I’m about to undergo some pretty major role changes in my life, and I’m not sure I have the tools and tricks to deal with those changes. I need strategies / diversions / projects that will help me become a better caregiver for my little sister, who is faced with a dire medical prognosis, while at the same time trying to retain my own identity in this crisis. Folks who have become caregivers to loved ones at the expense of other important things in their life, this question is for you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 24, 2010 -
I've had a plantar wart on the ball of my foot for years. I have not taken steps to keep from spreading it. Is this something I should do? [more inside]
posted by serathen
on Dec 4, 2009 -
I am looking for information/anecdotal experience about the possibility of spreading infectious mononucleosis (i.e. Mono or Glandular Fever) through other sexual contact. I know the virus is transmitted through saliva, but could general close contact or other bodily fluids spread it as well? In addition, is it true that once one has shown symptoms of mono before, they still have the virus but are unlikely to have symptoms again (like chicken pox)? [more inside]
posted by CTORourke
on Dec 2, 2009 -
Indian health concerns: typhoid fever and dengue fever. Yes, you are not my doc. [more inside]
posted by tmcw
on Nov 13, 2009 -
Epidemiology-and-Germ-Theory-Filter: are bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc. that cause common conditions (such as warts, conjunctivitis, and ringworm, for instance) pretty much everywhere (already)? [more inside]
posted by Busoni
on Nov 7, 2009 -
I'm compiling a set of 30-40 photographs related to any and all aspects of disease for a high school visual literacy project. The students are high school juniors who are struggling with literacy and writing. I'd love your suggestions for compelling, diverse, and striking images and sites that have collections of same. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Oct 20, 2009 -
How far does -- or should -- a medical professional's ethical responsibility go when it comes to the health and well-being of strangers (i.e. people one might see on the street, or in line at the supermarket)? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte
on Sep 18, 2009 -
After a week of what was diagnosed as some form of Viral Syndrome Meningitis, I just found a big target-shaped rash on the back of my leg. Looks just like the pictures. This started on Sunday of Labor Day weekend after camping. Now that I'm pretty sure it's Lyme Disease what should I ask for and do first? I'm about 10 days into the infection. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 16, 2009 -
I understand the danger parvovirus poses to puppies, but what are the odds
of a puppy contracting the disease in the US (specifically Alameda County, California)? [more inside]
posted by zippy
on Sep 1, 2009 -
What are the locations of known plague pits in London, and are any maps available showing them?
posted by Artw
on Jun 24, 2009 -
What does a paleopathologist
actually do? I'm not looking for technical terms, but rather "a day in the life of."
Is there another term for this specialty that can lead to more information about the profession?
posted by biochemist
on Jun 18, 2009 -
I have psoriasis and wonder what treatments work if you or someone you know also has it and what your experience has been. [more inside]
posted by longsleeves
on Jun 17, 2009 -
I'm considering enlisting but was unsure how a gluten intolerance would play into it all. I'm interested in the navy but any info would be great.
posted by isopropyl
on Jun 2, 2009 -
I have to move clean out my mother's house in another state. She just moved into assisted living for Alzheimer's Disease last weekend. It will be an emotional week where I will need a lot of support. My brother has been in an on again off again relationship with a woman for the past five years. He was off for the past six months or so and moved in to help take care of Mom, but now they are back together and spending all their time together. SHe is annoying, crazy, doesn't work and last year punched an 87 year old family friend in the face. Anyway, my partner/girlfriend has said she will only go down and help me and my brother clean out the house if she has the right to never see my brother's girlfriend. Meaning I rent her a car and she leaves anytime this woman comes around. I think that this is going to cause a lot of drama, but I completely understand where she is coming from. I really need her there, but I am really afraid that WW3 will break out and I will be in more hot water. ANy ideas?
posted by washateria
on May 31, 2009 -
A lot of the Black Walnut trees in the area are dying. I can't quite figure out why. Common trait, most lost a lot of bark just before they died or just after. Some locals blamed a wet spring last year but I'm looking for something more specific. At least 10 trees last year, most over 10 years old, many older, have died within our little village of less than a city block. Central Pennsylvania. Any ideas?
posted by Toekneesan
on Apr 13, 2009 -
On the TV show the Wire, they talk about "the bug". What disease are they referring to?
posted by oteric
on Apr 11, 2009 -
You have Crohn's disease. You live in (or near) Oakland, CA. You're on Blue Cross. You have an awesome GI doctor. Who is he/she? [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw
on Mar 26, 2009 -
What are some in the field jobs that involve studying the environment seeking medical advances? A friend asked me the following question, and I looked around and was stumped by it. A couple basic things came to my attention, like tracking the spread of different illnesses in developing countries and passing out vaccines, but I hope I'm missing something.
