Posts in January 2017

  1. Using psilocybin to treat mental illness in cancer patients

    [ By on January 05, 2017 ]

    Recent studies have shown that psilocybin, the drug found in psilocybin mushrooms, could be used to treat depression in cancer patients. In one study, conducted by N.Y.U., researchers administered synthetic psilocybin or a placebo to 29 cancer patients suffering from depression or anxiety. Patients were thoroughly educated about the drug. Then, two people would monitor the patients for the duration of the hallucinogen's effects. A specific playlist was put together for the patients, and the songs were chosen by pace to match the projected intensity of the high at the time at which they would be played. Psychotherapists encouraged participants in the study to write down their visions in a journal in order to help them remember the experience. Once the effects of the psilocybin wore off, the ...

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  2. Which is Valued More: Patient Confidentiality or Hospital Publicity?

    [ By on January 03, 2017 ]

    Popular television dramas such as Greys Anatomy or Private Practice create unrealistic expectations for patients about doctors, hospitals and private practices. In order to combat this idealistic, drama-filled worlds that these shows generate, NYMed made an “undscripted, authentic medical drama” by following stories at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center, University Hospital, and St. Luke’s Roosevcelt Hospital. After taping each hospital, the show chooses the most interesting cases and airs them for the public to see, keeping the names of the patients confidential. But does blurring a face of a patient really make their story private?   Mark Chanko’s family would argue, no. Mark’s story was taped by NYMed after he was run over by a truck and died at New York-Presbyterian/Weill ...

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  3. Who Gets To Decide?

    [ By on January 03, 2017 ]

    Regardless of the level of a condition’s severity, children do not have the ability to make final medical decisions regarding their own care. Parents of a child have the authority to make decisions for their child; however, what happens when the child’s wishes for their own body are different from their parents? Is a sixteen-year-old really not capable of understanding what they want for their own body?

    Doctors are responsible for advocating for their patient’s best interest when they suspect the parental decision is potentially harmful to the child. However, this can easily be overlooked. When children disagree with the decision of their parents they have the potential to go to a judicial court, but many medical cases do ...

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  4. The Gun Debate: Does the Answer Lie in Counter-intuition?

    [ By on January 03, 2017 ]

    In the past ten years, no issue has polarized and divided our country quite like the debate on control. While proponents of loose gun regulations claim strict gun laws would limit our Second Amendment rights and our ability to keep ourselves safe, logic and research can be used to dismantle these two main arguments Referring back to our Constitution to legitimize a possession of arms completely ignores historical context. Using this angle blocks any counterarguments by assuming that in 1787, we reached the pinnacle of intellect and morality as a country. This, of course, is not the case, unless one were to condone slavery, westward-expansion and sexism. Furthermore, the Second Amendment was drafted in reference to rifles: bearing these arms could not produce the same violence and killing as ...

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