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They are the people that you often literally trust with your life – but how can you be sure that they know what they are doing? A doctor is someone that we are meant to trust implicitly, and most of us do. This trust enables the relationship to work as it should, and it makes it much more likely that greater care will be delivered on the whole. But even the most qualified medical practitioners are not flawless, and everyone makes mistakes from time to time. The difference is that when a medical professional makes a mistake, it can easily cause some serious ongoing problems. To understand this issue a little better, it might prove helpful to look at some of the most common complaints which are made against medical staff around the world.

Misdiagnosis

Arguably the most common complaint of all is that of misdiagnosis. As the name suggests, this is when a doctor diagnoses something incorrectly, or fails to diagnosis it at all. In some cases, it can also refer to a delayed diagnosis, in which the doctor fails to make a diagnosis in due time. In severe cases this particular failing can lead to a number of problems, the worst of them being death. Although misdiagnosis is not exactly common, it does happen, and it is a good reason for patients to regularly seek second opinions on serious matters. You never know whether or not your doctor has quite got it right, so it can’t hurt to double-check with another. If it is shown that the first doctor did in fact misdiagnose, or fail entirely to diagnose, then you might well have a potential medical malpractice lawsuit on your hands.

Surgery Malpractice

Surgery can be taken out for a huge number of cases, and it is one situation in which you are placing a particularly large amount of trust on people you don’t know. This is especially true for major surgeries, where you will likely receive a general anaesthetic. Again, it is – on the whole – pretty unlikely to happen, but that doesn’t mean that it never happens. The actual malpractice itself can take any number of forms. It could be that something was accidentally damaged during the surgery, either fatally or just cosmetically. Or it might be that something much more serious occurred, such as the wrong surgery being carried out. This in particular is extremely rare, but there are a few known cases of it happening globally.

Prescription Errors

Clearly, if you are prescribed any kind of drug at all, it is hugely important that you are able to get hold of the right one. Drugs vary so widely that having the wrong one in your question just might cause a huge issue for you. But there are cases of medical staff carrying out prescription drug errors, and these can be fatal at their worst. Receiving the wrong drug is just one example of what can go wrong; it might be receiving the wrong dosage, or even having incorrect packaging or instruction manuals for the drug you are taking. Sometimes, a doctor will write a prescription for something which causes more harm than good.

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Medicine: From The Study Of Gods To Healing Robots

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V0018149 An invocation to I-em-hetep, the Egyptian deity of medicine.
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An invocation to I-em-hetep, the Egyptian deity of medicine. Oil painting by Ernest Board.
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Throughout history, civilizations all over the world have sought to fight disease, postpone death and relieve suffering. After all, as being healthy is by far the best and only way to enjoy a longer life, it appears evident that doctors would have developed fascinating medical approaches and knowledge throughout time. The history of medicine, however, is a tale of mankind evolution, knowledge and, more often than not, a tale of beliefs. It is because today modern doctors believe that science has most answers — and will one day have all answers — that the role of the healer has changed from a holy figure to an experienced scientist. While there have been many eureka moments, the story of healing the body is not only a story of unsung medical heroes, but also a portrait of how human beings perceive their world.

The Gods made me sick

The earliest documented doctors that archaeology has revealed were Egyptian physicians 5,000 years ago. While there might have been doctors before that time in other countries, Egyptian papyri are for now the earliest evidence of medical knowledge. However, these writings attribute the responsibility of the health of the people to the pharaoh. In those times, healing methods were groups in sacred centres and consisted mainly of religious rites and ceremonies designed to ask the Gods for health. Another belief of the time was that diseases were the result of an angry deity. Consequently, the ceremonies needed to appeal to the Gods and offer a sacred apology for the offence. The belief that the divine could influence human health lasted for centuries, as even in the Middle Age, healing sacrifices were still encouraged in Pagan communities.

Studying the cure

Nowadays the approach to finding a cure has changed greatly. Scientists, and especially lab scientists, rely primarily on the observational study of patients in the retrospective of existing data as well as the investigation outside of clinical trials to find evidence of a cure’s success. This scientific process is relatively new in the world of medicine and dates back from the Industrial Revolution. In fact, people invented the steam engine before they understood how to diagnose and make more effective medications! But with the evolution of the observational field, more and more medical professions dive into the complex relations between the body and the mind, from a standard GP to a specialist neurologist.

