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Of doctors, ducks and zebras

When diagnosing patients, doctors frequently fall back on their medical school training to look for the most likely reason certain symptoms present themselves. To most doctors, a cough, watery eyes, a runny nose and a sore throat is most likely to be an indication of a head cold. But among themselves, doctors also call unusual or rare medical conditions zebras, to describe a surprising disease which looks, walks and quacks like a duck in every other way.

Are stem cell clinics offering "sketchy" solutions?

Recently, 570 stem cell clinics have popped up across the U.S. offering treatments for many health issues. From arthritis to spinal cord injuries to autism, the clinics are claiming stem cells from various body tissues can solve your health problems.

What are the most common reasons people visit the emergency room?

A real ER is not quite like TV
Television medical dramas do not accurately depict a typical hospital emergency room. Rather than gunshot wounds or flesh-eating bacteria, ER visitors are more likely to seek help for stomach pains, headaches and kitchen accidents.

Another study finds medical errors in top 3 causes of death

A professor from Johns Hopkins medical school has authored a new study showing that medical errors accounts for the deaths of around 250,000 people each year. This puts medical errors as the country's third leading cause of death.

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