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The Big Box Store As Health Provider

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 06.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Nearly one-half of U.S. households gladly pay $99 for a year's subscription to Amazon Prime, the guaranteed two-day delivery service that comes with t...

Virtual Doctor Visits May Not Be Best For Urgent Care

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - When it comes to urgent medical problems like ankle injuries or suspected strep, virtual MDs may be no match for the real thing, a ...

What I Know From G.I. Joe: Knowing Is Only Half the Battle

Brian Castrucci | Posted 03.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

In the four years since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health, t...

The Price Is Wrong: The Physical Costs of Behavioral Health Issues

Saquib Rahim | Posted 02.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Enhanced integration between physical and behavioral health is one logical target in improving the broader health care landscape. It is a very real gap in clinical care, makes complete economic sense, and is the right thing to do in promoting true patient wellness. But most importantly, patients and providers alike need and deserve it.

'Mid-Level' and Primary Care 'Providers': Nomenclature That Stings

Mona Shattell | Posted 02.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

Although no discipline wants to lose their identity to a categorical term, let's work together to reach consensus on respectful, clear, and inclusive language that captures the unique contributions of each member of the health care team.

Repeat After Me: 'Hospice Means More Care, Not Less.'

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

It is a practical and tangible way to help people continue to live at home and in the community, to live life to its fullest with dignity and comfort, to live more connected to family, friends, and faith, to live more reflective on one's history and more intentionally about one's legacy.

We Have Too Many Specialists and Too Few General Practitioners

Allen Frances | Posted 01.21.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

The promise of high tech medicine has never been greater, its actual performance has never been worse. We need to balance the real wonders and exaggerated hype of advancing medical science with a common sense appreciation of its risks and costs.

Northwestern University Professor Creates Startup to Help Primary Care Practices Thrive Using Data Science

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

Dr. Soulakis is a public health scientist whose research focus lies at the intersection of epidemiology and informatics; he is particularly interested in understanding the expanding, data-rich environment created by health information technology, and leveraging computationally techniques to monitor and improve healthcare quality.

Opioids, Pain and the CDC's Guideline: Needs Improvement

Stefan Kertesz | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Stefan Kertesz

As medical boards, insurers and government agencies enforce this guideline, prescribing differently from the top line recommendations is likely to become onerous, leaving many patients in the lurch.

How Virtual Visits Can Save Primary Care in America

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Digital technology has forever changed how consumers plan travel, manage money, reserve tables at restaurants, and plan cooking our meals at home. Today, digital technology is on the cusp of profoundly changing how we utilize health care services and "make" health for ourselves and our loved ones.

Health Caring for Mom: 3 Ways to Let Your Mom Know You Love Her on Mother's Day

Diane Archer | Posted 05.07.2016 | Fifty
Diane Archer

Mother's Day is the time to show your mom some serious love. But how? Most of us love flowers and chocolate. So, consider getting mom a little of both. What we really treasure, though, is the priceless gift of time and conversation. And there are few things more important to talk about than your mom's health.

Quiet Fortitude in the ER

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

In Maureen Dowd's recent piece, "A Stroke of Fate," she describes the case of her niece, Tara, a young and athletic woman who suffered a rare type of stroke caused by a separation of the inner layers of an artery supplying her brain.

Primary Care and Public Health: A Partnership to Change America's Health

Brian Castrucci | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

We cannot afford to perpetuate a system that pressures clinicians to chase outcomes for problems that originate far beyond their reach. We must pursue transformation that aligns public health and primary care.

5-Year Journey: One Blog

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

While it is critical that we reduce the number of tobacco users in Chicago, addressing this challenge alone will only get us so far. It is just as important to encourage all residents to adopt healthier lifestyles across the board.

Having a Severe Mental Illness Means Dying Young

Allen Frances | Posted 02.28.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

People diagnosed with serious mental illness -- schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or severe depression -- die 20 years early, on average, because of a combination of lousy medical care, smoking, lack of exercise, complications of medication, suicide, and accidents. The U.S. has become probably the worst place in the developed world to be mentally ill.

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

If you are suffering from depression, or know someone who is, my goal of writing these articles on depression is to spread a message of hope. Psychiatry is a field of medicine that specifically focuses on diseases of the mind including depression. Even a single consultation can help to clarify the diagnosis, treatment options and can begin the healing process.

This New Platform Allows You To See Your Doctor Without Leaving Your Couch

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.14.2014 | Healthy Living

Hospital visits are typically marked by the traditional magazine read in the waiting room and face-to-face chats with nurses, but more and more people...

The Nature of Medicine, and the Medicine of Nature

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Over time, the nature of medicine has changed. There is ever less time with patients. There is ever more reliance on technology and drugs. These can offer powerful benefits, but at times there are kinder, gentler modalities to get the same job done.

The Urgencies of Care: Here, There and Everywhere

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Access to care is an important element in the quality of both health care, and the overall public health. All too often small problems neglected for a while turn into larger problems. Barriers to care propagate just such costly misfortune.

Obamacare Prediction Was Totally Overblown

Kaiser Health News | Phil Galewitz | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business

Provided by Kaiser Health News: The headlines were ominous: Good luck finding a doctor under Obamacare. Not enough doctors for newly insured. Obama...

Health Care Reform and the Futures of Primary Care and Psychiatry

John Geyman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
John Geyman

What does health care reform have to do with the futures of primary care and psychiatry? A lot, and most of it is still under our collective radar screen.

Big Data With a Personal Touch: The Convergence of Predictive Analytics and Positive Deviance

Cole Zanetti, DO | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Cole Zanetti, DO

Background Over the last few years, the triple aim has taken center stage in health care. Through more effective identification of individuals at high...

Cracking the Myth: Does Cracking Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

I'm used to random medical questions from friends and family, but this one really got me. Is knuckle cracking associated with arthritis? To my dismay, I didn't have an educated answer. Until now.

Rowing Together: How Public Health Supports the 'Upstream' Doctor

Brian Castrucci | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

Veronica's story illustrates how clinicians can effectively address the social determinants of health by using tools that assess a patient's community and environmental circumstances, as well as by including non-medical providers as part of a health care team.

When Doctors Don't Know

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

I make it a point to include a statement of uncertainty when offering my assessment and plan to patients in situations where a constellation of symptoms don't immediately add up by the end of an office visit. Am I right to do this? Well, I don't know.