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Do I Need a Yurt to Have a Natural Birth?

Toni Nagy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Even though I gave birth in a hospital, I was also committed to having a natural birth. I am very grateful for my experience, and for all those who supported my effort. Here are some tips to have the natural birth you want -- regardless of being in a geodesic dome made from yack saliva.

When Doctors Refuse to Prescribe Life-Saving Medication

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Medical providers take an oath to protect the health of their patients, but in some instances, doctors may fail to prescribe life-saving medications o...

Action Call: Let's Change American Medicine -- Finding Hope by Living Healthy Naturally

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 12.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

Moving forward, let's change American medicine. We can be better doctors and better patients. Together, we can change how medicine is practiced in this country and shift focus to living healthy naturally. Together, we can find hope.

Health Study Shows It May Not Be Possible to Know Everything

Martha Lufkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Martha Lufkin

After I read that a new study had found health benefits from drinking coffee, I sprang from the table and brewed myself a cup of strong Yemeni espresso. I had downed almost the entire contents when the radio news came on. The broadcaster announced that a recent health study had discovered that if you drank too much coffee, it could kill you.

Two Major Breakthroughs in New Surgeon Rating Study

Leah Binder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

For employers and policymakers frustrated by America's embarrassingly poor performance in nearly every known indicator of health care quality, this study offers two breakthrough glimmers of hope.

Tune In, Turn On And Meet Your Doctor

Tae Yoo | Posted 12.15.2013 | Impact
Tae Yoo

According to Time Magazine, 15 million children live in rural enclaves where the ratio of pediatricians and family physicians is 22 for every 100,000 kids. That's a patient load of more than 4,500 children per doctor. Outside the U.S., those numbers drastically increase.

The Worst Part About Breast Cancer

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

The patients who reach out while in the quicksand of catastrophic illness, like the 49-year-old man who was terminated by his insurance company because he had the nerve to contract brain cancer, are equal parts heartbreaking and inspirational.

Honduras Healthcare System Collapsing

Marco Cáceres | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Some 670 doctors remain on strike in Honduras because the Ministry of Health has not paid their salaries since January -- and in some cases as far back as 14 months.

3 Ways The ‘Internet of Everything' Is Improving Our World

Kathy Mulvany | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kathy Mulvany

In Jordan, through Cisco HealthPresence, doctors and patients can see and speak to one another from distant clinical settings as if they are face-to-face. Network-connected medical devices -- such as thermometers, stethoscopes, and handheld cameras -- route patient information from the clinic to the hospital for instant access to critical data by medical specialists.

Protecting Public Health From Climate Change

Health Care Without Harm | Posted 12.02.2013 | Impact
Health Care Without Harm

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWill dengue fever mosquitos touch down someday soon in Chicago? Sound over the top? Maybe not.

Ted Cruz's Psychotic Obsession

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Jon Hotchkiss

Cruz's unreasonable, illogical and pathological obsession with overturning the Affordable Health Care Act reminds me a lot of John Hinkley's unreasonable, pathological, illogical obsession for Jodie Foster, albeit, with one tiny difference.

The Malpractice of an Unhealthy Life

Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc. | Posted 11.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Accordino M.D., M.Sc.

In medical school, when we learn about cardiovascular disease and diabetes, a key piece of the treatment protocol is "lifestyle change," which means ...

Smartphone Apps for a Healthier Heart

Jordan Safirstein, MD | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Jordan Safirstein, MD

Here are some apps that I feel have transcended the niche medical category and gone into the widely used and useful category.

Solutions For A Smarter Planet: Colleagues In Care (VIDEO)

Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology

Our story begins on the island of Haiti, an island devastated by a catastrophic earthquake in 2010. This horrific tragedy destroyed homes, lives, and ...

Are You Going to Be a Specialist? Or Just a GP?

Penny Wilson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Penny Wilson

I'm not "just" a GP. I'm a broadly-skilled, sub-specialized, expert GP, providing a damn fine health service to my patients and my community. And I absolutely love it.

The Shocking Truth About Medication Errors

Leah Binder | Posted 09.11.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

Let's say a physician writes a prescription for Colchicine and accidentally orders "10.0 mg," when he should have ordered "1.0 mg." That's a tiny deci...

Health Care 101: Dealing With a Medical Error

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

While caring for Ms. A overnight, I made the incorrect decision to administer a cardiac medication to treat her disease that is known to increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Committing and dealing with a medical error is one of the more humbling experiences in the field of medicine.

Doctor, How Do You Feel?

Nandita Mani | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Nandita Mani

In these formative years, students are like sponges, constantly absorbing clues from their superiors on how medicine should be practiced. Can we really expect medical students to retain their empathy if we don't show them how?

Teaching Empathy in Medical School

Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., MD, DPhil | Posted 11.04.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., MD, DPhil

As medical educators, the most important message that we can send to our students is this: "Keep the patient at the center of everything you do." Patients visit doctors seeking help and hope. They are looking for guidance during difficult times, and they need to be treated with compassion and sensitivity.

Broken Education, Flawless Health Care: A Republican Fallacy

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

While Republicans seem willing to make drastic changes to education using the power of the government, they apparently feel differently regarding our supposedly broken health care system.

The Things You Should Know If You're Interested in Becoming a Psychiatrist

Felix Tarcomnicu | Posted 10.26.2013 | College
Felix Tarcomnicu

As a psychiatrist you will be learning, studying, diagnosing, and treating mental disorders from a medical standpoint in order to enrich the lives of your patients. If that sounds like you, then psychiatry is your calling.

What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self About Marriage?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

I wonder, having had the experience and knowledge I have now -- would I have done it all the same? The Answer: Yes, but gosh if I could give my 25-year-old self advice about the next 14 years of life and marriage here are just a few things I would say:

What Happens When Doctors Go Too Slow

Riva Greenberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Yet unlike medical errors, clinical inertia goes mostly unreported and under the radar. That's why it's up to you to be mindful whether your provider is providing treatment and recommendations in your best interest.

5 Unexpected Side Effects Of 5 Common Medications

Posted 08.12.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Linda Melone Some popular drugs may spark odd, unexpected reactions, like color blindness, deja vu and even compulsi...

Unfit Doctors Withhold Lifesaving Intervention

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

A generation ago no one paid any attention to the lifestyle, fitness or health of the doctor. It was assumed that a cardiologist could be overweight and even smoke and still be an effective cardiologist. We now know that the health of the healer directly impacts the patient.