Medical stuff ; specially kids deseases and special medical conditions.
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Foot and hand of a patient with Ectrodactyly–ectodermal dysplasia–cleft syndrome, or EEC, and also known as “Split hand–split foot–ectodermal dysplasia–cleft syndrome. EEC is a rare form of ectodermal dysplasia, an autosomal dominant disorder inherited as an genetic trait. EEC is characterized by the triad of ectrodactyly(shown above), ectodermal dysplasia, and facial clefts.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
A Paracas skull: note the dimple toward the top of the head, which is a product of head-binding, depressing the suture between the parietal plate. Head binding is a form of body alteration in which the skull of a human being is intentionally deformed. It is done by distorting the normal growth of a child’s skull by applying force. It is typically carried out on an infant, as the skull is most pliable at this time. In a typical case, headbinding begins approximately a month after birth and continues for about six months.
Uncut, articulated human geriatric skull displaying bone degradation in the mandible and maxilla.
Available at & Photo credit: Santa Cruz Curiosities
German human Glass eye prosthetic fragments, circa 1870
See that weird rash caused by a fitbit? That’s the only time a doctor will ever care about your fitbit. They’ll never care about the data generated from these devices, ever. Why?
Because ignorance is bliss. Imagine if a doctor’s typical panel of 2500 patients all had fitbits and were all generating data and sharing all that daily data with doctors. That’s a lot of data for a doctor to digest on a daily basis. Of course the doctor surely wouldn’t be responsible for all of that data. The doctor would only be responsible for the data that sets off some sort of trigger. Let’s say that there’s a miracle device with a miracle algorithm that flags 1% of users as atypical and something the doctor should be analyzing. That means a doctor would then be looking at data from 25 patients a day. Doctors typically see 25 patients a day in their practice, so now they are responsible for 25 more patients, analyzing their data, and then acting on the results. Meanwhile they’re not getting paid for this kind of management. Would this be a co-pay that patients pay? Could doctors open up cases for you that would then give them the freedom to take your co-pay whenever they want?
And what happens when they overlook a blip in someone’s data and don’t act on it? Are they negligent? Will they be sued for malpractice? Will you also be able to sue Apple or Fitbit because of a flawed algorithm that didn’t trigger alarms for life-threatening data it’s collecting about you?
It’s the same issue with paper records. If you have your paper records and deliver an inch-thick of paper to your new doctor, it’s in the doctor’s best interest to refuse to take them. Because if they do take them, they are assuming responsibility for them and are then expected to know the information in that stack of papers. If they don’t take them, they can always claim ignorance. And, legally, ignorance is much better than negligence.
For doctors, it’s best to ignore these devices and this data. Too much data coming at you. And too many unknowns. With increasing data streams targeted at you and increasing risk of malpractice, it’s probably better to just keep your distance and call them “cute.”
1. A woman suffering from breast cancer.
2. Breast tissue that has necrosed and ulcerated, le by Artist Uncredited In Medical Text (saint Bartholomew’s Hospital Archives And Museum) (Via)
Hand prosthesis, hinged metal on wood
Keeping this in mind today.
Yesterday was a bad day. A bunch of things all at once finally just imploded. I feel like I’m losing all my friends- even my med school ones. My mom is being unpleasant about the wedding guest list even though I told her months ago we couldn’t invite everyone- I’m 25 and haven’t lived with her for over 7 years and it still cuts me to ribbons on the inside when she says the words “I’m disappointed in you.” I felt stupid, useless, in the way, and generally a burden to the team on wards. I cried all the way home and again when I got home. The Cabbage made me homemade macaroni and cheese for dinner, but I still felt like a wet blanket of sadness was on top of me when I went to bed.
However, today will be better. :)
I know i know!
you are probably like “what?! this lady only publishes like twice a year !”
but you know how it is guys, college can be so hard sometimes, let me tell you a little bit about it.
I looovee medicine, anatomy, pathology, immunology, and genetics, BUT! I’m really not a very social person, also I have so many others characteristics that were not the best for the profile of a future doctor, I didn’t want to spend all my day running in hospitals halls attending rude/drunk/stupid patients, or having to study like 10 years just for getting a degree in something really . I wanted to know the hows and whys of the cause and cure of everything in this area, also i love physics and biology so I decided that medicine school was not the right option for me, instead I’m studying technology, which is the practical application of scientific knowledge. Some of my assignments are normal but others are ridiculously advanced! I had the level of complex analysis that most engineering faculties have at fifth semester when i was in my second semester (tragically I failed it), also so many different types of physics chemistry, electronics, robotics, programming, and biological sciences all at the same time!
BUT!! I promise I will keep this blog alive, and do my best to at least post something once a week, also right know I’m working on a thermal evaluation on tumorous tissue, I will try to find a way to post something about it with out messing it up.