Review: Immune Defense Video Game

Medical-inspired video games have a long history of disappointing me.  For example, real pathogens don’t ride rocket ships around your organs (Trauma Center) nor does every single member of the species worldwide suddenly develop a new trait all at once (Plague, Inc) And Surgeon Simulator does not follow Atul Gawande’s best practice surgical checklists at all Plus Trauma … Continue reading “Review: Immune Defense Video Game”

Fiber: the Mr. Rogers of nutrition

I have consciously decided to let the arguments for high protein diets pass me by, despite how convincing some of the research and underlying mechanistic claims sound.  Humans have been cycling through high -protien, -fat, and -carb diets since we developed enough of a surplus to choose, and I’m pretty sure if any of them … Continue reading “Fiber: the Mr. Rogers of nutrition”

Different things for the same name

I’ve picked up enough scientific/medical Latin and Greek that I can often guess what a new term refers to without looking it up. Of course 50% of that comes from knowing “itis” means “inflammation”, but I’ve picked up other terms too. The problem is that even English -> Science translations are ambiguous. In psychology, “displacement” … Continue reading “Different things for the same name”

Ghrelin: The Hunger and Lung Development Games

Writing about hormones is hard because anything I say will be incomplete by necessity.  I can only do so much research,  and will undoubtedly miss something.  More worryingly, there’s a lot nobody knows about our endocrine system, and all available overviews tend to overstate our level of certainty.  I will be ecstatic if in 10 years this … Continue reading “Ghrelin: The Hunger and Lung Development Games”

Pain, part 2: Options for Treating Pain

Anesthetic (e.g. Novocain):  This is a very good option for when you need to block an extraordinary amount of pain in a very specific area for a short period of time (e.g. dental work).  However, as someone who received nerve damage from surgery that exactly mimics the effects of local anesthetic, I can tell you … Continue reading “Pain, part 2: Options for Treating Pain”