When a drug company is trying to get the FDA to approve a new drug, my understanding is that they have to demonstrate that it's clinically effective and not acutely toxic for a finite period of time (weeks or months). But how long? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine
on Dec 15, 2011 -
Hi, MeFi. I've had a medical condition for the past month which involves numbness in my hands and face, headaches, fatigue, emotional distress, and other unpleasant symptoms. I know YANMD, and I am in fact already seeing a doctor and will soon be seeing a neurologist. I'm sorry about the wall of text, but if any of this sounds familiar, please let me know -- it would really help when talking to my doctors! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 14, 2011 -
I need to get 0.5ml of medicine into a dog, twice a day, every day, forever. Outside of holding her down and squirting it her mouth and putting it on her food, how do I get it in her? [more inside]
posted by griphus
on Nov 29, 2011 -
Where can I find interesting papers, discussions, blog posts, etc. about the disparity between benefits to personal health and population health when it comes to medical interventions and the ethical implications therein? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte
on Nov 22, 2011 -
I really like Atul Gawande's book "Better" as well as his article "Letting Go" - in general, topics about systems innovations in health care, especially end-of-life care. Anything else I should read? [more inside]
posted by leedly
on Nov 17, 2011 -
I have ringworm. I am in Japan. I want to avoid seeing a doctor, if possible. What medicine should I buy and how can I prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 14, 2011 -
Our dog is ailing -- how does one determine how much to spend on her treatment(s)? More wrinkles to the situation inside... [more inside]
posted by theplatypus
on Oct 24, 2011 -
Is there an office chair that provides the same strengthening and stability as a medicine ball but would pass the office requirement for safety? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey
on Sep 14, 2011 -
I'm looking for information about becoming an EMT and eventually a paramedic in the greater Seattle area. I'm a female and do not want to (or think I could) become a fire fighter. [more inside]
posted by wansac
on Aug 13, 2011 -
You are a Pharmacist or DoctorFilter: What it like to get into (and be) in these professions? [more inside]
posted by raccoon409
on Aug 8, 2011 -
Should we fight to have a g-tube placed in our 10-month-old without general anesthetic? If the hospital insists on general anesthetic, should we find another provider or call the whole thing off? [more inside]
posted by gurple
on Jul 27, 2011 -
When it comes to very expensive medicines, how much of the cost is due to just the production of the drugs and how much is because of other factors? [more inside]
posted by gkhan
on Jul 24, 2011 -
[BrooklynFilter] I need a good GP, preferably in south Brooklyn, who takes GHI. [more inside]
posted by griphus
on Jul 18, 2011 -
I currently unemployed but have health insurance. It has an insane annual deductible that I cannot afford. I am a diabetic who is running out of refills on my prescriptions. So, how can I cheaply get someone to write me scripts? [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie
on Jun 27, 2011 -
Is there a commonly available equivalent of Nyquil in China? Something with same or similar active ingredients available at any of the huge local pharmacies.
posted by crawltopslow
on Jun 13, 2011 -
A multicenter drug study takes CT scans of all subjects at various points. These scans are all sent to a central committee for evaluation. What is this committee called? My Google-Fu is failing me, and I don't get any convincing hits for "Central CT Scan Evaluation Committee" etc. etc.
posted by zachawry
on Jun 10, 2011 -
I'm going to be visiting New Orleans with my kids. We try to go every year and this trip we'll be staying around a month. I'd like to have a regular doctor or medical practice so that I don't need to visit a hospital emergency room for something minor. We have travel insurance, and most of our party will be US citizens.
posted by Joe in Australia
on Jun 9, 2011 -
A friend of mine went to fill a prescription for doxycycline for Lyme Disease. The pharmacist refused to give it to her unless she had a pregnancy test. Is this legal in New York State? If not what can be done about it?
posted by vim876
on Jun 8, 2011 -
Has anybody seen credible evidence that cinnamon capsules are a weight loss miracle? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~
on May 28, 2011 -
I remember reading something once about the concept of vaccines actually being originally developed by indigenous people. Google is failing me. [more inside]
posted by long haired child
on May 8, 2011 -
I'm looking to find doctors who practice private/concierge medicine in Europe and Asia. These doctors typically charge an upfront fee and gives you significantly more attention (ie, he has 500 instead of 3000 patients; is available immediately 24/7). They usually practice family medicine or internal medicine.
This type of doctor is growing in the US, but I can't seem to find them elsewhere in the world...
posted by JiffyQ
on Apr 20, 2011 -
What do you do when doctors can't give you an answer? Like... whether or not you SHOULD try to have children? [more inside]
posted by veryblue1
on Apr 10, 2011 -
Can anyone recommend a good doctor in the Greenpoint or Williamsburg area of Brooklyn? (A general practitioner, specifically.) [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit
on Mar 17, 2011 -
I had a rough PhD candidacy exam with a provisional pass. I have three months to "make things more specific and do an experiment." Some of my committee comments were constructive, but something seems off. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 9, 2011 -
What is really
going on with Pepcid Complete and similar antacid/H2 inhibitor combos? recall was about packaging a long time ago but shelves are still empty and no explanation from "marketing"
posted by Barrows
on Jan 30, 2011 -
My relatives need some advice - a sick nephew in Tajikistan does not have access to trustworthy medical diagnosis. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb
on Jan 28, 2011 -
I take Clenil Modulite (Beclometasone dipropionate, a daily steroid) and Ventolin (Salbutamol, as needed) for my asthma, in inhaler form.
I'm visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia in the course of a backpacking trip starting next month. I want to take these medicines with me, but am finding it hard to find info about restricted drugs in these countries. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Kirn
on Jan 23, 2011 -
I collapsed this morning. I know you're not my doctor and I know I need to see one, but I can't afford to unless it's immediately life-threatening. Can you help me figure out what might be wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl
on Jan 23, 2011 -
My wife and I had injections for a TB test on Monday morning (we're adopting our second child and had to get the test). We had to come in Wednesday morning at 9:45 to see if the injection caused any problems. The NP told us everything was fine and we were TB negative.
It's several days later now - Thursday evening - and I'm fine, but my wife has enormous bumps/hives right at the injection site on her arm.
I'm assuming the TB test shot is some kind of totally inert drug so you can't actually get sick from it. Why would a disease that we were supposedly negative for cause hives? Is she allergic to something else? Help! Should we just go to the DR now? The hives are pretty weird.
Neither of us has any food allergies of any kinds.
posted by luriete
on Jan 20, 2011 -
Can anyone recommend a particular clinic in the DC area where I can get a DEXA scan for bone density & body-fat measuring? [more inside]
posted by jacob
on Jan 3, 2011 -