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Can I Skip My Annual Pelvic Exam?

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

The American College of Physicians has issued a controversial new guideline recommending against performing the annual pelvic exam in non-pregnant women who have no gynecological symptoms that may require medical attention. Is it time to celebrate and cross that dreaded exam off your to-do list?

Why the Courts Won't Kill Obamacare

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

ACA dead-enders will stay at it, fighting Medicaid expansion and filing creative, hopeless lawsuits. They'll stop Medicaid expansion in some states, denying coverage to millions of the most needy. But the ACA will survive. In health care policy, the arc of history has taken a decisive turn toward human decency.

Historic Vote Brings Comprehensive Transgender Health Care to Oregon's Medicaid Program

Logan Lynn | Posted 08.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Logan Lynn

History has, once again, been made! Transgender Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan should be able to receive hormonal and surgical health care prescribed by their physician starting in 2015.

MRIs at the Mall and Other Disruptive Ideas from a Bush-Family Entrepreneur

Leah Binder | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

When it comes to health care, we are accustomed to pointless bureaucracies and record systems dating from the Mad Men era. But think how shocked the entire train of passengers would have been if this passenger was instead cajoling her bank into allowing her to withdraw cash.

Injecting Facts Into Controversy

Kayla Behbahani, D.O. | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Kayla Behbahani, D.O.

The problem is, when you argue against this legislation because you think a medical school graduate's knowledge of anatomy is limited to dissecting a frog, you lose credibility and with it, you lose the argument. At least in my book.

Heart Attack Treatment: Timing Is Everything

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 08.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

When it comes to treatment for heart attack, minutes matter. Cardiologists have a saying, "Time is myocardium." Simply put, the faster you receive treatment, the more your heart muscle (myocardium) can be preserved and the less damaged your heart will be.

Scary Bedtime Stories: Health Care and the Patent Trolls

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 08.07.2014 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

A true patent troll does not produce or sell any products of its own. It's a legal entity created specifically and solely to generate a revenue stream from patents, preferably through entering into licensing agreements, but also through litigation.

Howard to Harvard: An Inside Look at Mentoring in STEM Education

Dr. Sheila Nutt | Posted 08.08.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Sheila Nutt

One of the challenges in this area involves finding mentors who understand the complex issues surrounding urban youth. In order to prepare the future generation of STEM leaders, we must also increase the access to research labs and hands-on experiences in the biomedical sciences.

'I Like Jesus -- It's His Followers I Can't Stand'

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

There's a growing dissatisfaction with the traditional view of the church among emerging generations. This dissatisfaction has any number of causes, which the disaffected would name as anti-institutionalism, hypocrisy, judgmentalism, etc. But there's one area of vexation that always seems to come up: the Jesus Gap.

Pilgrimage to the Holy City of Copán

Marco Cáceres | Posted 08.05.2014 | Travel
Marco Cáceres

I would like to add the town of Copán Ruinas, Honduras, to the list of holy cities. Strange, you might think.

Zach Carter

Barney Frank 'Appalled' By Obama Administration: 'They Just Lied To People'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made a major political mistake by lying about the details of his health care plan, according to former House Fina...

Humpty Dumpty Meets Le Droit du Seigneur

Eliot Daley | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Eliot Daley

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master -- that's all." We know now who the master is to be, thanks these last two findings in a relentless stream of high court decisions favoring corporations over citizens.

Sam Levine

The Koch Brothers Want To Creep You Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Levine | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A conservative advocacy group terrified young children and millennials on the National Mall with a hospital of horrors and knife-thrower...

Same Song....

John Toussaint, MD | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
John Toussaint, MD

In a strange way, the VA and military health system problems might actually help American medicine leaders figure out the way forward.

A Simple Prescription for Lower Health Care Costs

Angela Perkey | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Angela Perkey

Countless books have been written about the need to change habits and live a healthy lifestyle. Yet it's clear just by looking at obesity rates that there is much to be done to improve the American lifestyle.

Simple Personal Systems for Big Health Benefits

Riva Greenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

When we try to make a change like losing weight or exercising, going back to school or advancing at work, to a large degree it's the systems around us that either help ease us forward or hold us back -- both our own personal systems and societal systems that we must navigate.

Big Data and Dark Data for Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 07.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

There's a growing trend in health care for providers and payors to look beyond traditional medical claims at the data that captures what we're doing i...

Health Care Advice That Can Save Your Life

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research My friend Barry just got out of the hospital, four months after having an a...

Why More Americans Need to Talk About Death

Hilary Young | Posted 07.16.2014 | Fifty
Hilary Young

Whether due to changes in the economy or the fact that people are now living longer than ever before, there's no denying that the reality of growing older in America is expensive and most people are unprepared to take on the financial burden.

The Convergence of Medical and Consumer Health Apps

Techonomy | Posted 07.15.2014 | Technology
Techonomy

By Paul Bennett [CAPTION: Image via Shutterstock] Consumer healthcare apps linked to smartphones or wearable devices are growing in popularity, a...

Immigration and Dying 9/11 Ground Zero Workers

Ryan Campbell | Posted 07.15.2014 | New York
Ryan Campbell

The Zadroga bill running out in 2016 is only one of the complications faced by hundreds of undocumented immigrants who worked to clear the still-smouldering wreckage at Ground Zero.

Some Smart Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Eric J. Hall | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

If you have ever been hospitalized you know how many health care professionals -- doctors, nurses, technicians, therapists on several shifts -- come into your room to talk with you. You have little time t o learn their names or understand their roles, let alone what they are telling you about your condition.

A Diabetes Hoarder Story

Peg Abernathy | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Peg Abernathy

When I was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes more than 25 years ago, I had no health insurance. And due to my young adult perspective and extreme naiveté about managing my diabetes condition, I believed that very little about my personal life would change with my diagnosis. I guess ignorance is bliss, but ignorance can also cause the eventual reality to be that much more painful.

How to Really Cure the Cancer That's Killing the VA

John Toussaint, MD | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
John Toussaint, MD

The best medicine for America's veterans is to remove politics from their care, and redesign the way it's delivered going forward.

What Keeps the CEO of the Nation's Largest Pediatric Hospital up at Night?

Mark A. Wallace | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Mark A. Wallace

A lot of CEOs in health care worry constantly about changing reimbursement models or the impact of new health care laws. While there's no disputing that these have a great potential to influence the way we provide care, it's not what occupies my thoughts.