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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.

Humility and Growing Old

Jay Lickus | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
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Jay Lickus

Have you gotten tired yet hearing how broken down and dysfunctional we have all become in our advancing years? If we are smart, we except our shortcomings, find a way to overcome them and move on with living our lives to the fullest.

Improving Healthcare and Reducing Cost Through Clinical Data Analytics

Vala Afshar | Posted 06.29.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Clinical analytics can quantify everything from patient outcomes to readmissions and emergency department visits, to wait times and utilization of high-cost services. This new level of insight and transparency is good for both clinical outcomes and for business.

Using 3D Printing And Design To Change The Way We Look At Disability

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 06.27.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

The technology involved in creating artificial limbs has come a long way in the last few decades. We have now witnessed a paralyzed man kick a soccer ...

Nine Reasons Our Foreign Policy Makes Us Look Like Complete Hypocrites

Carl Gibson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Before we start sending off troops to bring all the wonderful things we love about America to the rest of the world, maybe we should tend to our own affairs first. Let's take the log out of our own eye before we talk about the speck in the eye of other countries.

LICH Leftovers

Sal F. Albanese | Posted 07.08.2014 | New York
Sal F. Albanese

Brooklynites didn't really need de Blasio or me or anyone else. In late April, after weeks of rainy marches and rallies, SUNY withdrew its plan to close LICH. For a moment at least, the community and workers had saved their hospital.

Top 10 Safest Hospitals in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.23.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A new list released by CosumerReports.org has named the safest hospitals in Illinois based on their abilities to avoid infections, readmissions, cesarean sections and surgery-adverse events.

Republicans Finally Admit Why They Hate Obamacare

New York Magazine | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics

Conservatives spent years predicting Obamacare would collapse in all manner of gloomy scenarios. But those predictions all occurred in the run-up to t...

Making It Personal: Why Everyone Should Care About Big Data

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric Silfen, M.D.

For most of us, the term "Big Data" sounds pretty remote from our own experience -- and not particularly relevant. An explosion of data, from millions...

Health Care or Disease Care: Which Would You Choose? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself and Why

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

The new science of "health" care that has emerged in the 21st century is creating the opportunity to be successful in preventing and treating chronic diseases. In a successful therapeutic relationship, practitioner and patient work in partnership to create health rather than treat disease.

Obituary: The Passing of the Physician Healer

Barry Boyd, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Barry Boyd, M.D.

It is with the deepest regret that we announce the passing of the physician healer. While there was no exact date provided, it was believed that his d...

The Sharing Project

Joel Tauber | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
Joel Tauber

I've been struggling for the last couple of years to understand the concept of sharing and how to teach it to our young son Zeke. We have a lot of questions.

The Power of Prevention

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Benjamin Franklin once said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," yet 279 years later his words still have not been successfully put into medical practice.