Let's say you wanted to find the very best ovarian cancer specialist in the US. How would you go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa
on Aug 25, 2014 -
I'm working with a professor of medicine, and she has a clinical decision algorithm that needs to be turned into a website with a database backend. We need to find a person. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron
on Aug 17, 2014 -
I recently fired a doctor because she doesn't take credit cards or insurance. Can anyone think of a legitimate reason for this? [more inside]
posted by Violet Hour
on Aug 15, 2014 -
I know that some medicines break down when they reach a certain temperature. Will a Viagra pill lose its potency (ha ha) if I keep it in my pocket for too long? If so, how long can I keep the same pill in my pocket before it goes bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 13, 2014 -
All my life, people have complimented me on my abiity to write well. In middle and high school, it was writing good chapter summaries, literary analyses and essays for homework using flowery language. In college, it became about construction and the flow of ideas, and I found myself to be reasonably adept at that as well. I'm currently jobless ( looking for my first job at 25), and when people chime in with suggestions on how to fix that, they can't understand why I poo-poo the idea of writing professionally out of hand. Help me develop my writerly mind and get myself out of the English class for good. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77
on Aug 7, 2014 -
Many of the details in this question
still apply. Logistics aren't that big of a deal anymore, and I'm chipping away ever so slowly at my social anxiety and fluency issue, but I'm still without prospects and now about $12k in debt on account of some reckless impulse spending and unpaid debt from college. Can the hivemind help get me out from under this? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77
on Jul 28, 2014 -
I'm trying to find a list of US medical residency programs and the average step 1 scores of the applicants that are accepted into each program. Google has not been helpful. I've found match rates, quotas, test scores by specialty, and all sorts of other data. But nothing about test scores by residency program.
Does anyone know if this data exists and where I can find it?
Thanks in advance.
posted by d(-_-)b
on Jul 20, 2014 -
I will be interpreting at a breast biopsy procedure and want to prepare ahead of time, so I'd like to compile a list of vocabulary as well as have a general idea of what happens during the procedure. [more inside]
posted by bearette
on Jul 14, 2014 -
I have to articulate my desire to become a physician, and I'm having trouble explicitly stating my motivations. I work in a hospital and have been shadowing doctors, so I know that they essentially use their understanding of medical science to make diagnoses and come up with a treatment plans. However, I'm curious to know how the "calling" differs between people who want to become physicians, and people who want to become RNs. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88
on Jul 6, 2014 -
For the last few years I've been going to the Women's Clinic and PP for my routine exams, BC, etc. as needed but it's time to find a regular OB/GYN. I also need to replace my retired GP. Please refer me to your awesome doctors located in the Santa Monica/Venice/MDR/WLA area! [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Jun 28, 2014 -
How dangerous is Gardasil? What is your personal experience with taking it? I just heard all the horrible stories and in so scared because I just received it today. I see nothing good reviewed about it. [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie
on Jun 27, 2014 -
I’m looking for a General Practitioner in the Downtown/Western Toronto area who is both accepting new patients and sensitive to issues of medical anxiety. Much much more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 26, 2014 -
I have trigeminal neuralgia, aka "the suicide disease." Good times! I've been given four treatment options: lifelong heavy-duty medication, having a needle stuck into my face with a few months' relief, CyberKnife radiology, or microvascular decompression surgery. Which should I choose? How do I even approach this decision? Difficulty level: I want to get pregnant, but I don't know when. [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka
on Jun 22, 2014 -
I'm being prescribed Lamictal for a neurological condition by one doctor (a neurologist), but my primary is scaring the crap out of me about the possibility of SJS (8/1000). Should I be terrified? Has anybody had experience with this? I feel like these odds are very small, but I've had some weird reactions before to medications so, yeah, I'm scared. I wish I'd never Googled it!
posted by Raichle
on Jun 10, 2014 -
mrs oigocosas had this measured at "26" a decade ago
and is being retested due to odd ankle swelling.
if it has gone up, what might this engender? down?
thank you for your advice o sage mefi community!
posted by oigocosas
on Jun 7, 2014 -
The way modern medical therapies are going, it seems that decades from now it would be advantageous to have a source of your more youthful cells or tissue stored long ago and available if needed. So I should investigate storing some now, but know little about this. How do I find out which kind(s) of tissue would be the best choice to store, and how do I select a cryo-storage service with an excellent medical reputation for harvesting, storing and successfully delivering tissue in a medically-useful state? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc
on May 12, 2014 -
Colon Cancer scare in my family. My health insurance won't cover a colonoscopy because I'm too young and have no symptoms. Should I shell out the $1000 - $3000 this could cost me to get checked? Gratuitous YANMD. [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika
on Apr 25, 2014 -
I did my Bachelors (in Computer Science) in India and Masters in Computer Science in USA. I now intend to migrate to medical field and aspire to do a PhD or an MD in psychiatry or any other branch of study in medicine. Can anyone tell me if there are any premier institutes in India or abroad that might have my credentials as an eligibility criterion for an admission?
Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by godugu
on Apr 21, 2014 -
My girlfriend just recently found out that she was dropped from her insurance. She signed up for an ACA plan, but coverage doesn't begin until the first day of May. This is a problem, because she's on several psychiatric medications that are either pivotal in allowing her to function, have terrible withdrawal symptoms, or both. [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger
on Apr 15, 2014 -
I am looking for sources
of reliable, science-based information about food / exercise / medication / etc during pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus
on Mar 10, 2014 -
I work at my local County Hospital and for the last two weeks we've had a very low census. I hear rumors that the local Giant HMO and local For Profit Hospital Chain are packed right now. I also know one Local For Profit but Independent and Unaffiliated Hospital is at risk of closing right now because of extremely low census. So for folks who actually work in hospitals (and clinics?) are you seeing a change in number of patients since Obamacare started? [more inside]
posted by latkes
on Mar 3, 2014 -
I am looking for recommendations for a good psychiatrist in Manhattan. It would be superb if this doctor was in-network for Oxford, but it's not absolutely necessary (and seems very hard to find). [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster
on Mar 2, 2014 -
I've been tasked with putting together a medical library for my small disability law firm. Doctors, what are five essential medical books that we should look at obtaining regarding general medical practice? [more inside]
posted by Dignan
on Feb 28, 2014 -
The social worker at the acute-care rehab hospital where my mother is recovering from stroke suggested looking into sub-acute care centers. What should we look for? [more inside]
posted by Francolin
on Feb 23, 2014 -
When I start to feel a cold coming on, the last thing I want to do is spend time and energy trying to figure out the best treatment approach. I am seeking a guide that will help me identify and self-treat common/mild illnesses (both attacking the root cause and alleviating symptoms) as well as indicate when it would be wise to see a doctor. I would prefer a printout rather than an interactive tool like WebMD.
posted by gray17
on Feb 14, 2014 -
In need of an awesome endocrinologist (for post-thyroidectomy medication management) in the Philadelphia area. Difficultly level: most of 'em seem to be either dogmatic curmudgeons OR vitamin-shilling charlatans. Little synthetic-hormone snowflakes within... [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew
on Feb 3, 2014 -
What is a reputable online pharmacy that ships to Australia?
I want to try a medicine (Nuvigil) that isn't available here, but is legal to import. Will talk to my Dr about suitability, of course.
posted by The locked room sockpuppet
on Feb 1, 2014 -
I'm trying to decide whether to pursue a career in music and/or art therapy. (I know they're quite different) Does anyone have an experience they can share from either the patient or practitioner standpoint? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah
on Jan 29, 2014 -
I'm doing some research about how depression manifests itself as physical symptoms. Do you know any authoritative, academic sources that I should consult to research the link? I'm not very familiar with exploring medical databases, and I don't know what medical journals might carry more weight than others... Thanks, everyone!
posted by travisf
on Jan 22, 2014 -
Recently I've noticed that I often "crack" my jaw, although never with any associated pain (yet). Is this a symptom of TMJ or otherwise something I need to be concerned about? Snowflake details under the cut. [more inside]
posted by serelliya
on Jan 9, 2014 -
It's my understanding that the atmosphere at the Dead Sea has a higher concentration of oxygen than the sea level norm because of the extremely low elevation (roughly a quarter mile below sea level). My question is: what does it feel like to breathe this air? Is it refreshing? Does it feel thicker than air at sea level? Are there any objective medical findings associated with long-term exposure to oxygen at this concentration?
Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet
on Jan 4, 2014 -
The only cold symptom I ever get is a bad runny nose, what drug treats a runny nose and only a runny nose? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus
on Dec 27, 2013 -
I had a rough start to medical school academically. People keep telling me that if I "do well" here on out, it "shouldn't matter" in four years when I apply to the next stage in my training (residency). That's easy for them to say, but I need more perspective than that. I'm bothered that it could put a "ceiling" on what I might be able to achieve otherwise. Those who have experience with medical education and academics, please give me your thoughts! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 15, 2013 -
Hi Mefites. I'll be starting an online medical coding and billing course in January ( given by the AAPC), after graduating from a relatively well respected state school with a psychology BA in May and finding out far too late in the game that it would leave me with nil in terms of job prospects. After building up quite a bit of credit card debt and deciding that man cannot live on Hulu and Facebook alone, as I've been doing for six months, I decided to look into opportunities that required relatively little training to get started with, and happened upon medical billing, something that seems to fit me quite well. I'm tempering my enthusiasm however, because no amount of Googling seems to give me a clear sense of my path once the course is over. Help? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77
on Dec 8, 2013 -
Who does genetic testing that is as interested in protecting my privacy as taking my money? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy
on Nov 18, 2013 -
I have a bachelors degree in film. I want a Masters in Cell and Molecular Biology. I want to work in a research lab. Getting into grad school in general is a mystery to me, but my special circumstances make it seem that much more impossible...is it? [more inside]
posted by Telomeracer
on Nov 12, 2013 -
Researching the human heart for an essay. The real heart. not the metaphorical one. I'm having trouble finding interesting articles online that go beyond 10 FACTS ABOUT THE HEART-type-things that get repetitive. I have already done a good bit of research into transplant history and fetal heart development, and I have a story about NASA growing cardiac cells in a bioreactor.
But I still need more! Can you either tell me interesting true stuff or link me to it?
posted by mermaidcafe
on Oct 29, 2013 -
In California, is there a simple way to get the pharmacy to fill my "no substitutions" name-brand prescription with a generic instead? I am temporarily without health insurance and can't afford the very expensive name-brand drug; I can't ask the prescribing doctor to change the scrip because they're no longer my doctor and I'm in a different state. [more inside]
posted by unreadyhero
on Oct 20, 2013 -
I'm starting a garlic treatment for my stomach ulcer, and have some concerns about whether this will work. My doctor has prescribed antibiotics, but my naturopath has recommended raw garlic (3-4 times daily) and I want to try that approach first, along with other supporting herbs. However I'm worried about the ramifications if this fails, because stomach ulcers are pretty serious from what I hear. Am I taking a big risk of perforation, cancer, internal bleeding etc. by not taking the medication? And is it possible that the garlic could eradicate H. pylori bacteria? [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger
on Oct 16, 2013 -
I recently started on adderall for ADD-type issues, and I've got some questions about the effects it's having. I intend to bring them up with my psychiatrist when I see him next, but that won't be for a few weeks and I think it would still be valuable to get some outside perspective, especially from people with first-hand experience. A lot of this has to do with sexuality. Questions and details within. A bit long-winded. [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Oct 11, 2013 -
Last night I consumed some Marijuana, which upon further inspection, seems to be rather moldy. After researching the types of mold that it could be, and the effects of that mold, I am rather worried that I may have given myself a rather dangerous fungal infection.
I do not have health insurance. I need to try to figure out what to do, please help!
Anyone who knows about medicine or fungi would be especially appreciated! [more inside]
posted by ejfox
on Oct 7, 2013 -
It seems that we will likely be able to grow new organs or bodies in the future. I would like to save my own DNA while i'm still young and healthy, so that I can have a less degraded blueprint available when I need it. I am having a hard time making sense of the options available to me; does anyone have any knowledge (academic, anecdotal, or personal) that would be useful here? Thanks in advance,
posted by DGStieber
on Sep 20, 2013 -
My original proposed topic for a publication I'm writing in was about printing organs and bone marrow but it may be rejected because someone else proposed the same idea. I'm currently brainstorming ideas before tomorrow. Currently I'm thinking of writing of genetically engineered humans. Any other ideas?
posted by JYuanZ
on Sep 17, 2013 -
I've just started medical school and the emphasis on group work is overwhelming me. I know that medicine is generally a team-oriented profession. I have certainly worked well in teams before, and found it enjoyable. I am affable and pulling my own weight is never an issue. Still, the fact that I have to work in a group for four hours a day, five days a week, is draining me like no other. I am angsty and tired. Please, fellow introverts and independent workers, especially those who are familiar with medical education -- how might you approach working in a heavily team-oriented environment? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit
on Sep 8, 2013 -
Given that there are parts of the world still fighting the battle against polio, and an increasing number of people in the US choosing to opt out of vaccinations for their children, is there a chance polio will return to the United States? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero
on Sep 4, 2013 -