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Why Music: Telling the Story of Music and the Mind

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

Meet Una Vida -- a jazz singer from New Orleans confronted with the daunting challenge of caring for herself as her mind and memory start to slip away...

When Medical Challenges Strike Those We Love, Our Positive Attitude Just Might Be the Best Prescription of All

Gregg McBride | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

After surviving breast cancer about seven years ago, my mother-in-law (Becky, an amazing individual) found out that her cancer is back and has spread throughout her body and even into her bones. Needless to say, when those of us close to her got the news, we were stunned.

A Stanford University Debate: Transhumanism vs. Anarcho-Primitivism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 11.20.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Last Saturday night at Stanford University, I had the honor of publicly debating the world's leading anarcho-primitivist philosopher John Zerzan. As a transhumanist, I differ from Zerzan on just about every topic.

Taking Yoga to Government

Sister Jenna | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
Sister Jenna

I wonder if world leaders observing this call to greater awareness are also waking up to a new dimension of leadership, for both themselves and those they've been tasked with leading.

Practicing Narrative Medicine

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

I realize that my naïve pre-medical view on medicine was laughably distorted. Real medicine, real doctoring, is not primarily about making friends out of strangers, and drawing out a patient's entire life-world within the course of a single meeting. At the end of the day, our objective is to be a good doctor first and to discern the details that matter in saving that person's life.

The Healing Power Of Kindness

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

Kindness should be viewed as an indispensable part of the healing process. After all, it's been in the Hippocratic Oath for over a century: "I will remember that... warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug."

Why Every Young Physician Should Have a Professional Twitter Account

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

As patients and medical providers increasingly use online sources for information and support, Twitter offers a unique opportunity for young medical professionals like yourself to voice opinions and be heard in ways that otherwise would be challenging at such an early level of medical training.

West Africa Does Not Need Your Donations to Fight Ebola

Ifeoma Ajunwa | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Ifeoma Ajunwa

A few days ago, Google announced that it will donate $2 for every $1 people donate to nonprofits such as Médecins Sans Frontières and Save the Children in the fight against Ebola. As well-intentioned as this campaign might be, short-lived charity donations are not what is necessary to successfully eradicate the Ebola virus.

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.

Listening: The Miracle Drug

Steve Young | Posted 11.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Steve Young

Written by Steve Young with Dr. William Scarlett (D.D.O.,FACS, FACOS,FAACS) "It's more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to k...

Ebola PR, Global News and Social Media

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 11.11.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Too often, news media and social media chatter turn to fear mongering instead of dispassionate reporting of facts. Ebola offered "red meat" for sensational journalists, talk show hosts and social media opinion leaders.

We Are Not Ready, But We Could Be: On Gawande's 'Being Mortal'

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

We are not ready. We are not ready to become almost totally dependent on one another, to be helped out of bed, to be helped to walk, to be helped to eat, to be helped to -- and perhaps in -- the shower, to be helped to -- and perhaps on -- the toilet.

A TEDx Talk on Beauty and Life Extension Science

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact
Zoltan Istvan

What is happening to our species is we are becoming far more than just human. All around us incredible advances in technology are changing and improving us.

Counterfeiting Ebola: Fakes, Frauds and other Malarkey

OpedSpace | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
OpedSpace

It is at this moment, in the face of the ever-spreading Ebola virus, that the risk of proliferation of counterfeit medications should be paramount on our minds.

6 Questions Your Doctor Isn't Asking You (Which Might Be Keeping You Sick)

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

You haven't felt well in a really long time. You've sat in your fair share of waiting rooms, taken a million tests, and filled more prescriptions than your medicine cabinet can comfortably hold. But you still haven't gotten to the bottom of your chronic health issues. Why isn't anything helping Maybe it's because your doctor isn't asking you the right questions.

Finding the 'E' in the Fight Against Ebola

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 11.06.2014 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Without question, a central tool in the fight to contain and drive out the scourge of Ebola is the digital communications infrastructure.

Education Is Not Medicine

Peter Greene | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

One of the popular new reformster talking points is to compare standardized testing to diagnostic testing at the doctor's office. This comparison is total baloney, and reformsters need to retire it immediately. They are just making themselves look silly. Let's break it down.

Medicine Is Not About Money, Except When It Is

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

We need to readjust the way we educate physicians. Young doctors need to understand money more clearly from the start (especially the $200,000 in school loans part). But they must also grasp the hypocrisy that tells them that medical businesses, like Pharma, are inherently evil.

Will God Condemn Brittany Maynard for Ending Her Life?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Jewish tradition has a nuanced approach to this challenge. Thoughtful rabbis and scholars disagree. What is clear, however, is the various factors that matter in making the decision.

The Most Influential Organization You've Probably Never Heard Of

Robyn Stone | Posted 10.31.2014 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

Many of my friends nodded politely a few weeks back when I told them that I had been elected to the Institute of Medicine. They knew from the tone of my voice that this election was a huge honor for me. But, despite my enthusiasm, the announcement was generally met by a few moments of awkward silence. Some of my friends admitted that they had no idea what the IOM actually does.

Balancing the Patient Experience with Evidence-Based Medicine

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

Recently, Dr. Peter Kramer published an intriguing, well-written, but poorly reasoned and potentially dangerous "thought piece" in the New York Times. His article, "Why Doctors Need Stories," contains several logical flaws and erroneous arguments, but the overarching concept is a classic "straw man" argument.

Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though no one can reasonably argue that infectious diseases pose no concern or risk of spreading, as a nation, we must investigate the rational science of transmission and avoid acting on fear, baseless speculation, and apparent political expediency.

Change Happens

Margaret Anderson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science
Margaret Anderson

You don't have to look far in medical and scientific research today to feel the shifting sands and see signs of change. At times it seems we are simultaneously tilling the soil with a set of old yet tried and true tools while making new ones. Each year, as my organization prepares to bring together leaders in medical research, we confront all of this change head on.

Your Story Matters. Here's Why.

Jamie Rautenberg | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamie Rautenberg

When I was more of a night owl, I spent a lot of time in the East Village at the theater Under St. Marks listening to one of the most powerful storyte...

Are We Playing God By Consciously Choosing Life Or Death?

Dr. Misee Harris | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Misee Harris

I am thankful to live in a society where such beliefs can be freely developed and expressed. My hope as a health care professional is for a higher commitment to public awareness and a deeper understanding of how the human body works.