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'I Will Keep Them From Harm And Injustice.'

Oliver Leung | Posted 07.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Oliver Leung

Part 2 of 10: Preventing No-Shows Being stood up is never fun and it's disrespectful in professional appointments. Unfortunately, it's not a matter...

Why Would You Ignore Your Doctor's Orders?

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 06.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

It seems to me that if a person has refused to follow the suggestion of her medical professional, it ought to be a standard practice on the part of the doctor to learn why. Consulting with the individual, an alternative course of therapy might be the answer.

'Me Before You' - A Life-Enhancing Presence, a Life-Enhancing Present

Joseph Cooper | Posted 05.23.2016 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Louisa Clark has never seen such an array of medicines other than in a pharmacy. After introducing Louisa (Lou) to the apothecarial responsibilities, Nathan, the unflappable nurse, explains that the patient may need a little help in getting the medicines down.

Maybe That Medical Procedure Isn't Necessary After All

Mike Wood | Posted 05.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Mike Wood

I'm not going to share the details of my personal experience, but I will tell you that second opinions are a great way to avoid unnecessary medical procedures. A second opinion probably saved my life years ago, and I am now skeptical any time I hear someone talk about surgery.

UnitedHealthcare Takes Away Diabetes Devices

Riva Greenberg | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

If you've heard about UnitedHealthcare (UHC) limiting members to only Medtronic insulin pumps beginning July 1 and feel this is wrong, please go to "W...

The Doctor's Dilemma

Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. | Posted 04.13.2016 | Education
Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.

Unfortunately, there is not a single, quick solution to this challenging public health issue. Rather, it will take a sustained, collective effort across multiple sectors.

Half a Million Reasons to Treat Every Patient Special

Kc Agu | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Kc Agu

These are the kinds of things I love as a patient. I'm not saying if you fail to meet every one I will take you to court for a $500,000 paycheck.

Cancer Caregivers: It's Time to Take Control

Julie Fleshman | Posted 04.01.2016 | Impact
Julie Fleshman

I remember the feeling when my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I often hear this sentiment when speaking with cancer patients and their loved ones -- there's an overwhelming sense of not having control.

Here's Why We Struggle To Make Connections With Our Doctors -- And Why That Needs To Change ASAP

Posted 03.31.2016 | Healthy Living

Americans don’t always trust their doctors, and here’s the proof: a 2012 survey found that just 34 percent of U.S. adults said they had “great c...

What Nurses Really Contribute to Health Care: Part 1 of an Education Do-Over

Billy Rosa | Posted 03.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Billy Rosa

There is so much to say about this profession that goes unexplored and unpublicized, and yet, nurses continue to be at the forefront of patient care delivery every step of the way.

Pronouncing Death

David Duong | Posted 03.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
David Duong

As I conduct the final exam, I reflect on the life of my patient -- this person that I have had the pleasure to connect with over the past days and weeks.

Who Should Bear a Dying Man's Burden?

Pranay Sinha | Posted 03.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Pranay Sinha

As physicians, we know that the patients are suffering. We know that their chances of returning to the life they desire are nonexistent. We know that this is a difficult decision. Should we respect their right to self-determination and help them continue this difficult existence until they decide to stop?

Why You Should Follow ZDogg MD

James Calder | Posted 03.21.2016 | Entertainment
James Calder

You may not know the name of one of the most talented and innovative forces in healthcare but there is a high probability that you have seen one of hi...

4 Unbelievable Things Patients Said to Me Last Week

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

I know my patients aren't crazy! What actually IS crazy is how their voices are becoming a reflection of how our health care system remains disjointed, with unnecessary burdens on patients and physicians.

Why You Should Care About Your Doctor's Health

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

If we care about our health, we must address physician health. This can only happen with a shift in the culture of care and wellness of doctors. Self-care must become a core competency in medical training. Such radical change requires the involvement of all stakeholders, the doctors, the health policy makers and most importantly, the public.

A Medical App to Fix Our Health Care Crisis

Erica Benedicto | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Erica Benedicto

We, as health care providers, are here to encourage and empower patients to take control of their health. We can't do that in quick visits with little eye contact and one foot out the door.

Going Beyond the Symptoms: The Case for Telemedicine

Joydeep Bhattacharyya | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Joydeep Bhattacharyya

For physicians, when enhancing practice efficiency, professional satisfaction and improving the delivery of care are key priorities, Telemedicine is poised to be part of the future of care.

What Medical Schools Do Today

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

It seems obvious: medical schools are where you go if you want to become a doctor. But in addition to teaching the next generation of physicians and surgeons, they also do so much more--especially now in the age of Obamacare.

For the First Time: A Handbook for Fighting Lung Cancer

Bonnie J. Addario | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Bonnie J. Addario

What I wanted most when I founded the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation was to ensure lung cancer patients have access to information about their disease...

What You May Not See When You Look at Your Nurse

Brie Gowen | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

Nurses perform their duties with a smile, with an air of efficiency, and often what seems to be an indifference. You will not see their calm expression falter even as the feces hits the fan. You might see them stoic while you cry, or even laughing later in the hall.

Palliative and Spiritual Care via Videoconferencing

Eric J. Hall | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While this seems a positive way to care for such patients, the problem of paying for it remains to be addressed. Medicare does cover some areas of telehealth, even videoconferencing. However, the conference must take place at a medical facility, not the patient's home.

Can Connection Save Us?

Starla Fitch, M.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Starla Fitch, M.D.

You may not have cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration but your vision may be distorted in similar ways. And without clear vision -- and I'm not talking 20/20 -- we can't connect with each other.

The Prescription for a Healthy Life: A Helpful Neighbor

NationSwell | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

In 2013, the New York City Health Department declared a diabetes epidemic in the city. The number of people who had contracted the disease had more th...

Do We Expect Too Much From Our Doctors

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

I had a wonderful team of professionals to help me but in doing my own research, I was able to affect different outcomes for myself that made drastic differences in my treatments. It gave me a sense of empowerment to know that I was doing everything that I could do for myself.

What It Is Actually Like to Be Chronically Ill

Chanel White | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

Let's take a moment to step back from the illusions we are fed by society and familiarize ourselves with the true situations chronic illness sufferers face.