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Dear Muslim Men: You're Losing Your Fellow Muslim Women

Mona Shadia | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Mona Shadia

Every single Muslim man in America, and beyond, should be concerned about the opening of the Women's Mosque of America because it's the biggest indication that the Muslim community is losing its women.

How Saving a Child's Heart Is Crossing Boundaries In the Middle East

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Impact
Jessica Katz

"I love you too" I told her, as I hugged her back. We both meant those words, even though we didn't know each other's names. She had a large scar that ran across her chest, poking out from her blue tribal print dress.

Rainbow Baby's Pregnancy Is Nerve-Wracking

James Sims | Posted 03.28.2015 | Arts
James Sims

It has been eight months since we set foot in the labor and delivery unit of this hospital . We lost our baby girl in room 13 last May, following a nightmarish few months consumed by trips to the emergency room, bleeding with unknown causes and bouts of contractions.

Is Bigger Medicine Better Medicine?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Taken together all these changes will probably be good for our health. But change is seldom welcome and transitions are often uncomfortable. There's are some big ones happening in medicine these days.

Breaking It Down: The End of Medical Training

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

We've almost made it. Long gone are the purgatory stints of library study, slaving to solve esoteric problems relating to planks and pulleys. Innu...

Change Management at CHLA

Greg Woodburn | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

CHLA invests in technology due to practices mandated by the Affordable Care Act -- such as electronic medical records -- and due to other innovations that have the potential to improve health outcomes and financial performance.

On The Occasion Of My Son's Birthday, A Toast

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Fifty
Jeremiah Horrigan

Today, I'll raise a glass to Louie Hevizy, the doctor who broke the rules and brought my wonderful, hard-working and loving son into this world.

10 Things I Learned About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 03.07.2015 | San Francisco
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

My 11-year-old son spent five days and three nights at UCSF Benioff' Children's Hospital Oakland and its affiliate research organization CHORI (Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. Fortunately he is much better and I am happy to have him healthier in 2015 than he left 2014.

Learning From Adversity in 2014

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Lev Raphael

2014 was one of the worst years ever for in many ways. It opened up lots of unpleasant doors, but as the cliché goes, for a writer, everything is material, no matter how awful. Even when we're suffering, part of us is observing the situation and thinking, "This would make a great story."

With Urban Hospitals in Decline, One Hospital Changes the Rules of the Game

Jessica Stone | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business
Jessica Stone

When access to care and population health of a distressed community are on the line, urban hospitals like BMC can and should look outside of traditional negotiation tactics to fulfill their role in serving their community. If they do not, we may not have the ERs to meet the newly insured population.

God Bless the Night Shift

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

And especially for all those who risk their lives at night to keep us safe, warm and comfortable, we should all say a special thanks and prayer for safety. Because being up all night is interesting, and sometimes profitable. But it's almost never preferable. And I speak from experience.

The Rise of the Employed Physician

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Importantly, in an era where patients see an ever-increasing number of non-physician providers, it is likely that young doctors will require a much more conscious effort to maintain a sense of personal responsibility for the health and well-being of the patients they care for.

'I Can't Breathe': Eric Garner's Last Words Symbolize Our Predicament

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 02.17.2015 | Black Voices
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

"I can't breathe" speaks from the grave and describes the circumstances faced by many who are being choked by a system that treats different races and classes of people unequally.

Uber for Health Care? Think Again

Saquib Rahim | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Clearly there are some health care startups that will meaningfully improve health care. But there is justifiable concern that too many are focused on the wrong patients and wrong problems using technology with limited applicability.

A Tale Of Two Cities

Gary H. Cohen | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Gary H. Cohen

Just when it appeared we had achieved consensus that climate change was a major threat to our health and our communities, enter Inhofe and his supporters to launch us back to a worldview when the Earth was flat and tobacco smoke was good for you. Come January, God help us.

BUILDing Better, Healthier Communities

Brian Castrucci | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Brian Castrucci

Our consequences-based approach to health care will lead to a lifetime of medication, countless doctor visits, and the need for surgery and other costly interventions for those who are chronically ill.

Peak Travel Period a Reminder of Need for Ebola Safety Standards

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

We have to ask ourselves as a nation what do our values actually mean. Nurses rank the highest year after year in polls on public trust. Yet when it comes to their own safety nurses have to wage battle in most parts of the nation.

Incontinence: No Laughing Matter

S. L. Young | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Kimberly-Clark Corporation's product Depend has received media attention due to its commercials with men and women proudly wearing its product. This ...

A New Addition To The What-I'm-Thankful-For List

Jeremy Krashin | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Jeremy Krashin

I am thankful for these nurses, and so many others. They made the most challenging part of our life bearable. They made it human.

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.