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BP Spill Workers Seek Care as Health Study Progresses

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.29.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

A multi-million-dollar study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, gauging impacts of the BP spill on cleanup workers, has so far enrolled 5,500 individuals -- mostly from Gulf states.

When Is Too Much Information Too Much?

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

Research should guide decision-making but not be the end all. Physicians need to know how the "research findings" might be applied in a patient's individual circumstance.

Half Of Texas Doctors Threaten To Turn Away Medicare Patients: Survey

McClatchy | Posted 12.07.2011 | Fifty

Half of Texas physicians would consider withdrawing from the Medicare program if Congress allows a forthcoming deep cut in reimbursement payments, Tex...

The Best Paying Jobs Of The Future

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 11.04.2011 | Business

24/7 Wall St: If you decided on a new career path today, wouldn’t you like to know which jobs will be in high demand and pay the most once you were ...

Should Physicians Be Cool Or Compassionate?

Dr. Larry Dossey | Posted 08.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Larry Dossey

Compassion means more than "suffering with." It involves entering the mind-space of other persons so completely that one senses what the experience of illness is like for them.

Florida Doctors Fight Back Against Gun Lobby Gag Law

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Do you want your doctor to tell you the truth about health risks, based on the best evidence that can be brought to bear? When it comes to the risks of guns in the home, particularly to children, the gun lobby wants to prevent doctors from doing that.

What’s The Future Of Primary Care?

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 07.12.2011 | Home
Dr. Cindy Haines

Why, exactly, would a medical student choose to pursue a career in primary care? And why would they choose not to?

Florida Voter Suppression Bill Toxic for Democracy

Rishi Manchanda | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
Rishi Manchanda

The Florida legislature just passed House Bill 1355, which many civic participation advocates view as part of a worrisome national trend to suppress v...

UC Berkeley Doctor Arrested For Sexual Assault

San Jose Mercury News | Posted 06.28.2011 | Home

BERKELEY, Calif.--A former doctor at the University of California, Berkeley has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting patients at a campus...

Will Budget Hawks Have the Guts to Reject Doctors' Demands? Probably Not.

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Sometime in the next few months we'll get a clear signal about whether Congress is serious about constraining Medicare costs. My guess is that they'll increase payments by tens of billions of dollars.

Into the Health Reform Briar Patch?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Those who are suing to overturn the mandatory health insurance requirement apparently believe a success will be both a major embarrassment for the president. They may be very, very wrong.

Drug Companies Paying Shady Doctors For Endorsements

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Pharmaceutical companies are paying doctors with questionable records millions of dollars to endorse their drugs, Propublica reports. According to ...

Prevention is the Best Practice

Dr. Paul Grundy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Grundy

We call the field of medicine "health" care, but we currently have a system that essentially provides "sick" care. In the U.S., we frequently get "more" care, not necessarily better care than people in other industrial countries.

Data on Teachers: Lessons From Health Care

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kati Haycock

We all know there are big differences between doctors and teachers, beginning with pay and prestige. But it turns out that there are also many parallels.

Weaving Our Stories Into the Carpets of Afghanistan

Seema Jilani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Seema Jilani

I recently assisted in a surgical procedure in Kabul on a young boy. The chief surgeon was an Afghan man. I didn't know how he would respond to a woman as our fierce Asian eyes met over surgical masks.

Rx on Medicare's Birthday: Expand it to All

Dr. Quentin Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Quentin Young

By replacing our crazy-quilt, inefficient system of private health insurers with a streamlined, publicly financed single-payer program, we would reap enormous savings.

What Do Doctors Think About Health Reform?

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

A friend of mine recently alerted me to this series of interviews on that asked physicians what they thought about health reform. Their answer...

Doctor Shortage? 28 States May Expand Nurse Practitioners' Role

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO — A nurse may soon be your doctor. With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of...

Beyond the Exam Room: A New Era in Health Care

Stephen J. Downs | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephen J. Downs

It's is exciting and it's quite possible that one day, treating a patient without data from her day-to-day experience will seem as quaint as looking at the belly without the aid of a handheld ultrasound.

Can Overweight Women Trust Their Doctors?

Tamara McClintock Greenberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamara McClintock Greenberg

Being a doctor these days is hard. But so is being a patient, especially if you happen to be female and overweight.

Global Health Diplomacy and the Muslim World: How Haiti Will Heal Us

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Collaborative work is emblematic of the increasingly important field of global health diplomacy and the Muslim world has an enormous role to play in this new conversation.

On Hospice Care

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amitai Etzioni

Despite the year-long, intensive debate about reforms in health care, we heard next to nothing about hospices. Hospices make the end of life much more humane (and less costly).

When Militarism 'Invades' Medicine...Doctatorship Happens

Dana Ullman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

Our medical thinking has become totally militaristic. It is not just happenstance that doctors proudly assert that they seek to attack illness, combat disease, kill infective agents, and create a war on cancer.

Beyond Guantanamo: Torture Thrives in Connecticut

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

In the case of Coleman v. Lantz, Connecticut has argued for the right to force feed a hunger-striking inmate in an excruciatingly painful manner.

Health Care: Understanding Functional Medicine

Dr. M.J. Wegmann | Posted 12.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. M.J. Wegmann

Wellness can be described as a state that combines health and happiness. Thus those factors that contribute to being healthy and happy also will be contributing to being well.