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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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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.
25:15
September 08, 2022
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.
11:57
August 24, 2022
Debunking Kidney Stone Myths
Debunking Kidney Stone Myths
Kidney stones are becoming more common in recent decades. Today, one in 10 Americans will suffer from one at some point in their lives. Kidney stones are hard masses that form in the urinary tract and may cause pain, bleeding, infection, or block of the flow of urine. Given the extreme pain that often accompanies kidney stones, many people are worried about getting them. That’s led to a lot of myths and misconceptions around kidney stones, what causes them, and how best to prevent them. In a new editorial on MerckManuals.com, Glenn M. Preminger, MD, Duke University Medical Center, identifies some of the most common myths surrounding kidney stones. He sets the record straight on what patients need to know and how to talk to their doctors about this often-painful medical condition.
14:38
August 10, 2022
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.
09:59
July 27, 2022
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.
21:53
July 27, 2022
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
23:48
July 13, 2022
Travel Myths - Part 2
Travel Myths - Part 2
Now that many COVID-19 travel restrictions are loosening and people are beginning to travel once again, we're thrilled to welcome back Dr. Christopher Sanford, author of “Staying Healthy Abroad: A Global Travel’s Guide”, to talk about some more myths about staying safe and healthy while traveling abroad. 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.
08:20
August 04, 2021
Anti-aging and Skincare Myths
Anti-aging and Skincare Myths
Many of us want to look younger and have beautiful skin, but what kind of myths are we believing on how to achieve that? Do anti-aging creams actually work? Are the more expensive or luxury skincare products more effective than cheaper alternatives? Is sleeping in your makeup bad for your skin? On this episode of the Merck Manuals Medical Myths podcast, we welcome back Dr. Jonette Keri, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is also Chief, Dermatology Service at Miami VA Hospital. This is the final part of a three-part series on dermatology. 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.
13:08
July 21, 2021
Vaping and Smoking Myths
Vaping and Smoking Myths
Most people (hopefully) know the dangers involved with smoking. But is vaping just as bad for your health as smoking? Is actually worse for you as some say? Is vaping more harmful for younger people than it is older people? Is there an effective way to quit? What’s the best way to kick this habit and talk to teens about why it’s dangerous? On this episode of the Merck Manuals Medical Myths podcast, we welcome 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. Dr. Prochaska is a licensed clinical psychologist with a focus in addiction medicine. Click here to learn more about vaping and click here to learn more about smoking. 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.
23:45
July 07, 2021
Children's Mental Health - Part 2
Children's Mental Health - Part 2
In Part 2 of our discussion on children's mental health, the Merck Manuals Medical Myths podcast welcomes back Dr. Josephine Elia, psychiatrist with a specialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Nemours, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. On this episode, Dr. Elia discusses some ways parents can manage and address some of the mental health difficulties that children face, with practical tips anyone can use.  Click here to learn more about mental health disorders in children. 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.
17:19
June 23, 2021
Children's Mental Health - Part 1
Children's Mental Health - Part 1
In a brief break from the traditional look into medical myths, this episode of the Merck Manuals Medical Myths podcast will delve into the difficult and sometimes taboo topic of children's mental health. Especially during 2020 and into 2021, children were forced to confront challenges and disruptions that no one could've imagined. And while adults have their own way of dealing with trauma, stress and mental health in general, children can be much different. To help us unpack some of the challenges children face, we welcome Dr. Josephine Elia, psychiatrist with a specialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Nemours, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. This is Part 1 of a two-part series on children's mental health, with Part 1 focusing on identifying some of these issues. Part 2 will delve into how parents and guardians can manage and address some of the mental health difficulties that children face. Click here to learn more about mental health disorders in children.  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.
18:40
June 23, 2021
Sun Protection Myths
Sun Protection Myths
As the summer season approaches and many of us head outside to bask in the sun, what sorts of myths have we been telling ourselves about the best ways to protect our skin from the sun? Is 100 SPF really necessary? How long can you be outside before the sun starts to damage your skin? Do you only need sunscreen in the summer? How much is enough sunscreen to put on your skin? On this episode of the Merck Manuals Medical Myths podcast, we welcome back Dr. Jonette Keri, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is also Chief, Dermatology Service at Miami VA Hospital. This is Part 2 of a three-part series on dermatology. Stay tuned for the final episode of the series where we talk about skincare beauty myths. Click here to learn more about skin damage and how to properly protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. 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.
12:17
June 09, 2021
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.
16:18
May 26, 2021
Acne Myths
Acne Myths
Acne is a skin condition so many of us encounter during our lives. But the severity of the condition can differ greatly from person to person, and it's led to a number of myths surrounding what causes it? Is chocolate the culprit? Is fatty and unhealthy foods the issue? Is acne only something that pubescent teens have to deal with?  On this episode of the Merck Manuals Medical Myths podcast, we talk all things acne with Dr. Jonette Keri, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She is also Chief, Dermatology Service at Miami VA Hospital. This is Part 1 of a three-part series on dermatology. Stay tuned for future episodes where we get into the topics of sun protection and skincare beauty myths. Click here to learn more about acne, what causes it and how to treat it. 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.
13:49
May 13, 2021
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.
02:11
May 05, 2021
Hangover Myths
Hangover Myths
Spending a fun night out has no regrets until it's met with that dreaded familiar feeling the next morning. Can coffee cure hangovers? What about the old “hair of the dog” trick? Is the saying “beer before liquor never been sicker” really true? Dr. Rika O’Malley, physician at Albert Einstein Medical Center joins us to debunk some of these myths and tells us how to deal with (or prevent) a hangover after drinking alcohol. Click here to learn more about alcohol and its affects on drinkers. 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.
