Nothing beats having fun in medicine and helping a child get through a potentially painful procedure. Was it Bono in action on stage, a great song by an incredible band or a cool little gizmo that helped Mahmood and me get this test done?
High patient volumes, the hassles of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), political uncertainty and changing reimbursement rates are all cited in surveys and online forums as new and increasing sources of stress for doctors.
Opportunities are being missed, and time and money are being wasted. We all know people who are struggling with cancer and the intense challenges of the current treatment protocols. The needs are urgent and the time to act is now.
When you visit your physician -- or general practitioner -- what usually happens? They usually give you a referral. Even if you don't have the type of insurance that requires referrals, if you have anything that requires a skill set beyond giving a flu shot, you will be referred elsewhere.
As a frequent blood donor and a proud member of the Gallon Club, which has nothing to do with my weekend beer consumption, I have often wondered if the people who get my blood suffer from terrible side effects like telling stupid jokes and growing a mustache.
This time of colds, ear and sinus infections and influenza can provide a reason for each of us, as individuals, to look at our own health and healthcare and see how our small choices play a role in contributing to the burgeoning, unsustainable costs of U.S. medicine.
Elected leaders have struggled for decades to improve the access to and effectiveness of health care while holding down costs. The digital health revolution may finally deliver the equitable, affordable and effective health care system we've been searching for.
As a man who assumes the community role of a health care provider and the personal role of a chronic hypochondriac, the potential for canines in medical care may just be the last straw I need to finally become the dog owner that I never thought I'd become.
To a doctor, the death (and even impending death) of a patient represents the ultimate professional failure. The problem is that by trying so hard to extend life, doctors can miss the opportunity to be present, compassionately, as their patients make the last, final transition.
A paper published in Nature suggests that the endogenous regenerative potential of the adult heart is very limited. The low rate of self-renewal in the adult heart sounds like bad news for researchers who thought that the heart had the ability to heal itself after a heart attack.
Healing takes place not when death is forestalled, but when life is embraced and affirmed in its entirety, from beginning to end. When doctors can fully understand the nature of death and dying, they will become the true healers that are desperately needed in this world.