Can robots heal us?

Finally, the evolution of medicine isn’t over yet. There is still a lot that doctors don’t understand, and a lot that they can’t treat. Consequently, new healing methods are discussed all over the world. Doctors have stopped waiting for a divine answer. Instead, they have been building nanobots, which will be able to navigate the body to repair internal damage locally. What sounds still like a sci-fi story is expected to happen by 2030. Will the human health be in the hands of robots? As surgeons already rely on robotic technology in the operating room, internal bots could be the next big heal!

In the end, the story of medicine is still to be continued. But it remains, for now, a story that highlights the resourcefulness of mankind and its desire to understand and manage the cause of all diseases and maybe, one day, defeat death too.

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The Trends That’ll Guide the Future Of Health and Fitness

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When it comes to fitness, we’ve taken many steps back when compared to our ancestors, who were, according to scientists, much stronger than we are today. However, we are beginning to fight back somewhat, and in recent decades we’ve learned a lot more about how we can best reach out fitness goals. The use of technology, science, and cultural factors will allow us to work more efficiently than we have in the past. Below, we take a look at the trends that’ll guide the future of life at the gym and beyond.

Working With Others

There’s more to working out than simply getting in shape. It affects our confidence, overall mood, and general mental wellbeing. The other thing that does this is being social. As such, we’re likely to see an even greater overlap between being social and exercise in the coming decades. Why work out alone, when you can do so in a group or with your friends? It’s common for gyms to now offer free classes as part of a gym membership. In the future, this will form an even greater chunk of the gym going experience.

Using Technology

Technology is touching just about every aspect of our lives, so it makes sense that it’ll form part of how we exercise, too. There are already plenty of available smartphone apps that allow you to work out more efficiently, or sometimes without any equipment whatsoever, as in the case of the many seven-minute apps on the app stores. There will also be a lot more wearable items available, which will push you to get your minimum amount of exercise each day, and allow you to track how much progress you’re making with your fitness goals.

Using Mathematics

We’re beginning to understand a lot more about how our body uses exercise to improve. As such, we’re on course to become much more efficient; instead of blindly working out for, say, an hour, you can use science to determine the most effective workout, cutting down the time you spend in the gym in the process. We’re also learning a lot more about how to build muscle, too. If you’re trying to bulk up, you can read up on macro ratios on aretheyonsteroids.com. It’s an equation that anybody can use to get bigger and stronger.

Virtual Reality Running

No matter how advanced our approach to fitness might be, it goes without saying that some people will never truly be on the exercise bandwagon, for one simple reason: they find it boring. But this might change in the future. Soon, there’ll be virtual reality machines that simulate running in beautiful destinations, and video games that allow you to compete in a sport as if you were playing outside. It’s a distraction that’ll lead many more people to get the exercise they need!

We’re approaching the golden age of fitness. With technology and better education by our side, we can start looking forward to new and innovative ways to reach our individual health goals.

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The Major Players In The Vaping Game

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Vaping is big business, with health officials all over the world encouraging smokers to put down their cigarettes in favour of e-cigs. Vaping is commonly marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking, so you may think that major tobacco companies are threatened by the ever-growing popularity of e-cigarettes. This would make sense unless you did a little digging online and discovered that many of the vaping game’s major players are actually leading tobacco companies. Research suggests that some of the best-selling vaping brands, including Blu and 10 Motives are owned by tobacco companies, many of which belong to the market monopolists, Big Tobacco. This infographic provides information about the parent companies that are profiting from vaping, and as you can see, some of the tobacco giants are heavily involved. Although 80 percent of brands were found to belong to independent firms, nine of the best-selling vaping brands belong to companies or subsidiaries of Big Tobacco (British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International, Imperial Brands plc and Philip Morris International), Huabao International Holdings and Stada Arzneimittel. Five brands belonged to parent companies that were not associated with tobacco. It’s often assumed that buying e-cigarettes takes money out of the pockets of tobacco giants, but this infographic raises an interesting point. With the market buoyant, it looks as though many of the major players in the tobacco game are also set to profit from e-cig sales. With this useful infographic, you can learn more about who is playing and winning and vaping game.


Infographic design by Go Smoke Free

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