Difficult Patients: Patients used to accept doctors’ orders without question. Today, more are asking questions and challenging their doctors’ opinions. However, even those who do it politely are likely to be labeled “difficult.” A doctor whose late wife nearly made a career of being a difficult patient discusses how patients can do it respectfully and fruitfully.
Rudeness: Studies show a rudeness epidemic in the US, and that people are profoundly affected when they experience or even witness it occurring to someone else. Two experts discuss.
Dupuytren disease (pronounced DOO-pah-tren) is the most common disorder crippling hands that most people have never heard of. It is a genetic condition of the fascia beneath the skin of the palms, and it stubbornly resists treatment. An expert and a patient discuss the disorder.
Doctors have long known that people feel depressed when they’re ill with a cold or the flu. But it may be more than simply feeling bad. Inflammation, which is part of many illnesses and infections, has been found in brain cells and is being implicated as a cause of depression., one of the world’s most debilitating disorders. This creates the possibility of treatment with anti-inflammatory medications. Experts on the frontlines of this research discuss.
Patients who have bariatric surgery stand to lose not only lots of weight but often an identity and way of life as an obese person, which changes many of their relationships. Experts discuss these changes and means of coping with them.
Gluten free diets have taken the world by storm and some experts say for people who do not have celiac disease, the diets can do much more harm than good. One such expert explains which kinds of people would find the diet appropriate and the pitfalls to avoid.
Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia and von Willebrands disease can be extremely serious, but today are very treatable. However, many people who’ve had these disorders for some time fight the legacy of more primitive treatment, such as HIV and hepatitis C. Experts including a hemophilia patient explain.