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Merck Manuals Medical Myths

Merck Manuals Medical Myths

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The Merck Manuals pits myths against medical degrees. Should you put butter on a burn? Drink coffee to sober up? Feed a cold and starve a fever? On this podcast, physicians from around the country set the record straight and help you make more informed decisions about your health. For listeners in the U.S. and Canada, visit MerckManuals.com to learn more. For those outside the U.S. and Canada, visit MSDManuals.com for more information.
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Children's Mental Health - Part 1

Merck Manuals Medical Myths Jun 23, 2021

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Coping with Mental Health Challenges

Coping with Mental Health Challenges

Mental health affects every aspect of our lives: how we feel about ourselves and the world; solve problems, cope with stress, and overcome challenges.

Mental health challenges can be difficult to define and address. Dr. Michael B. First joins this episode of the Merck Manuals Medical Myths podcast. Dr. First is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and is the editor and co-chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition, text revision, known as DSM-5-TR.

He joins the podcast to examine the misconceptions surrounding mental health. Dr. First will also highlight how to help you or someone you know who is dealing with a mental health crisis.

Sep 08, 202225:15
Dispelling Hair Loss Misconceptions

Dispelling Hair Loss Misconceptions

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, we lose about 50 to 100 strands of hair from our head every day. But some people will experience even more significant hair loss in their lifetimes, which can be a source of anxiety and in some cases, an indicator of more serious medical issues.

On this episode of the Merck Manuals, Wendy S. Levinbook, MD, Hartford Dermatology Associates, breaks down the most common misconceptions about hair loss – along with the facts people should know.

About Merck

For over 130 years, Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve lives. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, Merck continues to be at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten people and animals – including cancer, infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, and emerging animal diseases – as we aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world. For more information, visit www.merck.com and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Aug 24, 202211:57
Debunking Kidney Stone Myths
Aug 10, 202214:38
Defining Dreams

Defining Dreams

In this bonus episode, Dr. Richard Schwab, chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine and professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania discusses dreams. Dr. Schwab explains the nature of dreams as well as other sleep-related phenomena such as nightmares, sleep paralysis, sleepwalking, and lucid dreaming.

Jul 27, 202209:59
Sleep Myths

Sleep Myths

In this episode of Merck Manuals Medical Myths, Dr. Richard Schwab, the chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine and professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania discusses the importance of sleep health. Dr. Schwab shares insights on the numerous factors that can affect sleep patterns and tips for getting a good night's rest.

Jul 27, 202221:53
Heatstroke Myths and Misconceptions with Dr. Diane Birnbaumer

Heatstroke Myths and Misconceptions with Dr. Diane Birnbaumer

As we approach hot summer days, we are excited to welcome Dr. Diane Birnbaumer, Emeritus Professor of medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, to discuss some myths about heat strokes and staying healthy in extreme temperatures.  

For listeners in the U.S. and Canada, visit MerckManuals.com to learn more. For those outside the U.S. and Canada, visit MSDManuals.com for more information.

0:00 – 0:54 Introduction of Dr. Diane Birnbaumer, Emeritus Professor of medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a senior clinical educator for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

0:55 – 3:30: Are heatstroke and heat exhaustion the same?

3:31 – 4:35: Ages affected by heat strokes

4:36 – 5:33: Can heatstroke occur at any temperature?

5:34 – 6:27: Warning signs of heatstroke

6:28 – 7:33: Body temperature to characterize heat strokes

7:34 – 8:45: Common signs of heatstroke

8:45 – 9:34: Common signs of heat exhaustion

9:35 – 10:23 Can you suffer from heatstroke if you are hydrated?

10:24 – 11: 45: Steps to cool down

11:46 – 13:27: Techniques used in the ER

13:28 – 15:12: Does having a sunburn affect body temperature?

15:13 – 16:16: Does Advil help to lower body temperatures caused by heat?

