Why flu season could make it harder for doctors to diagnose vaping-related illness

A 20-year-old man shows up in a U.S. emergency room with flu-like symptoms.  He's hospitalized for four days before leaving, against medical advice, only to return to the ER with chest pain, fever and shortness of breath. By this point he's lost almost 20 pounds. Doctors are stumped. They test him for strep throat, hepatitis, HIV,…

Fear of losing access to medical assistance in dying put 'panic' in woman with terminal cancer, says son

Read Story Transcript After she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Carolyn Zicari was told that her access to medical assistance in dying could be revoked if the disease progressed to affect her mind and ability to consent."That kind of put a panic in us. ... You certainly don't want to end the life prematurely," her son Mike…

The warning signs of psychotic disorders

Psychotic disorders are a group of mental health conditions that change your sense of reality. They make it hard to know what is real and what is not. When you have these disorders, you might see and hear things that do not exist or believe things that are not true. The first symptoms can be…

Sciatica:an obnoxious experience

Sciatica is the name given to pain caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. Anything that irritates this nerve can cause pain, ranging from mild to severe. Sciatica is usually caused by a compressed nerve in the lower spine. It commonly occurs by spinal degeneration, such as spinal stenosis or slipped disc. Sciatica most commonly…

5 practices to help improve the physician–patient connection

Researchers have proposed five practices that could help “foster presence and meaningful connection with patients” during clinical encounters. Reporting in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the researchers examined studies of interpersonal interventions, analysed physician–patient interactions, and interviewed professionals outside of health care whose jobs required “intense interpersonal interactions.” Ultimately, with the help…