Frontiers of Science: Sreya Bhattacharya researching diabetes

The fun of being a scientist is that you make cool friends who study cool stuff. Sreya Bhattacharya is definitely one of them. She’s doing her PhD trying to find new therapies to treat diabetes. More on her later. So, besides giving information on “how to (not) become a better patient”, I’ll be featuring cutting edge science projects done by friends and colleagues. Read until the end!

A new series: at the Frontiers of Science, showcasing inspiring scientist profiles

Share, learn and be inspired The most exciting part of science is that the future is unpredictable. You don’t know what lies ahead and maybe you’ll be the one making the discovery. I guess that’s one of the drivers of many scientists going into the lab day in and day out, without getting paid overtime,Continue reading “A new series: at the Frontiers of Science, showcasing inspiring scientist profiles”

Stress and lifestyle, an unaddressed challenge in modern healthcare

Stressed out…?There’s a pill for that! Want to control your high blood sugar levels…There’s a pill for that!Can’t sleep…?There’s a pill for that!High blood pressure…?There’s a pill for that!

But doctor, what are the possibilities?

Biases, decision-making and patient care. Why doctors can’t tell you all the information or unbiased opinions. Ask your doctor for more information.

Substack

I set up a substack newsletter. I’m really excited to write more about how “HOW TO (NOT) BE A BETTER PATIENT”. This will be a biweekly newsletter. Check it out here if you like this topic. My blog at http://www.manivenkatesan.com will be about more wide-ranging topics, kind of like a personal diary. Get in touchContinue reading “Substack”

#7 How to be a better patient – Alternative treatments?

In modern day life so many aspects of the human experience is medicalised (meaning conditions and behaviours are labeled and treated as medical issues). The emphasis of medical training lays on how to solve problems through medical interventions (such as drugs or surgery). Quite often there’s a (commercial) treatment for your medical problem: Are yourContinue reading “#7 How to be a better patient – Alternative treatments?”

#6 How to be a better patient – How to prepare for your doctor’s appointment (part 2)

A good doctor will try to guide the patient in communicating their physical complaints. At the same time, the patient also has the responsibility to communicate all relevant aspects of their illness. This is what you can do to help your doctor make the correct diagnosis:

#5 How to be a better patient – How to prepare for your doctor’s appointment

I’ve seen many patients confused about their diagnosis and their treatment. Would you want to prevent this situation? Here are some tips:

#4 How to be a better patient – What to do when you have a complaint?

Imagine you’re a patient with extreme pain and you therefore go to A&E (i.e. emergency room) in the hospital. Here you are sat down and not helped for hours. Or imagine you have had a very bad experience with a healthcare professional (doctor, nurse or whoever else in the hospital). What would you do?