Factual Fridays for November 11, 2011

Vegetative No Longer?…Using electroencephalogram (EEG) machines, scientists found that patients previously thought to be a in vegetative state showed full signs of brain activity.   In one group of subjects, 20% of patients who were deemed unresponsive showed the exact same response as healthy volunteers.  These findings could lead to major changes in the care and treatment of brain-injury victims.  To read more, look at here. Continue reading

Recovering from Injury – The Real Mental Game

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Everyone knows or at least should know that to recover from an injury, the doctor usually orders you to get some R & R (in this case it is Rest & Rehab, as in this case you are definitely not relaxing but quite the opposite). I understand that during this rough patch you are restricted physically from your daily routines due to this blasphemous injury. Emotions might be high with frustrations and high contempt.  But where most do not realize, there is a need for you to change your lifestyle – at least temporarily to alleviate the pain (physically and emotionally) that comes from an injury. Continue reading

Limitations on Medicine

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In the past one hundred years, science has become so advanced that it has effectively gone over our heads.  We live in a sea of cell phones (like the image below) and flat screen televisions, but how many of us understand how these devices work?  The breadth and depth of knowledge has outpaced even trained scientists, such that we now need an advanced degree to answer even the most basic of questions in a niche field.  Nevertheless, the masses enjoy using emails and airplanes, substituting faith for understanding when it comes to how all these things work.

Nowhere is this more evident, and more dangerous, than in medicine.  Here the gap between public and expert leads to the same blind faith, only with higher stakes.  Some of us have a healthy skepticism, but as Americans we also want to buy the best outcome available.  However, we don’t always understand what we’re buying.
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