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Requiem for Lethal Injection?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

The rifleman mustering for a firing squad is honest - an icon of retribution without pretense. If we can own his violent act on our behalf, capital punishment suits us. But clinical killing is euphemism - a cowardly way for us to deceive ourselves.

How to Find and Choose a New Doctor

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.25.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Thanks to the Internet, finding and researching doctors is a lot easier than it use to be. Today, there's a wide variety of websites you can turn to that provide databases of U.S. doctors, their professional medical histories, and ratings and reviews from past patients on a number of criteria.

The Deadly Aftershocks of Medical Debt on Your Credit Report

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.22.2015 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Thanks to muscular promptings by NY State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, the three major U.S. credit reporting agencies announced changes in the way in which medical debt will be scored when they deliver an individual's credit report.

Evidence-Based Medicine and the Newly Trained Physician: A Relationship in the Works

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Despite evidence-based medicine's role as an incredible advancement in the history of medical care and patient management, there remains many challenges that young clinicians must face when attempting to implement EBM into their respective practices.

Stopping a Silent Killer in Africa

Heather White | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Heather White

So, how can we meaningfully address NCDs worldwide? It must be done through strategic partnerships, where we leverage the skills and expertise of each player. It's only then can we build healthier and wealthier communities.

Re-Connecting With Our Humanity Through the On-Demand Economy

Renee Dua | Posted 05.22.2015 | Technology
Renee Dua

As I watched my 9-year-old niece grapple with a VCR tape the other day, it struck me that my own 14-month-old son might one day have the same quizzical look in the driver's seat of a car. Whether it's Uber or self-driving cars, he may well never learn to drive a car.

5 Things a Health Care Provider Should Not Say to a Widow

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Many of the widows sought medical attention from a general health care provider for a plethora of reasons. While some providers are adept and highly sensitive, others clearly lack some appropriate bedside manners.

...And So It Goes

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.12.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Accelerating the Development of New Vaccines and Immunotherapies for Cancer

Mark Poznansky | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Mark Poznansky

As a physician-scientist the two worlds of science and clinical medicine have always overlapped and my objective is to be able to translate my discoveries from the laboratory bench to the patient's bedside.

Racial Disparities in Health Care Access Magnified As More Gain Coverage

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

Many people have never had health insurance, or maybe not for years, and have trouble getting clear information about what's included in their coverage, such as preventive care, checkups and routine tests.

The Poetry of Toxic Medical Debt

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.07.2015 | Good News
Jerry Ashton

RIP Medical Debt has not only done well by the families it has gifted, it has at the same time subtracted that amount of available debt from the industry. No agency will have a chance to buy it. It is out of their world. Forever.

Pregnancy Loss and the Medical Profession: A Parent's Perspective

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Alana Rosenstein

As a parent who has been through two miscarriages and a stillbirth, I have had the opportunity to experience medical professionals' responses to pregnancy loss first hand. Some were comforting and validating. Others -- like Dr. P's -- have been clumsy, hurtful, or off-putting.

Are Doctors Just Sweet Talking Us?

Alena Dillon | Posted 04.29.2015 | Comedy
Alena Dillon

Some women have terrible taste in men. I know -- I used to be one of those women. Then I married a perfectly lovely man, and that must have thrown the universe off-balance.

Exercise: The Best Medicine for Doctors and Patients

Joe S. Moore | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Joe S. Moore

From reducing back pain to protecting against depression, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, several cancers and more, regular exercise is a critical component of healthy living. It's time we found ways to bring exercise into doctors' exam rooms and medical schools across the country.

To Those Caring for Sick Children

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 04.29.2015 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

As a parent of a child who was deeply cared for by a medical team for nearly seven months before he passed, I cannot describe the respect and admiration we, as parents, have for you who are in the medical field.

Doctors: Your Advice Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

Leigh Pechillo | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Leigh Pechillo

Dear Doctors, Last year on Mother's Day, I contacted one of your colleagues by leaving a message with an answering service that I had bad heartburn. ...

It's So Obvious That You Are a Med School Student

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

The way you interact with your fellow med student colleagues at work calls out your job description. It's not the content of what you say to each other as you cross paths in the hospital hallways that leaves your identity utterly exposed. Rather, it is the way your eyes transmit a complex but mutual signal of despair and competition that clearly says it all.

Is Our Indifference Making Us Sick?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Currently the NIH is exploring new approaches to getting more people tested, diagnosed early and put on treatment and into ongoing care. Many believe that getting early treatment is conducive to stopping HIV's spread.

Puerto Rico Set to Become Medical Tourism Hub

Adrian Brito | Posted 04.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

As I've said before, Puerto Rico's legitimacy as a major destination for business is often tarnished by its unfortunate fiscal deficit. Business media outlets' fixation with the island's debt has completely overshadowed Puerto Rico's unprecedented drive for economic development.

My Very Own Miracle

Tricia McCallum | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

Threading needles is out, as is focusing my beloved 35 mm Nikon. But I've embraced the digital world of photography. I can't bowl or play tennis to save my life and you wouldn't want me pitching for your ball team. The fact is I couldn't do any of that before anyway.

Meet The Doctor Aiming To 'Diagnose The World' Using Big Data

New York Times | TINA ROSENBERG | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact

Like many fields, public health is in the midst of a data revolution: randomized control trials, pay-for-performance and value calculations, all based...

Damaged Goods

Beth Whitley | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Sometimes, in trying to explain the impact that Rett Syndrome has had on our lives, I have referred to myself and my husband as "damaged goods." People don't respond to this very well.

Jonathan Cohn

Rand Paul's Political Views Make Perfect Sense When You Look At His Medical Background

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

The doctor is in. The senator is out. Rand Paul, the ophthalmologist and Republican senator from Kentucky, officially launched his presidential ca...

How Technology is Turning the Tide in Ebola

David Walton | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
David Walton

Technology has a critical role to play in both acute epidemics like the Ebola outbreak as well as the more chronic inequities in health outcomes that preferentially affect the poor.

3 Reasons Why Your Doctor May Ask Your Sexual Orientation

Victoria Dooley, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Victoria Dooley, M.D.

I will provide you with the same quality care regardless of your answer, and even if you don't answer at all. I do not ask to be intrusive, offensive, or to refuse you care. Rather, here are three reasons why it is important for me, as a physician, to know your sexual orientation.