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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.

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.