I have a cold. I have to talk to talk to a few groups of people in the next 48 hours, and want to avoid excessive coughing, crazy hoarseness, etc. Any advice? [more inside]
The newspaper I work for has asked me to take over reporting about the pharma business. I...know nothing about the topic or related topics. What should I be reading / doing to become an expert as fast as possible? [more inside]
How likely am I to catch an upper-respiratory illness through strictly oral/gastrointestinal means (like sharing utensils, etc.)? [more inside]
I have been almost immune to most medications for as long as I've been taking them, particularly pain medications, anesthesia, anxiety medications, benzodiapines, and psychotropic drugs (this one is iffy because sometimes they don't work on people anyway). I feel literally nothing even on high doses. Wtf? [more inside]
I want a stethoscope, but I know nothing about them. Please teach me about the differences between stethoscopes and direct me toward some good ones. [more inside]
What type of doctor should my friend become? Emergency Medicine or Endocrinology? (Snowflake details inside) [more inside]
My doctor prescribed Lopressor in place of an anti anxiety medication. Should I get a second opinion? [more inside]
What's the next best option after Accutane? I have Crohn's disease so that's not an option, but doxycycline and topical treatments haven't worked. Are there any other options? [more inside]
Why can't duloxetine (cymbalta) be prescribed to me? Is there some kind of restriction in the UK. [more inside]
Please help me understand whether the science in this article about SSRIs and inflammation is valid or not. [more inside]
Can anybody help me find TV shows/documentaries/podcasts/literature on doctors and hospitals in Brazilian Portuguese?
Can anybody help me find TV shows/documentaries/podcasts/literature on doctors and hospitals in Brazilian Portuguese? [more inside]
I have this kind of choking thing that sometimes happens when I eat. It's not a Heimlich maneuver type thing. I can breathe. [more inside]
My wife likes to combine old things with new ones; everything from aspirin to maple syrup. If a new bottle enters the house, the old stuff from the nearly empty bottle gets dumped in. It feels wrong but I can't explain it scientifically. What's really wrong with doing that? Should I just get over it?
I would like links to peer-reviewed literature regarding laser vision correction. [more inside]
Off Label Use: YNMD, but... should I use my non-proscribed rosacea medication on the rest of my non-afflicted face as a facial moisturizer, since it seems to work for that too, and am I seriously doing a no-no with the medicine by slapping cosmetics onto it? [more inside]
Who is doing research into Hepatitis C? [more inside]
What sort of things did doctors learn in medical school in the 1800s? [more inside]
I'm a post-bacc pre-med student, and I'm trying to find a research position (paid, unpaid, whatever) for this summer so I can start to get some research experience. My school's listings for research positions in medicine-related fields (or even basic science) are really not useful, nor is the pre-med advising office. Where can I find listings for such positions? Who else should I talk to?
Does anyone know a good vascular surgeon/varicose vein specialist in the Bay Area? [more inside]
Which GI organ absorbs the majority of ingested water? Source needed. [more inside]
My partner received a kidney transplant 8 years ago because of a congenital condition affecting only his kidneys. He is now 32, healthy and gets regularly checked by his nephrologist. Before even bringing up the idea of a vasectomy up to my partner to get his thoughts, I want to know if the idea is even safe.
How can I recycle expensive drugs that I no longer need or are in excess of my needs? [more inside]
Should I seek a second opinion about possible physiological sources of my fatigue, depression, and anxiety before contacting a psychiatrist?
Should I seek a second opinion about possible physiological sources of my fatigue, depression, and anxiety before contacting a psychiatrist? [more inside]
You are not my doctor, but I won't be able to see him for a few weeks and you might have some helpful sinus-related advice and tips that could really help me out. Long and slightly gross details inside. [more inside]
Is there a way that the medical field classifies diseases based on how preventative they are by an individual's actions? For instance obesity related diseases are very preventable but genetic diseases are not very preventable.
I had a flu/cold a week or so ago and now my TMJ is killing me. Could they be related? [more inside]
Do amnesiacs benefit from the placebo effect?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Is it possible that my dog is taking four times as much Xanax as me? [more inside]
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]
Is there a natural substitute for the benzodiazepines? [more inside]
Our dog is ailing -- how does one determine how much to spend on her treatment(s)? More wrinkles to the situation inside... [more inside]
I'm sick. I'm not getting better. It is ruining my life and relationships. [more inside]
Smashed my elbow, and have some numbness in my hand. Challenging part: I'm a long way from home. [more inside]
Where do I donate prescription medication (Topamax/Topiramate)? [more inside]
Some questions about recovering from viral gastroenteritis... [more inside]
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]
My doctor is leaving me. Should I follow? [more inside]
What are some useful sites (like news) for keeping up to date with medicine? [more inside]
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]
Looking for a good primary care doc in Boulder, Colorado. Any recommendations? [more inside]
You are a Pharmacist or DoctorFilter: What it like to get into (and be) in these professions? [more inside]
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]
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]
[BrooklynFilter] I need a good GP, preferably in south Brooklyn, who takes GHI. [more inside]
Where is northern BC should I spend a month? [more inside]