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Ruth Macklin


The Ethics of the Ebola Outbreak: Who Should Receive Experimental Treatment?

Ruth Macklin | August 21, 2014 | Healthy Living
The need for these drugs is greatest in the countries where the epidemic is raging. Their residents come first. Because clinical trials for safety and efficacy can be carried out only in such countries, even the "compassionate use" of an unproven drug in severely limited supply should be granted first to inhabitants of the nations that have been most severely affected.
Mount Sinai Health System


Can I Skip My Annual Pelvic Exam?

Mount Sinai Health System | August 20, 2014 | Healthy Living
The American College of Physicians has issued a controversial new guideline recommending against performing the annual pelvic exam in non-pregnant women who have no gynecological symptoms that may require medical attention. Is it time to celebrate and cross that dreaded exam off your to-do list?
LeeAnn Hall

Let's Put Some Muscle on Those Skinny Health Care Networks

LeeAnn Hall | August 19, 2014 | Healthy Living
The ACA is doing a tremendous amount of good, getting insurance to millions of people who otherwise would be uninsured, and lowering costs for many more -- but the use of these skinny networks threatens to undermine all the progress we've made if it's left unchecked. Here are some of the biggest problems that skinny networks can cause -- problems that are already affecting many patients.
Dr. William Karesh


Ebola Is Just One of Many

Dr. William Karesh | August 20, 2014 | Healthy Living
Human activities are causing increased opportunities for known and novel pathogen transmission, as well as their spread.
Sharon Hrynkow PhD


The West Africa Ebola Epidemic Arouses Global Response But Caution Needs an Ally and a Local Interpreter

Sharon Hrynkow PhD | August 15, 2014 | Healthy Living
When Ebola drugs and vaccines become available, trust -- engendered best by knowledgeable local leaders - may be the vital ingredient in ensuring that drugs are distributed most quickly to those in need.
Andy Bellatti


The High Cost of Sitting Down With Industry

Andy Bellatti | August 13, 2014 | Healthy Living
The nutritional fable goes something like this: Rather than criticize industry for its questionable practices, health organizations should "sit at the table" with industry leaders and see what compromises can be reached. This all sounds wonderfully cooperative and democratic, but it also ignores some stark realities.
Dr. Harold Koplewicz


Robin Williams and the Perils of Depression

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | August 13, 2014 | Healthy Living
When someone like Robin Williams takes his own life, it's a stunning reminder of how powerful emotional anguish can be. It's a reminder that profound emotional pain can occur in the talented, the successful, the admired, the well-loved. And it's a reminder of how difficult it can be to reach someone struggling with depression -- especially someone who thinks you don't want to hear about it.
Adam C. Levine


Stop Worrying About Ebola (And Start Worrying About What it Means)

Adam C. Levine | August 13, 2014 | World
We should care a great deal about the Ebola outbreak, but not for the reasons propagated by cable news. We should care about Ebola for what it says about the current state of the health care system in resource-limited settings around the globe.
Candace Plattor

Why Is Mental Illness Such A Stigmatized Condition?

Candace Plattor | August 12, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Why is mental illness such a stigmatized condition? As an addictions therapist, I have never understood that. The way I see it, mental illness is exactly the same as physical illness -- it is, in fact, physical illness just like any affliction having to do with the body.
Wendell Potter


Dire Predictions About Doctor Shortage Post-Obamacare Haven't Panned Out

Wendell Potter | August 12, 2014 | Politics
It's true that the number of doctors per capita in the U.S. likely will continue to decrease, especially in rural areas. But even though an estimated 13 million Americans have become newly insured since the first of this year, the predictions of the gloom-and-doomers have not panned out.
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

6 Tips About Breakthrough Drugs: For Example, Should Breast Cancer Patients Try to Get Palbociclib?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | August 12, 2014 | Healthy Living
Breakthrough drugs are widely covered in the media. After hearing about these new drugs, patients and their families are always asking me how they can get access to the new medicine or participate in a clinical trial of the new drug. Let's look at a current example.
Howard Fillit, MD


How Can We Age Productively?

Howard Fillit, MD | August 11, 2014 | Healthy Living
But without a cure for Alzheimer's disease, we can only take productive aging so far. We can create opportunities for seniors, prevent heart disease and strokes and keep people physically healthy -- but if we cannot keep people from losing their minds we cannot ensure long, productive lives.
Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Decades-old Tools No Match for Today's Drug-resistant TB

Dr. Jonathan Mermin | August 11, 2014 | Impact
Humanity has lived with, and died from, tuberculosis since recorded history began. The last century brought the hope of ending that tragedy, but success has remained elusive. It's time to make it a reality.
Meghan Ralston


Electric Zoo's Anti-drug PSA Well-intentioned, But Misses the Mark

Meghan Ralston | August 11, 2014 | New York
An anti-drug PSA is pretty useless without any actual facts or lifesaving advice. Scare tactics and over-the-top drug PSAs geared at teens and 20-somethings incite apathy at best and mockery at worst.
Lawrence Diller, M.D.


Witness to Corruption: The Merchants of Speed or the Modern-Day ADHD Medicine Show

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | August 7, 2014 | Healthy Living
Not only do they fund ADHD research and professional education, they market to doctors, teachers, parents, and, ultimately, even the children of this country.
Starla Fitch, M.D.


What a Dying Patient Taught a Burned-Out Doctor

Starla Fitch, M.D. | August 7, 2014 | Healthy Living
In medicine, our goal is health, to make everything better. But sometimes we can't. Driving home from Mr. Johnson's funeral, I remembered our last conversation. What had he really wanted me to know? What could I learn as my lesson from his life?
Wray Herbert


Healing the Wounds of the Future

Wray Herbert | August 6, 2014 | Science
Is it possible that the mere prospect of terrifying battle experiences is enough to traumatize soldiers before they actually deploy?
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge


Farmers Markets and Urban Agriculture -- Sharing the Bounty

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | August 15, 2014 | Food
By growing food locally and giving underserved urban neighborhoods access to fresh produce, jobs are created, local economies are strengthened by circulating dollars within the community, the harmful effects of food deserts are reduced, and consumers become engaged in learning how food is grown.
Connor Bamford

We'll Never Find an Ebola Vaccine Without Taking Some Risks

Connor Bamford | August 7, 2014 | Science
It is becoming clear that researchers working on these pathogens don't agree on how best to study these particularly dangerous viruses and two groups have now emerged with different views.
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.


Ebola Has Happened in the U.S. and It Could Happen Again If We Don't Address the Root Causes

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | August 5, 2014 | Green
Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.
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