It started as a distraction I hated. Then it became an obsession I craved. Then, a passion that carried me through.
In health care, where jargon abounds like pagers in a hospital, I couldn't stop myself from including "patient engagement" in the title of this piece....
In the past three weeks alone, I have spent ten hours at Yale Health, our student health center. The medical professionals think I have an eating disorder -- but they won't look past the number on the scale, to see the person right in front in them.
Modern medicine, unlike music, is very much defined by prevailing social organization and technological possibilities, but just as in music, there is an ever-present opportunity to collaborate and reinvent.
If we are to make real strides in reducing maternal deaths, we need all hands on deck -- hands of both women and men. The U.N. Women's "He for She" campaign stresses this truth.
Improving food labels, as planned by the USFDA and much in the news over the past week or so, is a welcome thing. But I do think we have cause to wonder if all the fanfare and media hype are really warranted. When all is said and done, what improvements are in the works, and how much will they really matter?
I've long felt that the art of general practice is being comfortable with uncertainty. In my first training term in general practice, I frequently ca...
If you find labels, health claims and dietary advice confusing, you're not alone. Every day it seems as though there's a new study out touting the benefits of eschewing dairy or taking vitamins, only to be trumped by yet a more recent news story that contradicts these directives. What to do?
Since the early 1900s, the world celebrates International Women's Day each March. In the earlier years, there was not much to "celebrate." Today, there is. The past three decades have witnessed real progress towards gender equity.
In their youth, baby boomers were well known for breaking taboos, especially with regards to sexual behavior. Easier access to birth control and changing moral values contributed to that. Now that this generation is approaching retirement age, it appears that some of these attitudes have survived and influence how sex among older adults is viewed today.
When was the last time you said, "I had the most amazing sex last night with this guy who looked way older than his age. He had a slammin' pot belly ...
If history is any guide, Congress will tinker with the President's language about the District before it approves a budget for the fiscal year. The residents of D.C. are watching closely to see which decisions of our elected officials will be overturned.
To put treatment within reach to all pregnant women and newborns, we need to fix our broken healthcare system, and we need reproductive justice.
So if you told me even five years ago that I would own and run a small business with my husband (in the fitness industry, no less!), I would have spit out my Frappuccino and laughed hard. Really hard. We opened our gym in the East Village in June of 2013. I have never "worked" a day since.
The crisis in American healthcare today is the ascendance of chronic conditions, which can't be fixed with a pill or procedure. We are seeing a transition from predominantly biological, physiological, and microbial origins of disease to diseases caused by social and environmental conditions.
Mark Twain famously said, "Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times." Today, the legendary...