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An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress--Episode Six: Fight or Flight

Catherine Armsden | Posted 11.30.2015 | Women
Catherine Armsden

A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding cr...

An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress--Episode Four: A Heart is Opened

Catherine Armsden | Posted 11.09.2015 | Science
Catherine Armsden

After our fun weekend together in Portland at the Brian Grant Foundation gala, Hadley and I texted nearly every week throughout the fall of 2011.

Going Beyond the Symptoms: The Case for Telemedicine

Joydeep Bhattacharyya | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Joydeep Bhattacharyya

For physicians, when enhancing practice efficiency, professional satisfaction and improving the delivery of care are key priorities, Telemedicine is poised to be part of the future of care.

Putting Humanity and the Humanities Back Into Medicine

Allen Frances | Posted 07.28.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Someday, perhaps all of medicine will be reducible (like most things) to a set of algorithms and doctors will be replaced by computers. But we are still far from achieving anything approaching this level of technical omniscience and certainty. For the far foreseeable future, we need doctors who understand life and people, not just lab test readouts and scientific papers.

4 Mistakes Parents Make At The Pediatrician's Office

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We aren't here to judge -- and we have seen and heard worse, I promise. Please, tell the truth. I can't take care of your child (or you) if you don't.

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

'Touching' on Something Bigger -- in New Book, Betsy MacGregor Says Medicine Shouldn't Be Divorced From Empathy

Helen Riess, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Books
Helen Riess, M.D.

Medical technology is part of the miracle of medicine. However, without humanity, we miss the essence of meeting others at their most vulnerable and frightening journeys, where an empathic partner can help them cross the most poignant thresholds of what it means to be human.

Treating the Ailing Doctor-Patient Relationship

Allen Frances | Posted 11.15.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Hippocrates said: "it is more important to know the patient who has the disease than the disease the patient has." This remains true after 2,500 years and with all the hype of modern medicine.

9 Things You're Doing That Drive Your Doctor Crazy

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 07.25.2014 | Healthy Living

Type just about any medical symptom you're experiencing into your browser of choice and you'll find a wealth of potential causes, cures and complicati...

Will Video Chat Destroy the Doctor-Patient Relationship?

Danea Horn | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Danea Horn

Given past blunders, we have a ways to go with the industry as a whole, but I know that it is possible to integrate technology, maybe even video chat, with compassionate care.

How To Improve The Doctor-Patient Relationship: An Open Letter To Future Physicians

Mailet Lopez | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Mailet Lopez

No matter what type of physician you may be, and what type of news you are delivering, you become the single most important person in the world to your patients because you are there at the start of their journey, you are at the helm of their survival.

Doctor-Patient Communication: What to Do When a Patient Says Thank You

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Let me show you four simple steps -- requiring just 15 seconds -- that will turn a thank you into a two-way healing encounter of the highest order. ...

Why Getting Old or Sick in America Doesn't Pay (And What You Can Do to Avoid It)

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Amandah Blackwell

My mom has been through the ringer with doctors, Medicare, secondary insurance, and medical professionals. It's as if the left hand has no clue as to what the right hand is doing. To me, health care shouldn't be this complicated.

Continuity of Health Care: Going, Going... Almost Gone!

John Geyman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

We have heard the promises as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was being sold to the public, including -- you can keep your doctor and insurance if you like it. We now know those promises to be mostly false as the ACA enters its fifth year of implementation.

When Doctors Become Salesmen, Patients Pay the Price

David Magee | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
David Magee

I ran the numbers. My 20 percent co-pay on their inflated price was more than I would have paid had I bought it online and left my insurance company out of it. It gnawed at me.

Health Care 101: Three Easy Ways to Keep Your Patients Happy

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

We provide and support ways to improve and maintain the personal health of our patients while our patients provide and support the health of our careers and livelihood. We depend on our patients as much as they depend on us.

Medical Tests: The Illusion of Reassurance

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Tests are increasingly common, visits are increasingly short, and doctors now commonly forego thorough physical examination. Put bluntly, in the exam room we are already doing less talking and touching, and more testing.

Health Care Organizations Kludge Networks

Gopal K. Chopra, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Gopal K. Chopra, M.D.

Health care is going through a process of re-grounding itself in patient-centric care. All rhetoric aside, we have to enable multidisciplinary teams w...

Affordable Care Act's Elephant in the Room -- Political Pun Not Intended

Gopal K. Chopra, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Gopal K. Chopra, M.D.

Why the optimism for participating in changing health care then? The customer, providers and patients are jumping ship, and therein lies the opportunity.

Action Call: Let's Change American Medicine -- Finding Hope by Living Healthy Naturally

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

Moving forward, let's change American medicine. We can be better doctors and better patients. Together, we can change how medicine is practiced in this country and shift focus to living healthy naturally. Together, we can find hope.

How Mindfulness Training Benefits Both Doctors And Their Patients

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.13.2013 | Healthy Living

A growing body of research has shown multiple benefits of mindfulness, including helping smokers quit their habit, improving sleep quality, and even h...

'Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!'

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 10.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

We must bring back the art of medicine and the art of healing and treat all of our patients with a "listening infusion."

What Happens When Doctors Go Too Slow

Riva Greenberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Yet unlike medical errors, clinical inertia goes mostly unreported and under the radar. That's why it's up to you to be mindful whether your provider is providing treatment and recommendations in your best interest.

The Physician-Patient Relationship

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric Silfen, M.D.

Physicians need to lose the paternal attitude, embrace the new doctor/patient paradigm and gain some new partners who can help us prevent disease, manage big health global concerns (heart disease, cancer, hypertension) and shape a healthier world.

5 Things Your Surgeon Forgets to Tell You

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 09.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Going into surgery soon? Make sure you know about the "five little pearls" -- bits of practical wisdom that won't be in that fancy color pamphlet that the surgeon gives you or the packet of loose papers that the nurse shoves into your hands as you're hurried out the door after surgery.