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Let's Ban The Phrase 'Studies Show' From Medical Lingo

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

If we've read evidence supporting our management decisions, let's own it by truly referring to the literature. But if we are only vaguely aware of research that supports a questioned decision, without first taking time to read the evidence and/or supporting editorials and guidelines, let us not sugarcoat our lack of due diligence.

The Snake Oil in Spine Surgery: One Spine Surgeon's Perspective

Michael A. Gleiber, M.D. | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael A. Gleiber, M.D.

Many folks responded to a paid advertisement promising "Great results" and "Little to no down time," and take the bait. They bought the snake oil.

Melissa Rivers' Courageous Decision

David Kessler | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
David Kessler

I've helped thousands of people with end-of-life decisions and I can tell you that the process is beyond stressful. It's extremely confusing and it's racked with guilt. As we mourn the death of Joan Rivers, here is what we can learn from her daughter's brave decision.

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.

Proof That You Can Live A Positive Life, Even With MS

Cathy Chester | Posted 08.30.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

Of the more than 2.3 million people worldwide who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I am only one story. I am a wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, friend, and woman living with an incurable and unpredictable disease. And even though I am only one person, my story can add great value by educating othe

Lifestyle Medicine: Have Hammer, See Nails, Seeking Spoon

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Famously, when you have a hammer, you tend to see nails everywhere you look. As president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, then, perhaps it's no surprise that I see opportunity to apply this remedy everywhere I look. Lifestyle medicine is my hammer.

As Her Scalp Grew Thin, Her Soul Grew Heavy

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

It was a warm Thursday afternoon and we were in dermatology clinic. This 20-something young professional had come to have her scalp examined. She'd noticed a sudden increase in the quantity of hair follicles that parted ways in the shower, after an ordinary brush, on her pillowcase, and she was worried that she had developed female-pattern hair loss.

This Form Of Medicine Works To Prevent Ailments, Not Just Treat Them

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living

A truly effective healthcare system focuses not just on treatment, but on prevention of chronic diseases. James Maskell, host of The Evolution of M...

This Is What Endometriosis Feels Like

Abby Norman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Abby Norman

There are times, at night as I find I can't move because it has pulled me down against my bed, where I find that I, too, must audibly groan. Almost as though I'm harmonizing with the depth of the painful chord inside.

7 Things You Need to Know About Google Calico

Abby Norman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Abby Norman

Since Google has some stake in 23andMe, you can be certain the genomics will be a major focus of Calico's investigations. Genetics too are known to play a role in disease and factors that influence longevity.

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you read a controversial opinion article, instead of talking about "lynching" the author or what "gauge" shotgun you're going to use when you shoot him, maybe present a better idea to solve the problems he's trying to address.

'Is There a Doctor in the House?'

Kathleen Smith | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Kathleen Smith

Study the past if you would define the future." -- Confucius Here I sit, overwhelmed with nostalgia for a time I never knew. A time when ice cream...

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.

Empathy Needs to Be Part of the Medical Treatment

Eric J. Hall | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

He was getting first rate medical care but he was not feeling cared for. What seems to be missing in this scenario is empathy, the ability to recognize emotions being experienced by another.

Why Do We Have A Passion For What We Do?

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 08.12.2014 | Good News
Olayiwola A. Alara

If you have ever developed one for a vision, a dream, a purpose, a cause where the struggle to see it through seems challenging and overwhelming but you do not know how to stop fighting, you have not lost your mind, your passion is intentional and deliberate, it is what keeps the engine running.

A Surprising Success Story: Jobs and the Arts and Humanities

Christine Henseler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Christine Henseler

As the world gets bigger and the world's problems become more complex, employers seek more critical, comprehensive, and creative leaders. And the Arts and Humanities provide just that.

How I Manage My Bipolar Disorder

Krystal Reddick | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

A stable life is highly doable. You have to take stock of your life and shape one you'd be proud and happy to live. It is a lot of work. But what in life isn't?

Aborted Thinking

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We all like autonomy, and all concede it has to end somewhere. As I once heard an ethicist quip, my autonomy to swing a stick certainly ends where your nose begins.

'She Wasn't Her Tumor'

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

It was only when I saw anesthesia approach out of the corner of my eye, and knew that her undivided attention to me would soon be less so, did I blurt it out: "Why didn't you see a doctor about this sooner?"

The Doctor Who Remembers, or Doesn't

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

The idea that every doctor I see, no matter how frequently, would need to memorize my name, face, and life history in order to qualify as an excellent, caring physician feels like a distorted sentimentality, an invented fiction.

Bachmann Thinks Government Wants To Experiment On Undocumented Children

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) believes that the United States government wants to use thousands of undocumented immigrants for medical experiments, ...

A Spoonful of Support Helps the Medicine Go Down

Uloop | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Uloop

A good attitude and healthy lifestyle goes along with taking medication. Taking pills can only do so much, but if we allow ourselves to accept it instead of marking it with disgust and disappointment, then we will be taking the first step to understand what good medicine can do.

What If Buildings Could Function As Medicine?

Matt Murrie | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Matt Murrie

If both medications and the environment make physiological and neurological changes in us, could it be possible to design the environment to both engender and habituate attributes and behaviors in ourselves in order to prevent, or even reverse, diseases and disorders?

Civil Rights Clash: Transhumanists Prepare to Challenge an Anti-Cryonics Law in Canada

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

British Columbia has a law on the books that prohibits the marketing or sale of services for cryonics. The stage is being set for a civil rights clash. Cryonicists say they will challenge the law in court, citing it as a human rights violation that threatens their ultimate transhuman goal of trying to live indefinitely.

Public Health Advocacy: Creatively Applying Medical Knowledge to Social Policy

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

I had the honor of being on a panel at the Champion Providers Training, held at the lovely Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco this July. Forty-five physic...