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The ER: Holiday Sanctuary for the Broken

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

Where our patients sometimes live in darkness, squalor, danger and hunger, whether run-down trailer, homeless tent or government project, the emergency departments are different. They are places of bright lights and warmth, safety and relief; where beds are clean and food is available. And if nothing else, places where there are people who are interested and polite.

Customer Service Trumps Health at a Top-Rated Hospital

Ilene Fischer | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Ilene Fischer

I too sacrificed my health by devoting most of my waking hours to my company. But I am now returning to the things that have nurtured me in the past, including exercise, meditation, and nutritional food.

Big Moments in Disguise

Beth Frede | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Beth Frede

Enjoy not just the holidays, but the days surrounding them. Pay attention to the little things; they are the big moments in disguise.

Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We as a society, and for those of us who are mental health care practitioners in particular, need to examine inpatient psychiatric and forensic nursing care and create safe(r) environments.

Sexism Is Alive and Well in Medicine

Elizabeth Horn | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women
Elizabeth Horn

While demographic data may suggest otherwise, I still consider myself a minority, albeit a less common one. I am a young woman in medicine, and I am a natural blonde.

Why We Switched Hospitals Mid-Cancer Treatment

Julie Meyer Taylor | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
Julie Meyer Taylor

Medically, the first hospital did everything right. I am grateful for that. The surgeon who removed my son's tumor was one of the best pediatric neurosurgeons in the U.S. The nurses on the oncology floor did their job well. But I was miserable.

What the Ebola Virus and Sen. Barbara Boxer Can Teach Us About Health Care Systems

Saquib Rahim | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Now is the time for medical communities everywhere to examine existing processes critically, pursue thoughtful advances in how we deliver care, and promote a culture that engages staff in the improvement process. Taking care of patients is not only about the therapies we provide but also having the most effective care delivery systems possible. By that metric, American health care still has significant room to grow.

The American Hospital, in a State of Emergency

Paul Alexander | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Paul Alexander

There's an epidemic in America that's not getting the attention it deserves: hospital closures. The situation is so dire that, according to the American Medical Association, almost one third of all emergency rooms in the country have closed since the mid-nineties.

Outrage of the Month: CDC Director's False Assurances on Ebola

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Carome, M.D.

The media frenzy around events in Dallas led many to believe that the danger of contracting Ebola in the U.S. is greater than it really is, stoking unfounded anxiety and hysteria among the public and some health care workers. Unfortunately, in its effort to counter the misperception about the danger posed by Ebola, the false assurances from the CDC only served to magnify that hysteria and sow confusion.

Low Health Bills Slow Economy

Jim Jaffe | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

A more efficient health system does augur well for these cities and more than a few others and may cause a revision in the way we plan our economic future. This is not a theoretical issue.

Five Ways Hospitals Prepare For Natural Disasters

Benn Grover | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Benn Grover

We find comfort in knowing hospitals will be there for us when disaster strikes. But what the movies don't show is what it takes to effectively prepare hospitals for those disasters. And being unprepared can have disastrous consequences.

The Generation Y Physician

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

We can only hope that the "giants" of medicine -- once young pioneers themselves in the face of change -- will be kind to us young physicians as we continue to define our unique identity in the face the a seemingly telescopic transformation of the field of medicine.

Missouri Coalition Pushes State to National Leadership on LGBT Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

After today you might want to rethink the charms of the Show Me State. For the last year a local coalition has been pushing adoption of LGBT-welcoming policies at hospitals. In this week's release of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index, Missouri zoomed from 37th in the country to sixth in the number of local LGBT leader hospitals.

How Could an ER Miss Ebola? Let Me Explain.

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

The medical pundits are wagging fingers and lecturing everyone about how best to manage this crisis. (Lecturing, that is, from the relative calm and safety of television studios, rather than the in the mind-numbing chaos of the ER.)

Ebola, Other Hospital-Acquired Infections... and Handwashing

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Layla McCay

Improving hand hygiene helps kill many birds with one stone, from Ebola to MRSA, diarrhea, flu, and the common cold -- and it is everybody's business. For Global Handwashing Day 2014, what is your handwashing commitment?

Are Local Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

While theoretically all hospitals should be able to manage an Ebola patient, in practice it is not possible. In my opinion, we cannot train hundreds of hospital staff including doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, and X-ray technician in meticulous isolation procedures.

In the Time of Ebola, We All Need a Little Robot

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Sidonie Sawyer

In San Antonio, Texas, there is a company whose fortune should be rising. This manufacturer develops and sells a machine that cleans infected spaces spot on -- kills all germs on every surface, on contact.

Letting Someone You Love Die: The Irony Behind a Living Will

Dr. Candi K. Cann | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Candi K. Cann

In the end, living wills are a gift -- to yourself and to your family. Because even though I wanted more than anything to leave my mother on life support, I knew that by taking her off of it, I was supporting her vision of life, and helping her control how she died.

How to Check Up on Your Hospital

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend for researching hospitals? I need to get a knee replacement next year, and want to find a good, ...

Hospitals Need to Teach Their Staff Hospitality

Eric J. Hall | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While health,care and hospitality today are different businesses, they are the same in that both are about caring for people who come to you for a service. There are still vast differences, however, in how they approach that service.

The Appropriate Role of the Hospital

Saquib Rahim | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Hospitals are often the most convenient setting for patients to receive care. Unfortunately, hospitals also are by far the highest cost setting. Curre...

Jeffrey Young

Big Pharma's Money Ties To Doctors Revealed. Kind Of

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business

The Obama administration unveiled a website Tuesday that will shed some much-needed light on Big Pharma's relationship with doctors. Just not quite to...

ER May Reveal Basic Problems in Hospitals

Frank A. Weil | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

Simple common sense, coupled with organized thinking, ought to be able to produce better medical benefits and patient care at substantially lower costs.

Headed to the Hospital? 5 Things to Know Before You Go

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Hospitals should be places of safe health care delivery and recovery from acute or chronic illness. You should also be a smart patient. Take inventory of your kidney health prior to coming to the hospital and share these answers with your health care practitioner so that they are reflected in your medical records.

Hospital Executives Beware: Impatient Patients Are Taking Charge

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Without a change in course, hospital executives are danger of going the way of the railroads -- this industry held an unquestioned monopoly... until it didn't. If executives don't adapt to the new realities of health care, they too could wake up one day to find that they've become obsolete.