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Knowledge About Ebola Empowers Us

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Oftentimes people do not realize that our fear overwhelms us because ignorance overtakes us. Often, others -- maybe the media -- play on our fears to get our attention about a disease, but do not do a good enough job to educate and empower us.

Combatting Ebola: Quarantine Is Vital, But Also Cultural Education

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.

The Hot Zones: A Year in Review of Travel Illness

Dane Steele Green | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

No one likes to think about getting sick on a vacation, and the fact is that most of us never will. However, 2014 has thrown up some very lurid headlines about just such a subject.

4 Ways A Little Stress Can Be Good For You

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Stress, when harnessed properly, can have numerous benefits for the body and mind. But in order to use stress to our advantage, it's important first to understand what exactly causes it and, if everyone tells us to avoid it, how it can actually help us.

Drop in Health Care-Acquired Infections Points the Way to Progress

David Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

There is a lot more work to do. Some states are doing much better than others in tackling health care-acquired infections. Lagging states need to learn from leading ones. Progress is not uniform across the different types of infections.

Of Lyme Disease, and Lemonade

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Lyme is common, but no more so now than before this report -- this is simply recognition of what has been, not a portent of some new threat to come.

10 Things That Can Kill You in the Hospital

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Hospitals have recognized these medical errors as a significant problem, and they are taking steps -- such as hand hygiene compliance and surgical checklists -- to make care safer. But if you or your loved one needs medical care now, be on the lookout for these errors.

Re-Engineering Health Care to Keep Patients Safe

Peter J. Pronovost | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Peter J. Pronovost

Can you imagine that most doctors learn little about the third leading cause of death in medical school?

Lynne Peeples

Superbug Suit: FDA To Address Antibiotic Overuse In Livestock, Protect Public Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.23.2012 | Green

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration must act on scientific knowledge that the overuse of antibiotics in food animals has contributed to the rise of ...

Cell Phones: A Biological Part of You

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 01.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

Cell phones change economies, communication, education, human brains and inner-human ecology. Treat them with respect -- as biologically part of your hand. Keep them clean.

Hospital Drug Shortages Present Deadly, Costly Crisis

AP | By LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 11.24.2011 | Healthy Living

TRENTON, N.J. -- A drug for dangerously high blood pressure, normally priced at $25.90 per dose, offered to hospitals for $1,200. Fifteen deaths in 15...

Why Are Hospitals The Worst Place To Be When You Are Sick?

Judith Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judith Johnson

I can only hope that healthcare reform will eliminate the reasons why nurses and other healthcare workers repeatedly giggle dismissively as they say that hospitals are the worst place to be if you are sick, that they are hotbeds for infection.

'Germ Inspectors' Help Prevent Hospital Infections

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BALTIMORE — This is no ordinary intensive care unit: Every doctor, nurse, friend or loved one must cover their clothes with a bright yellow gown...

Study: Nose Treatment, Body Wash Drastically Cuts Hospital Infections

Reuters | Gene Emery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

searchers in the Netherlands said on Wednesday they were able to cut the risk of a common bacterium by nearly 60 percent by first looking for signs of...

Beyond the X-Ray: Radiology and The Use of Imaging Guidance For Tissue Sampling

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

There are precautions to take with any invasive procedure. These are some things to keep in mind when undergoing tissue sampling.

Swine Flu - Don't Panic

Barbara Dehn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Dehn

Be well, and try not to panic. The Swine Flu can be a very serious infection, but there are few cases in the US and all of the people infected have recovered or are recovering. Stay safe by taking precautions.

Empty Promises For Patients

Betsy McCaughey | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Betsy McCaughey

A new policy announced in Washington D.C. on October 8 was billed as a huge step forward in patient safety. The truth is that it will do almost nothing to prevent infections that kill more than 100,000 patients a year.