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Poison Or Medicine?

John Berardi, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2013 | Healthy Living
John Berardi, Ph.D.

When it comes to heart disease risk, caffeinated coffee can actually be a "poison" for one person. And a "medicine" for another. It all depends on one little gene.

One Oath to Unite Us

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

When the dedicated, expert hospital staff saves a life -- yet the survivor loses all of his assets down a fiscal rabbit hole because of wildly inflated medical bills -- how is the hospital honoring its vow?

Autism: A Whole Body Disorder?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

It does appear that there is growing evidence linking autism, an abnormally functioning immune system, and a variety of medical conditions. The exact associations, so far, elude our understanding.

Why I Gave Up Peanut Butter Cups Forever

Leo Brown | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Leo Brown

I wouldn't be here today without Western medicine, but we have a long road to the place where patients have the information they need, where doctors won't hesitate to tell it how it is, and where corporate interests have been purged from public health conversations of massive economic and social importance.

Are You Going to Be a Specialist? Or Just a GP?

Penny Wilson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Penny Wilson

I'm not "just" a GP. I'm a broadly-skilled, sub-specialized, expert GP, providing a damn fine health service to my patients and my community. And I absolutely love it.

Health Care 101: Dealing With a Medical Error

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

While caring for Ms. A overnight, I made the incorrect decision to administer a cardiac medication to treat her disease that is known to increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Committing and dealing with a medical error is one of the more humbling experiences in the field of medicine.

Teens Need More Awareness of High-Growth Careers in STEM, Medical and Dental Fields

Jack E. Kosakowski | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Jack E. Kosakowski

There are many rewarding career opportunities available to our youth, but we must do a better job of educating them about those opportunities.

Doctor, How Do You Feel?

Nandita Mani | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Nandita Mani

In these formative years, students are like sponges, constantly absorbing clues from their superiors on how medicine should be practiced. Can we really expect medical students to retain their empathy if we don't show them how?

Pain's Long Reach and Powerful Grip

Jim Moret | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

Ask our son about pain. He will tell you about the heavy burden it places on him along with everyone close and important to him. He will tell you that pain is real and it is personal.

Don't Call Me Just A Nurse

Kateri Allard | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Kateri Allard

I am a nurse. I didn't become a nurse because I couldn't cut it in med school or failed organic chemistry, but rather because I chose this. This wasn't my plan B. It was my plan A.

WATCH: Father's Final Months Documented For Son In 'I Am Breathing'

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.09.2013 | Parents

In the span of just one year, Neil Platt, a healthy 30-something, became paralyzed from the neck down, due to ALS, or as it's commonly known, Lou Gehr...

They Who Love and Laugh Most Win

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Mitchell J. Rabin

It has been said by many that life is a game, an assertion with which many agree. But how to win? Some think that accruing great material wealth will...

Dr. Johnson's London: Book Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 11.03.2013 | Books
Peter Clothier

Why read about 18-century London? It's an instructive read for those bothered by poverty and injustice. Though social conditions for the many have surely improved, the roots of the problems are remarkably and troublingly the same.

The Remarkable Sister Mark - Technical College Grad is Meeting Dental Needs in Africa

Lee Rasch | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Lee Rasch

For well over a dozen years, thousands of people received dental care from a very remarkable woman in Shisong, Cameroon. In the late 1990s, the Terti...

Which Country Will Be First to Cure Paralysis?

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Don C. Reed

On August 25, Roman Reed became the first person in a wheelchair to cross the new span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. This Friday, he may help buil...

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work -- Reason 2: Animals Don't Get Human Diseases

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Not only do animal models fail to help us better understand human diseases, they often lead us down the wrong path of investigation.

Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

Jay Scott | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

Are you wondering what exactly I mean by pranks? Sure, I tell my fair share of jokes, but I also like to remind all of Team Alex that we deal with a heavy topic here, so to keep ourselves on the right track, we have fun too.

5 Unexpected Side Effects Of 5 Common Medications

Posted 08.12.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Linda Melone Some popular drugs may spark odd, unexpected reactions, like color blindness, deja vu and even compulsi...

How to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

Felix Tarcomnicu | Posted 10.09.2013 | Business
Felix Tarcomnicu

Becoming a CNA entails hard work, patience, and willpower. If you are truly determined to be one, keep all these things in mind and you can be sure to be in the right path.

Consuming Antibiotics

Katy Keiffer | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Katy Keiffer

Given the dearth of new medications in the pharmaceutical pipeline, consumers must participate in any way they can to ensure the elimination of antibiotics in livestock, save for treating specific illnesses.

A Man with 'Three Big Hearts'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.04.2013 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Two-time heart recipient New Jersey man helps others have their second chance Heart transplants are, in my nonprofessional opinion, miracles: Pre...

You Are Not Your Diagnosis

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 10.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

If a doctor were to tell you that you had cancer, how would you feel in that moment? It is hard to have positive expectancy when your mind automatically sees a label or diagnosis as bad.

Which Pain Reliever Is Best for You?

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpgSPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty

If you've even been confused about whether to take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen, read on. Here's your user's guide. Tylenol? Advil? Aspirin...

A Seemingly Insane Idea That Actually Struck Gold

Ben Thomas | Posted 07.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgCould we create completely new senses unlike anything in human experience? What would it be like to experience such senses?

LOOK: 17 Silly Scientific Discoveries

Huffington Post | Adam Toobin | Posted 07.25.2013 | Science

A Nobel Prize may have never seriously been in the cards for the Dutch scientists who used MRI scans to image male and female genitals during sex, or ...