21:39
July 29, 2020
Dental Myths
Dental Myths
From questions about how to get the whitest teeth to what the proper brushing and flossing techniques are, there are a number of questions out there surrounding dental care. Is flossing good or unnecessary? Does charcoal toothpaste clean your teeth or do the opposite? Is it really necessary to remove our wisdom teeth? And why do they call them that anyway? On this episode, we welcome Dr. David F. Murchison, a practicing dentist for more than 40 years and a professor at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry. He'll explain to us some of the best ways to care for our teeth and gums and debunk some common myths about dentistry. Click here to learn more about oral care, dentistry and more. 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.
27:03
July 16, 2020
Myths About COVID-19 and its Effect on Kids
Myths About COVID-19 and its Effect on Kids
The entire world is grappling with how to deal with COVID-19, from what precautions we should take to how it affects each of us differently. But children are different. From the way COVID-19 affects childrens' bodies to how parents should approach the virus in kids, there are a lot of myths out there. On this episode, we talk to Dr. Catherine Soprano, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, about what parents should think about when it comes to Coronavirus and their children.  Click here to learn more about COVID-19. 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.
25:39
June 23, 2020
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.
30:00
June 10, 2020
Gastrointestinal Myths
Gastrointestinal Myths
Stomachs can be very sensitive. Factors such as what you eat and how fast you eat can cause issues from indigestion to ulcers and more. Dr. Jonathan Gotfried joins us to share his insights and help us digest some of the biggest myths around gastrointestinal problems, while also sharing tips for how to keep a healthy gut. Click here to learn more about gastrointestinal disorders, gut health, digestion and more. 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.
26:16
June 10, 2020
Hypertension Myths
Hypertension Myths
High blood pressure can often be associated with aging or with being a hot head, but there are a number of other causes of high blood pressure that should not be overlooked. Dr. George Bakris joins us to share some insights and breaks down the biggest myths around high blood pressure, cholesterol and hypertension. Click here to learn more about hypertension. 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.
21:45
June 03, 2020
Vertigo Myths
Vertigo Myths
You’ve heard of “Vertigo” the movie, and it’s likely that everyone has experienced the sensation before. But do you know what it is and why we feel it? Dr. David Kaylie discusses the differences in dizziness and vertigo, hearing loss and treatments that can help and the myths associated with Vertigo.  Click here to learn more about vertigo. 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.
25:03
May 27, 2020
Arthritis Myths
Arthritis Myths
Cracking your joints can often bring a feeling of relief or satisfaction, but are you doing damage to your joints? And while the term arthritis is typically used as a catch-all for joint issues, rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis are not interchangeable, and in fact, they’re quite different. Dr. Brian Mandell explains these differences as well as addressing the many myths that surround joint pain and stiffness. Click here to learn more about arthritis and other joint disorders. 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.
26:50
May 27, 2020
Travel Health Myths
Travel Health Myths
When traveling to foreign lands, you want to embrace local customs and “do as the locals do.” But is it safe? Dr. Christopher Sanford, author of “Staying Healthy Abroad: A Global Travel’s Guide”, discusses common myths about staying safe and healthy while traveling abroad. 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.
29:38
June 24, 2019
Hearing Loss Myths
Hearing Loss Myths
Hearing loss is often thought of as an inevitable part of getting older. But how much do things such as noisy entertainment venues, audio devices, and powered recreational equipment expose people to damaging levels of sound– especially the younger generation? Dr. Lustig is here with us today to discuss and break down the biggest myths around hearing loss and how consumers can prevent it. Click here to learn more about hearing loss and its affects on people of all ages. 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.
23:20
June 17, 2019
Dispelling Common Aging Myths
Dispelling Common Aging Myths
Providing medical care to older people can be complicated. People often see multiple specialists and take various different medications. Dr. Michael Wasserman joins us to share some insights and break down the biggest myths around aging, while also sharing tips for how family members and caregivers can take a more active part in older people’s care. Click here for more information on the health issues older individuals face. 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.
22:45
May 31, 2019
Diet Myths and The Real Truth
Diet Myths and The Real Truth
Trying to lose weight can be extremely frustrating. With so many new diet myths and trends hitting the market, it’s hard for anyone to determine which are right for them. Some of these fad diets and weight-loss myths are not only unhealthy ways to quickly lose weight, but could actually cause long-term problems for your health. Dr. Adrienne Youdim is our guest today to break down today’s most popular diet myths and share tips for healthy, sustainable weight loss. Click here to learn more about proper dieting. 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.
23:12
May 08, 2019
Debunking Pregnancy Myths
Debunking Pregnancy Myths
When you're pregnant it seems like everyone you know has advice, and it can be overwhelming. You may expect some of the changes that occur during your pregnancy, but others may seem fascinating or even surprising. The internet is full of conflicting information about how to stay healthy during your pregnancy and today we invite Dr. Lara Friel to dispel some of the biggest pregnancy myths and help listeners have the healthiest possible experience for them and their future baby. Click here to learn more about pregnancy and pregnancy 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.
24:02
May 08, 2019
Myths About Bites and Stings
Myths About Bites and Stings
Knowing whether that red bump is a serious issue or merely an irritation can be difficult. Dr. Gerald O'Malley shares the importance of identifying bites and stings in order to get the right treatment. Join us as we debunk common myths related to spider bites, snake bites, jellyfish stings, and more.  Click here to learn more about bites and stings of all types. 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.
20:46
April 18, 2019