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Inspirational Patients Allowing Mind and Body Balancing to Guide Recovery

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 11.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

One of the most significant aspects of a therapeutic alliance between a physician and a cancer patient is the creation of a relationship that helps the patient to build and strengthen mental and physical fortitude.

Improving Your Health Care Experience: A New Model

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Dr. Howard K. Koh

At each visit, you should feel assured that you are at the center of the care process. You should be greeted in a welcoming manner, encouraged to ask questions, invited to give feedback regarding your experience, and receive simple follow-up information after you leave.

Are You Okay? You Smell Like Cytokines.

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

The healthy would have a better chance of surviving an epidemic if they could identify its first victims -- while they are still looking well -- and steer clear. Unfortunately, those early churnings of the immune system are far too subtle to detect. Or maybe not.

All Cancer Is Metastatic!

Susan M. Love | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan M. Love

So in honor of all our sisters and brothers living with known metastatic disease, let us honor their experience while recognizing that theirs is a much bigger club than we have previously acknowledged.

This Is How We're All Going To Die

www.weather.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Alien invasions, zombie apocalypses and shark-filled tornados appear to be science fiction's answers to one horrifying question: What will kill humans...

How Much Is Your Pet's Health Worth?

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hodgson

Our lizard has brought forth a valuable lesson and one that opens other doors of financial consideration. Families need to have an open discussion, both with each other and with their veterinarians. There are many measures that can be taken to manage medical costs.

Remembering Pasteur on World Rabies Day

Deborah Briggs | Posted 11.28.2013 | Impact
Deborah Briggs

While the film industry may have typecast rabies as a disease confined to once-cute dogs, the sad fact is that this terrifying, silent killer is anything but limited to dogs, and the devastation it causes is anything but confined to the big screen.

The Commuter Life: The Insanity of Tunnel Vision

Kyle Dowling | Posted 11.24.2013 | Comedy
Kyle Dowling

My train had just left Penn and was heading back to reality, back to where things made sense to me, where I felt a form of comfort. Yes, I'm talking about New Jersey. Deal with it. I assure you there are far worse places to be...

How Lupus Led Me From A Career In Journalism to Medical School

Kayla Behbahani, D.O. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Kayla Behbahani, D.O.

My symptoms were eventually diagnosed as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks itself. My search online yielded a website that charted survival in vague terms, claiming 90% of lupus patients lived five years post-diagnosis while 75% made it to 10 years and only 65% made it 15 years. For someone in her early 20s, those odds weren't reassuring. I knew as a journalist that information was power and never in my life had I felt so incredibly powerless. So, I set out on a mission to learn as much about lupus as I could. I never dreamed that journey would eventually lead me to medical school.

Dare to Be 100: Obesity Is Not a Disease

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Thirty years ago I was a member of the House of Delegates of the AMA. I am certain, in retrospect, that we passed some resolutions that were wrong. Bu...

Smoking Is an Epidemic in Vietnam

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.29.2013 | San Francisco
Andrew Lam

If Hanoi wants to really change its population's bad habit, it should do more than edit local films, and it should stop clamping down on information sharing. It should also stop its selling cigarettes.

Of Worms and Water: In the Field With the Carter Center

Nancy Farese | Posted 10.09.2013 | Impact
Nancy Farese

I now see images of children nurturing smoky embers for morning fires, of drinking mysterious teas in cramped huts with a tiny, single source of light and fresh air, and of a mother sweaty with fieldwork leaning heavily on a hoe to balance the baby wrapped tightly to her back.

Do You Really Need to Get a Travel Vaccine?

Budget Travel | Posted 10.20.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

"Have you gotten your shots? The question is not as bratty as it sounds. There are a handful of places on earth you literally can't visit without getting vaccinated, and a wide array of countries where a few recommended shots could be the difference between a dream vacay and a medevac.

We All Burn Because the GOP Wasted 30 Years

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Jeff Schweitzer

If you voted for Reagan, Bush senior, or George Bush Jr. or any senator or congressman who denies the reality of climate change, you must take responsibility for all of its terrible consequences.

Finally, a Humanitarian Crisis That Corporations Can Completely Fix -- and Fast

Matt Aubry | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Matt Aubry

In my two decades working for social change, I've found that donors of all stripes -- from the socially conscious 20-something texting a $5 gift to the biggest corporate partner -- share one common frustration.

Obesity: American Disease, American Story

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

Much as cancer care has to be personalized based on genetics and risk factors, obesity also needs to be seen as a disease resulting from a complex interaction of unique factors for each patient.

Calling Obesity a Disease: Is This About Health or Is It About Money?

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

We have an obesity epidemic that is out of control because of something that has changed in the last 50 years of our eons of evolution -- recent changes in our culture and behavior. Drugs and surgery won't change that.

Stepping Up the Fight Against Obesity

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 09.08.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

If we work to spread that message beyond our clinics to schools, homes, and the workplace, we will be that much closer to getting chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes under control and to helping New Yorkers live fuller and healthier lives.

How Slum Residents Fight Against Malaria, TB, Dengue Fever and Swine Flu

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

With health care facilities remote or non-existent, medication unavailable or unaffordable, health knowledge shaky, and caregivers in short supply, how can informal communities keep contagion in check?

7 Common Myths About Pandemics and New Diseases

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. William Karesh

Myth 1: They're just a public health problem. Novel diseases and pandemics typically are perceived to fall squarely into the public health realm. Paradoxically, they actually interface with nearly every other sector.

Does the AMA's Declaration That Obesity Is a Disease Offer Us a New Excuse To Be Fat?

Gregg McBride | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

So no matter how our community (and individual) obesity problem is classified, let's not forget that that the real cure comes from inside ourselves.

CDC Harnesses Technology to Protect People and Save Lives

Carlos Dominguez | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Carlos Dominguez

I was in Mexico when the H1N1 influenza pandemic began to make international news several years ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientists and health experts were racing against the clock to develop a vaccine and accelerate its manufacture. They harnessed immense amounts of data and used cutting-edge technology, which is always a great way to get my attention. As a technology evangelist, I'm always investigating intriguing problems with innovative solutions. What other technological developments were going on at CDC, I wondered?

America's Competitive Nature Is at Risk

John Murray | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
John Murray

The United States is losing its competitiveness in the world economy. Sadly, instead of leading the innovation charge in the twenty-first century, we are becoming victims of policies that restrict our entrepreneurial roots.

Prevention in Health Care: Reforming the Debate

Stephen A. Brunton, M.D., FAAFP | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Stephen A. Brunton, M.D., FAAFP

Like anything, when it comes to health care, there is a careful balance that needs to be achieved between doing what is best for the patient, and being prudent in managing costs to the system.

Cloning at Oregon Health & Science University

Beth Kohl | Posted 07.17.2013 | Science
Beth Kohl

In the eleven years since my youngest children were born, twin daughters, thanks to IVF, who joined a similarly IVF-enabled sister, we've scarcely discussed their scientific beginnings.