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Spinal & Epidural Anesthesia

Epidural anesthesia is regional anesthesia that blocks pain in a particular region of the body. The goal of an epidural is to provide analgesia, or pain relief, rather than complete anesthesia, which is total lack of feeling. Epidurals block the nerve impulses from the lower spinal segments resulting in decreased sensation in the lower half of the body.



Flawed Autism Study Retracted

Major medical journal Lancet has retracted a landmark study, stating that the study was not correctly implemented.  Andrew Wakefield’s 1998 study argues links between childhood vaccinations and autism.  This is one of the leading pieces of research that found the basis of the argument that many people hold regarding links to childhood autism.  Although this is an unprecedented event, this hasn’t moved the mindset of anti-vaccine supporters who argue there have been consecutive studies produced supporting their stance.



Living with an Ostomy

People with inflammatory bowel disease sometimes have their colons removed, which are then partly replaced with a stoma, or ostomy. This type of pouch collects and eliminates digested food. Listen to surgeons explain what it involves.



Health Care Debate

Debate around health care is heating up once again in various states in the US after Guardian, a major insurance provider in the US, decided to discontinue its policies in various states in an effort to cut costs.  This is going to affect many people including Ian Pearl who relies on his insurance to cover his 1-million-dollars-a-year health bills. 



[ Lesson List ]
Avandia Needs More Warnings
Doctor-Patient Relations
Spinal & Epidural Anesthesia
Flawed Autism Study Retracted
Living with an Ostomy
Health Care Debate
Alcohol and Hangover Myths
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
Gallbladder Surgery Gone Wrong
Growing Human Skin in the Lab
New strain of MRSA
Vaccine Fears and Facts
Radiation Overdoses
Mishandling of Frozen Embryos
Preimplantation Diagnosis
In Your Genes
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