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…

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…

The Footprint of Our Food

We all know that that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But it also keeps our planet safe, or at least safer than a steak a day does. Food production in general is an inefficient process; the US expends roughly 10 units of fossil energy to produce just one unit of food energy….

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