Florida recently reported 10 new cases of Zika virus, the largest one-day total reported in the United States to date. Let’s take a closer look at this emerging infectious disease now that it seems closer to “home.” Read more >>
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been in the news recently. It was first used as a diagnosis in 2005.
CTE is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain of individuals who have suffered repetitive brain trauma.
It is found in some football players and other athletes who have sustained frequent and repetitive head trauma. The term was first used as a diagnosis in 2005. Read more >>
Since 1846 there has been an evolution of stigmatizing names, such as moron or imbecile, to describe intellectual disability. In 1895 the term retarded was introduced to replace these stigmatizing terms, however, in the 1960’s the term became derogatory and used to insult someone. Read more >>
During a recent visit to my doctor, I encountered the acronym FIT (fecal immunochemical test).
FIT is a newer colon cancer screening test to detect a small amount of blood in the stool. Read more >>
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see your family name, town, or anatomical structure used as an eponym as in Crohn disease or Lyme disease or Islets of Langerhans? Also, do words such as “fatal” or “epidemic” in the name of diseases cause panic? Read more >>