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January 2017 Archives

How does the Nocebo Effect work?

The Nocebo Effect is the counter to the more often understood Placebo Effect. A placebo is typically a fake medication that is given out during tests. Those taking it are told that it's the real thing, and some of them see medical benefits, even though they're just taking sugar pills. This shows the true power of the human mind and how expectations can shape reality.

A few things to keep in mind when picking up your prescription medicine

Whatever you are going to the pharmacy for, there are some things to keep in mind when picking up your medication. Prescription medication can be dangerous if someone is given the incorrect type or the incorrect amount or dosage.

Should you ask your doctor every question you have?

When you go to the doctor, maybe you're a bit nervous to ask all of your questions. Maybe you're afraid the doctor will think it's a "dumb" question and will be annoyed. Maybe the doctor looks like he or she is in a huge rush, and you don't want to be an inconvenience with something that's not actually a big deal.

Could your cancer be considered a worker-related disease?

Cancer is a disease that still continues to baffle medical science--despite all of the funding that goes toward research, not all of the causes of cancer are known and the exact mechanisms that set the disease in motion are still not understood.

Cerebral palsy and its common risk factors

Cerebral palsy is caused by developmental problems or damage involving the brain of a young child. It's been linked at times to oxygen deprivation. While this is one possible reason for CP, there are others that doctors are now considering as well, meaning it's important to know the risk factors. Some include: