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Dr. Thomas Rado
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Understanding Medical Research (Overview)

Medical research is an enormous field with many subspecialties. The results of different studies may be difficult to understand, and are frequently debated within the medical community. When reading about medical research, it's important to make sure that the results make sense, and apply to you.


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Any medical research on art kids meeting donors?

Any medical research on art kids meeting donors?

Yes: There is quite a bit of deliberation on this topic, as well as case history studies on the boston pediatric hospital's website, under renal transplant. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Rado
69 Doctors shared insights

Understanding Medical Research (Overview)

Medical research is an enormous field with many subspecialties. The results of different studies may be difficult to understand, and are frequently debated within the medical community. When reading about medical research, it's important to make sure that the results make sense, and apply to you.


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Does anyone have a link to definitive medical research on the porgyria?

Does anyone have a link to definitive medical research on the porgyria?

Porphyria: I think you mean porphyria, which is a chronic metabolic disease involving the liver, which may be characterized by acute flare-ups requiring hospitalization. Google the american porphyria foundation website for current and evolving therapies. ...Read more

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Is there a decent site for me to find peer reviewed medical research articles? I need to find decent, free ones for A&P.

Is there a decent site for me to find peer reviewed medical research articles? I need to find decent, free ones for A&P.

Yes: Try Pubmed it has many citations and occasionally full articles. Also look at MedScape. If those do not work for you check with your professors. ...Read more

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What is existing medical research on alternative meds/herbs for bph?

What is existing medical research on alternative meds/herbs for bph?

Here are some...: The excitement to search alternative meds/herbs seems having died down lately. The ingredients of so-called alternative meds usually include saw palmetto, pygeum, bee pollen, zinc, selenium, lycopene, vitamins, etc. The studies on these failed to constantly prove their claimed effects, at best, marginal and inconsistent. Of course, another wave of similar effort may loom; time will tell. ...Read more

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Does the Plan B pill have longterm followup by researchers yet?

Does the Plan B pill have longterm followup by researchers yet?

Yes: Plan b is nothing different from regular birth control pill hormones just given in a slightly different way. The long term effects of Plan B will be the same as the long term effects of oral birth control pills. We have more than 50 years of scientific evidence regarding the safety of these medications. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some outwardly signs a persons cholesterol is too high?

Have researchers discovered some outwardly signs a persons cholesterol is too high?

Generally no: Doctors look for tuberous xanthomas - subcutaneous cholesterol deposits in people with extremely high cholesterol. Unless you undress people, you're not likely to see them so the answer is no. ...Read more

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If aids researchers were provided with infinite funds how long would it take for a cure?

If aids researchers were provided with infinite funds how long would it take for a cure?

Tough to say!: I would say that while funding is helpful to finding a cure, what we are missing is key piece (s) of understanding of how the virus works and how it hides from our immune system. We need to understand how our own immune system works as well. There is a lot of vaccine research to understand how to stimulate our own immune system to recognize and kill HIV in every infected cell in the body. ...Read more

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Have researchers found that women who never marry have less mental health problems than married women?

Have researchers found that women who never marry have less mental health problems than married women?

Not true or false: There has been demographic data on life satisfaction that that supports your question and also suggests the opposite for men. This is pretty important, but it's not exactly the same as mental health. Also, with the tremendous advances we've made in women's equality and men's raised consciences it may be getting better. Let's hope so. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the possible solutions that researchers are using in an attempt to cure diabetes?

Can you please discuss the possible solutions that researchers are using in an attempt to cure diabetes?

Not enough space: To detail all the current research. Check the ada or jdrf websites. The "cure" (actually prevention or treatment) for type 2 diabetes is already known -- it's diet, exercise and weight loss. ...Read more

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What is meant by researchers when they say "double-blind" studies?

What is meant by researchers when they say "double-blind" studies?

Research: An experiment designed to test the effect of a treatment or substance by using groups of experimental and control subjects in which neither the subjects nor the investigators know which treatment or substance is being administered to which group. ...Read more

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Have researchers discovered some ways I can make withdrawal from alcohol easier?

Have researchers discovered some ways I can make withdrawal from alcohol easier?

Yes: Work with an addiction medicine specialist. The husband of one of my patients died due to untreated alcohol withdrawal. Get professional help - you will feel more comfortable and won't put your life at risk. ...Read more

Dr. Darrell Herrington
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Medical Research (Definition)

Medical research is the field of basic and translational research conducted to help and expand knowledge in the field of medicine. One important focus involves creating and studying the safety and efficacy of treatments ...Read more