16:17 – 17:34 Suffering heat strokes indoors (in places without AC)

17:35 – 19:35: Hypothermia and its effects on the body

19:36 – 21:18: The process of frostbite

21:19 – 22:08: Conditions of frostbite

22:09 – 23:22: Resources to learn more

23:23: Closing


Jul 13, 202223:48
Travel Myths - Part 2
Aug 04, 202108:20
Anti-aging and Skincare Myths
Jul 21, 202113:08
Vaping and Smoking Myths
Jul 07, 202123:45
Children's Mental Health - Part 2
Jun 23, 202117:19
Children's Mental Health - Part 1
Jun 23, 202118:40
Sun Protection Myths
Jun 09, 202112:17
Travel in the World of COVID-19

Travel in the World of COVID-19

This podcast has covered a handful of travel health myths before, but the way people travel has changed drastically in the COVID-19 world. While the world is beginning to work its way back to normal thanks to increasing vaccinations, that only means there are more questions as people look to resume their travels once again. What is the safest way to travel? Are airplanes really cleaning out air better than we think? Are masks enough on public transit? DO we need to wear masks inside our own cars?

On this episode, we welcome back Dr. Christopher Sanford, author of “Staying Healthy Abroad: A Global Travel’s Guide”, to discuss myths about protecting yourself during travels in a COVID-19 environment.

Click here to learn more about health and travel.

For listeners in the U.S. and Canada, visit MerckManuals.com to learn more. For those outside the U.S. and Canada, visit MSDManuals.com for more information.

May 26, 202116:18
Acne Myths
May 13, 202113:49
Medical Myths Podcast - Season 3 Trailer

Medical Myths Podcast - Season 3 Trailer

Coming soon: the Merck Manuals, one of the world’s most widely used medical resources since 1899, will be releasing the 3rd season of the Merck Manuals Medical Myths Podcast!

All new episodes coming the week of May 10, 2021!

Season 3 once again dispels common medical myths and misconceptions through revealing conversations with nationally recognized physicians. These new episodes encompass just the first half of Season three and address a number of topics that are top of mind for today’s medical consumers:

Vaping and Smoking Myths featuring Dr. Judith Prochaska, Professor in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University with the Stanford Prevention Research Center and a member of the Stanford Cancer Institute
Travel in 2021 Myths featuring Dr. Christopher Stanford, Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Global Health at the University of Washington
Acne Myths featuring Dr. Jonette Keri, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Chief, Dermatology Service at Miami VA Hospital
Sun Protection Myths featuring Dr. Jonette Keri, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Chief, Dermatology Service at Miami VA Hospital
Skincare Beauty Myths featuring Dr. Jonette Keri, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Chief, Dermatology Service at Miami VA Hospital

Topics for the podcast were developed based on the most popular web searches for key medical topics, along with common questions physicians received when talking to patients. The podcast is the latest offering in support of the Manuals’ ongoing commitment to make the best current medical information accessible globally and in relevant formats.

For listeners in the U.S. and Canada, visit MerckManuals.com to learn more. For those outside the U.S. and Canada, visit MSDManuals.com for more information.

May 05, 202102:11
Hangover Myths
Jul 29, 202021:39
Dental Myths
Jul 16, 202027:03
Myths About COVID-19 and its Effect on Kids
Jun 23, 202025:39
Vision Myths

Vision Myths

Eyesight is extremely valuable, and we are constantly being told what is bad and what is good for our eyes. Dr. Sunir Garg, retina physician and surgeon, provides us with some much-needed clarity on the subject.

Click here to learn more about the biology of our eyes, vision and proper eye health.

For listeners in the U.S. and Canada, visit MerckManuals.com to learn more. For those outside the U.S. and Canada, visit MSDManuals.com for more information.

Jun 10, 202030:00
Gastrointestinal Myths
Jun 10, 202026:16
Hypertension Myths
Jun 03, 202021:45
Vertigo Myths
May 27, 202025:03
Arthritis Myths
May 27, 202026:50
Travel Health Myths
Jun 24, 201929:38
Hearing Loss Myths
Jun 17, 201923:20
Dispelling Common Aging Myths
May 31, 201922:45
Diet Myths and The Real Truth
May 08, 201923:12
Debunking Pregnancy Myths
May 08, 201924:02
Myths About Bites and Stings
Apr 18, 201920:46