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Medic!

What's the best handbook to help someone do first aid and emergency medicine in remote locations? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Apr 29, 2007 - 6 answers

I think I have ADHD

Ok, so I am now willing to admit I may have ADHD, but I have no health insurance. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2007 - 16 answers

Feed my travel habit while I'm stuck at home.

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]
posted by snoogles on Apr 22, 2007 - 8 answers

just to be on the safe side...

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]
posted by kerning on Apr 22, 2007 - 14 answers

44+ million uninsured people in America...

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]
posted by inoculatedcities on Apr 8, 2007 - 30 answers

"By medicine life may be prolong'd, yet death will seize the doctor too."

Medical professionals: how do you intellectually and emotionally cope with disease and death? [more inside]
posted by melissa may on Apr 2, 2007 - 20 answers

Is there an entomologist in the house?

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?
posted by bunky on Mar 9, 2007 - 4 answers

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]
posted by gregb1007 on Feb 27, 2007 - 38 answers

how to give a kitten meds

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]
posted by uncballzer on Feb 20, 2007 - 18 answers

Old-style Nyquil formulation?

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.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Feb 14, 2007 - 18 answers

How do I help my father retire into an assisted living community?

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]
posted by occhiblu on Feb 8, 2007 - 9 answers

Do surgeons wear diapers?

How do surgeons satisfy various bodily requirements during marathon surgeries? There's [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot on Feb 7, 2007 - 11 answers

Are chiropractors and osteopaths different? Are they quacks?

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)?
posted by handee on Feb 5, 2007 - 22 answers

How does insuffalating medicine work?

How does the medicine actually get into the blood stream through the nose and sinus lining and are some medicines less effective when insuffalated?
posted by isopropyl on Jan 25, 2007 - 4 answers

Thanks, but we won't be needing your services.

What can communities do to thwart the actions of the DEA? [more inside]
posted by mullingitover on Jan 18, 2007 - 15 answers

Oxycodone after expiration date?

Is it safe to take a pill after it's expiration date? [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Jan 14, 2007 - 20 answers

How seriously are drug companies researching alternative medicine?

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]
posted by fsmontenegro on Jan 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Health Career matrix

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.
posted by BrodieShadeTree on Jan 2, 2007 - 1 answer

What is it like to be a large animal/rural veterinarian?

What is it like to be a large animal/rural veterinarian? [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah on Jan 2, 2007 - 5 answers

Could HIV be frozen out?

Could HIV be treated cryogenically? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Jan 1, 2007 - 13 answers

FSAfilter: help me spend $250 on useful medicines/ vitamins before the end of the year.

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]
posted by netsirk on Dec 12, 2006 - 25 answers

"My liver swells with bile difficult to repress." - Horace (65 BC - 8 BC)

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]
posted by Asparagirl on Nov 26, 2006 - 17 answers

Medicine Cap w/ Built-in Timer?

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?
posted by JakeLL on Nov 21, 2006 - 17 answers

Is homeopathy good for society?

Is homeopathy good for society? How should it be regulated? Are there any good studies to this effect? [more inside]
posted by Arcaz Ino on Nov 21, 2006 - 24 answers

Joining the National Guard as a 91W?

What is involved in serving in the Army National Guard as a 91W, Health Care Specialist? [more inside]
posted by mistermoore on Nov 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Careers Advice, Music or Medicine.

CareerFilter: Music or Medicine? Please help me give some good advice. [more inside]
posted by grahamwell on Nov 6, 2006 - 14 answers

To Dose Or Not To Dose?

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.
posted by the sobsister on Oct 31, 2006 - 12 answers

How do drug companies pick the colours for pills?

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?
posted by perpetualstroll on Oct 28, 2006 - 13 answers

Best allergy medicine to take for allergy to dogs?

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]
posted by psususe on Oct 24, 2006 - 20 answers

Long term side effects of using Pepcid AC to combat the Asian Flush?

Long term side effects of using Pepcid AC to combat the Asian Flush? [more inside]
posted by MaverickX on Oct 22, 2006 - 4 answers

Should I claim my psychiatric meds on my insurance?

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]
posted by soulbarn on Oct 16, 2006 - 6 answers

What caused this aneurysm?

WWII Medical Mystery Filter: Why did this young woman have an aneurysm? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Oct 10, 2006 - 22 answers

Can vaccination increase virulence?

Why can't vaccination encourage the evolution of viral potency?
posted by freebird on Oct 5, 2006 - 16 answers

eastern medicine

Calling all Japanese-speakers! Help me identify some medicaments. [more inside]
posted by baklavabaklava on Sep 27, 2006 - 14 answers

Dengue fever or sinusitis? How to stop a recurrent infection?

Dengue fever or sinusitis? How to stop a recurrent infection? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring on Sep 24, 2006 - 4 answers

Good information about plague doctor attire?

I want to make a plague doctor costume for Halloween, and I want it to be as accurate as possible. [more inside]
posted by bookish on Sep 24, 2006 - 10 answers

What level of medical insurance should I get?

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]
posted by lorimer on Sep 15, 2006 - 9 answers

Do mice test better than petri dishes?

Reliability of animal testing vs. non-animal testing? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Sep 5, 2006 - 9 answers

What should I expect?

What side effects should I expect to experience with Seroquel? [more inside]
posted by drleary on Aug 31, 2006 - 7 answers

Resetting the Qi

Can anyone recommend a good chinese herbalist or an acupuncturist in NYC? Thanks.
posted by Maishe on Aug 25, 2006 - 1 answer

Is pepper-based Sinus Spray effective? Dangerous? Risky?

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
posted by soulbarn on Aug 15, 2006 - 17 answers

How do I develop a scientific theory?

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]
posted by lunchbox on Aug 3, 2006 - 8 answers

is my shoulder gimpy forever?

rough and tumble lifestyle finally (inevitably) leads to serious shoulder injury. am i to be gimpy forever? [details inside] [more inside]
posted by markovitch on Jul 24, 2006 - 6 answers

Pins and Needles: Why?

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?
posted by scrump on Jun 30, 2006 - 2 answers

6 sexes?

How many sexes are there? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Jun 28, 2006 - 17 answers

PSA Confusion

I need resources to help me negotiate/make sense of the minefield of my "prostate specific antigen" (PSA) score/level. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jun 7, 2006 - 5 answers

Can I send Zoloft through the USPS without ending up locked up in a dark, damp hole for the next 25 years?

I've got a several month's supply of Zoloft sitting around that I no longer use. I'd like to send it to a friend in another city, as she's got no insurance and the damn stuff's expensive. We both have valid scripts. Am I asking for trouble? [more inside]
posted by item on Jun 7, 2006 - 19 answers

Mommy, what's a healthiatrist?

What is healthiatry? [more inside]
posted by boost ventilator on Jun 5, 2006 - 9 answers

Need help in setting up a research project

I need your help. I'm a licensed acupuncturist and a herbalist. I have been involved in many out reach programs in the past. My goal was to reach out to as many immigrant groups with no to low health insurance coverage and educating them of available resources. The unique experience came working with the Korean community in New York City. This group tends to have such a high stomach cancer rate and about 70% of the patient population I came in contact with tested positive for H. pylori. The standard of treatment for H. pylori is course of antibiotic drugs. I don't know if you guys are aware but if you don't have health insurance to cover for these meds, it cost about $300 out of pocket expense. So, my thing is this - I wanted to set up a research program using simple herbs that are readily available and in low cost. I know nothing about setting up a research program. What do I need to do and who do I need to talk to? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
posted by haesung on May 25, 2006 - 11 answers

My doctor has inflated my bill.

How do I fight an inflated doctor bill? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on May 16, 2006 - 14 answers

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