Blog | Monday, February 22, 2010

Medical News of the Obvious


Continuing last week's "All I Need to Know about Medicine, I Learned from TV" theme, we have a new study about television portrayals of seizures, reported by HealthDay. Turns out that, actually, television is not the best way to learn first aid. According to these researchers, sometimes fake doctors fail to provide appropriate medical care! So much for that plan to take the boards based on watching four years of "House," "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice" and "ER."

In another follow-up from last week, more news that you probably learned in sex ed class. Men don't like condoms that don't fit, HealthDay tells us. In addition to being uncomfortable and more likely to be removed, ill-fitting protection also increases the risk of malfunction. The good news for TV watchers is that study authors suggested readying the problem with "public health efforts designed to promote the improved fit of condoms." So can we expect a plot line about condom fitting in an upcoming episode of "Grey's"?