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Could Government-Mandated Kidney Donation be a Good Thing?

Nathan Robinson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Nathan Robinson

Every year, America's kidney crisis results in a number of deaths equal to more than one-and-a-half 9/11s. It is far past time to end this moral horror, by establishing a universal national kidney lottery.

Modern Medicine, Mired at the Line of Scrimmage

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What if football were more like modern medicine? Perhaps the only way to advance down the field would be to renounce all progress to date and start again each time at the 20-yard line. You never get to build on your prior gains. That seems a dubious game to me.

Maternalism in Medicine

Elizabeth Horn | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Horn

Maternalistic physicians are not dictating to our patients what to do, but rather guiding them gently to what we think is best. We give our patients autonomy but never make them feel alone or unsupported in their care.

What Can Supporters Do for Transhumanism?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 01.30.2015 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The most wonderful thing about transhumanism is that whenever someone supports the movement and does something directly for it, they are also supporting their own health and longevity, and the health and longevity of their loved ones.

Holism, Holes and Poles

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The trouble with holistic medicine, or integrative medicine, is less the holes that can be poked in it by self-proclaimed sentinels of evidence, and more our prevailing tendency to gravitate to diametric poles. The best way forward is the road less traveled, which lies, as it often does, in the middle.

A View of Healthcare from Room K 631

Pearl Korn | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Pearl Korn

Hours before Christmas, at exactly 7:00am on December 24th, I was heading to the Emergency Room at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Montefiore ...

The Inequities in Roe's Wake

Elizabeth Taylor | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Taylor

On yet another anniversary of Roe, women's health opponents in Congress will mark the occasion by voting for a national ban on abortion at 20 weeks. Even if the ban fails, the right under Roe will still not be realized for millions of women.

Fixing 'Leaky' Blood Vessels to Combat Severe Respiratory Ailments and, Perhaps, Ebola

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 01.20.2015 | Science
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

New therapies to fix the leakiness of blood vessels in patients suffering from life-threatening illnesses, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and Ebola virus infections, have the potential to save many lives.

Word Origins as Comics: Your Body Is Speaking to You... Is Anyone There?

Larry Paros | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How your body speaks to you is how you speak about your body. A special tribute to those body parts which for the most part go unrecognized. Caution: Only those with guts should read on.

Closer Than Your Jugular Vein

Aamir Hussain | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

I find it interesting that the Quran mentioned critical veins of the head, rather than those of other organs that are just as important. Indeed, severing other large veins in the thigh, heart, or liver, for instance, would also cause death.

Breaking It Down: The End of Medical Training

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

We've almost made it. Long gone are the purgatory stints of library study, slaving to solve esoteric problems relating to planks and pulleys. Innu...

My Doctor Made Me Smile

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.23.2015 | Good News
Lev Raphael

Just as we might get tired of feeling like we're just a symptom or a problem at a doctor's office, I suppose doctors sometimes can feel stuck being seen one-dimensionally, too.

Examining The Annual Exam

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In last week's New York Times, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel suggested that this year's resolution might be to abandon the ritual of your annual physical. The title of his column, perhaps chosen by an editor to maximize glibness and thus provocation was: "Skip your annual physical." But permit me to suggest you don't commit to that just yet. The annual physical exam warrants some more examination, a defense to follow its prosecution.

Healthy Living Comics: The Meanest Cut of All When It Comes to Women

Larry Paros | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Attention women ! A comic perspective on a tragic issue. How the words behind a common medical procedure speak volumes about the procedure itself. Ho...

A Mobile App to Save Our Lives

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

As I walked around the massive convention center at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week in Las Vegas, I heard three words echoing in my head. These three words, "Make it practical," have become something of a litmus test for me when it comes to technology innovation.

Healthy Living Comics: Up and at 'Em, People! A Quickie Guide for the Despondent and Perplexed

Larry Paros | Posted 01.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Down in the dumps? Popping off and popping in -- pills, that is? Give it a rest. Try a more instructive but lighter approach to things. Take a brief l...

How to Introduce Humor Into Your Wellness Program... and Your Approach to Life

Larry Paros | Posted 01.11.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

Don't let the language of health care get you down! Find out what's behind the words. Their roots speak directly to you about how you think about your body -- while putting a smile on your face.

Healthy Living Comics: How Strung Out Are You? It's Time to Tune In

Larry Paros | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Larry Paros

Anxious and depressed? The language of health care got you down? Not to worry. Go behind the words. A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down i...

Your Brain 2.0

Faith Popcorn | Posted 01.09.2015 | Business
Faith Popcorn

The latest prediction from Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve Change is accelerating all around us, from technology to transportation, from medicine to mar...

Word Origins as Comics: Body Parts as Metaphors, Here's Looking at You Kid

Larry Paros | Posted 01.08.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Tired of a pedantic approach to word origins? Then focus your baby blues right here. An eyeful from the past to gain perspective on the present.

A TEDx Talk Celebrating Scientists and Exploring the Technological Future of Beauty

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Zoltan Istvan

It also discusses the future of beauty as we progress into a more technologically advanced and digital world. Here's the condensed version of the second half of the speech.

Reflections of an Octogenarian: Kids, What Do They Know Anyway? How to Raise Their Social/Political Literacy

Larry Paros | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Larry Paros

The year was 1965. It was a warm fall day, and I was driving Paul Goodman, the noted thinker and prominent social theorist to his hotel. He was to be a guest speaker at a program I had created for area high school students to dialogue with prominent writers, artists, and politicians.

Healthy Living Comics: Today, Tend to Your Health, Tend to Your Relationships

Larry Paros | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Larry Paros

The language of health care got you down? Not to worry. Go behind the words. A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down in this tongue-in-cheek ...

Living Comics: What's Needed Most in the World and in Your Life

Larry Paros | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

This is the eighth column from our third book from our series of educational comics by Larry Paros. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts. Feedback and Pushback are encouraged.

Healthy Living Comics: Today, What Does Anyone Really Know About Medical Care?

Larry Paros | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Larry Paros

The language of health care got you down? Not to worry. Go behind the words. A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down in this tongue-in-cheek ...