Royal Disease

Most people have heard of Hemophilia, often called the “Royal Disease” due to Queen Victoria’s X linked mutation being passed down to countless European royal families. It is a blood clotting disorder of which Hemophilia A (Factor 8 deficiency) is the most common. But have you heard of Hemophilia B (Factor 9 deficiency)? First recognized … Continue reading Royal Disease


Streptococcus bovis bacteremia and colon cancer

Did you know? That if a patient has Streptococcus bovis in their blood it is customary to screen them for colon cancer? The bacteria looks kinda pretty in this photo from Cancer Therapy Advisor.  Microbiology is one of my favorite topics! Previously scientists stated that 100 trillion bacteria reside in/on our bodies but that 1970s … Continue reading Streptococcus bovis bacteremia and colon cancer

Placebo Effect

I recently came across a fantastic resource for current developments in medicine. It is a weekly subscription to The Scope, check out one of their short and sweet articles below on the Placebo Effect. Nocebo Just like you feel worse when your friends remind you that you're working Friday night, patients feel worse when they're … Continue reading Placebo Effect

Grey’s Anatomy: Real life?

Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, House...there are countless of "Doctor" TV shows. Now I would hope that any sensible person would realize that these are excessive dramatizations of what happens in the hospital. BUT to clear things up Amanda Kirzner, DO, MPH has written a great article to enlighten everyone about the misconceptions of Hollywood Doctors. reading Grey’s Anatomy: Real life?