My taxes should pay for health care for all Americans, but they don't. I can donate $1,000 right now; what organization will use that money most effectively to provide care for uninsured/underinsured people in the United States? [more inside]
The cuticle of only one of my fingers has disappeared. It seems to be receding backwards. I've noticed this over time, but today I looked down and I can actually see the back end of my fingernail. What is going on? [more inside]
Does anyone have any experience with a Philips Marconi Eclipse 1.5 MRI scanner? Can it be run from a Windows-based machine? [more inside]
I snapped and bit my nails way too short after having kicked the habit for several months. Now all my fingertips are seriously painful. Is there any kind of ointment or something I can buy at a drug store to cut down on the pain? [more inside]
How can I arrange for bulletproof independent health insurance? [more inside]
Medi-Cal and Asset Transfers [more inside]
I am about to become a first year medical student (YAY!). I am trying to figure out how to get involved in projects dealing with healthcare and IT. Are there any good online resources to finding this type of information? Or should I just start randomly emailing companies? [more inside]
Please help me find medical coverage/insurance for a five year old. [more inside]
Mild chemical burns on my hands -- do I need to see a doctor? [more inside]
Removing stitches. DIY? [more inside]
Why do I faint at the doctor? How can I prevent this? [more inside]
Why do medical schools in the United States generally require a bachelor's degree before admission? [more inside]
Can you recommend an urgent care clinic open on nights or weekends in Seattle? Preferably one somewhere near Fremont that is a Uniform Medical Plan provider. I have no current need—this is for future reference.
There was a series of articles by doctors (or possibly, a doctor) in a mainstream US magazine, each about a patient who had a weird ailment, usually incorrectly diagnosed at first. What was it?
Sprained my previosuly broken ankle. Doctor at the hospital says its fine - should I be in agony if I'm not putting any weight on my foot? [more inside]
Can anyone point me towards detailed comparisons or information about the management fees and/or costs at hospitals in other countries? [more inside]
Why would a child need an electrode / electrical connection port in the back of his skull? [more inside]
I'm already certified as an EMT outside of the US, but now that I'm going to school in America I'd like to get certified there as well. However, I don't have a lot of time over the summer for the course. Does anyone know of any really intensive, really concentrated EMT basic course? Like all day, every day for a couple weeks. Does this exist in the US?
I've talked to my GP and done my own research but just can't seem to come up with a reason as to why eating a lot of iron-rich food would make me groggy. [more inside]
What are the best cities/states for biomedical jobs? I'm not looking for a specific type, just in general.
A friend of mine showed me his penis with some concern. I don't think it's anything, but there were two dark brown freckle-looking things on the tip that probably weren't there before, and he claims to feel strange. Does anyone have any idea what this could be, or if it could be something alarming? The freckles are just minor discolourations and are not raised. Thank you. Prompt responses are appreciated!
A friend, a 62 year old woman, was injured while driving in TN; her car was totalled. She is suffering back pain. She has been to an attorney who has retained an independent doctor to evaluate her. The doctor has assessed that she retains 5% PPI (permanent personal impairment?). The question she has - what is the likely dollar value of the settlement based on the 5%?
Having intestinal reactions to meds that I've been taking for a while. I'm searching for a new Doc, but I'd like to ask the hive for assistance. [more inside]
What factors affect the amount of antibodies you produce after a Hep B immunization shot? [more inside]
Tell me all about your favorite intelligent professional or casual medical blogs/articles somewhat in the vein of Atul Gawande. [more inside]
MediFilter: I need to have some small growths biopsied in an - erm - "sensitive" area. How bad is this going to suck? [more inside]
How strict are Amtrak security regulations with regard to marijuana? [more inside]
Do you know of any reasonably credible sources that list the premiums and deductibles that hospitals/doctors (of any kind, but largely medical surgeons for intensive-care/emergency/surgical hospitals) pay for medical malpractice insurance? I'm researching figures for a malpractice reform idea. [more inside]
Please help me filter out the good from my list of NYC doctors covered by my insurance. [more inside]
Getting medical insurance to cover dental procedures. [more inside]
Looking for crisp, royalty free medical illustrations with one-click purchasing. [more inside]
I have never had seizures before. I am a 24yr old male. Recently I had multiple partial seizures which lasted approx. one hour each time. They took place over the course of one week. Since my last episode I have been mild/moderately dizzy, and see lights/spots/visual disturbances everywhere I look. The severity of this has varied, but it is always there. I have felt this way now for over a week. It is really difficult to function normally. My doctor was somewhat helpful, but gave no advice on how to deal with or preferably stop my current symptoms. I would appreciate any suggestions/answers from anyone who is familiar with this problem. Thank you for your time. [more inside]
I want to get a medical mj card for my anxiety, but I'm too scared to go. It still doesn't feel safe. Anyone actually go to one of these "evaluations" that you see in ads on the weeklys?
I want to get a medical mj card for my anxiety, but I'm too scared to go. It still doesn't feel safe. Anyone actually go to one of these "evaluations" that you see in ads on the weeklys? [more inside]
Why does a healthy adult keep getting warts? How to prevent? How to cope? [more inside]
I will be returning briefly to the US after 6 months abroad and I would like to partake in some of that wonderful US healthcare before I head back abroad. I have a couple of questions. [more inside]
Unshredded medical records literally hit me in the face. Should I do something about this? [more inside]
General medicine in San Francisco: I'm in need of a basic checkup and a few tests, but the UCSF system is no longer accepting patients. Where else can I see a doctor and have any necessary tests done in the same place? I've a PPO inaurance plan, so I believe I can go anywhere but Kaiser. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Who should I see about my 'behind the eye' pain? [more inside]
In double-blind clinical trials, is there a common drug put into the placebo group and the test groups drug to test to make sure the participants are taking the drug correctly? [more inside]
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]
Due to cost saving measures, my company is about to remove health insurance and my bosses are basically looking for me to become an independent rep for them....Can I colect unemployment should I feel I was put in a position that I could no longer work under those conditions? (the full story (i think) inside... [more inside]
NoInsuranceFilter: I awoke New Years Day in the hospital. My clothes had been cut off, I had a catheter in and a wrist restraint on my left wrist. I had five stitches in my eyebrow. The bill has arrived. [more inside]
Choosing benefits (medical/dental/vision) for a new contract position, any good resources/guides to read? [more inside]
In the medical world, what is the difference between an "operation" and a "procedure"? [more inside]
What do you think the probability of catching a blood borne disease would be from swatting a mosquito filled with fresh human blood of unknown origin? Another way of stating the same question: Would the risk associated with driving to the pathology centre to get tests exceed the risk of infection?
Why are my grandfather's legs leaking? [more inside]
For those of you in medical fields, what books, sites, or organizations reinforced your career decisions? [more inside]
Is my mom really not eligible for FMLA to take care of my sister when my sister gives birth? [more inside]
i finally have good health insurance and i'm going to the doctor! what sort of tests should i have done to make sure everything is ok? [more inside]
Any recommendations for (preferably) online Public Health Journals, Communities, or Blogs? [more inside]