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Outrage of the Month: Leading Professional Psychologists' Organization Colluded With Defense Department, Facilitated Participation in Torture

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Carome, M.D.

In a scathing report released July 10, an investigative team commissioned by the American Psychological Association (APA) -- the nation's leading prof...

The Separate Orbits Of Medicare And Moore's Law

Eric J. Topol, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2015 | Technology
Eric J. Topol, M.D.

Every other sector of our day-to-day lives--financial, telecommunication, retail, travel, and entertainment--have been irrevocably changed. But to date essentially none of these technological triumphs have been leveraged to reduce the cost of health care, no less to achieve better outcomes for patients.

A Medical Intern Writes to His Future Self

Pranay Sinha | Posted 07.27.2015 | Education
Pranay Sinha

How far you have come from the fresh-faced, bow-tie-wearing, revoltingly cheerful fellow who stumbled anytime he had to introduce himself! The first few days in the hospital were so gruesome that they'd have been conducted off-stage in any respectable Greek tragedy.

When Wound Care Management Gets Personal

James Calder | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
James Calder

My parents have been through hell and back during the past two years. My dad was diagnosed with non-smoking lung cancer during the fall of 2013.

Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rose Kumar, M.D.

When the soul wishes to experience something, she throws an image of the experience out before her and enters into her own image. -- Meister Eckhart ...

Republican Abortion Policy Is Based on Pseudoscience

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

In their attempts to prove the cerebral cortex as unnecessary for pain perception and consciousness, Republicans have lazily attempted to simplify the very nature of how we perceive the world to half-explored "science." With their cowardly simplification of the situation, they will be left behind on the scientific and philosophical journey to the discovery of our deepest truths.

The Daily Nightmare of Benzo Withdrawal

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

After being put on Clonazepam in her mid-thirties to treat her panic attacks, Dr. Jennifer Leigh remained on the drug for 18 years. Without ever dev...

Pseudoscientific Republican Abortion Law Attacks Rape Victims and the Poor

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The Republican attempts to legislate lies into the science of prenatal consciousness demonstrate GOP's political ineptitude, not its principles. Even with the Republicans' pseudoscientific notions aside, they have refused to adequately consider the impact of their ideology on complex and real families.

10 Reasons Why Federal Medical Marijuana Prohibition is about to Go Up in Smoke

Steph Sherer | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

For the first time, we have comprehensive medical marijuana legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act (CARERS) Act of 2015 is the most comprehensive piece of federal medical marijuana legislation ever introduced in the U.S. Congress.

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on Salon.com, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

Word Origin Comics: The End of Marriage as We Know It

Larry Paros | Posted 07.22.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

All good things must come to an end; so too with marriage. And it ain't cheap people. As Robin Williams once noted, "Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money,' but they changed it to 'alimony.'

Facing Epilepsy Stigmas

Tiffany Kairos | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

Terrible myths have been told about what epilepsy is and about people who live with the condition. Myths such as these can take such a toll on those living with this condition and their families too.

Health Care Satisfaction: Three Barriers

Prem N. Ramkumar | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Prem N. Ramkumar

On June 25, 2015 the Supreme Court upheld President Obama's hotly debated Affordable Care Act in a 6-3 decision. For those following the debate intently, it is understood that the verdict now authorizes federal tax credits for eligible Americans living in states with their own exchanges and also those in the 34 states with federal marketplaces.

Photos of Drugs Under The Microscope Are Wildly Colored And Starkly Beautiful

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 07.20.2015 | Science

When you drink your morning coffee or afternoon soda, you don't think twice. But a new photo series by Dutch lab-worker-turned-photographer Maurice Mi...

Health Care Rationing: The Roar and the Silence

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

No discussion means no probing, no deep thinking, no careful exchange of ideas. We do, indeed, ration health care in the United States; we just don't talk about it, with the result that we ration it altogether irrationally.

A Tale of Two Heart Failure Trials

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

Late in 2014 two major medical studies were published focusing on improving the results for CHF, one with a new pharmaceutical agent and one with a nutritional supplement. It is worth reviewing the two studies and the likely impact they will have.

Word Origin Comics: Kids, You Can't Live With Them and...

Larry Paros | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Kelly Corrigan reminded us that "If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you're making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can't find a towel or a sponge or your "inside" voice."

The Stress Epidemic and the Search for the Modern Cure

Robin Berzin MD | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Robin Berzin MD

The effects of stress remain on the fringes of medicine today, despite reams of research as to the toxic effects of chronic stress on the body. But as we get more ambient, real time data from smartphones and wearable devices, I believe we will have an ever more concrete and undeniable perspective on stress.

Money Is the Root of Most Evil

Frank A. Weil | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

What I say is not new at all, but it is in a new context, which suggests that it is more important than ever to truly and seriously begin to address the problem systemically.

Silent Treatment

Jim Moret | Posted 07.14.2015 | Media
Jim Moret

My doctor said I was like a major league pitcher being put on the disabled list. I'm not an athlete. I am a broadcaster, but the analogy was not lost on me. My voice is my tool and it was rendered temporarily useless.

Dog Medicine

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rose Kumar, M.D.

When the Man waked up he said, "What is Wild Dog doing here?' And the Woman said, 'His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he...

A Good Psychiatrist Is Hard to Find

Abilash Gopal, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Abilash Gopal, M.D.

Until more talented doctors go into psychiatry, patients will continue to find it extremely difficult to find a good psychiatrist, and stories about patients receiving substandard psychiatric care will overshadow stories about good treatment.

Word Origin Comics: Bread and Butter Issues for the Sexes

Larry Paros | Posted 07.08.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

How did men come to lord over women? Why is there nothing special about being a lady? How did man come to be considered the "breadwinner? For the answer to these and a few more intriguing questions about men and women and their relationship to one another, just read on.

Madness, Music and Modernity: Studying Structural Oppression Through Musicology

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
J Nelson Aviance

The title of this post is distinctly ideological and, I believe, holds implications for a discussion of the medicalization of madness and mental illness.

Why Hasn't Mobile Moved Medicine Further Yet?

Prem N. Ramkumar | Posted 07.08.2015 | Technology
Prem N. Ramkumar

The potential for mobile technology in medicine is great, but the current landscape is not yet set up to transform the health care industry. There exists no reliable winner in the marketplace because either our goals are misaligned or our focus has been misplaced.