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Brain scans from a 40-year-old married man who regularly looked at such images showed activity in areas of the brain that are associated with pain, rather than those associated with sex.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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“Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally.” That’s how Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, describes mindfulness. In the book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, another thought leader in mindfulness, Shunryu Suzuki, says that, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” In my experience, I’ve found that cultivating a beginner’s mind opens doors and improves clinical diagnosis. Medical training has phases, and clinicians in different phases think differently. In medical school, students learn...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Primary Care Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSION: The rare association of bilateral conjunctival granulomas with hypereosinophilic syndrome has been described in this report. PMID: 29771605 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Ocul Immunol Inflamm Source Type: research
This study aimed to establish a scientific rationale for choosing the optimal insertion angle and insertion point for access to the subarachnoid space or the epidural space by using a computer algorithm to perform measurements in computed tomography (CT) scans in 52 patients at different spine levels.
Source: Obstetric Anesthesia Digest - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Mechanisms, Equipment, Hazards Source Type: research
Conclusions With the use of plates, it was possible to achieve thoracic stabilization in complicated dehiscence. However, the rate of postoperative infection and pain is not negligible. Thus, we recommend plate reconstruction only in sternal high-risk patients, who are unsuitable for standard reclosure.
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
Abstract Over 1.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and ulcerative colitis (UC) makes up approximately half of those diagnoses. As a disease, UC cycles between periods of remission and flare, which is characterized by intense abdominal pain, increased weight loss, intestinal inflammation, rectal bleeding, and dehydration. Interestingly, a widespread recommendation to IBD patients for avoidance of a flare period is "Don't Drink Alcohol" as recent work correlated alcohol consumption with increased GI symptoms in patients with IBD. Alcohol alone not only induces a ...
Source: Journal of Leukocyte Biology - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: J Leukoc Biol Source Type: research
LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog LITFL • Life in the Fast Lane Medical Blog - Emergency medicine and critical care medical education blog Once in a while we don’t have to be Epic. We can be a plain worker bee, low ranking, mission brown, a serf. We are permitted to hitch up our strides like peasants, and get on with the business of hoeing through the garden of the unwell. Such freedom, you say. None of the high-level responsibility of being in charge of the department. No duty phone. No behaving like an epileptic desperado when asked to go to a flow meeting. Just good, honest toil. I’ve been...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Literary Medicine How to be Shop Floor Shop Floor Clinician Source Type: blogs
Abstract Despite technological advances, the long-term outcomes of endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) are still debatable. Although most endograft failures after EVAR can be corrected with endovascular techniques, open conversion may still be required. A 70-year-old male patient presented at the emergency unit with abdominal pain. Twice, in the third and fourth years after the first repair, a stent graft had been placed over a non-adhesive portion of the stent graft due to type Ia endoleaks. In the most recent admission, a CT scan showed type III endoleak and ruptured aneurysm sac. On this occasion the patient unde...
Source: Jornal Vascular Brasileiro - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe diagnosis of desmoid-type fibromatosis is usually incidental and challenging. Pathological and immunohistochemical testing are essential for confirming diagnosis where demonstration of β-catenin nuclear staining is probably the single most important characteristic. Other markers, such as vimentin, are usually positive, while S100 protein is usually negative. Our case however, confirms that there are rare cases that can be S100 positive. This is the first diagnosed case of pancrea tic desmoid-type fibromatosis with S100 protein positivity.
Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
In conclusion, the novel precise 3-dimensional printing guide template system may allow (1) comprehensive visualization of the fractured vertebral body and the individual surgical planning, (2) the perfect fitting between skin and guide template to ensure the puncture stability and accuracy, and (3) increased puncture precision and decreased puncture-related complications, surgical time and radiation exposure.
Source: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Hallux interphalangeal joint arthrodesis is an effective procedure to treat pain and provide stability and is often performed for intrinsic pain to the hallux interphalangeal joint. Additionally, this procedure is typically used in concert with the Jones tenosuspension. Although this as an accepted technique, the available data are scant, and questions remain regarding nonunion rates and contributory factors to poor healing. A systematic review of the reported data were undertaken to determine the rate of nonunion for hallux interphalangeal joint arthrodesis.
Source: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
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