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'Obamacare' and the Life and Death of Brian Anders

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

If you don't have health insurance, will you still get the medical care you need? A silly question, you're probably thinking: The answer is obvious -- agonizingly so for the nearly 50 million Americans without coverage.

Healthcare Hero's Handbook: A Review

Jo Brothers | Posted 12.17.2012 | Books
Jo Brothers

In Healthcare Hero's Handbook, Dr. Frank Gabrinhe shares with us what he has learned in his life-laboratory at the patient's beside and walks us through the fundamental understanding of what care really is.

How Hospitals Can Stop Killing as Many Patients

Kare Anderson | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Kare Anderson

Let us strongly urge our doctors, the administrators of the larger practices many of them are rapidly joining, and their affiliated hospitals to attract us as patients and as referrers for our loved ones and friends.

Paging Dr. Johnnie Walker

Paul Rasmussen | Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents
Paul Rasmussen

Pediatrics is an art unique in the medical profession. It is the simultaneous treatment of two discrete patients, each with different, often conflicting, needs -- a child who is either sick or healthy, and a parent who may or may not know the difference.

You're What Kind Of Doctor?

Michael Stanclift, N.D. | Posted 12.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Stanclift, N.D.

"Wait, you're what kind of doctor? A nat-uro-pathic doctor? What's that?" I get this question all the time. It's not so surprising when it comes from someone I meet in a coffee shop or on an airplane, but I still hear it from other doctors, too.

10 Things I Know About Doctors Now That I'm In My 60s

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.09.2012 | Fifty

For my 16th birthday, my reluctant mother finally agreed to let me get my ears pierced. Back then, it was a procedure performed at a doctor's office, ...

Healthcare Momentum: Our Shared Responsibility

Cyrus Massoumi | Posted 12.04.2012 | Technology
Cyrus Massoumi

Entrepreneurs should think about how to disrupt healthcare -- and then think about it some more. The startup world is full of thoughtful, brilliant people who will are well positioned to be successful in anything they apply themselves to.

Science Isn't Magic (It's Better!), Doctors Aren't Omniscient (They're Human!)

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

You get a valuable sense of control over your body by understanding your body. Do this, and you can make your doctor a partner in your health care -- not your guru. It just may improve your health care, and is bound to improve your health.

The New Doctor in Town

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Comedy
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although it may be a little tricky to schedule an appointment, it is well worth the wait. To get an initial meet-and-greet exam with the nurse, one must have all standard vaccines previously administered.

Do the Joys of Being a Doctor Outweigh the Tragedies?

Sethly Davis | Posted 11.27.2012 | Teen
Sethly Davis

I'm amazed by what doctors do -- in a day, their work can swing from tragedy to joy. Perhaps the joys make up for the tragedies? That's how I have felt being an observer in a hospital.

Television's Assault on Medical Research

Doug Peddicord | Posted 11.25.2012 | Media
Doug Peddicord

Patients who participate in clinical trials should be applauded for their willingness to contribute to medical science. They don't need to be exploited, made fun of or otherwise degraded.

Full Disclosure

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Tell your referring physician and your radiologist -- and any other health care provider you see -- about pre-existing conditions and your symptoms. The more you reveal from the get-go, the better off you will be.

Proselytizing Health While Living Off Pizza and Stress: The Resident's Hypocrisy

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Despite the difficulties of staying hale and hearty during the busiest few years of a physician's career, medical residents not only have a personal responsibility for their well-being but also an obligation to their patients to engage in the same healthy behaviors that they recommend.

'I Did Everything I Could To Help Her'

Sethly Davis | Posted 11.01.2012 | Teen
Sethly Davis

I desperately wanted to help her. I couldn't be her doctor or her nurse -- not yet in my life, anyway -- but I wanted her to know that I recognized that she was a person in pain.

WATCH: 60 Seconds of Social Media

Shawn Amos | Posted 10.31.2012 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Admit it: you go online when you've got an ache or pain, don't you? Don't be embarrassed, most of us -- in fact, 80 percent of Internet users -- look online for health info.

The Surprising Reason This Patient Was Refused Treatment

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living

A Massachusetts primary care doctor adopted a new screening process for new patients this past spring: She no longer takes women who weigh more than 2...

She Went To Medical School To Cure Her Daughter And Wound Up Saving Her Mother's Life

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Why Every Week Should Be Nurse Appreciation Week

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Throughout history, the culture of medicine has revered the role of a physician as the core to patient care and medical recovery. Yet in my personal work experience, absolutely no care would be delivered without the critical role of a nurse.

5 Essentials for Making Your Hospital Stay Bearable and Your Frustrations in Check

Martha Nelson | Posted 10.16.2012 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

All in all, your stay in the hospital will be what you make it. With a little preparation, you can improve your stay.

Why Your Doctor Isn't Listening and What You Can Do About It

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 10.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Being a doctor is stressful. Continuously caring and being empathetic is an impossible expectation. When doctors are under stress the first thing that goes is the ability to listen and care. Unfortunately, these are also the two most important things to you as the patient.

'Insomnia Is My Schoolyard Bully'

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

If sleep is my recess from a busy shift at work, insomnia is the playground mafioso, sauntering over to my place of business, demanding precious hours of sleep like it is some chump-change that I can spare.

Less Equals More: Cures to Health Care Overspending

Dr. Veronica Anderson | Posted 10.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Veronica Anderson

There is only one way to begin chipping away at the exorbitant cost of health care in America. That is by each and every individual adopting a new and different mindset to control spending. This includes those of us who write daily about health issues.

Is Health IT Going Mainstream?

Janet Dillione | Posted 09.26.2012 | Technology
Janet Dillione

In essence, health care app developers must wear two hats when designing for the clinical community -- everyday consumer wants and physician needs.

Health Care 101: Dealing With Your Difficult Patient

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

A friendly reminder to those just starting out in their respective health care positions: Your patient demographic will not be solely be made up of sweet old grandmothers telling you how lovely you look in scrubs or a white coat.

To Sleep, Perchance to Snore

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 09.22.2012 | Fifty
Judy Bolton-Fasman

This wasn't the first night I've slept on the floor of a hotel bathroom.