Thomas M. Burton of the Wall Street Journal shares news about a new tool with the potential of improving physicians' ability to diagnose melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. In his September 26th article, he also addresses problems with the FDA approval process for new devices.
Doorknob moments. All clinicians have experienced them.
The doctor takes a history and does an exam, comes up with an assessment and plan. Just as the doctor prepares to leave, with his or her hand wrapped around the doorknob, the patient asks one more question -- "Could this be related to falling down the stairs?" -- or mentions one more detail -- "I forgot to mention that I've noticed blood in my stools." -- that changes everything.
Sleep paralysis is a frightening experience. You're asleep, but you sense you are awake. You seem to have a realistic perception of the immediate surroundings, but you can't move. It can be associated with a feeling of dread, chest pressure and shortness of breath.