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19 Pet Peeves Every Nurse Will Understand

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 09.15.2015 | Healthy Living

Nurses are pretty much unstoppable, but every so often, they get pissed off like the rest of us. Endless hospital shifts, vomiting patients and not en...

Rauner Rejected These 11 Conditions for Treatment by Medical Marijuana in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As more Illinoisans apply for and receive permission from the state to use marijuana as a medical necessity, Gov. Bruce Rauner put a stop to further e...

Why Has the Doctor-Patient Relationship Suffered?

Prem N. Ramkumar | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Prem N. Ramkumar

The first step in revamping American medicine requires an intimate understanding of the players, their roles, and more importantly their system-level capabilities. To date, overvaluing physician impact and undervaluing the patient condition has snowballed into a prohibitive culture.

Word Origin Comics: Idiots or Idiosyncrasies. You Pays Your Money and You Takes Your Choice

Larry Paros | Posted 09.11.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Pick from the following: "Fletcher appeared beside her. He peered at the baby. "Can it do any tricks yet?" "I'm still working on it. Want to hold he...

What a Cancer Patient's Hair Taught Me About Medicine

Pranay Sinha | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Pranay Sinha

I buried my chin in my right hand and felt the never-comfortable sensation of a dozen eyes upon my person, urging me to say "the right thing." Before I could yield to the temptation of an easy answer, unrehearsed and unconsidered words poured out.

Sauna: The Hottest Therapy for Heart Disease

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

I am an integrative cardiologist and I search the medical literature for therapies for heart disease that compliment or replace conventional practice....

Twenty First Century Feminism: New and Improved

Julie Schwartzbard | Posted 09.04.2015 | Women
Julie Schwartzbard

Looking back at my experience and then ahead to my daughters,' it has become clear that being a feminist in the 21st century means doing better than I did. It's no longer enough to "be anything that we want."

Scientists Use DNA 'Velcro' To Print Human Tissue In The Lab

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 09.04.2015 | Science

We need more organs. At any given moment, more than 123,000 Americans are waiting for an organ transplant. Each year, 6,500 of them die for...

Word Origins Comics: It's Hip to Be Square

Larry Paros | Posted 09.04.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Enough about oddballs and out of the box activity. Let's hear it for the ordinary folk, their humble origins, and their impact on the language...

#ILookLikeASurgeon: Breaking Stereotypes and Promoting Diversity

Andrea Merrill | Posted 09.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Merrill

What many may not realize is that #ILookLikeASurgeon goes well beyond gender stereotypes. It is not just about women. It is about challenging the stereotype of what a surgeon should look like. Historically white men dominated medicine, especially surgery, and this is what many visualize when they hear the word "surgeon."

The Pounding Heartbeat of Oliver Sacks

Jimmy Dunne | Posted 09.01.2015 | Good News
Jimmy Dunne

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings and The Mind's Eye may have been chock-full of medical facts, but they were just snapshots of Oliver Sacks' heart -- all poetic studies of human suffering and what gives life meaning.

Lung Cancer: Why You Should Care

Bonnie J. Addario | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Bonnie J. Addario

A major reason for the dramatic lack of funding for lung cancer care and research is that it is misrepresented as a smoker's disease -- however, there are more than 100 types of cancer and "NEVER-smoker" lung cancer is ranked as number five.

Mindful in Mourning

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

Mindfulness was my guide in pleading on his behalf for a dignified death, and mindfulness was all that remained when he was permitted to breathe his last. And, mindfulness is here now, in the constant change of mourning and the enduring love.

Are Generic Drugs As Good As The Real Thing?

O, The Oprah Magazine | Pam Masin | Posted 08.28.2015 | OWN

It's one of healthcare's greatest bargains: Nearly 88 percent of prescriptions written in the U.S. in 2014 were for knock-offs of ...

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 08.28.2015 | 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

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.