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Medical Robots Born of Disruptive Innovation

Geri Spieler | Posted 04.27.2015 | Science
Geri Spieler

Do you trust a robot to diagnose your ailments? You may not have a choice as medicine moves closer to embracing technology as part of the standard practice of medicine. But don't despair. A medical robot could save your life.

President Obama: Catholics Oppose Fast Tracking the TPP

Stephen Seufert | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Stephen Seufert

In an interview on MSNBC's "Hardball", President Obama defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP)-- claiming only labor and some progressives opposed it. That simply isn't the case.

Oz, to Ozymandias: Science, Soundbites, Symptoms and Systemic Disease

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Enough already about Dr. Oz. Whichever side you happen to be on, we might collectively acknowledge that much of the noise being made about what is, at...

Book Review: Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform

DJ Jaffe | Posted 04.24.2015 | Books
DJ Jaffe

Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform by Robert Whitaker and Lisa Cosgrove aspires to be an important book, but is a misleading one that covers little new ground.

Unjust Attacks Against Dr. Oz

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. | Posted 04.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Although Dr. Oz and I may not agree on all issues, I always expect a fair hearing, with a consideration of the evidence supporting my view. His flexibility to consider options other than drugs should be respected.

Word Origin Comics: Macho Does Not Prove Mucho

Larry Paros | Posted 04.21.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Hey guys, stuck on that macho thing? Remember what the Village People had to say about it.

In Search of Answers for Those Struggling With Infertility

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Alan E. Guttmacher

The good news is that couples struggling with infertility now have more options than ever before. While we have much left to do, research is steadily leading to a greater understanding of infertility's causes and risk factors, better technologies, and more personalized treatments.

5 Things People Ask Me When They Find Out I'm Married To A Gynecologist

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Erris Langer Klapper

I can see the pupils dilate and the wheels begin to turn when people find out that I'm married to a gynecologist. My husband commenced his OB-GYN residency two weeks after we got married 23 years ago. I've heard it all and then some.

It's So Obvious That You Are a Med School Student

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

The way you interact with your fellow med student colleagues at work calls out your job description. It's not the content of what you say to each other as you cross paths in the hospital hallways that leaves your identity utterly exposed. Rather, it is the way your eyes transmit a complex but mutual signal of despair and competition that clearly says it all.

Disconnected in an Overconnected World (Part 2)

Menas C. Kafatos | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Menas C. Kafatos

Not only have we become disconnected from each other, our over-connected and technologically driven culture has led us being disconnected from nature!

Word Origin Comics: The Rise and Fall of the Word 'Pretty'

Larry Paros | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How pretty you look? Really? "Pretty," when you come down to it, is pretty relative, as in "pretty awful." Even Einstein's theory of social relativity bordered on such.

Our Pathetic War Against Cancer: Part III

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

You have a 1 in 2 chance of getting cancer in your lifetime, and a 1 in 4 of dying from it. With those odds in Las Vegas, you would be a winner all the time. So why do you NOT fervently support cancer research to literally save your life?

5 Urgent Ways to Make Black Health Matter

Ernest Owens | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Fighting for black health progress is not mutually exclusive from the overall fight for making black lives matter. In fact, it might just be as pivotal to the overall movement as systematic equal opportunity and justice.

Ellen's Biggest (and Bravest) Fan Opens Up About Hospital Life, Junebug and Her Love of Chef Boyardee

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Lauren Kruczyk

I recently sat down with Briana for an in-depth interview, a plan we masterfully crafted through Twitter. We Skyped, as Briana was still in the hospital with a weak immune system--one week prior, on March 17th, she had had her second bone marrow transplant.

Illinois Is Among the 10 States Whose Residents Use Mood-Altering Drugs the Least

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.10.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinoisans are among the least likely Americans to use mood-altering drugs, says a new Gallup survey.

The Side Effects of Rx Advertising

Eric J. Hall | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

The problem is that DTC advertising can take medical decision-making out of the hands of professionals and put it into the hands of TV viewers who can easily be seduced by what they see.

It's Time to Stop Ignoring Women's Health In the Workplace

Kristen DeFalco | Posted 04.08.2015 | Women
Kristen DeFalco

The fact that various health issues and major life events specific to women can be so easily dismissed is astounding. If a female employee is suffering daily from a painful chronic condition or knows she needs to lighten her workload for a few months to protect the health of her baby, shouldn't her right to wellness be given the same consideration as her co-workers?

Breast Cancer Screening: Where Are We Now?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Among the more important medical studies reported in recent weeks, even resulting in that rarefied "front page, above the crease" coverage by the New York Times, was a paper in JAMA indicating that the interpretation of breast biopsies is not the infallible gold standard we had hoped.

Word Origin Comics: Coming Attractions: The Power to DrawPeople Into Your Life

Larry Paros | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

What kind of person does your magnetic personality tend to attract into your life? Glen Close suggested you not take any chances. "The best thing I have is the knife from Fatal Attraction. I hung it in my kitchen.

How to Change the Habits of 107,000 People

James Clear | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
James Clear

It was 1995, and Pieter Ernst was battling a serious problem. Ernst was a physician with an interest in community-wide behavior change, and he was cu...

The High Drama of Residency Match Day

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 03.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

But I think that the fervent drama of match day has a lot to teach us about something only slightly related. Examine the specifics of the emotional turmoil of the process, and one can find many analogies to that of being a patient

Autoimmune Disease: 7 Simple Steps for Healing

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 03.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

It's important to take a holistic and comprehensive approach in order to find the best treatment and lifestyle options. This includes finding a practitioner who will address the mental, emotional, and spiritual components of your health.

Add Glamour and Glitz to Your Life and Some Proper English as Well

Larry Paros | Posted 03.26.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

"Someday the laws of glamour must be discovered, because they are so important that the world would be wiser now if Sir Isaac Newton had been hit on the head, not by an apple, but by a young lady." So wrote Booth Tarkington, a somewhat conservative author, considered by most to be anything but "glamorous."

Six Frightening Facts You Need to Know About Health Care

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

Regardless of your political persuasion, there are some facts about the health care industry that are not well known to the general public but are key to the realization that the system is broken and that change is desperately needed.

Women in Business: Dr. Andrea Klemes, Chief Medical Officer, MDVIP

Laura Dunn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Laura Dunn

Dr. Andrea Klemes is the Chief Medical Officer of MDVIP. She also serves as the executive and organizational leader of MDVIP's Medical Advisory Board ...