Imagine going to the doctor for a seemingly minor problem of blood in the urine. Your doctor orders a CT scan and reports that there is a large mass in the kidney and that the organ must be removed.
Patients put their faith — and their lives — in their doctors' hands every day. We trust that their skills and accumulated knowledge will be sufficient to diagnose and treat what ails us.
A curious phenomenon took place at a Rhode Island nursing home. A young stray cat took up residency there and unsettled the medical staff with his unerring accuracy of predicting patient deaths within hours or days.
In Boston, Massachusetts, doctors put in long hours, working with tough patients, and sometimes sacrificing their own health to further their practice. Unfortunately, this situation results in doctors who are mentally and physically too overwrought to be at their best for their patients, and so leads to doctor errors. It can also lead to doctors leaving the medical profession completely, forcing the hospital or practice they worked for to recruit and train new doctors at significant expense.
Yeast is something that your body makes naturally in order to help digestion and make it easier for your body to absorb nutrients.
Most people rely on their family doctors for just about everything -- whether they're suffering from a common cold or they're experiencing trouble with chronic pain -- they expect their family physician to guide them toward the right treatment.
Blood thinners can save your life by preventing serious complications caused by "thick" blood -- like blood clots, strokes and atrial fibrillation.
All too often, doctors tell patients what treatment they're going to prescribe and treat the patient's role in the decision-making process as almost unimportant. Doctors will tell the patient the positive outcome they expect, and either gloss over the potential risks and alternative choices or skip that part of the discussion altogether.
In July of this year, rookie doctors -- those in their first year as full-time physicians -- will be allowed to work for 24 hours in a row. This will be true all over the United States.
If you're like most Americans, you place a lot of trust in your doctor. Physicians undergo considerable schooling and training to get where they are. They're some of society's best and brightest.