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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Why can't vaccination encourage the evolution of viral potency?
posted by freebird
on Oct 5, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
Can anyone recommend a good chinese herbalist or an acupuncturist in NYC? Thanks.
posted by Maishe
on Aug 25, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -