Recent news out of Cuba suggests that several American diplomats working there may have suffered minor traumatic brain injuries and permanent hearing loss at the hands of nefarious individuals who used a mysterious device to inflict physical damage via sub-audible sound waves.
Is this possible???
It seems like something out of a science fiction novel, but sound has been used for many years as a weapon – primarily as a means to control crowds, and more recently by cruise ships that travel ... Continue Reading →
Do: Refrain from using cocaine.
Don’t: Waver from this decision.
Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that can have negative effects on the user after just a single dose. So potent is this substance that the brain’s addiction center can register a weeklong surge in activity after just one hit. While it is classified as a Schedule II narcotic and has certain specific medical applications, cocaine is illegal for “recreational use” and its abuse often leads to tragic consequences.
Cocaine is produced from ... Continue Reading →
Globus pharyngeus or globus sensation is the feeling of having a lump in your throat. Generally unrelated to an actual blockage, it is the persistent sensation that something is lodged there. The condition is usually benign and doesn’t interfere with swallowing or breathing, but it can cause (and be related to) stress and anxiety. Globus is a fairly common complaint, accounting for four percent of referrals to ear, nose and throat specialists.
Though there is no specific protocol for its diagnosis, ... Continue Reading →
Medical tourism is a booming, multi-billion dollar industry. It is estimated that in 2014, approximately one million people traveled abroad from America to have a variety of surgeries that ranged from breast augmentation to organ transplant. Eighty percent of medical tourists cite lower cost as a reason to pursue procedures overseas. Other reasons include availability of procedures that are not offered in the United States or a preference to have surgery in one’s native country.
Recently, it was estimated that 439 ... Continue Reading →
Despite that fact that many plastic surgeries/cosmetic surgeries are elective, patients who chose to have them are subject to the same risks and complications that any surgical patient faces. Surgery of any kind should be carefully considered, and even if the benefits appear to outweigh the risks, extensive research should be done to educate oneself before going under the knife.
Fact: Licensed physicians are legally allowed to perform cosmetic surgery, regardless of how they received their training!
Shocking, but true. This is ... Continue Reading →
The widespread destruction and distress caused by natural disasters can result in extremely negative effects on mental health, both individually and collectively. Whether the disaster is unpredictable (like an earthquake) or occurs with limited notice (like a hurricane) such events are shocking, frightening and dangerous.
People who experience these incidents are subject to adverse economic, social and psychological effects that can last many years. A recent study of a devastating flood that occurred in China in 1998 concluded that nearly sixteen ... Continue Reading →
Breast augmentation is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure, with three hundred thousand operations performed annually. As with any surgery, there are a multitude of risks, but when it comes to breast implants, the Food and Drug Administration outlines a list of thirty potential complications – some of which are life threatening. These range from infection to extrusion (the skin breaks down to the point where the implant breaks through it) to necrosis (dead skin or tissue around the breast).
The ... Continue Reading →
Can you have sex during the third trimester of pregnancy?
Generally speaking, the answer is yes. While orgasms and prostaglandins in semen can cause uterine contractions, they are not likely to trigger preterm labor. Sex during pregnancy is usually safe for women and not considered a major risk factor for her or the baby.
There are situations, however, that may require caution or abstinence during this period. If the mother has unexplained vaginal bleeding, leakage of amniotic fluid, a history of pre-term labor ... Continue Reading →
Gut health is largely determined by the microbial communities that live within our intestines. Gut microbiota (formerly called “gut flora”) is critical to good health and helps aid in proper digestive function, production of vitamins and promotion of a healthy immune system.
Consisting of tens of trillions of microorganisms, these colonies begin to develop only after birth. One third of the bacteria that eventually grows there is common in most people, but the remaining two thirds is person-specific, resulting in individual ... Continue Reading →