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Don't Try This at Home: A Self-Appendectomy in Telluride

Lise Waring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Lise Waring

One of my favorite Telluride medical tales is about George Balderston, a doctor who removed his own appendix in 1949. His reasoning: "I wanted to get a first-hand reaction of a patient to local anesthesia."

Health "Insurance": A Criminal Enterprise

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

I have little doubt that the day will soon arrive when the CEOs of health "insurers" are dragged before Congress to face the same sort of interrogation to which the Waxman Hearings subjected Big Tobacco in the 1990s.

Whose Decision Is It, Anyway?

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

When it comes to medical decisions involving children, physicians are charged with ensuring the medical standard of care, even over the objections of their parents.

Mother Nature is My Middleman

Robbie Gennet | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robbie Gennet

A friend of mine (who shall go unnamed) recently harvested about a half a pound of quality marijuana from his backyard. He grew it from some seeds he ...

Doctors Tackle The Rickrolling Pandemic

Miles Klee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Miles Klee

Jack Kevorkian: Rickrollers experience no quality of life and want to give up some things more than others.

Drugs in Our Drinking Water

Scott Dodd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Dodd

The Associated Press is reporting this week that federal regulators under President Obama are taking the first steps toward regulating drugs in the na...

Our Cost-Quality Disconnect in Medicine

Dr. Dennis Gottfried | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Dennis Gottfried

Until we develop medical policies based on scientific accountability we are condemned to suffer with a permanent cost-quality disconnect in medicine.

The Medical Marijuana Debate Is Focused on the Wrong Thing

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

The marijuana dispensaries could not exist without the enabling benefit of the estimated 1,500 California doctors, most in LA and the Bay, who offer their "patients" letters of recommendation.

Why Is The AMA President Lying (Again)?

Dr. Daniel Palestrant | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Palestrant

Dr. Rohack tries to spin the fact that the AMA's failure to achieve their two biggest goals, tort reform and repeal of the SGR formula were in fact victories. He is not including two critical pieces of information.

Dr. Coburn's Peculiar Privilege

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Senator Coburn claims physician-patient privilege to avoid testifying against Ensign. But this is not a "Get out of Jail Free" card for physicians who acquire knowledge outside of their work as doctors.

Snake Oil Medicine

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

Acupuncture doesn't hurt anybody. Many believe that it works. While "believe" might be the operative word there, the evidence to satisfy the skeptics isn't here yet.

More Than Half Million Kids React Badly To Drugs

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — More than half a million U.S. children yearly have bad reactions or side effects from widely used medicines that require medical treat...

Maryland's Commitment to Advancing Stem Cell Research

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

Last week, we announced that Maryland was entering into a new partnership with the State of California to collaborate on stem cell projects.

13 Natural Hangover Cures: Quick Remedies Or False Hope? (PHOTOS) (POLL)

Huffington Post | Michael Macher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Hangovers happen to the very best of us. We all know the familiar story: the evening starts off innocently enough--you go to a party to unwind after a...

Aspirin Can Cut Colon Cancer Risk | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

People with a genetic susceptibility to colon cancer could cut their chances of developing the disease in half by taking a daily dose of aspirin, rese...

Viva Mama!

Ann Pettifor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ann Pettifor

The safest births take place in well-stocked facilities with trained health workers. Providing this for all mothers must be our long-term goal. But in the meantime, something must be done - urgently.

Doctor's Visit: Make The Most Of Your Trip | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The way you talk to your doctor may be as important as anything you say. To make the most of an appointment, follow these expert-recommended steps....

Psychotropic Drugs: Parameter Introduced For Children And Adolescents | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is proud to announce its new practice parameter on the use of psychotropic medications...

Does Anyone in the Healthcare Debate Really Care About Health?

Randall Amster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Randall Amster

How many plans in existence today provide coverage for midwives, naturopaths, nutritionists, masseuses, or the like?

Homeopathy: Arnica Relieves Pain | Anahad O'Connor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Arnica Montana, a plant native to mountainous areas of Europe and North America, has been used for centuries to treat a variety of pain....

Why Stress Makes You Fat

Dr. Erika Schwartz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Erika Schwartz

We are suffering ever-growing rates of obesity and worsening health caused by weight problems. Stress is a leading cause of this modern-day epidemic.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

Trial lawyers are a widely-despised lobby. Yet courts remain the only way individual Americans can redress grievances against the rich and powerful; they are a great leveler, and limits have had perverse effects.

Injuries Occur When Kids Are too Active in Sports

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ramon Resa, MD

I advocate for our kids to become more balanced. Stressful organized sports take away from family time, and the experience no longer remains a simple and pleasurable experience.

On the Trail of the White Rabbit: The Case Against Animal Testing

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Muske-Dukes

People believe that animal research saves lives. But is this true?

Book Review: So You Want to Be a Scientist?

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Agin

There are too few good books about the positives and negatives of research careers in science. Philip A. Schwartzkroin, a neurosurgeon who specializes in epilepsy research, has written such a book.