Health Watch Blog - Part 8

12 Bizarre Brain Trauma Side Effects

Head injuries are serious business that can lead to paralysis and death, but on rare occasions, they can tap into remote portions of the brain and unleash strange and amazing effects, from talents to compulsions. Every second of every day our brains are processing an unbelievable amount of data. When you throw a wrench into the works in the form of a brain injury it’s no surprise when things get a little wonky. To some this might sound like a page out of a science fiction novel but in reality it just goes to show how little of the brain we understand — some brains less than others. Here are some of the strangest side effects ever reported – some you’ll just have to see to believe!

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What Can’t a Medical Assistant Do?

What Can't a Medical Assistant Do?

You might be familiar with the tasks medical assistants could be expected to perform — both clinical and administrative — but do you know what they can’t do? Generally speaking, medical assistants are prohibited from examining, diagnosing, providing medical advice to or treating patients. They do no practice medicine and thus cannot make assessments or perform any sort of decision making when it comes to medical care. These responsibilities fall within the scope of physician assistants, which are often confused with medical assistants.

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Michael Douglas Got Throat Cancer from Oral Sex

Michael Douglas Got Throat Cancer from Oral Sex

In 2010, actor Michael Douglas stunned fans worldwide when he revealed that he had stage 4 throat cancer, a condition that he at the time attributed to a combination of alcohol, tobacco and stress, but just recently he revealed that the disease — which has since gone into remission — was in fact caused by him performing cunnilingus. That claim might strike some people as ridiculous, but in fact human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that Douglas stated led to his cancer, is in fact sexually transmitted via oral, vaginal or anal sex.

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Black Market Silicone Injections Can Cost You an Arm and a Leg

Black Market Silicone Injections Can Cost You an Arm and a Leg

They’re called “pumping parties,” but they’re nothing to celebrate. These gatherings take a page from the Tupperware party mold, with a group of people gathering in a lighthearted residential get-together in which attendees pay for a product or service. But instead of cake plates and Jell-O molds, the person hosting a pumping party sells bootleg plastic surgery — specifically, injections of silicone…or something much worse. Participants in these illegal gatherings have, knowingly or not, had their injections mixed with material such as Super Glue, motor oil and even concrete.

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What Do Medical Assistants Spend Most of Their Days Doing?

What Do Medical Assistants Spend Most of Their Day Doing?

If you’re thinking about becoming a medical assistant, you might know what duties will be expected of you when you land a job, but you might not realize just how much of each duty you’ll be performing each day. Well, thanks to a survey conducted by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) of almost 4,000 MAs nationwide, you can get a sense of which tasks are likely to be the most prevalent — information that can go a long way to helping you determine if this is the profession for you.

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