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WONDER WOMEN AT WORK: the California Stem Cell Agency vs. Huntington's Disease

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

In the fields of medical research and patient advocacy, modern-day "wonder women" are not hard to find. But the evils they face are not comic at all.

Healing, and Human Touch

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Early this summer, I spent several days in a hospital bed, tethered to an IV, with what proved in retrospect to be anaplasmosis (a nasty bit of tick-b...

The Future of Care

XPRIZE | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
XPRIZE

Advances in research, drug development and technology have evolved the practice of medicine bringing us new treatments, new cures and new ways of collaborating. Scientists, researchers, engineers and others are paving the future of health care in labs across the globe right now.

A Pill for Libido. Really?

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 08.24.2015 | Fifty
Rose Kumar, M.D.

As an internist who sees hundreds of women in the second half of life, I am all too familiar with women's waning libidos. Having gone through menopau...

The Truth is Out: Robots Are Us

John M. Eger | Posted 08.24.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Steven Hawking has predicted that advancements in robotic research and artificial intelligence threaten human existence. It's a concern that we are not willing to acknowledge, perhaps, because we are still trying to figure out what people are going to do as everyday work suddenly disappears.

Word Origin Comics: Black Sheep and Bellwethers... and Lambs to the Slaughter

Larry Paros | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Tend to get fleeced? No sense being sheepish about it. It's merely time to separate the sheep from the goats. But not without a word of warning.

What the *!@?!#: Four Letter Words: Things of Beauty and a Joy Forever?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Four-letter words and their ilk are everywhere. They have come to occupy a formidable role in our culture--in our everyday language, entertainment, literature and music. Where do they belong--limbo, hell, or whatever? Be that as it may, it is now time to put them and their ilk into proper perspective. What better way than through a manifesto? ...So Ta-Da!

Your Cell Phone Could Soon Predict Whether You'll Get The Flu

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.20.2015 | Science

Cell phones track our every move. A privacy advocate might see this as a problem. But an epidemiologist like Dr. Allison Aiello of the University of ...

Word Origin Comics: What's So Kind About Kindness and is it Only for Your Kin?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.19.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

There is no more hokey and maddening a tune than "Small, Small, World," especially when confined to a small vessel at Disneyland and having it hammered over and over again at you.

Anonymous Essay Recounts Shocking Treatment Of Anesthetized Patients

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

Going under general anesthesia is always a leap of faith. When you're knocked out for an operation, you have no choice but to trust your doctors comp...

'Just What the Doctor Ordered'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 08.18.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I began to wonder about my longevity when I read that researchers in the United Kingdom had created a survey that can calculate a person's chances of dying in the next five years.

The FDA and Homeopathy: Can the Agency Bring Medicine Out of the 1700s?

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Ronald A. Lindsay

Although the FDA has jurisdiction over homeopathic products, it has to date essentially given homeopathic drugs a pass, and has not required them to demonstrate they are safe and effective. Why is that?

How to Reduce Your Medication Costs

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.17.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are actually a variety ways you can reduce your out-of-pocket medication expenses without sacrificing quality. Here are a few strategies that can help, whether you are covered by employer-based health insurance, a health plan on the individual marketplace, or a private Medicare Part D drug policy.

FDA Approval Of Medical Devices Involves Shockingly Little Research

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

Are federal regulators playing fast and loose with the health of the tens of millions of Americans who rely on medical devices to see, walk and ...

IBM Is Teaching Watson To Interpret Medical Images

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.13.2015 | Science

In the latest sign that the singularity is nigh, IBM announced last week that it would start teaching its ultra-fast computer system "Watson" to...

Book Review: "Aware Awake Alive" by Elliot Dacher, M.D.

Ira Israel | Posted 08.13.2015 | Books
Ira Israel

It is wonderful to have yet another Western physician expound the benefits of meditation and its use as a complementary therapy for cancer patients, people suffering from chronic pain, people dealing with myriad afflictions, ailments, and addictions as well as for normal, stressed-out people.

Testosterone Therapy Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.13.2015 | Science

Millions of men, mostly over the age of 50, are now using testosterone therapy to treat a broad array of symptoms -- erectile dysfunction, weight gai...

Get a Second Opinion... Yours

Thomas Goetz | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Thomas Goetz

Right now, getting the patient's opinion on a course of action is too often done in an ad-hoc, unofficial approach. We need to turn the exception into routine, and to make it easier for patients and doctors alike to systematize how we gather and utilize a person's opinion about their own care.

Word Origin Comics: What What Does It Take to be the Best? This One's for You!

Larry Paros | Posted 08.05.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Stand out from the crowd! Break new ground! Go the Extra Mile! Dare to be great! And then flaunt it!

Getting a Grip on Heart Health

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

Grip strength may also be a therapy of heart disease. Isometric training for blood pressure management has been studied since at least 1992 and has been found to lower both systolic and diastolic pressures.

Better Health, By Design

Footnote | Posted 08.07.2015 | Science
Footnote

The human element has always been as important to medicine as the scientific side. Design takes this human factor into account by analyzing how healthcare is provided and used and how the behavior of doctors, patients, and other actors promotes or impedes health.

The Down and Dirty on Being "Gay"

Larry Paros | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Although there exists much controversy among scholars, the word most likely derives from the Old English gal for "lewd" and"lascivious" (which also gave us quite a "gal," a nineteenth-century British term for a prostitute) rather than the more obvious gai, from Provence in southeastern France, a word which earlier referred to courtly love and its literature.

Word Origin Comics: People Who Love People

Larry Paros | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

People, may I have your attention, please! It's time for some serious introspection. What makes you a real person? What persona do you show the world? What kind of personality do you have? Are you part of the faceless personnel which make up the world; or do you bring something personal to it?

Outrage of the Month: Leading Professional Psychologists' Organization Colluded With Defense Department, Facilitated Participation in Torture

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Carome, M.D.

In a scathing report released July 10, an investigative team commissioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) -- the nation's leading prof...

The Separate Orbits Of Medicare And Moore's Law

Eric J. Topol, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2015 | Technology
Eric J. Topol, M.D.

Every other sector of our day-to-day lives--financial, telecommunication, retail, travel, and entertainment--have been irrevocably changed. But to date essentially none of these technological triumphs have been leveraged to reduce the cost of health care, no less to achieve better outcomes for patients.