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British Medical Journal

Small Things Big Wins in Health Care

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

When it comes to the recovery of a patient, no matter how small an improvement is, there is still a level of improvement that is taking place. Something as subtle as the blink of an eye can be a monumental milestone because in that split second you are witnessing a speck of light in a world that had the possibility of remaining in complete darkness.

Who and What We Trust Might Kill Us

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Ashley Wren Collins

Trust. It's a hefty word, stamped on American currency ("In God We Trust"), integrated into marriage vows, and considered a vital component for both professional and personal relationships. Yet too often trust is on autopilot, given freely unless proven otherwise.

Yagana Shah

Moderate Drinking May Be Beneficial -- But Only For Older Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 02.11.2015 | Fifty

You may think you're doing yourself a favor by having the occasional glass of wine. Beyond the enjoyment, we've all heard about the much-touted health...

Is Cancer the 'Best Death'?

Lara Huffman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Lara Huffman

What I can remember about my mother's death from breast cancer certainly does not reflect Dr. Smith's romantic view of dying.

Why Surgeons Listen To Music In The Operating Room -- And How It Could Help You

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living

When you're going into surgery, the type of music that your doctors will be listening to is probably the last thing on your mind. But your surgeon's p...

Why Surgeons Listen To Music In The Operating Room -- And How It Could Help You

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living

When you're going into surgery, the type of music that your doctors will be listening to is probably the last thing on your mind. But your surgeon's p...

Garbage In, Garbage Out: A Flawed Study Cannot Measure the Value of Mammograms

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 04.23.2014 | Science
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

A study denouncing the value of mammography tore through the news cycle last week, leading many women to once again question the need for these breast cancer screenings. What was left out of many of the media reports are serious doubts about the validity of this study.

British Medical Journal Claims Restless Leg Syndrome Is a 'Made-Up' Disorder

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

This story illustrates a growing tendency for some journals to use lay opinions to stir controversy in hopes of increasing visibility and impact.

Too Much Medicine Is Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 11.13.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The evidence is compelling that we in the developed countries (especially the US) are overtesting for disease, overdiagnosing it, and overtreating.

As Premature Births Rise, Disability Rates Likely To Increase: Studies

Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents

By Kate Kelland LONDON | Tue Dec 4, 2012 6:38pm EST (Reuters) - Little progress has been made in improving the long-term health of extremely p...

Incredible Pen Still Works After 25 Years In Woman's Stomach

Posted 12.20.2011 | Weird News

Twenty-five years ago, a woman told her husband and general practitioner that she accidentally swallowed a felt-tip pen. They didn't believe her at th...

Medical Practice and Government Regulation

Bruce A. Barron | Posted 01.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Bruce A. Barron

This is hard to believe, but the standard for approval of medical devices is safety and effectiveness, which is interpreted to mean a new device is equivalent to a previously-approved device.

Andrew Wakefield's Vaccination and Autism Study: Allegations of Fraud With Financial Motivations

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

I don't know how many different ways the medical community can say this: Childhood vaccinations do not cause autism. As any competent researcher will tell you, the facts speak for themselves.

Report Linking Vaccine To Autism Was Fraudulent, Says British Medical Journal

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LONDON -- The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new repo...

INTERNATIONAL ART: King Henri IV's Head Identified And Sent Back To Crypt, After Two Centuries

France24 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

AFP - He was one of France's most adored kings, a monarch known as "le bon roi Henri" (good king Henri), who promoted religious tolerance, was a hit w...

Exploring The Research On Homeopathic Treatment For Fibromyalgia

Dana Ullman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dana Ullman

The body of scientific evidence showing efficacy of individualized homeopathic treatment in the care of patients with fibromyalgia suggests significant benefits.

Boo! Is Friday the 13th Really Hazardous to Your Health?

Ben Sherwood | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ben Sherwood

As many as 21 million Americans will change their behavior today because of superstition. They won't go shopping. They won't fly on planes. And the cost of all this fear is enormous.