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In War-Torn Congo, This Doctor Empowers Survivors

Catherine Russell | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Catherine Russell

For almost 20 years, Dr. Mukwege has treated patients who have survived serious injuries from sexual violence perpetrated as a tactic of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Wisconsin Needs and Deserves a Patients Reproductive Health Act

Sara Finger | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Sara Finger

Wisconsin has joined the troubling national trend of enacting laws based on junk science under the false guise of protecting women's health. Sadly, the goal of these harmful laws is to restrict access and compromise women's reproductive health care.

These Women Were Fat-Shamed By Their Doctors -- And It Almost Cost Them Their Lives

Prevention | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living

All three of these women consulted doctors multiple times. All were given the same diagnosis: obesity. If you would just lose weight, they were told, your symptoms will go away. This kind of misdiagnosis happens every single day.

An Open Letter to Medical School Students

Dr. Erika Schwartz | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Erika Schwartz

Suddenly, we are faced with a system where the most important person in the system is also the most overlooked -- the patient. The patient and the doctor are no longer sitting at the proverbial kitchen table talking, and very few doctors show up at their patient's weddings and funerals.

Acknowledging the Competing Incentives in Medical School

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

For many medical students, especially those without specific predetermined career paths, finding passion and purpose through medical education includes navigating through many maladaptive impulses that exist in the process of obtaining a medical degree.

What Really Happens When You Swallow Gum, According to a Doctor

Thrillist | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living

Most people have been fed a raft of urban legends about all the bad things that happen when you swallow gum. I should have a chewing gum tree the size of a sequoia inside of me by now, according to such stories.

Medical Misdiagnosis Nearly Killed Me

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 11.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Nika C. Beamon

I knew I couldn't continue on following the lead of my doctors because they or whatever mystery condition I had was killing me. Still, I didn't take charge of my own health until the head and neck surgeon told me he suspected I had lymphoma. I knew then I wasn't ready to die, certainly not at 39.

A Gynecologist Tells Her Story About Motherhood and Career

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work to their satisfaction? What helps? What hurts?

I Do It My Way: Listening to Our Body's Signals

Joanna Charnas | Posted 10.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Joanna Charnas

Acutely sick at 19, I spent the next 17 years undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. At 36, an Infectious Disease Specialist informed me I had Chronic Fatigue S...

Health Plan Costs Jump Again

MoneyTips | Posted 10.16.2015 | Business

As the open enrollment period for 2016 health insurance draws near, you may be re-evaluating the ACA and how it affects you. It is easy to start a spirited argument on the subject, but one thing is not up for debate: multiple surveys and articles report that the cost of health care insurance plans is on the rise again.

How Beneficial Is A PhD?

Quora | Posted 10.13.2015 | Education

As someone who faced a similar decision and decided to complete the program, I hope I can offer some perspective.

To the Ladies: In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Licia Morelli | Posted 10.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Licia Morelli

This was a week of dips and joys. It was a week of heart splitting conversations and elation at good news. It was seven days where, when I talked to...

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Balance

Marissa Lepor | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Marissa Lepor

Work-life balance: the portmanteau once used in casual conversations has now become an integral component of companies' mission statements and employee interactions. It's like the gluten-free of the health food world -- many claim to value it, but few can describe what it actually means.

The Real Reason It Takes So Long To Become A Doctor

Quora | Posted 10.05.2015 | Education

Before 1910, there weren't really any standards for medical education in the US. Someone could go to school, get a degree, hang a shingle somewhere and call themselves whatever they liked.

In Defense of Nursing

Gregory Roloff | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Gregory Roloff

The field of nursing has an attribute that many others lack. Even on the worst of days, nurses will never leave the workplace wondering if they just did something meaningful. My hope is that that the public outcry to the incident on The View revives a deeper respect for nursing.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Cavities

Andrew Swiatowicz | Posted 09.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrew Swiatowicz

I always teach my patients that their first line of defense against cavities -- or, as we call them, dental caries -- is prevention. But despite our best efforts, some of us -- myself included! -- have had to see a dentist to treat a cavity. Here are five things you never knew about cavities. Some of these might surprise you.

Autism and Vaccination Day (It's Not What You Think)

Shanell Mouland | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Let me tell you the tale of two sweet little girls and a very special dog heading to the doctor with their sleep-deprived and slightly cranky mother. It all happened on a Tuesday... or was it Wednesday?

What I Learned About Being Naked

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie

Credit: altrendo images/thinkstock "Naked is trending and sexy right now," was the marketing email subject line. No surprise there -- from ads feat...

How My Estranged Father's Death Healed Our Narrative

Sara Bobkoff | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Sara Bobkoff

Alzheimers is a disease that takes the story of your life and throws the pages of memory up in the air. Many blow away. But some land right in your hands.

Why Has the Doctor-Patient Relationship Suffered?

Prem N. Ramkumar | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Prem N. Ramkumar

The first step in revamping American medicine requires an intimate understanding of the players, their roles, and more importantly their system-level capabilities. To date, overvaluing physician impact and undervaluing the patient condition has snowballed into a prohibitive culture.

Health Insurance Costs Continue to Rise

MoneyTips | Posted 09.11.2015 | Business

Blame Prescription Drug Prices The actuarial service firm Milliman recently released the 2015 Milliman Medical Index (MMI), an index that tracks the ...

What You Don't Know About Aging Could Kill You

Hippo Reads | Posted 09.18.2015 | Fifty
Hippo Reads

Aging is rarely talked about, even though it happens to all of us, every day. Even people who are 70 or 80 don't really think of themselves as aging. Why is it that we're so reluctant to talk about aging and the needs of aging adults? Why do we ignore and cast aside the older adults in our lives?

Lost and Found in Uganda

Wendy E. Simmons | Posted 09.10.2015 | Travel
Wendy E. Simmons

I'd spent the past couple days gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This afternoon, I decided to go wandering around Kanungu instead. I walked down through a valley, and across the Munyanga River towards the forest.

Does John Stamos Make Me Look Fat and Other Questions From an Emotional Eater

Bryan Behar | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Bryan Behar

There are many things that can inspire you to get serious about your health and fitness or at least stop nervously binge eating until you fall asleep. If John Stamos isn't available, taking your picture next to any slender-hipped Greek heartthrob will probably do the trick.

Doctors Play A Role In The Opioid Addiction Epidemic, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 09.09.2015 | Science

We know how opioid addictions end: all too often, in death by overdose. About 16,000 Americans every year die of an overdose of opioid painkille...