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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?

Word Origins as Comics: That Magical Something for Which We Are All Searching

Larry Paros | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Psychologist Russell Lockhart referred to words as "eggs." Crack them open and go beyond their dry literal meaning; dig more deeply and excavate the information and images buried within. See where the words and the pictures lead us by following the connections that arise spontaneously in our pursuit of the holy grail of health.

The 4 Things an Air Force Special Ops Pararescueman Taught Me

Sethly Davis | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Sethly Davis

What I learned from Josh the former Pararescueman is that the way to manage fear is to plan for what to do if and when something does go wrong. People are fearful when they are uncertain about what they are facing and about what they can do. Josh taught us how to figure out what had happened, and he taught us what was in our scope of practice to do.

Doctors Are Consumers Too: Changing the Way Physicians Approach Health Care

XPRIZE | Posted 04.06.2015 | Science
XPRIZE

We are early in this innovation cycle -- the field has a way to go, particularly when it comes to making good use of the flexibility provided by smartphones and the wealth of actionable patient data to make accurate and speedy diagnoses leading to better outcomes.

The Key to True Transformation

Martha Pasternack | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Martha Pasternack

Have you noticed that there is a lot of talk these days about transformation being the brass ring on the personal growth fast track? Have you noticed ...

Outrage of the Month: Fake IV Fluids Not Intended for Human Use Sicken at Least 17 Patients Across the U.S.

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Carome, M.D.

Moving forward, federal regulatory agencies must act promptly to implement additional safeguards to prevent similar life-threatening mistakes from occurring.

Word Origins as Comics: How to Pay Lip Service and Speak Smack; A Brief Disquisition

Larry Paros | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Virginia Woolf said, "Language is wine from the lips." So belly up to the bar and join us for a sip. It's on the house. We continue our ongoing exploration of the body as metaphor. Today, those little rubbery protuberances below the nose.

How Medical School Interviews Changed My Views on Love

Amy Yao | Posted 04.05.2015 | Women
Amy Yao

But falling in love, like applying to medical school, requires a different sort of strength. It is a frightening, potentially cataclysmic leap of faith, one that could either yield exquisite or grimly embarrassing results.

Could Government-Mandated Kidney Donation be a Good Thing?

Nathan Robinson | Posted 04.02.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.19.2015 | 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.