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Snow Sledding Tips to Avoid Landing in the E.R.

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Sledding is a fun winter tradition, as long as you put your child's safety first. Follow these tips so you can worry less about injuries and have a good time over the holidays.

Energy Drink Ads Still Reach Young Kids

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Two very different studies crossed my desk this week and, when read together, they point to a disturbing problem.

Epidemic, War or Car Crash, the Dead Are Loved

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

Wars and diseases, intrigues and coups and all the rest are indeed interesting things. But more important, and more terrible, is the fact that grieving humanity suffers at the center of it all. Maybe that knowledge can make us love everyone better.

How Can I Negotiate an Sky-High Ambulance Charge on My Medical Bill?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 10.28.2014 | Money
Christina LaMontagne

Negotiating a lower balance, even if you can't pay it off in a lump sum, will remove a considerable burden from your shoulders.

Save Your Life: Get ICE

David Kessler | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Kessler

ICE stands for "in case of emergency." All hospital, police, firemen and paramedics know what ICE means. If something happens to you or someone you love, emergency personnel will search your phone for a contact called ICE.

Why Doctors Should Be English Majors In College

Sethly Davis | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Sethly Davis

When someone dies, literature can explain what happens -- more memorably, more compellingly and even, sometimes, more truthfully than my EMT and pre-med textbooks do. The best stories give readers insights into human frailty, and reading them shows the readers, in their turn, how to be more humane.

May All Children Be Happy: May All Parents Be Free From Fear

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 11.02.2014 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

Fear... that four-letter word. What scares you most as a parent? When my three sons were young, I lived in a constant state of anxiety. And for good reason: at any moment, things could run amok.

A Free-Market Solution to Alleviating America's Oral Health Crisis: Dental Therapists

Wendell Potter | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Millions of us, including middle-income individuals and families, lack dental insurance. For those most directly affected, the consequences are pain, missed school and work and, all too often because of the connection between oral health and overall health, serious medical conditions later in life.

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.

The Absolute Worst Day Of The Week To Have A Medical Emergency

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 09.06.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I had a serious bronchial infection that found me sitting in the Emergency Room for a total of -- I am NOT exaggerating -- 10 hours; seven in the waiting room and three in the actual Emergency Room. The reason we were made to wait the first seven hours was because none of my limbs were ripped off.

Research Without Consent in the Emergency Room

Ruth Macklin | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

A new study poses one of the most vexing ethical questions concerning research with human beings: When is it acceptable to conduct research without the consent of the research subject?

What 53 Hours in a Hospital Teaches You About Your Kid

Rob Sachs | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Rob Sachs

I thought horrible accidents weren't supposed to happen on beautiful weekend mornings. Certainly not when you're less than five feet away from your 6-year-old daughter, who's playing on a tree branch less than two feet off the ground.

Jeffrey Young

ER Visits Jump As Obamacare Kicks In, Doctors Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business

More people may be visiting hospital emergency departments this year as health benefits from Obamacare went live, according to a survey of physicians ...

One Year After: A Tribute From an ER Physician

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

On April 15, 2013, I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and walked to Mass General Hospital to begin my ER shift. It was the day of Boston marathon, and we were prepared for the usual influx of people with heatstroke and dehydration. Just before 3 p.m., we received the call that nobody could have predicted.

College Age Is the In-Between Stage

Ashley McDonald | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
Ashley McDonald

Only one more year until I'm thrust into the real world, with a real job, making (hopefully) real money. I'll have a little debt to pay off. I'll have to file my own taxes and pay my own bills and take myself to the doctor's when I'm sick. Am I excited? Of course. Am I scared out of my wits? Totally.

Post-Surgery Hell and the Important Lessons Learned

Randy Pipkin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Randy Pipkin

I have been fighting a PEG tube for long time. But never in my wildest imagination would I think the experience would turn into a gore fest. So, what did I learn from all of this?

Peace of Mind for 30 Cents

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Despite the online technology glitches, Bishnu worked through the application process with the help of a dedicated application counselor. When her insurance card arrived at her home, Bishnu's happiness was palpable.

Life Lessons From A Concussion

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Flora Ross

Sure, I am aware there are potential dangers lurking in any home. But the scenario that played out in my mom's kitchen was not one I had ever considered. But I gained a new perspective from this experience. A jolt to the brain, both literally and in the best of ways.

Resolving to Take Better Care of Our Teeth Could Save Our Lives -- And Billions of Dollars

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Step one involves a toothbrush, some dental floss, a little toothpaste and a commitment to use them a couple of times a day. It's also important to visit a dental professional for preventive care at least once a year. That last part is not so easy or inexpensive for many people.

A Sentence No Parent Should Ever Hear

Eric W. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric W.

A woman from the hospital asked me if I had any friends or family that they could call for me. I shook my head yes. They asked me for the number. I handed them my phone and pointed to my parents in the contact list.

Obamacare Could Cause Longer Wait Times At ERs

Reuters | SUSAN HEAVEY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People seeking urgent medical could face longer wait times and other challenges as demand increases under Obamacare, U.S. emerg...

An ER Christmas Story

Adam C. Levine | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Adam C. Levine

It seems that many in Washington remain quite worried about America's long-term budget-deficit. From my front row seat on the ground floor of the hospital, though, I remain far more worried about America's long-term compassion-deficit.

Over the River and Through the Woods -- To the ER We Go?

Leigh Vinocur, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Leigh Vinocur, M.D.

Unless you want to spend Thanksgiving with me in the ER, a little common sense and an ounce or prevention go a long way!

Why Was Your Health Insurance Plan Cancelled and Not Upgraded?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Regardless of your general disposition toward the president, let's make sure your anger isn't just a little bit misguided.

Healthcare and Financial Disaster: We All Know Someone, Even the President

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Vivian Norris

Many many Americans have known and still do know people who have become fragile economically because they fell ill. People should not have to spend their last days worrying about health care costs. We are a civilized nation and now we are beginning to act like one.