"What branch of biology encompasses the outdoor study of plants, animals, environments, and whatever else in order to find medical advancements?
You see in movies people hunting in the amazon for weird plants in order to cure diseases. Is this a real profession?
Could I really go to Africa to study a plague because the genetic information found within it could lead to a cure for cancer?"
posted by Tres
on Feb 24, 2009 -
How can I avoid getting the flu? I have gotten spooked by a couple coworkers who got SICK from the flu, which they caught from their kids, and I am very intent on avoiding the same fate (trouble coming out of both ends).
Short of covering myself in saranwrap and lysol, and then hiding in an ICBM silo, what do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by allen8219
on Feb 23, 2009 -
What type of parasitic worm (with larvae) can be contracted in Senegal that would make you feel lethargic, nervous, and have a loss of apetite? [more inside]
posted by zonkers
on Feb 4, 2009 -
Why couldn't Henry VIII have living male children (except Edward) and then, why did Edward die so young? Medical explanations? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry
on Jan 5, 2009 -
Is it true that the graves of people who died of certain infectious illnesses remain dangerous centuries later? [more inside]
posted by zadcat
on Nov 30, 2008 -
US doctor question: do general practitioners practice real diagnosis anymore? Every doctor my wife and I have gone to in the past ten years has turned out to be incompetent or disinterested in doing more than the bare minimum. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic
on Aug 11, 2008 -
My girlfriend's parents have been told that they may develop 森林脑炎 -- a Chinese disease which seems to be similar to Lyme disease.
Can you help me find out what this is called in English, so I can find out how serious a condition this is? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace
on Jun 11, 2008 -
Ten days ago I learned I have a celiac disorder. I have lost almost 15 pounds and my eating patterns have drastically changed. Help me fill the void... [more inside]
posted by parmanparman
on May 12, 2008 -
What is going on with my teeth / gums (very disgusting stuff inside)?
If you, like me, do not like to hear or see sensitive parts of the body going wrong, please do not read this question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 16, 2008 -
Is there any way to avoid getting sick when you have to touch lots of people in a developing nation as part of your job? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish
on Mar 26, 2008 -
Is it fair to say that the cells that a particular virus uses to reproduce itself are the cells where symptoms of the disease will tend to manifest? [more inside]
posted by serazin
on Mar 10, 2008 -
My girlfriend was recently diagnosed with coeliac disease. Do I have to get a new chopping board? [more inside]
posted by popcassady
on Jan 5, 2008 -
I know you aren't my doctor (or even my mother's doctor), but if you *a* doctor can you please help me connect these dots regarding a gallbladder? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed
on Dec 27, 2007 -
Is there such a thing as an 'invisible' virus - have biologists stumbled across any 'diseases' that have no noticeable symptoms?
posted by unmake
on Dec 14, 2007 -
Does my cat have a chronic respiratory infection, or is it possible she just naturally has poor breathing passages? Ever since my partner and I adopted her and her sister in August she has had periodic coughing and hacking fits that have been relatively unaffected by three separate rounds of antibiotics. Now I wonder if maybe she just has the equivalent of a deviated septum, or whether it's time for hospitalization. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger
on Dec 13, 2007 -
Calling all Crohnies! I'm helping to throw a traditional New Mexican dinner party for a group of students on Thursday night. We'd planned for the vegetarian contingency, but have found out that one young woman has a bad case of Crohn's Disease. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne
on Oct 7, 2007 -
My lady friend has been sick for a year, and nobody can figure out what's wrong. Has anyone had any experience with this kind of sickness? [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq
on Sep 28, 2007 -
Ultrasound and bloodwork after several excruciating bouts of pain this week show that I apparently have gallbladder disease. Help. [more inside]
posted by desuetude
on Sep 7, 2007 -
Medical School Filter: Infectious Disease Department on the West Coast. Please recommend a good university for an overseas visiting professional. [more inside]
posted by geekyguy
on Aug 21, 2007 -
Huge numbers of people living in the Americas died from diseases when Europeans started coming over. It is always stated that this is because the immune systems of the Americans had not contacted the European diseases before. Why did the same thing not happen in reverse? Why weren't 90% of some European settlements wiped out from an unfamiliar American disease?
posted by Hubajube
on Aug 12, 2007 -
One of my container garden tomato plants is sick. What's wrong with it? [more inside]
posted by dw
on Jul 11, 2007 -