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Smartphone Apps for a Healthier Heart

Jordan Safirstein, MD | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Jordan Safirstein, MD

Here are some apps that I feel have transcended the niche medical category and gone into the widely used and useful category.

Solutions For A Smarter Planet: Colleagues In Care (VIDEO)

Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology

Our story begins on the island of Haiti, an island devastated by a catastrophic earthquake in 2010. This horrific tragedy destroyed homes, lives, and ...

Are You Going to Be a Specialist? Or Just a GP?

Penny Wilson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Penny Wilson

I'm not "just" a GP. I'm a broadly-skilled, sub-specialized, expert GP, providing a damn fine health service to my patients and my community. And I absolutely love it.

The Shocking Truth About Medication Errors

Leah Binder | Posted 09.11.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

Let's say a physician writes a prescription for Colchicine and accidentally orders "10.0 mg," when he should have ordered "1.0 mg." That's a tiny deci...

Health Care 101: Dealing With a Medical Error

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

While caring for Ms. A overnight, I made the incorrect decision to administer a cardiac medication to treat her disease that is known to increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Committing and dealing with a medical error is one of the more humbling experiences in the field of medicine.

Doctor, How Do You Feel?

Nandita Mani | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Nandita Mani

In these formative years, students are like sponges, constantly absorbing clues from their superiors on how medicine should be practiced. Can we really expect medical students to retain their empathy if we don't show them how?

Teaching Empathy in Medical School

Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., MD, DPhil | Posted 11.04.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., MD, DPhil

As medical educators, the most important message that we can send to our students is this: "Keep the patient at the center of everything you do." Patients visit doctors seeking help and hope. They are looking for guidance during difficult times, and they need to be treated with compassion and sensitivity.

Broken Education, Flawless Health Care: A Republican Fallacy

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

While Republicans seem willing to make drastic changes to education using the power of the government, they apparently feel differently regarding our supposedly broken health care system.

The Things You Should Know If You're Interested in Becoming a Psychiatrist

Felix Tarcomnicu | Posted 10.26.2013 | College
Felix Tarcomnicu

As a psychiatrist you will be learning, studying, diagnosing, and treating mental disorders from a medical standpoint in order to enrich the lives of your patients. If that sounds like you, then psychiatry is your calling.

What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self About Marriage?

Melissa Chapman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Weddings
Melissa Chapman

I wonder, having had the experience and knowledge I have now -- would I have done it all the same? The Answer: Yes, but gosh if I could give my 25-year-old self advice about the next 14 years of life and marriage here are just a few things I would say:

What Happens When Doctors Go Too Slow

Riva Greenberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Yet unlike medical errors, clinical inertia goes mostly unreported and under the radar. That's why it's up to you to be mindful whether your provider is providing treatment and recommendations in your best interest.

5 Unexpected Side Effects Of 5 Common Medications

Posted 08.12.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Linda Melone Some popular drugs may spark odd, unexpected reactions, like color blindness, deja vu and even compulsi...

Unfit Doctors Withhold Lifesaving Intervention

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

A generation ago no one paid any attention to the lifestyle, fitness or health of the doctor. It was assumed that a cardiologist could be overweight and even smoke and still be an effective cardiologist. We now know that the health of the healer directly impacts the patient.

My Weekend as a Diabetic

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Lev Raphael

I wish my dermatologist had originally said something a little less specific like, "Let's do a blood test to see if we can figure out what the problem is" or something equally general. I might have then assumed it was a vitamin or mineral deficiency. But that word, diabetes, triggered panic.

Beyond Plugging the Dam: Building a Sustainable Solution to Health in Resource Limited Settings

Vanessa Kerry | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Vanessa Kerry

Two weeks ago I stood in the Indian Treaty room of the Old Executive Office Building of the White House. In front of me stood 30 doctors and nurses reciting their oaths to become Global Health Service Partnership Volunteers and embarking on a life-changing experience in Africa.

You Are Not Your Diagnosis

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 10.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

If a doctor were to tell you that you had cancer, how would you feel in that moment? It is hard to have positive expectancy when your mind automatically sees a label or diagnosis as bad.

Can Dogs Help Some Patients More Than Docs?

Harshada Rajani | Posted 10.01.2013 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

While doctors are the obvious magicians behind maximizing our quantity of life, dog lovers would agree that dogs are the quintessential kings of enriching our quality of life.

Out of Left Field

Varda Epstein | Posted 09.27.2013 | Parents
Varda Epstein

He had always coped so well. I wondered if he had struggled and didn't realize his struggles had been significant enough to note.

Sorry... But Are You Really a Doctor?

Penny Wilson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Women
Penny Wilson

Sometimes I get the distinct impression that the general public believes that doctors graduate from medical school as middle aged men. It's understandable really. After all, that's what TV has taught us.

The 'Drop Dead Pork Chops' -- Why Fight Cancer? -- Sunday, July 28, Cal Spirit Food and Wine Festival at PDC

Barbara Lazaroff | Posted 09.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Barbara Lazaroff

Help me finish the fight: July 28th Cal Spirit Festival at the PDC In 2011 shortly before Mother's Day, I wrote about the significance of mothers in ...

Public Journal Club: New Method in Improving Blood Pressure Control

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although further investigations may be useful in further legitimizing this innovative method in controlling blood pressure, this study demonstrates that there may be more effective ways in managing hypertension than the current standard of care.

Doctor for America to Debut This Fall

Rick Ayers | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Rick Ayers

In a new and dramatic initiative, education wunderkind Wendy Kopp has launched her new initiative, Doctor for America. DFA will recruit graduating college seniors to staff our most needy hospitals.

The Dirty Secret About Medical Errors

Riva Greenberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

"So we can make all the laws we want and change the color of syringes, but until we address the shame, we'll never get past this problem. We won't know about the enormous number of hidden medical errors until someone dies from them."

Clinical Karma

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Having medical training is a great privilege, and the source of, at times, quite literal life and death power. With that power comes a grave responsibility -- but bearing that is a privilege as well. Medical training is not a product of good fortune, but of willful preparation.

Breathing in a Healing Relationship

Carla Melucci Ardito | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Carla Melucci Ardito

"A healer/client relationship is just that, a relationship; a partnership at best, and like all relationships its success is the responsibility of b...