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The Quality of Mercy

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

As Americans remember the sacrifices of our military on Memorial Day, I also recall the thousands of Project HOPE volunteers dispatched across the globe over the years to bring health and healing to foreign shores.

Humanizing the Doctor-Patient Relationship, Online

Mark Britton | Posted 07.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Britton

While the internet will never -- and should never -- replace a patient's in-person interaction with his or her doctor, it has created an unprecedented level of access to information about various symptoms and conditions, and also about the doctors themselves.

6 Ways To Get The Most From Your Doctor's Appointment

Jim T. Miller | Posted 07.15.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: Can you write a column educating patients on how to prepare for doctors appointments? I manage a number of small health clinics, and have found that patients -- especially seniors -- that come prepared when they visit our doctors are much more satisfied with the care they receive.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Most Important Doctors To See In Your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s

Posted 05.15.2012 | Healthy Living

Between constantly changing guidelines and a range of varying opinions (even among docs themselves!), it can be tricky to keep track of the medical ex...

Why Dying Is Different for Doctors

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Because of our exposure to and understanding of how people die, physicians, at least in my experience, tend to deal with death differently than those outside of the profession.

U.S. Health Care Costs Highest In Industrialized World: Study

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

Health care in America costs more than in other industrialized nation and we aren't even getting the world's best care for our dollars, according to a...

Live, Joy and Wait

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Jack Schimmelman

One thing about spiritual journeys is that they are not sexy. They are not brilliant. I did not become peaceful.

Get Your Doctor to Stop Using Medical Jargon

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Physicians do a terrible job at assessing a patient's health literacy. We are educating a new generation of doctors and nurses to use plain language, but in the meantime there are some steps you can take so you don't fall into the same trap that I did.


Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Sen. Daylin Leach

In the recently passed Marcellus Shale "fracking" bill, known as "Act 13″ to the general public and as "Christmas Morning" to the natural gas industry, drillers do not have to reveal to the public what is in the fracking fluid they are pumping into the ground.

Jeffrey Young

BUFFETTCARE: Warren Buffett Gets All The Health Care He Wants -- So Why Can't We? | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

Warren Buffett's prostate cancer diagnosis and his decision to undergo radiation therapy underscores the difficulty of cutting back on medical tests a...

Selling Doctors To Other Doctors: How Marketers Influence Referrals To Specialists

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.20.2012 | Money

Medical specialists are tearing a page out of a playbook created by drug and medical device companies by hiring marketers to pitch their services to f...

JOKE: The Touchy-Feely Doctor

Posted 04.19.2012 | Women

A woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby's first exam. The doctor walked in and began ex...

Why Can't Doctors Hear Me?

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 06.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy K. Humphreys

Doctors have created dictionaries full of terms, in Latin no less, to talk to each other about medical issues. Why on earth can't they come up with a list of terms in English, words they trust patients can use to tell them exactly what feels wrong with us?

Voting Maybe

Warren Adler | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Warren Adler

I no longer take anything at face value. Like Freud asking, "What do women want?" I find myself asking this question without regard to gender...

Is Your Doctor Telling You The Whole Truth?

Posted 04.11.2012 | Fifty

Dr. David Samadi was on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning discussing the results of a survey of American doctors revealing that many are willing to be l...

The Doctor Will See You ... Sometime? The Longest And Shortest Doctor's Office Wait Times By State

Posted 04.04.2012 | Healthy Living

The doctor-patient relationship is a delicate thing. And perhaps nothing is more irksome with today's mile-a-minute schedules than wasting time in the...

Does Your Doctor Practice Politics?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

We should ask our doctors about the politics with a small "p" that's embedded in their advice -- the moral and cultural leanings that weigh on clinical judgment.

The $83,000 Finger: Insurance May Not Protect You From Large Medical Bills | Posted 06.03.2012 | Money

Think you're covered when it comes to your medical bills because you have good health insurance? Don't be so sure.

How Active Should We Be in Our Own Medical Care?

Erin Smith | Posted 06.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin Smith

Be a thinking, active, participating person in your family's health care. Do your homework. Trust your gut instinct. Ask questions, even if you feel uncomfortable doing so.

GOP to Uninsured: (Feel Free to) Drop Dead

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Michael L. Millenson

The difference between Democrats and this generation of Republicans is not at its core a disagreement on what government can legitimately do to help create universal access to health care for 50 million Americans, but whether the goal itself is worth pursuing.

Just What the Patient Ordered

Howard A. Zucker, MD | Posted 05.30.2012 | Impact
Howard A. Zucker, MD

Was Marcus Welby better able to treat the entire patient than Dr. House? It is time for America to create an oral history of the medical profession. These gray-haired physicians may illuminate how we might meld the best of the past and the promise of the future of medicine.

Why Does it Seem Most Doctors are Not Compassionate?

Quora | Posted 05.22.2012 | Health and Fitness

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Lou Davis, Emergency Nurse One Sunday a few years ago, one of my colleagues Dan was dealing with tr...

Docs Are Asking Out Patients Online, Survey Finds

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 03.21.2012 | Technology

CHICAGO -- New research suggests doctors are contacting patients on Internet dating sites and engaging in other unprofessional online behavior –...

You and "Your Doctor"

Vicky Shorr | Posted 05.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Vicky Shorr

You see it in every drug ad, and in a lot of the articles in the New York Times Science Section: "Talk to your doctor." "This is between you and your doctor." "If you experience bleeding, memory loss, black-outs, tell your doctor," and so on. And my own reaction is: "What doctor?"

What's In a Name: What Should Patients and Doctors Call Each Other?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

The doctor/patient relationship is highly personal and complex. The physician must maintain a professional rapport and the patient's dignity, respect the person's privacy, and convey an impression of competence.