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When Medical Residents Don't Get Enough Sleep

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.04.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

As a frequent flier, I wince at every story of an inattentive air traffic controller. A parallel dilemma related to the working hours of medical residents is playing out at lower altitudes.

Connecting Through Texting: Saving Women's Lives With Social Media

Sarah Costa | Posted 06.21.2011 | Impact
Sarah Costa

After 15 years of combating maternal mortality and disability in humanitarian settings at the policy level, it's time to do more than work on policies; we now need to improve the practice.

Le Chaim!

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jack Schimmelman

We are fragile corporal fragments. We bleed, we breathe. When we are pulled into the theater of illness we suddenly, simultaneously, feel our ephemeral immortal pulse. One we measure, the other we sense.

Ask Me About My Gall Bladder

Meredith Lopez | Posted 05.30.2011 | Home
Meredith Lopez

I have to say, spending nearly a week in the hospital and having surgery was way more fun than any stupid plans I may have had, like St. Patrick's Day parties and Purim carnivals.

President Of Company Behind Japan Nuclear Plant Hospitalized

AP | By MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.29.2011 | World

TOKYO -- The president of the beleaguered Tokyo utility company that owns the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant leaking radiation in the northeast h...

Cutbacks Give Rise To Health Care Entrepreneurs

Rod Shrader | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rod Shrader

The new health care legislation's provisions are far reaching and will usher in enormous change in the way health care is delivered in this country. To an entrepreneur, change means opportunity.

Why Hospitals Are The Worst Place To Be When You Are Sick (Part 2)

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

The spread of infections in hospitals has reached epidemic proportions. In this followup, I want to share some of the resources that were shared with me in emails from readers.

Reduce Unnecessary Hospital Readmissions

Diane C. Pinakiewicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane C. Pinakiewicz

Patients discharged from America's hospitals return much sooner than one might expect, exacting an enormous and unnecessary human and financial toll.

The Patient Is A Person

Dr. Ronald Ricker and Dr. Venus Nicolino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Ronald Ricker and Dr. Venus Nicolino

Is this what the science and art of psychotherapy and psychiatry has been reduced to? Don't talk, don't question, don't get to know the patient. The Doctor's role is to be the last part of the conveyor belt leading from the pharmaceutical plant to the patient's mouth.

NY Hospital Execs Try to Change Medicaid Rules Behind Closed Doors

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joanne Doroshow

Whatever has been going on behind the closed doors of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team, loaded with self-dealing lobbyists and hospital ...

Nasty Nurses? Tell Me Something New

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christina Patterson

Some people, on hearing that old people in hospital were being left lying in their own faeces, or with open wounds that no one had put a bandage on, o...

Open Letter to Hospital Compliance Officers: Questions to Ask as Standards Enter Pilot Phase

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Louis Provenzano

New and revised Joint Commission requirements for language and interpretation standards took effect this month on a year-long pilot basis for healthca...

Cancer Survivor Provides Child Care Program For Hospital Patients

AOL News | David Moye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When Amy Paterson was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, she not only had the fight of her life. She also found her calling. ...

Into the Health Reform Briar Patch?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Those who are suing to overturn the mandatory health insurance requirement apparently believe a success will be both a major embarrassment for the president. They may be very, very wrong.

The Naked Lady Who Stood On Her Head: A psychiatrist's stories of his most bizarre cases

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

This book's stories thoughtfully depict essential aspects of mental health treatment. Few people actually understand, and thus tend to mischaracterize or stigmatize, what goes on in a psychiatrist's office.

Women Speak Out About What's Gone Wrong with the United States Birthing System

Tabby Biddle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tabby Biddle

Here is the reality: Hospitals are businesses. They want those beds filled and emptied. And there is something else you should know: Having a baby in a hospital might not be as safe as you thought.

Hospitals Go Digital To Better Inform Patients

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO — Learning he had prostate cancer floored John Noble. Then came the prospect of surgery and his overpowering fear of being "put under" w...

Healing New York's Hospitals

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James R. Knickman

Our hospitals cannot change their size or priorities overnight and if they get more cash starved they will have an even more difficult time investing in reforms.

Putting the 'Care' Back in Health Care -- the UCLA Transformation

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Goulston, M.D.

When I firsthand experienced their caring and learned that UCLA Health System's mission is "seeking to heal humankind, one patient at a time" I needed to hear more.

Cholera Death Toll Rising In Haiti: Inside Port-Au-Prince's Tent Camps

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Jon LaPook

I fear this will become a major disaster. Haitians have no natural immunity to cholera. The incubation period of up to five days lets seemingly healthy but actually infected people travel and spread the disease. This could involve the entire country. I'm praying for a miracle.

Hospitals Must Overcome Language Barriers to Save Lives, Cut Costs

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

More than 60 million people - about one in five legal U.S. residents - speak a language other than English at home, and it's not all Spanish, with mor...

A Landmark Week for Health Reform -- But Let's Remember Health Care's Larger Purpose

Dora Calott Wang, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dora Calott Wang, M.D.

Medicine has always been grounded in humanitarian ideals, as reflected in codes of ethics. The humanitarian roots of American medicine are evident in our many hospitals named for saints.

Can AT&T Stay in Business? Communication Giant Can't Even Communicate Within Its Own Company

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

How can AT&T's leadership condone inefficient and ultimately uncaring processes within the same company that cause its customers such tumult?

They Tortured Me for My Health -- Don't Let It Happen to You

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lev Raphael

From Prague to D.C. the new rage in tourist attractions is torture museums. Is that thanks to the Bush administration? The closest I had ever come t...

Mental Illness Policy Forces Police to Shoot Mentally Ill James Jay Lee at Discovery Channel

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
DJ Jaffe

If you are mentally ill in Maryland, you are over 2 ½ times more likely to be arrested for it than treated for it.