In short: how does my father, trapped in a hospital bed, get a private doctor and a second opinion? [more inside]
Is there something like the Hungarian "Quarelin" painkiller available in the USA? [more inside]
Is it safe to repackage Acetaminophen/Pseudoephedrine Hydrochloride/Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride from the manufacturer's blister pack to a child resistant pill bottle? [more inside]
Hypotension/hypovolemia as a low-pass filter: I got cut, I went into shock, and then everything started sounding funny. I'd guess it was a 40 dB (±10) rolloff, which began near 200 Hz (±50) and left me with nothing above 1kHz. How in the world? Story, discussion of numeric estimates, off-the-cuff physiological speculations, etc... [more inside]
Librarians: Is the library the right place for me, and do I need an MLS to get there? [more inside]
Should I go to medical school? Or go to grad school in English? Help! [more inside]
What's the best handbook to help someone do first aid and emergency medicine in remote locations? [more inside]
Ok, so I am now willing to admit I may have ADHD, but I have no health insurance. Now what? [more inside]
I'm looking for quality information about medicine, life in Third World countries, Doctors Without Borders and similar organizations, travel, expat experiences, etc. [more inside]
mr. kerning accidentally dropped an aleve tablet in the floor vent of our gas furnace. he's worried that it will burn and release toxic fumes that will kill us in our sleep. is there anything to be worried about? [more inside]
Will a $6,000 bill from the ER completely cripple my credit score for the next ten (plus?) years if I don't pay it? [more inside]
Medical professionals: how do you intellectually and emotionally cope with disease and death? [more inside]
Is there an entomologist in the house? My (then fifty-something) father developed a case of deep vein thrombosis in the '90s. They found a blood clot that extended nearly all the way up his leg. Guess what my father blames for his condition instead of a career with frequent business (plane) trips? He went to a cheap hotel in the Phillipines where there was an infestation of what he described as "little green caterpillers", one of which bit him, supposedly causing the blood clot (by means of venom). Another version of the story has it that a spider bite was responsible. A friend from his VFW post claims there is a kind of mite whose bite does this. I do not believe that there is any insect, arachnid, or caterpillar in existance whose venom does this. Who is right?
I am curious about how some people manage to approach nudity without the social connotations of vulnerability, sexuality, and invasiveness.
I am curious about how some people manage to approach nudity without the social connotations of vulnerability, sexuality, and invasiveness. [more inside]
Does anyone have any good tips for giving a kitten amoxicillin? It's in liquid form and pipette; I can't seem to bring myself to give her the dose the way the vet described; she's got to have 2 doses a day. [more inside]
Is there any easy-to-find medication (in NYC) out there that's equivalent to the old Nyquil formulation, with the meth precursors and all? The old stuff helped me greatly with any minor illness or insomnia, while the new stuff doesn't really cut it. I guess I'd have to ask at the desk, but I don't even know what to ask for.
How do I find and evaluate assisted living, retirement communities, and nursing homes from afar? My father wants my help in researching retirement options for him, and he wants to retire to an area where neither of us currently lives. Google is a bit overwhelming and feels predatory on this topic, and I'm just not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
How do surgeons satisfy various bodily requirements during marathon surgeries? There's [more inside]
Chiropracty and osteopathy: what's the difference, and are they respectable fields of medicine or means of separating sick people from their money (or somewhere in between)?
How does the medicine actually get into the blood stream through the nose and sinus lining and are some medicines less effective when insuffalated?
What can communities do to thwart the actions of the DEA? [more inside]
Is it safe to take a pill after it's expiration date? [more inside]
How do I find out what percentage of pharmaceutical research is directed towards 'natural remedies' and how much is directed towards 'typical' scientific research? [more inside]
I would very much like to locate a list of most (if not all) careers in health and medicine that correlates the required level of education, years and study focus, as well as expected income levels.
