Category Archives: General Medical

YouTube is Amazing for Medical Information

Base of Tongue Reduction is a video of Dr. Thrasher performing a base of tongue reduction on 2 patients for their severe obstructive sleep apnea. It was put together by Dr. Christopher Chang who has become a good friend of Dr. Thrasher’s and has one of the most visited ENT sites on the web. While…

  • Posted on: Feb 27 2012
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Scar Care

As far as I’ve been able to assess, there’s really only 2 ways patients can know that their surgeon did a good job: 1 – avoiding avoidable complications 2 – minimizing scars For the first, some complications simply cannot be avoided, even if they can be predicted. For example, 3% of people who get their…

  • Posted on: Feb 12 2012
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Hospitals Hiding Errors? Say it ain’t so. . .

Are Hospitals Purposefully Hiding Errors? The Latest Hammer Against Medicine in the US Raises Many Red Flags. But I don’t think that it is a purposeful hiding of errors. No doubt there is deliberate deception, perhaps still out of fear of consequences, but the study itself seems to argue against that as a major cause….

  • Posted on: Feb 11 2012
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Childhood Obesity–The Right Way to Address It?

It’s Not Just Cadavers, It’s Childhood Obesity Making Headlines Too photo courtesy of NPR.org A controversial article just came to my attention which piggybacks on what was posted yesterday. I’m interested in anyone’s comments on how an ad campaign like this makes them feel. I still haven’t quite come to terms with my own response…

  • Posted on: Feb 11 2012
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Obese Cadavers Are Not Your Friends

Not Wanted: Obese Cadavers It may make some squeamish to talk about, but it’s a topic that any US doctor can speak about. There’s an interesting article on MSNBC.com in their health section where they discuss how medical schools often turn down obese cadavers because of the inability to effectively use them to learn. I’ve worked…

  • Posted on: Feb 11 2012
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Rock in Style with Custom Ear Molds

Your ears are custom made just for you, so should your headphones Anyone who has used “stock” earbuds knows how uncomfortable they can become after prolonged use. How are you supposed to enjoy listening to your favorite music while your ears are throbbing in pain? The answer is a set of custom listening molds. These…

  • Posted on: Feb 11 2012
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The Proof is in the Pudding

The Proof is in the Pudding The Fountain of Youth may not be a secret watering hole in Florida where Ponce de Leon famously searched, but this remarkable demonstration of what exercise can do for a body may shed light on where it may be found. photo from Laura McIntyre, physiotherapist   It’s quite stunning to…

  • Posted on: Feb 11 2012
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Doctors Cheat! Can You Trust Them?

CHEATING DOCTORS!? At least that’s the raging, incredulous headline on CNN health these days. It seems to have started with the report aired by Anderson Cooper. An Army radiologist failed his boards. He blames the fact that he didn’t use old test questions as the cause. AC360, a widely watched show, airs this and the…

  • Posted on: Feb 11 2012
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No One Condemns the Expense, Just Who Pays?

Sarah Burke’s death has become a condemnation of US healthcare because the $200,000 or so bill has put a tremendous strain on her family which required them to seek money from friends, family, and fans. The above article by Kari Huus states “The need for a fundraiser — to help her grieving family avert bankruptcy…

  • Posted on: Feb 11 2012
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This is NOT What Obstructive Sleep Apnea Looks Like

This article appeared on CNN this week and discusses a new study which further discloses the risks of untreated OSA. It’s a good read. However, as I have demonstrated I have to do, I would like to point out the inaccuracies in the media. While this is a fine stock photo, it shows a presumed…

  • Posted on: Feb 10 2012
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