As exits go, Paul Kalanithi’s last day working as a surgeon could not have been more dramatic for him, in spite of the ‘happy ending’ for the elderly man under the knife for a compressed nerve root.
All new parents know the horrors of sleepless nights as your cherished pride and joy cries for food with a shriek so primal it would lift you out of your skin.
By Clodagh Mulvey. Chronic smoking has been found to alter a smoker’s perception so that positive images of smoking are seen in a more favourable light than for those who don’t smoke regularly, a study has shown.
By Pat Kelly. The US military website NORAD has been criticised for a video depicting Santa’s sleigh being escorted by two fighter jets bristling with weapons.
By Pat Kelly. The latest IMT online poll has shown that only 7 per cent of healthcare professionals do not practise defensive medicine.
By Pat Kelly. Countering a movement to improve women’s driving rights in Saudi Arabia, a conservative cleric has claimed that women who drive cars can damage their ovaries and bear children with clinical complications.
By Pat Kelly. A Chicago heavy-metal themed fast-food restaurant is the subject of outrage for selling a cheeseburger topped with communion wafers.
By Pat Kelly. The 2013 Ig Nobel prizes were awarded last week, with the Medicine Prize going to a Japanese team who probed the effects of opera music on mice who had received heart transplants.
By Pat Kelly. In a classic case of the phenomenon of ‘inattentional blindness’, a cohort of radiologists failed to notice an image of a dancing gorilla on a CT scan which was 48 times larger than the nodules they were charged with finding.
By Pat Kelly. A consultant microbiologist has criticised doctors for dressing informally, citing a “lack of personal hygiene and correspondingly lower standards of hygienic behaviour”.