and breathe science and medicine. So when it comes to gift giving, what better way to show that special medical savvy person in your life how much you care than by appealing to their nerdy passion? To help you be anatomically correct and raise oxytocin levels to the max, here’s some gift ideas to get you started.   1. Anatomical heart screen-printed tie, Etsy, $30 2. Nerd XY cologne, Eau de Nerd, $31.41 3. Medical Caduceus Cufflinks, Etsy, $40 4. Anatomical Heart Coffee Mug, Etsy, $25 5. Oxytocin Coffee Mug, Etsy, $25 6. Plush Heart, I Heart Guts, $20   7. Plush Heart Cell, Giant Microbes, $12.95 8. Unisex Valentine’s Day Oxytocin T-Shirt, Etsy, $9.99 9. Cardiology III Stethoscope in Red, 3M Littmann, $153.61 Even if they already have a stethoscope, they can carry this red one around the hospital and think of you each time they use it. 10. Blood of Grapes wine, your local liquor store   11. Educated Guess wine, your local liquor store   12. Anatomical Heart Wine Glass, Etsy, $12 You can drink your Blood of Grapes or Educated Guess wine in this anatomical heart wine glass!   13. Erlenmeyer flask, Amazon, $8.13 If you insist on giving flowers, add some nerd to it by using an Erlenmeyer flask as a vase. As you can see in the photo of roses I...

Aunt Hilda from Sabrina the Teenage Witch Discusses OAB

Caroline Rhea, comedian/activist, and Elizabeth R. Mueller, MD, discuss the latest treatments for overactive bladder including oral medications and sacral nerve stimulation. They urge physicians to consider botulinum toxin, which has been shown in studies to treat overactive bladder for up to 6 months, and can be administered as a single shot in the...

A Doctor’s Guide to 8 Awesome Gifts For Her On Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and that means a celebration of the random firing of nerve impulses of your abdominal region (those butterflies in your stomach), the irregular beating of your major cardiovascular organ (your heart skipping a beat), and the complete loss of any ability to think rationally (aka falling head over heels for that cute girl you see in the library every Saturday). It also means you better be on your gift-giving game or risk finding yourself with a very disappointed girlfriend! For all of you dudes out there who have significant others in medical school, it’s not always an easy task to find the perfect token of your love for your studying sweetheart. Never fear, luckily the internet exists and I have personally searched it and composed the following list of presents that run the gamut from goofy to sentimental and will be sure to get you some special Valentine’s lovin’ from the future MD in your life. 1. Trust her, she’s a doctor. If you want something a little more special than the typical grungy sweatshirt with the name of her medical school emblazoned across the front in fuzzy letters, Zazzle.com has pages of funny t-shirts advertising your girlfriend’s future profession so you’ll be sure to find something to suit her fancy.   2. Don’t give her mono, but give her a mono doll! “A kiss...

Is It Ethical to Keep a Pregnant Woman on Life Support Solely To Keep Her Baby Alive?

It astounded me to hear that, in light of the now heavily debated case of a pregnant woman in Texas named Marlise Muñoz who was kept on life support specifically in hopes of maintaining the viability of her fetus, there is currently another eerily similar predicament brewing in Victoria, British Columbia. While judges ruled last week that Muñoz be taken off life support (because doctors deemed the fetus unviable) the case for Robyn Benson is murkier. In the case of Muñoz, her family, particularly her husband, did not want her to be kept on life support even though they understood that the pregnancy would thus not go to term. It was, no doubt, an agonizing decision, but in Muñoz’s case, the red tape was put up by the hospital and the state of Texas; not the wishes of her family. Marlise Muñoz Benson’s story has emerged with a twist on the Muñoz case: her husband and the doctors agree that keeping her on life support until they can deliver the fetus via c-section is the only option. An important distinction here is that, in Benson’s case, the fetus (remarkably) is still growing normally despite the condition of the mother. But how does one even approach the idea of calling Robyn Benson the soon-to-be baby’s mother? Right now she is genetically and physically a host unit; she will not wake...

Can Medical Marijuana Be the Answer for Those Suffering from PTSD After 9/11?

Martin Lee, author of Smoke Signals, and director of Project CBD, discusses the results of a University of Calgary study that found New Yorkers suffering from PTSD after the 9/11 terrorist attacks had a lower baseline level of naturally occurring cannabinoids than those not suffering from...

Top 24 Study Jams for Your Next Exam

In college, the only thing I needed to pump me for a long day of work is a Café Americano and an isolated cubicle in a freakishly quiet library. Recently, I admit I can’t focus without a good beat.  If it’s late and you’re tired or, let’s be real, just frustrated and want to scream and throw things, look no further than my totally random playlist of instant mood lifters: 1)    Harder Better Faster Strong – Daft Punk   2)    Stronger – Kanye West   3)    Too Legit to Quit – Hammer, Sia    4)    Dirt Off Your Shoulder – Jay Z   5)    Let’s Get it – P. Diddy   6)    Titanium (feat. Sia) – David Guetta   7)    Ambition (feat Meek Mill) – Wale   8)    Better – K’NAAN   9)    Don’t you worry child – Swedish House Mafia   10)  Keep your head up – Andy Gammer   11)  Make me proud –  Drake, Nicki Minaj   12)  Skyscraper – Demi Lovato   13) Who Says – Selena Gomez   14) Float On – Modest Mouse   15)  Happy (from Despicable Me 2) – Pharrell Williams   16) Girl on Fire – Inferno Version – Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj   17) Focused feat. Kid Cudi – Wale   18) Firework – Katy Perry   19) One Top of the World – Imagine Dragons   20) The...

What Are We Losing By Not Taking a Social History?

As I am on service, I realized that one thing that can be easily lost in the race to take care of patients with limited duty hours – the social history.  The social history is part of the admission “history and physical” that once included a myriad of information about the patient’s job, life, and habits has now “fallen into despair” becoming little more than “negative for TED”, or in other words “no tobacco, alcohol (ethanol) or drugs.” But, there is so much more to it than that.   How do they afford to pay for their housing, food, and medications?  Do they have insurance?   Where do they live?  Who takes care of them or do they take care of someone else?  Do they have friends or family living nearby?   What do they like to do for fun?  Given that most of the ‘discharge planning’ focuses on these elements of the social history, it seems silly that we don’t include more than just no TED. So, when I was asked by a very astute medical student if I preferred to hear more in the social history, I said yes.   The information that is usually discussed as the patient gets better and we wonder where they will go was now presented on admission, discussed as a problem just like any other medical problem.   In just a few short days, we discerned that a...

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