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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.

Physician Burnout: Will ICD-10 Drive You Over the Edge?

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Don't let the additional work of ICD-10 drive you into physician burnout In my work with hundreds of over stressed and burned out physicians, one thi...

Physician-Assisted Dying: Honest Choices

Steve Heilig | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Steve Heilig

Physician-assisted dying is a complex and emotional issue. Here is a new perspective done with a leading physician with much direct experience - and who has quit one of his professional medical associations due to their lack of integrity on the topic.

How Sexism and Implicit Bias Hurt Girls and Women's Health

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.15.2015 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Sometimes, the effects of sexism and implicit gender bias are difficult to show. However, in the case of women's health care, there's very little ambiguity. Women should be aware of what these problems look like, so that they can identify doctors who similarly understand them and can fairly diagnose and treat them.

Medical Debt and a Citizen Call for a New Declaration of Independence

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Jerry Ashton

Now that the Supreme Court has once again upheld the legal foundations of the Affordable Care Act, and the proper celebrating and hand-wringing has had its day, it's time to reveal the real winner of that program. America's bill collectors.

Comics for the Spirit: On Becoming More Caring

Larry Paros | Posted 07.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Larry Paros

You know there's no "I" in "team," but believe that the "care" you need can be found in your "career." Unfortunately, you're looking in the wrong pla...

Outrage of the Month: FDA Makes Major Blunder After Approving Drug for Rare Sleep Disorder

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Michael Carome, M.D.

Federal regulators are human, and, like everyone else, they make mistakes. The public reasonably expects that, upon discovering a significant mistake, regulators will take appropriate action to correct it.

A Chronic Pain Disorder Took Everything Away From Me

Erica Siegel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Erica Siegel

On June 20, 2013, the first pain specialist I had ever seen told me, "You are entering the beginning stages of the world of chronic pain." And I bawled my eyes out. I was 23 years old and felt like my life was spiraling out of control.

Touch Wood

Frank A. Weil | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

There is an oasis of brilliance and calm in New York City, which is not widely known and is the result of the genius and vision of John D. Rockefeller, who leveraged his vast fortune then to help his fellow man in many ways which he could imagine but would never really see.

Word Origin Comics: Wow, Not Woe to Women!

Larry Paros | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

"What is a woman?" you might ask. Helen Reddy provided a partial answer in 1971 with her hit tune, "I am Woman," which she co-wrote with Ray Burton as a filler on her debut album.

The Freedom to Practice

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler

The Fourth of July is an important time of year to give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy in this country. One of those freedoms, which my patients and I benefit from every day, is medical freedom.

College Daze

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.23.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

As soon as my lawyer gets out of jail, I am going to file a classless action lawsuit against the makers of "National Lampoon's Animal House" for theft of intellectual property.

Why We Need a Market for Organs

Sabrina Zurga | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Sabrina Zurga

Everyday, 21 people die because they cannot secure an organ for transplant-- and this number is on the rise. A burgeoning black market for organs fills this gap between supply and demand.

A Call to Integrate Commercial Airline Emergency Training in Medical Education

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

I wonder why time has not been spent training me and my colleagues on something that we may all have to deal with at some point during our professional lives -- a commercial airline medical emergency.

Word Origin Comics: Honeymoon, Shmoneymoon... Bah Humbug!

Larry Paros | Posted 06.18.2015 | Comedy
Larry Paros

The honeymoon was probably invented by dentists who, by administering nitrous oxide ( AKA "laughing gas"), provided a cheap high while masking the hard digging required to get to the root of things-- leaving the patient to awaken to a large bill and the prospect of future reconstruction.

Another War Photographer's Death Is a Reminder of the Importance of First Aid Training for Journalists

Lily Hindy | Posted 06.18.2015 | Media
Lily Hindy

In the summer of 2011, just a few months after photojournalist Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya, Sebastian Junger hired me to help him start a nonprofit medical training program for independent journalists working in war zones.

Word Origin Comics: A Father's Day Card: Who's Your Daddy? And Where Did He come From?

Larry Paros | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

It's time to once more celebrate dear old Dad. He's come a long way, from his humble beginnings in baby talk as da-da to the heights he achieved as "...

Is Sexism In Science Actually Paternalism?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Because of improvements in medical ethics over the past thirty years, we tend to think that this paternalistic attitude no longer or minimally exists. However paternalism in science is all too alive and healthy.

Dental Hygiene Was Actually Good During the Middle Ages?

Quora | Posted 06.18.2015 | Weird News
Quora

People in the Middle Ages considered healthy, white teeth a sign of beauty and wrote of sweet smelling breath as a desirable attribute. So, not surprisingly, we have extensive evidence that people liked to keep their teeth clean and a large amount of evidence of tooth pastes, powders and treatments, as well as mouth washes and treatments for halitosis.

How Apple and Google Are Going to Help Cure Humanity's Diseases

Joseph Farrell | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Joseph Farrell

Apple announced the open-platform medical research tool ResearchKit on April 15, and while it was overshadowed by news of the Apple Watch, it's a tool with staggering potential for humanity

Taking Control of Our Genetic Information: Could it Go Too Far?

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 06.17.2015 | Technology
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Up until recently, those in the technology industry and those conducting genomic research would have been considered strange bedfellows. But big data -- more specifically, big genomic data -- is bringing the two groups together.

A Patient Walks Into a Sleep Clinic With Too Many Red Blood Cells...

Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM

So let's look at the possible ties between an elevated hematocrit (the measurement of red blood cell count relative to blood volume) and sleep disorders.