What is it like to be a large animal/rural veterinarian? [more inside]
Could HIV be treated cryogenically? [more inside]
My Flexible Spending Account (FSA) has about $250 left on it to be used by the end of December - it's use it or lose it, so I'm looking for ideas on the most useful things I can spend this money on within the next 3 weeks. I am potentially interested in stocking a basic medicine cabinet items that would be useful for a baby/ small child. [more inside]
OliveOilAndLemonJuiceFilter: Gallbladder "flushes" or other non-surgical techniques to get rid of accumulated gallstones - quackery? effective? safe? icky? First-hand accounts and opinions sought... [more inside]
So I'm pretty sure I just took a second dose of my once daily meds. Don't worry I'll be fine physically. I'm realizing that if my meds bottle had a timer attached to it that reset itself every time is was opened, I wouldn't have to worry about this in the future. Anyone know of any?
Is homeopathy good for society? How should it be regulated? Are there any good studies to this effect? [more inside]
What is involved in serving in the Army National Guard as a 91W, Health Care Specialist? [more inside]
CareerFilter: Music or Medicine? Please help me give some good advice. [more inside]
A twist on the question "is it better to let a cold run its course or is it better to medicate?". There have already been AskMeFi threads to this regard but I repeat the question because of something a doctor told me: if you dry up the runny nose/postnasal drainage, you prevent the mucus from going into your upper respiratory tract, thereby precluding the chest-clearing cough. Is this sound medicine? I've gone through four Kleenex just typing this question.
How does colour-coding of medications work? For instance, Prozac is typically the combination of green and white, and the generic brands also perserve this colour. Is there some kind of universal system that pharmaceutical companies adhere to? How are the colours of medications determined?
What is the best allergy medicine (prescription or over the counter) for allergies to dogs or cats? So many seem more geared towards allergies to mold, dust, hayfever, etc. [more inside]
Long term side effects of using Pepcid AC to combat the Asian Flush? [more inside]
Here's the situation: I changed health insurance plans about two years ago ago. I have a good plan, based in Californa, that costs me about $250 a month. Since starting the coverage, my major medical expense - for about a year - have three monthly medications which I take for recently-diagnosed bipolar disorder. I have never claimed these expenses on my insurance, nor have I ever put any of my psychiatric costs on a claim. The reason is that I've been advised not to do this, especially with a bipolar diagnosis, since, in the words of my psychiatrist, "once that's on your record, you'll have a very hard time if you need to change insurance plans." (I should add that the diagnosis, while scary, and the resulting treatment, has changed my life so much for the better that I'd sell pretty much sell a kidney to keep paying for the meds, if I had to.) [more inside]
WWII Medical Mystery Filter: Why did this young woman have an aneurysm? [more inside]
Why can't vaccination encourage the evolution of viral potency?
Calling all Japanese-speakers! Help me identify some medicaments. [more inside]
Dengue fever or sinusitis? How to stop a recurrent infection? [more inside]
I want to make a plague doctor costume for Halloween, and I want it to be as accurate as possible. [more inside]
MEDICAL INSURANCE: I'm getting some for the first time in 8 years. Clearly I should have at least catastrophic, but help me decide whether having more is worth the cost. Also: any opinions about HealthyNY insurance? [more inside]
Reliability of animal testing vs. non-animal testing? [more inside]
What side effects should I expect to experience with Seroquel? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good chinese herbalist or an acupuncturist in NYC? Thanks.
I have chronic sinus infections for which I am now considering surgery after trying most major medical options, as well as a massive allergen removal program. I read about a product called "Sinus Buster" which uses pepper in the form of a nose-drop to clear sinuses. I bought some, and based on just a few days usage, there is a definite improvement. I'm surprised, since the manufacturer also claims that the product can help you lose weight and has even said that it can cure some forms of cancer (multiple miracle claims=sure red flag.) So, my questions: - Does anyone else have any exeperience with this product? - The stuff burns, which I am getting used to - but is it really a good idea to put something that (at least) feels caustic up my nose? Is there a possibility of long-term damage? -Can I become reliant on it for clearing my congestion, as with "traditional" OTC nose drops? Here's the product URL: www.sinusbuster.com
How do I come up with a scientific theory to explain complex phenomena? My area of research is medicine, but I'm interested in the opinions of all flavors of scientists. [more inside]
rough and tumble lifestyle finally (inevitably) leads to serious shoulder injury. am i to be gimpy forever? [details inside] [more inside]
What is the underlying physiological cause for paresthesia (tingling of the fingers) secondary to hyperventilation? Specifically, what metabolic or neurological process causes you to feel tingling in your fingers when you hyperventilate?