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My Weekend as a Diabetic

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Lev Raphael

I wish my dermatologist had originally said something a little less specific like, "Let's do a blood test to see if we can figure out what the problem is" or something equally general. I might have then assumed it was a vitamin or mineral deficiency. But that word, diabetes, triggered panic.

Beyond Plugging the Dam: Building a Sustainable Solution to Health in Resource Limited Settings

Vanessa Kerry | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Vanessa Kerry

Two weeks ago I stood in the Indian Treaty room of the Old Executive Office Building of the White House. In front of me stood 30 doctors and nurses reciting their oaths to become Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers and embarking on a life-changing experience in Africa.

You Are Not Your Diagnosis

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 10.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

If a doctor were to tell you that you had cancer, how would you feel in that moment? It is hard to have positive expectancy when your mind automatically sees a label or diagnosis as bad.

Can Dogs Help Some Patients More Than Docs?

Harshada Rajani | Posted 10.01.2013 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

While doctors are the obvious magicians behind maximizing our quantity of life, dog lovers would agree that dogs are the quintessential kings of enriching our quality of life.

Out of Left Field

Varda Epstein | Posted 09.27.2013 | Parents
Varda Epstein

He had always coped so well. I wondered if he had struggled and didn't realize his struggles had been significant enough to note.

Sorry... But Are You Really a Doctor?

Penny Wilson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Women
Penny Wilson

Sometimes I get the distinct impression that the general public believes that doctors graduate from medical school as middle aged men. It's understandable really. After all, that's what TV has taught us.

The 'Drop Dead Pork Chops' -- Why Fight Cancer? -- Sunday, July 28, Cal Spirit Food and Wine Festival at PDC

Barbara Lazaroff | Posted 09.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Barbara Lazaroff

Help me finish the fight: July 28th Cal Spirit Festival at the PDC In 2011 shortly before Mother's Day, I wrote about the significance of mothers in ...

Public Journal Club: New Method in Improving Blood Pressure Control

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although further investigations may be useful in further legitimizing this innovative method in controlling blood pressure, this study demonstrates that there may be more effective ways in managing hypertension than the current standard of care.

Doctor for America to Debut This Fall

Rick Ayers | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Rick Ayers

In a new and dramatic initiative, education wunderkind Wendy Kopp has launched her new initiative, Doctor for America. DFA will recruit graduating college seniors to staff our most needy hospitals.

The Dirty Secret About Medical Errors

Riva Greenberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

"So we can make all the laws we want and change the color of syringes, but until we address the shame, we'll never get past this problem. We won't know about the enormous number of hidden medical errors until someone dies from them."

Clinical Karma

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Having medical training is a great privilege, and the source of, at times, quite literal life and death power. With that power comes a grave responsibility -- but bearing that is a privilege as well. Medical training is not a product of good fortune, but of willful preparation.

Breathing in a Healing Relationship

Carla Melucci Ardito | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Carla Melucci Ardito

"A healer/client relationship is just that, a relationship; a partnership at best, and like all relationships its success is the responsibility of b...

Can We Let Doctors Be Human?

Riva Greenberg | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Ofri's books explore the "other world" of medicine -- emotions. Writing, Ofri told me, "began as a way to walk through some intense experiences and process my feelings." Her books are also "thank yous" to her patients who have taught her how to, and made her a better, doctor.

Tiny 'Forks' May Bring Huge Advance In Hospital Care

| Tim Wogan | Posted 07.01.2013 | Science

A patient admitted to a hospital with a serious bacterial infection may have only a few hours to live. Figuring out which antibiotic to administer, ...

Fetuses Masturbate??!!

Susie Sampson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Babies are supposed to be pure and according to Congressman Burgess from Texas, boy babies are masturbatin' all the time. Yuck, if you ask me.

11 Things Midlife Women Want Their Doctors To Know

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 08.21.2013 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

This is a rather confusing time in my life; in fact, it's almost like being a teenager all over again (minus the wonderfully un-saggy skin and quick metabolism). My hormones are shifting. My body is changing. I'm feeling new sensations -- both mentally and physically -- and everything seems to be fluctuating.

ACA Puts Health Care in the Hiring Line

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Preetam Kaushik

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) constitutional, the stage is set for the most fundamental shift in the health care industry in a few decades.

New Measure Quietly Sweeps The Nation

stateline | Michael Ollove | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

WATCH: New York's Best Docs Discuss State Of Profession

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living

In light of New York Magazine's recent report on the state of U.S. medical practitioners, we hear from the docs themselves. How do they rate job satis...

5 Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor

Geeta Nayyar, M.D. | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Geeta Nayyar, M.D.

Though it may seem like a superfluous appointment in your day, think of the time spent with your doctor as a roadmap to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and increasing longevity. If a once-per-year visit with your doctor can unlock valuable information that will help you make positive changes, what are you waiting for?

Cobra: Health Insurance in Snake's Clothing

Tamar Abrams | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Tamar Abrams

I give you Cobra - the health insurance - formally known as the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. It is a fairly well known way for work...

Oysters Unite!

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Jack Schimmelman

Today, I thank God for allowing me to be so ill. For it is my illness that has taught me life's most valued lessons. Being incapacitated has forced me to plumb the depths and heights of my humanity. And dive I did.

The 5 Most Underrated Virtues Of Great Doctors

Harshada Rajani | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Harshada Rajani

Medical school emphasizes that one simply needs to be as smart as possible with a borderline annoying amount of empathy, but I would argue that it's definitely not that simple.

Conjoined Twins Separated in Groundbreaking Surgery

Irina Dvalidze | Posted 05.22.2013 | Latino Voices

Shadya and Shandell were born in Peru in February of this year. They were conjoined twin girls, joined at the abdomen, who shared a liver. Thanks to s...

Health Is a Creative Process

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

Being aware of what's happening in the room -- paying attention to the process -- requires an intention, a willingness to be present, to show up and engage with our patients in a way that is mutually respectful.