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Tracing Cause Of Every Stroke Can Help Save Lives

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

The No. 1 risk factor for a second stroke is simply having had a stroke. The really frightening part is that a second stroke is 16 times more likely to be fatal. Of course, without knowing what caused that first stroke, it's tougher to prevent a second stroke.

Bread For The Journey: The Greek Baker Who Remembers

Dan Siegel | Posted 09.22.2015 | World
Dan Siegel

As he stacks up dozens of empty baking trays in the back of his van after another morning round of helping to feed refugees, one thing is certain: the "Baker in Kos" clearly remembers from where he came.

'Please Empathize With Me, Doctor!'

Allen Frances | Posted 08.24.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

We need to combine the science of medicine with its art and to get our doctors and our patients back in sync. Medical schools are finally beginning to recognize this and are revising their entrance test to place more emphasis on the social, not just the biological sciences. It is crucial that we make medicine more humane.

Putting Humanity and the Humanities Back Into Medicine

Allen Frances | Posted 07.28.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Someday, perhaps all of medicine will be reducible (like most things) to a set of algorithms and doctors will be replaced by computers. But we are still far from achieving anything approaching this level of technical omniscience and certainty. For the far foreseeable future, we need doctors who understand life and people, not just lab test readouts and scientific papers.

Harm Reduction, Covering, and a Voice for the Voiceless

Dana Beyer | Posted 04.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

The drive for assimilation in and of itself causes existential damage, and is a major problem under the surface of the successful campaign for ever greater gay equality in this country.

Dare to Be 100: Hippocrates and Olympics

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

The magnificence of the ancient Greek intellect deeded us with two of our civilization's central struts: democracy and science. It is startling to rec...

Hippocratic Humility

Allen Frances | Posted 07.08.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Psychiatric diagnosis and treatment are often life changing events -- usually for the better, sometimes for worse, sometimes a tie score. Sorting out who is who in the rule of thirds requires patience and humility -- both currently in short supply.

Meatless Monday: Forks Over Knives

Ellen Kanner | Posted 08.06.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Forks Over Knives makes a pretty good case for how a plant-based diet can save your life. But how does it play as a movie?

Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Top 10 Healing Foods Of The Decade

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

The past decade has presented an explosion of clinical research to show specifically what health benefits individual foods can offer, identifying the various nutrients associated with these benefits.

Above & Below: The Health Care Debate Seen from Above

Gahl Eden Sasson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gahl Eden Sasson

According to astrology, which was developed as a tool to understand the cycles of the seasons, now is the best time in 250 years to transform the health care institutions.