Daily Archives: April 20, 2015

Dissociative Identity Disorder: Separating Facts from Fiction

Very few psychological disorders have captured the public’s imagination like Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). While often confused with schizophrenia, which is characterized by paranoia rather than dissociation, dissociative identity is a completely unrelated disorder. Dissociative disorders in general tend to be rare, misunderstood, and often debated among psychology experts. Many disagree about whether DID, arguably…

Hypochondriasis: The Medical Student’s Affliction

Lou Gehrig. Appendicitis. Boerhaave syndrome. Hemorrhagic fever. Fibromyalgia. Parkinson’s. Cancer. The list of diseases and health conditions is seemingly endless. Each one constitutes its own list of syndromes, risk factors, death rates, and other statistics. Collectively, they make up a significant portion of the second-year medical student’s (M2’s) curriculum. First-year medical students (M1’s) attend lectures…

A Diabetes Epidemic

We are in the midst of a global race toward development. As a consequence, we see a consequent shift in cultural norms: the symptoms of Western society are spreading to impact the rest of the world. Let’s look at India. India, among many other nations, has seen a rapid economic transition, which has corresponded to…

Sugar Cravings: Evolution, Addiction, or Both?

When we think of addiction, our minds automatically jump to alcohol and illicit drugs. However, recent research has called into question whether sugar should be added to this list. There is no question that when given the option, most people choose sugary foods over healthier options, seeking out sweets despite awareness of their adverse health…

Bionic Treatments and Mind-Controlled Medicine

Despite centuries of technological advancement, modern medicine treats almost all diseases with the same fundamental process. A problem is identified, then diagnosed. An intervention is performed to solve the problem, and the patient returned to normal. This procedure works well when a virus can be easily destroyed, or a tumor simply removed, and as technology…

IUDs: The Next Generation’s Birth Control

While “The Pill” launched a sexual revolution, the more enigmatic intrauterine device (IUD) has been mostly relegated to a place of obscurity or distrust. However, the IUD offers liberation from taking thousands of pills over the course of five or ten years. The Pill releases estrogen and progesterone throughout your entire body; one IUD on…

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