Vaccination effort will not be complete until July

WASHINGTON — Even as private companies rush to test a coronavirus vaccine and both federal and state governments prepare for a massive distribution effort, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned on Wednesday that mass vaccination of the American public is still many months away.  “I think that’s going to take us April, May, June, you know, possibly July, to get … Continue reading Vaccination effort will not be complete until July

What You Need To Do To Get An Orthopedic Surgery Residency— From a Current Ortho Resident

Let me know if you have any other questions and I will try to answer as soon as I can. Regarding how to choose away/elective rotations: I have been asked multiple times about how to choose away rotations, especially regarding what strategy is best (regional vs. tiers). I rotated at 3 places that were all in the same geographic location, of 3 varying “tiers” if … Continue reading What You Need To Do To Get An Orthopedic Surgery Residency— From a Current Ortho Resident

Real Advice- What Does It Take To Be #1 In Your Medical School Class?

Authored by: Hussain W. I studied with a small group of students every night, each of whom was an A or A- student in most classes. We studied until after midnight most nights, and usually for a solid 8-10 hours at least one day out of the weekend. We were constantly ahead of the material, preparing for lectures 1-2 weeks in advance and repeatedly quizzing … Continue reading Real Advice- What Does It Take To Be #1 In Your Medical School Class?

One man’s battle shows why covid-19 and obesity are a toxic mix

At 5-foot-9 and 248 pounds before covid-19 struck, John Place knew he needed to work on his health. In the scramble to run a small business and help raise four children, he ate high-calorie restaurant food every day. He never exercised. He was often fatigued and urinated frequently — warning signs of diabetes that he ignored. When Place, 43, landed in a Florida intensive care … Continue reading One man’s battle shows why covid-19 and obesity are a toxic mix

15% of Big Ten Athletes Had Heart Inflammation After Recovering From COVID-19

New data helps illustrate what Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren might have meant when he described “too much medical uncertainty and too many unknown health risks” as reasons for postponing the Big Ten’s 2020-21 fall sports season. During a State College Area school board of directors meeting on Monday night, Wayne Sebastianelli — Penn State’s director of athletic medicine — made some alarming comments about … Continue reading 15% of Big Ten Athletes Had Heart Inflammation After Recovering From COVID-19

Just How Bad Is Social Media For Your Health?

Some people may be starting to come to grips with the fact that social media isn’t so great for mental health. Others may think that getting on it will give them a boost—but especially depending on how you spend your time on it, you may well feel worse after using. Plenty of studies have found correlations between higher social media use and poorer mental health, including depression, anxiety, feelings of … Continue reading Just How Bad Is Social Media For Your Health?

The Ultimate Study Routine- From Failing A Class To Being An Expert On Studying

Authored by: Rithik V. I had a serious routine back when I was doing my A-level exams a couple years ago. Sadly, the motivation to do this came from me actually almost failing my AS levels (Well, I got mostly Ds the first time around, not quite a fail since there’s still an E left before a fail). The routine consisted of this: I studied … Continue reading The Ultimate Study Routine- From Failing A Class To Being An Expert On Studying

Are Your Shrooms A Placebo?

New research recently published in Psychopharmacology provides evidence that inert placebo pills can induce psychedelic-like effects, including perceptual alterations. The findings highlight the importance of expectations and context when ingesting psychedelic substances. The study also sheds some light on the mystery of so-called contact highs. “I am interested in placebos generally and in particular in maximizing their effects. When I was reading clinical trials of … Continue reading Are Your Shrooms A Placebo?

Adolescent Birth Control Use Could Lead To Increased Stress Levels

New research provides evidence that oral contraceptive use is related to changes in brain structure and function. The study, published in Hormones and Behavior, indicates that oral contraceptive use during puberty might impact stress reactivity and also increase brain activity when working memory is engaged. “Oral contraceptives have been commercially available for over 60 years and are currently used by 150 million women worldwide. However, … Continue reading Adolescent Birth Control Use Could Lead To Increased Stress Levels