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An Apple a Day?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We already have evidence of declining levels of empathy in the population at large, with frequent recourse to technological interfaces rather than direct eye contact one of the reasons invoked. The doctor-patient relationship has degraded too much already in my opinion. I would hate to see it technologized out of existence.

In a Hospital for No Good Reason

Chuck Nyren | Posted 05.10.2015 | Comedy
Chuck Nyren

I keep seeing the word unremarkable. I figure out it's med-speak for normal. At age 64, after abusing my mind and body in every way imaginable throughout my life, I'd say that anything normal is remarkable.

Life After Death: How Many Soulmates Can a Person Have?

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

I needed to hear that. Yes, I was Joel's wife, but he had a ton of meaningful relationships and was loved by so many. He had best friends, soulmates of his own, the ripple effect of his death reaches far and wide. Because of that, I feel less alone, and connected by this shared experience, horrible as it is.

Your Syndrome's Missing Benefit

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Doctors don't much care for conditions we don't understand well, can't treat effectively, and can't even confirm with a blood test. The frustration that results often translates into one of medicine's more common, and most regrettable missteps: blaming the victim. Patients with syndromes are often overtly, or at least covertly, blamed for their symptoms and engender an "it's all in his/her head" attitude in their doctor.

Eat Your Words and Enjoy Each Bite: A Handy Dandy Guide to Healthful Living

Larry Paros | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Not every post bears fruit, but guaranteed, this one will. Seize the moment, grab the low-hanging fruit, and discover the inside story of how words can help you think about yourself and your body. Put the pedantic approach behind you

Autism, It's a Hot Focus for Tech

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2015 | Technology
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

While frequent attention to autism in the media brings light to the topic, in recent months, there has been a less well-publicized, yet emerging trend: technology companies big and small have been stepping forward to focus their resources on projects to help individuals with autism.

You Are What You Read: Stop Vegetating and Get with the Program!

Larry Paros | Posted 05.02.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

The Language of Health. The inside story. How the roots of words speak directly to you about how you think about yourself and your body. Put the pedantic approach behind you. Try some humor instead, mixed with a bit of scholarship.

David Freeman

First Head Transplants Coming Soon, Doctor Says

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Science

Things didn't go so great for Victor Frankenstein or his monster, but don't tell that to Sergio Canavero. The Italian doctor believes that it's no...

4 Ways Getting Older Has Made Me a Better Doctor

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Our grandparents were right that we become wiser when we get older. But I didn't expect I'd also become a better physician. And there is still progress to be made. I'm really glad I am making this transformation.

An Affair of the Heart: The Untold Story of Google Glass in Cardiology

Jordan Safirstein, MD | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Jordan Safirstein, MD

As more people began to experiment with Glass, one could sense a shift in opinion about Glass and the criticisms were growing louder. I had seen the signs, and now my worst fears were being realized.

Medicine at the Mercy of a Metaphor: Why We Need to Speak Differently About Death and Disease

Pranay Sinha | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Pranay Sinha

I believe that leaving the metaphor of war behind and finding more appropriate imagery will change health care for the better. After all, patients need doctors, not generals.

How Your Smartphone Will Radically Change Your Health Care

Eric J. Topol, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Eric J. Topol, M.D.

This new "bottom-up medicine" forever changes the patient-doctor relationship to a partnership on equal footing.

Hey Barack! All You Need Is Love, Love, Love

Larry Paros | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Larry Paros

It used to be, love me, love my dog. Now you'd better love your country just like me, or nobody else will ever love you... A personal message to Rudy Giuliani in the form of a quickie history lesson about love of country and his future as a figure whom future generations can love.

What Every Aspiring Doctor Should Know About in High School

Arianna Yanes | Posted 04.25.2015 | Teen
Arianna Yanes

For a high schooler determined to pursue a career in medicine, a combined medical program can provide the freedom to pursue activities during the undergraduate years without thinking of how they look on a resume.

Word Origins as Comics: Pssst, Buddy, Do I Have a Tip For You!

Larry Paros | Posted 04.22.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Te da! Time to join the war on drugs. Arm yourself now. Sticks and stones may be fine, but words are much more lethal. It's not like we're pushing anything, but we are-- the story behind the words, the real roots of the matter...Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Physician, Producer and Media Mogul Dr. Kiki Hurt Puts Art Into Medicine, and Medicine Into Art

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Gregory Weinkauf

Long have I been intrigued by the intersection of the pop and the practical -- meaning: how and where do popular culture and, you know, useful stuff, connect, affect each other, and cross-pollinate?

Have You Ever Fainted? All About Mine

Chuck Nyren | Posted 04.19.2015 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

That's a lie. I don't remember anything about it. I fainted. Before and after the faint, I remember.

The Weirdest Museums in the World

Findery | Posted 04.19.2015 | Travel
Findery

What qualifies a museum as weird? Take a pinch of strange, mix it with morbid, and add a dash of mystery. All of these museums are one-of-a-kind and speak to the curious and will leave you smiling, shuddering or bewildered. Or, all of the above.

Fifty Shades of Marina: The New Literary Sensation

Larry Paros | Posted 04.18.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Eat your heart out E.L. James! Move on over. There's a new book in town. A real slice of life-- something everyone can sink their teeth into. Its heroine's exploits dwarf those of Ana Steele.

The Small Things Are Killing Us

Vicki Wilson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Vicki Wilson

Today, I watched my father walk down the slippery porch steps in front of my mother and brush the cold snow from the railing with his bare hand so she...

From Russia With Love: A Happy Valentine's Day to You... Nyet!

Larry Paros | Posted 04.14.2015 | Comedy
Larry Paros

Valentine's Day does not have quite the same meaning in Russia as it does here. For your viewing pleasure -- a sampling of greeting cards from over there. Could we just be Putin you on?

What's Behind Those Valentines: The Unblemished Story

Larry Paros | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

The history of Valentine's Day. How did it originate? Who was the mysterious St. Valentine? Why February 14? Why do people send us all those dopey cards? The answers to these and many other questions about VD ( Did I really say that?).

Word Origins as Comics: What You Feel Can Determine How You Feel

Larry Paros | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Here's the latest word on the subject. Learn how words and their origins can guide you down the pathway to good health. A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down.

The Health Care Revolution You Haven't Heard About

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 04.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

Frustrated by insurance regulations, increasing paperwork and limited time to see complicated patients, a group of primary care physicians are leading a movement. It's called direct primary care, and it could change your health.

Shifting the Old Debate over Vaccines

Theresa MacPhail | Posted 04.11.2015 | Science
Theresa MacPhail

Why aren't the scientific facts about the effectiveness and safety of current vaccines for dangerous diseases like whooping cough and measles enough to change anti-vaccinationists' minds?