Soon we will ask each other such questions. Remember, as in a well-known literary work: I read the medical encyclopedia and found all diseases except for fever. Now everything is much more serious. Encyclopedias have given way to the Internet. And it began! … The availability of medical information is growing into real epidemics of various diseases.
Cyberchondria is a disease from medical information. According to American scientists, the availability of medical information online has led to an increase in the incidence of cyberchondria in the world – a disorder consisting in the desire to make an independent diagnosis based on the symptoms of diseases described on the Internet sites. The results of a study of people’s reactions to medical information on the Internet are provided in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. In fact, this is the same overdiagnosis. Continue reading
“My hand does not belong to me!” – This is not a quote from the thriller, but a description of one of the symptoms of the mysterious Cotard syndrome. People suffering from it are often convinced that they lack some parts of the body, or that they are generally … dead! Recently, Swedish researchers found that the culprit of a nightmare could be a seemingly innocuous remedy for herpes …
Kotar syndrome – the so-called official name for this ailment – according to doctors, is one of the varieties of depression. It is found quite rarely – at the same time all over the world it affects no more than several hundred people. The first such case was recorded in 1880 by the French neurologist Jules Cotard, in whose honor the disease subsequently got its name. Continue reading
Most of us, finding ourselves with a doctor with some kind of ailment, are annoyed when he, instead of prescribing pills right away, forces us to take tests and do all kinds of tests. And this is a waste of extra time, money and effort, and if you remember the queues in clinics, then nerves. In fact, why are we doing so many tests?
Elena Kuzina, a general practitioner, agreed to answer several popular reading questions.
Are there universal laboratory research methods that can detect any disease?
Each study is carried out with a specific purpose and has its own advantages and disadvantages. So, for example, x-rays and ultrasounds are able to identify anatomical pathology in humans (in the bone system, internal organs). But at the same time, functional disorders remain “behind the scenes”.
A biochemical blood test gives an idea of the work of the liver, kidneys, endocrine glands, metabolic state, but is silent about infections. To identify them, serological blood tests or methods for detecting pathogens in tissues are needed. Continue reading