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Uber for Health Care? Think Again

Saquib Rahim | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Clearly there are some health care startups that will meaningfully improve health care. But there is justifiable concern that too many are focused on the wrong patients and wrong problems using technology with limited applicability.

Is Medical School a Million Dollar Mistake?

Dan Lambert | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Dan Lambert

The path to being a doctor is not only expensive, it also requires dedication as well as the sacrifice of time, deferring a high quality of life to many, many, years after most other professions.

Yoga Bare

Amy Mullis | Posted 12.10.2014 | Comedy
Amy Mullis

It's not that the folks in one part of the country eat healthier than the others, but I come from a place in the South where if you slow down for a yellow light, we will deep fry your car.

Why Some Doctors Struggle With the End of Life

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Ideally, we doctors must maintain that passion for life, but we must also make room for death, since every patient we treat will ultimately die from one cause or another. Doctors need to cultivate a view of life that includes the reality of death.

Creating a Space for Spirituality in Medical School

Aamir Hussain | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

I am interested in the intersections between spirituality and healthcare because my own religious beliefs inform my choice of career. My passion for medicine stems from a declaration in Islam and various other traditions that saving one person's life is equivalent to saving all of mankind.

Medical Treatment by Brute Force

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Force-feeding started at Guantanamo in response to fear that self-starving captives would stir anti-American ire. It would be ironic were this response itself to rouse worldwide outrage, making allies less likely to collaborate with us and stiffening our enemies' resolve.

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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.

Why Doctors Should Avoid Saying 'Drug Overdose'

Tessie Castillo | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Because most people who are prescribed opioids do not see themselves as being at risk for overdose, they may decline naloxone even if it is offered by a medical provider. Talking about not breathing as a possible side effect usually grabs patients' attention and will make them more open to information on naloxone.

What Does It Mean To Be A Board-Certified Sleep Specialist?

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

In the realm of sleep, it can be helpful to explore the meaning of some commonly used descriptors and how they have changed over the years to ensure that you get the care that you need.

These Amazing Individuals Have Dedicated Their Lives to the Fight Against AIDS

Erin Kelly | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices

There are some amazing people that dedicate their entire lives to preventing AIDS and HIV. But, on December 1st, World AIDS Day, everyone has an oppor...

New Answers Will Be Needed to Cure America's Doctor Shortage

Paul Alexander | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

In today's rapidly changing American health care system, one problem -- a critical shortage of doctors -- threatens to dwarf all other concerns.

Fatigued? What Your Doctor Won't Tell You

Heather Spires | Posted 11.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Spires

Don't be afraid to look beyond traditional ideas of why you feel like dirt. You don't have to travel to the rain forest to find a tribal healer, but do your research, talk to other people who've been through this and then find someone who'll listen.

Belated But Essential Steps to Respect

Rachel Adams | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Rachel Adams

When the people we entrust with our health and wellbeing use the term "retarded," they grant legitimacy to a word that has been deemed offensive by the culture at large. They cause harm to the very people they have pledged to heal.

These Texas Doctors Prove That Jews And Muslims Can Achieve Great Things By Working Together

Houston Chronicle | Karen Chen | Posted 11.16.2014 | Religion

In a collaboration that's being called the first of its kind in the country, Muslim and Jewish doctors joined forces Sunday to provide free medical sc...

The Healing Power Of Kindness

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

Kindness should be viewed as an indispensable part of the healing process. After all, it's been in the Hippocratic Oath for over a century: "I will remember that... warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug."

Why Every Young Physician Should Have a Professional Twitter Account

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

As patients and medical providers increasingly use online sources for information and support, Twitter offers a unique opportunity for young medical professionals like yourself to voice opinions and be heard in ways that otherwise would be challenging at such an early level of medical training.

What's in a Name? Plenty--and Don't You Forget It!

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.14.2014 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

"Lev" isn't a common name in Michigan so I'm used to people not hearing it correctly and asking if it's "Les." Over the phone they might think I said "Len" or even "Lez." Seriously.

Making the Most of Your Doctor: Three Words to Get the Best Out of Those 10 Minutes

Sabreena Razaq Hussain | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Sabreena Razaq Hussain

There are many models of communication that are used to train doctors in patient communication. A common one that we will use to demonstrate today is called the ICE model: ideas, concerns and expectations.

When Children Die of Cancer

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

Losing a child is one of the worst experiences a person can go through. The psychological research is consistent in finding that those who lose a child grieve for the longest, the most intensely, and with the most severe symptoms.

What the Ebola Virus and Sen. Barbara Boxer Can Teach Us About Health Care Systems

Saquib Rahim | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Now is the time for medical communities everywhere to examine existing processes critically, pursue thoughtful advances in how we deliver care, and promote a culture that engages staff in the improvement process. Taking care of patients is not only about the therapies we provide but also having the most effective care delivery systems possible. By that metric, American health care still has significant room to grow.

Medicare Reform: Scrap the SGR and Use Markets to Control Costs

Hadley Heath | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Hadley Heath

Competition for the biggest waste of time in Washington is fierce, but certainly the annual "doc fix" exercise deserves to be in the running.

10 Life-Changing Things Doctors Actually Said To Me

Jessica Bensten | Posted 10.30.2014 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

The bottom line is, sometimes there is no good news. But all news should still be delivered with kindness and compassion.

'The Doctors' Get Personal About Parenting, Part II

Caroline Presno | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

I asked several of the doctors from the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show The Doctors about the successful ways they are parenting their own kids. This time around, I'm focused on topics including the joys and frustrations of having kids.

Friday Talking Points -- McConnell For Sale!

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pennsylvania's pornography scandal just keeps getting worse. So far, four people employed by prosecutors' offices have been forced out. Next in line is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Justice Seamus McCaffery.

Ebola Handling: How Conservatives' Hysterics Compare to Meaningful Responses from Philanthropists, Celebrities, and Doctors

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

The Ebola scare provides a cane to help the conservatives who lack any real ideas limp through elections pretending they care for people's best interests. But Americans are not that naive.