How to Stop a Nosebleed

*Buzzzz* My pager buzzes with the following message: “patient in 233 having severe epistaxis, come now.” The patient is a 72yo woman on aspirin (an antiplatelet drug) and warfarin (an anticoagulant). When I walk into the room, multiple staff members are surrounding the patient and one is holding gauze under her nostrils as bright red

A brave new world with artificially enwombed people in it?

“From the Social Predestination Room the escalators went rumbling down into the basement, and there, in the crimson darkness, stewing warm on their cushion of peritoneum and gorged with blood-surrogate and hormones, the fetuses grew and grew or, poisoned, languished into a stunted Epsilonhood. With a faint hum and rattle the moving racks crawled imperceptibly

Brain Death and Basketball

In reference to the recent unfortunate events regarding basketball player Lamar Odom, I have heard many inconsistent reports, from declarations that he is “brain dead” to reports that he woke up and spoke. This got me to thinking about how brain death, death, cardiac arrest, and altered levels of consciousness are often inaccurately portrayed in

How Your “Natural” Supplements Could Kill You.

The reality is that dietary supplements are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the same way that drugs made by pharmaceutical companies are. Dietary supplements do not need approval from FDA before they are marketed to consumers. The responsibility of monitoring safety and effectiveness falls on the manufacturer. In other words, I can bottle something and write on the label that my potion cures cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, and the government can do nothing to stop me. Though regulations were created in 2007 to “ensure the identity, purity, quality, strength and composition” of supplement products (in other words, to make it more likely that the bottle labeled as Vitamin C actually contains Vitamin C), the government does NOT enforce these regulations.

What is ALS?

Over the last few weeks, many of us have seen video after video of friends and celebrities taking on the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to benefit ALS research. So, what is ALS? And why does it need to be researched? In a sentence: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive

Benign Skin Growths and Spots

During my dermatology elective, I encountered countless patients who were concerned about growths on their skin that were, in fact, harmless and very common. There are thousands of lesions that can appear on the skin, but here I will discuss a few of of the most commonly seen benign skin spots and growths. I will

Sunprotection

Summer is upon us, and that means fun in the sun!  Let’s remember to be safe and smart, taking measures to prevent sunburn in the short-term, and skin cancer, premature aging, and unsightly discoloration in the long-term. Everyone, regardless of skin tone, is susceptible to the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. People with lighter

HPV: Could It Happen To You?

This article was originally published by The Cornell Daily Sun on February 14, 2014. Some changes have been made to this version. A 25 year-old woman comes to clinic for her routine Papanicolau (Pap) smear during my ob-gyn rotation. A few days later she receives a phone call from the gynecology resident. “Your Pap smear