What Does Hepatitis C Treatment Look Like In The Future?

You’ve probably heard about Hepatitis C treatment options. There are regularly commercials advertising medications that inform treat the issue. Perhaps you have an acquaintance that has been afflicted by the virus. Or maybe you’re concerned that you’ve somehow contracted the virus. Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of misunderstanding about Hepatitis C, how it varies from other strains of Hepatitis, and how it can be treated. These misunderstandings often lead to fear, frustration, and confusion. If that’s you, have no fear. The issue really isn’t that complicated. Once you know the facts, you’ll be equipped to discuss and even be treated for it if necessary. Consider this your primer on Hepatitis C. We’re going to break down the what, why, and how of the virus so that you can make appropriate and informed decisions. What is Hepatitis C? As the disease progresses and becomes chronic, it starts to wreak havoc on the liver. Over time, it may lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, cancer, blood infections and hemoglobin diseases, autoimmune weakness, and all manner of horrible complications in the gastrointestinal tract. The spread of infection of Hepatitis C is mostly through blood-to-blood contact. Unlike other strains of Hepatitis, there are few cases of it being propagated through unsafe sex. In most case, the HCV is spread through intravenous drug use, poor sterilized medical equipment, from mother to child during pregnancy, or open...

History’s Worst Healthcare Practices

Healthcare has come a long way since the beginning of time. One-hundred years ago, mercury was used to treat irregular bowel movements, not knowing its insane long term health repercussions. Luckily, we are at a time in modern medicine that allows us to discern which practices work and which ones don’t. Thanks to healthcare policy and reform, medical students and aspiring healthcare professionals have an easier time distinguishing which practices are good and which one’s aren’t. However, it begs the questions: what were the worst healthcare practices throughout history? This infographic details such practices that were once prescribed by health professionals in the past for cures. If you’re interested to see what the future of healthcare looks like, check out what the future hospitals have that other’s don’t! Many leading hospitals are already making profound changes and improvements that could not even have been imagined a decade ago. Science and technology working together are bringing hope and progress to patients and medical staff alike. What does the future of hospitals look? Some are incredibly optimistic, with hospitals developing more specialized technologies and groups to optimize their systems and to tread as many patients as possible. Even in 2015, we saw developments in prosthetics. Futurism reported that by 2030, hospitals may be a thing of the past: Predictions from the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Future Council, Melanie Walker, say we’ll soon enter a post-hospital world due to advances...

The Pros and Cons of Medical School Dating

Most people are under the notion that choosing to opt for a medical profession is more of a social suicide. However, it certainly has a set of its own avails that await you in the future. One of the reasons that people tend to opt for fields other than medical is because this particular line of work has the tendency of taking over your personal, social, as well as your love life. With the never-ending work and studies, finding the right partner can be quite troublesome for many. Is medical school dating possible without much risk? What’s your solution? While you may not have much time on your hands, keeping your love life alive is a necessity. Most students directly to opt for choosing partners who work in the same class or residency but the question still remains, “Are you doing the right thing?” Let’s first look at a few pros and cons of medical school dating before coming to a conclusion. Pros 1. Everyone knows that medicine is a difficult field but no one is aware of the true struggle you have to go through. All those long hours are wasted away and at the end of the day you just want to lounge out and relax your mind. Dating someone who has no interest or knowledge of how medicine works, you’ll miss out on the opportunity of...

How to Be The Best Intern At the Office

Being an intern can be really tough sometimes, you’re the bottom of the ladder and the lowest ranking member of the workforce, but it’s not all bad. Here are 4 tips to being a the best intern so you can step up your game in the office. Be a “Guy” No I don’t mean be a literal male, being a “guy” can apply to anyone. Basically it means be known for something in the office, you don’t have to have a large following but maybe just a few people. For example, I brought gum to the office everyday throughout my internship. I would offer it to other people and after awhile they would start to come to me when they wanted gum. I became “Gum Guy.” Being some type of guy, “sports guy,” “wacky tie guy,” creates a differential from you just being a normal intern. In my case I kept things interesting by changing the flavor of gum brought in everyday. Doing small things like this can make you more liked and more fun in the office. Always Ask If Anyone Needs Help This can be a feared question, you don’t want to seem to pushy or like you have no work to do, but you also want to be helpful. I say just go for it, ask as many people in the office if they need help as you...

Here’s How To Deal With Hospital Bullies

Individuals often need to develop stronger self-esteem and be more accountable for their words and actions; both can feel emotionally risky since they each require assuming more power and personal agency. Dealing with hospital bullies can be scary if we lack confidence; it can also exacerbate other insecure feelings (eg: being uncertain whether we’re right, or worrying about someone judging us). In addition, the workplace culture needs to be a safe environment for speaking up. Related: Five Ways To Keep Social Media From Hurting Your Career A confident person in a safe culture will feel comfortable saying, “I don’t know,” whereas a person with low or fragile self-esteem working in a culture where blaming or bullying exist may feel intimidated. For better or worse, this combination of individual and organizational behavior are ongoing and interrelated phenomena that impact communication. I’m always amazed at how powerful some toxic behaviors are and how unaware some professionals are of how their behavior impacts others. In my classes or workshops on organizational conflict, communication, and leadership, there always seems to be one or two notorious people; everyone in the organization knows them. They may be physicians, nurses, or administrative leaders; they may have a tendency towards aggressive or passive-aggressive behaviors, and no one knows quite what to do in response. Generally, such individuals constitute a relatively small number of people with a disproportionate amount of power....

Ridiculous Things Pre-Meds Say

Getting a medical school acceptance is one of the most exciting moments in a Pre-Med’s life. We found that this joy might alter the state of mind of some students, in turn causing them to post some pretty ridiculous things on internet blogs. After reading through The Student Doctor Network thread “Class of 2017”, we found a few of these gems to share with you. Pre-Med #1 Haha! I actually created a formula to determine the price of dinner: If you win (your guess <= my score) then I will buy you a dinner according to the brackets below: Guess: 1-20 then (score/10) ie. You guess 15 then I will buy you a dinner that costs at least than 1.5$ Guess: 21-27 then (score/8) Guess: 28 – 29 then (score/5) Guess: 30-38 then (score/2) Guess 39+ then (score/1) This is to limit the amount of people who guess low numbers to insure free food and to reward someone who takes in insane guess by guessing >39 which is almost statistically impossible. If I win you owe me a dinner according to the following formula (Your Guess – My Score) x 2 I.e. if you guess 35 and I score a 28 then you owe me a 14$ dinner. Well even if I don’t do well I am planning to make sure everyone else does equally bad. (not you guys but the...

My Thoughts on Fluoride

We live in one of the freak towns that doesn’t have fluoride in the water. My kids have both already had cavities, so I want to make sure to follow our pediatrician/dentist recommendation to get them fluoride pills, but it hasn’t been so easy. So we don’t have to wait in line at the pharmacy every month, we had been getting our pills from Express Scripts, but we changed insurance, so now we can only use Walgreens online pharmacy. This has proved to be quite the challenge. Walgreens would not allow me to add the kids to my pharmacy account until I placed an order with physical pharmacy, so I did this first. The local pharmacy would not fill the medication because they covered only drops but not pills unless they got “extra info” from our pediatrician. After a week, this was not received. Our giant peds practice did not know somehow that this info was being requested. Finally, we just paid $11 each out of pocket for the month’s worth of pills. I was still unable to add the kids online to the pharmacy and had to call to do it. I then asked the pediatrician to call in the pills to Walgreens online. They assumed that was the same as Express Scripts and called it in there. I assure you, they are not the same. I called...

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