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The Rise of the Employed Physician

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Importantly, in an era where patients see an ever-increasing number of non-physician providers, it is likely that young doctors will require a much more conscious effort to maintain a sense of personal responsibility for the health and well-being of the patients they care for.

'I Can't Breathe': Eric Garner's Last Words Symbolize Our Predicament

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

"I can't breathe" speaks from the grave and describes the circumstances faced by many who are being choked by a system that treats different races and classes of people unequally.

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.

A Tale Of Two Cities

Gary H. Cohen | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Gary H. Cohen

Just when it appeared we had achieved consensus that climate change was a major threat to our health and our communities, enter Inhofe and his supporters to launch us back to a worldview when the Earth was flat and tobacco smoke was good for you. Come January, God help us.

BUILDing Better, Healthier Communities

Brian Castrucci | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Brian Castrucci

Our consequences-based approach to health care will lead to a lifetime of medication, countless doctor visits, and the need for surgery and other costly interventions for those who are chronically ill.

Peak Travel Period a Reminder of Need for Ebola Safety Standards

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

We have to ask ourselves as a nation what do our values actually mean. Nurses rank the highest year after year in polls on public trust. Yet when it comes to their own safety nurses have to wage battle in most parts of the nation.

Incontinence: No Laughing Matter

S. L. Young | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Kimberly-Clark Corporation's product Depend has received media attention due to its commercials with men and women proudly wearing its product. This ...

A New Addition To The What-I'm-Thankful-For List

Jeremy Krashin | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Jeremy Krashin

I am thankful for these nurses, and so many others. They made the most challenging part of our life bearable. They made it human.

The ER: Holiday Sanctuary for the Broken

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

Where our patients sometimes live in darkness, squalor, danger and hunger, whether run-down trailer, homeless tent or government project, the emergency departments are different. They are places of bright lights and warmth, safety and relief; where beds are clean and food is available. And if nothing else, places where there are people who are interested and polite.

Customer Service Trumps Health at a Top-Rated Hospital

Ilene Fischer | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilene Fischer

I too sacrificed my health by devoting most of my waking hours to my company. But I am now returning to the things that have nurtured me in the past, including exercise, meditation, and nutritional food.

Big Moments in Disguise

Beth Frede | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Frede

Enjoy not just the holidays, but the days surrounding them. Pay attention to the little things; they are the big moments in disguise.

Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We as a society, and for those of us who are mental health care practitioners in particular, need to examine inpatient psychiatric and forensic nursing care and create safe(r) environments.

Sexism Is Alive and Well in Medicine

Elizabeth Horn | Posted 11.13.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Horn

While demographic data may suggest otherwise, I still consider myself a minority, albeit a less common one. I am a young woman in medicine, and I am a natural blonde.

Why We Switched Hospitals Mid-Cancer Treatment

Julie Meyer Taylor | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Julie Meyer Taylor

Medically, the first hospital did everything right. I am grateful for that. The surgeon who removed my son's tumor was one of the best pediatric neurosurgeons in the U.S. The nurses on the oncology floor did their job well. But I was miserable.

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.

The American Hospital, in a State of Emergency

Paul Alexander | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
Paul Alexander

There's an epidemic in America that's not getting the attention it deserves: hospital closures. The situation is so dire that, according to the American Medical Association, almost one third of all emergency rooms in the country have closed since the mid-nineties.

Outrage of the Month: CDC Director's False Assurances on Ebola

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Carome, M.D.

The media frenzy around events in Dallas led many to believe that the danger of contracting Ebola in the U.S. is greater than it really is, stoking unfounded anxiety and hysteria among the public and some health care workers. Unfortunately, in its effort to counter the misperception about the danger posed by Ebola, the false assurances from the CDC only served to magnify that hysteria and sow confusion.

Low Health Bills Slow Economy

Jim Jaffe | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

A more efficient health system does augur well for these cities and more than a few others and may cause a revision in the way we plan our economic future. This is not a theoretical issue.

Five Ways Hospitals Prepare For Natural Disasters

Benn Grover | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Benn Grover

We find comfort in knowing hospitals will be there for us when disaster strikes. But what the movies don't show is what it takes to effectively prepare hospitals for those disasters. And being unprepared can have disastrous consequences.

The Generation Y Physician

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

We can only hope that the "giants" of medicine -- once young pioneers themselves in the face of change -- will be kind to us young physicians as we continue to define our unique identity in the face the a seemingly telescopic transformation of the field of medicine.

Missouri Coalition Pushes State to National Leadership on LGBT Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

After today you might want to rethink the charms of the Show Me State. For the last year a local coalition has been pushing adoption of LGBT-welcoming policies at hospitals. In this week's release of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index, Missouri zoomed from 37th in the country to sixth in the number of local LGBT leader hospitals.

How Could an ER Miss Ebola? Let Me Explain.

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

The medical pundits are wagging fingers and lecturing everyone about how best to manage this crisis. (Lecturing, that is, from the relative calm and safety of television studios, rather than the in the mind-numbing chaos of the ER.)

Ebola, Other Hospital-Acquired Infections... and Handwashing

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr Layla McCay

Improving hand hygiene helps kill many birds with one stone, from Ebola to MRSA, diarrhea, flu, and the common cold -- and it is everybody's business. For Global Handwashing Day 2014, what is your handwashing commitment?

Are Local Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

While theoretically all hospitals should be able to manage an Ebola patient, in practice it is not possible. In my opinion, we cannot train hundreds of hospital staff including doctors, nurses, phlebotomists, and X-ray technician in meticulous isolation procedures.

In the Time of Ebola, We All Need a Little Robot

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Sidonie Sawyer

In San Antonio, Texas, there is a company whose fortune should be rising. This manufacturer develops and sells a machine that cleans infected spaces spot on -- kills all germs on every surface, on contact.