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Celebrating Circumcision

William M. O'Barr | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
William M. O'Barr

Circumcision is an ancient practice whose origins date back thousands of years. Genital surgeries on both males and females are routine in many indige...

Benefits of Online Medical Records Outweigh the Risks

Larry Magid | Posted 12.09.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

Just as it's now easy to visit an ATM from just about any bank in almost any country and access funds stored at your local bank, it ought to be possible for any medical provider -- with your permission -- to access your medical records from anywhere.

New Fertility Treatments May Ease 'Biological Clock' Fears

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 10.05.2012 | Science

NEW YORK -- Scientists have turned mouse skin cells into eggs that produced baby mice – a technique that, if successfully applied to humans, cou...

Science Isn't Magic (It's Better!), Doctors Aren't Omniscient (They're Human!)

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

You get a valuable sense of control over your body by understanding your body. Do this, and you can make your doctor a partner in your health care -- not your guru. It just may improve your health care, and is bound to improve your health.

The New Doctor in Town

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Comedy
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although it may be a little tricky to schedule an appointment, it is well worth the wait. To get an initial meet-and-greet exam with the nurse, one must have all standard vaccines previously administered.

Innovation, Demand to Fuel Personalized Medicine Progress

Charles Buck | Posted 11.26.2012 | College
Charles Buck

In this era of global political revolution, fueled by an ongoing communications technology revolution, there is a quiet but equally profound revolution afoot in health care. It's called, simply, personalized medicine.

PHOTOS: 17 Most Bizarre Medical Treatments

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.26.2012 | Science

Primum non nocere. That Latin phrase, meaning "first, do no harm," has been part of medical training since ancient times. But in the not-too-dista...

Is Leadership a Dirty Word in America?

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Dr Layla McCay

It seems to me it's not that Americans don't value or exert leadership in the U.S.; it's just that they don't seem to like admitting to it. Not even the president.

WATCH: 60 Seconds of Social Media

Shawn Amos | Posted 10.31.2012 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Admit it: you go online when you've got an ache or pain, don't you? Don't be embarrassed, most of us -- in fact, 80 percent of Internet users -- look online for health info.

DIA Gets Dose of Big Pharma

John Corso | Posted 10.31.2012 | Detroit
John Corso

Beverly Fishman's Pill Spill, a glass installation at the Detroit Art Institute, makes the comparison between art and medicine explicit. But what does it mean to stage a "pharmacy" in a museum? It's a more difficult question than meets the eye.

The Split in Medicine

Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Robert A. Kornfeld

When we stay committed to helping each other and our belief systems are aligned, then we will solve the mechanisms and reunite why we do what we do with what we do to achieve our goals.

An Amazing Alternative to Prescription Pills

Maria Rodale | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH I have a word for you: S-adenosylmethionine. A mouthful, I know. But maybe you've heard of it by its nicknam...

Burnout Presents Differently in Male and Female Doctors

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Numerous studies have shown that an average of 1 in 3 practicing physicians is suffering from symptomatic burnout on any given office day, worldwide, regardless of specialty.

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Homeopathy Is Quackery

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.28.2012 | Science

Have you ever visited a homeopath before? Do you have any homeopathic pills or suspensions in your medicine cabinet? You may think homeopathic is just...

Iran's War on Female Doctors and Male Nurses

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The announcement that 36 universities across Iran have banned 77 fields of study to women is just the latest example of the Iranian government's particular disdain for the progress that women have made in education.

She Went To Medical School To Cure Her Daughter And Wound Up Saving Her Mother's Life

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Why Every Week Should Be Nurse Appreciation Week

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Throughout history, the culture of medicine has revered the role of a physician as the core to patient care and medical recovery. Yet in my personal work experience, absolutely no care would be delivered without the critical role of a nurse.

Can Digital Medicine Exert a Placebo Effect?

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Is the placebo effect something that demands the presence of a living human -- or can we program it into a cell phone app? What happens to health care...

WATCH: Is Spirituality The Future Of Medicine?

Posted 08.16.2012 | Healthy Living

Columbia University has just opened the Spirituality & Mind-Body Institute, an innovative program that aims to bring a spiritual dimension to medicine...

'Insomnia Is My Schoolyard Bully'

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

If sleep is my recess from a busy shift at work, insomnia is the playground mafioso, sauntering over to my place of business, demanding precious hours of sleep like it is some chump-change that I can spare.

The Benefits of Studying Chimpanzees

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 10.08.2012 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Because of the continued debate over the scientific use of chimpanzees, the eminent Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States recently assessed the necessity of studying chimpanzees in biomedical research.

Are Prescription Drugs Making Us Any Healthier?

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

I know that prescription medications can help many people turn their health around, and I don't want to suggest that prescription drugs are all bad. But they are powerful enough to change our physiology and for this reason should not be taken lightly.

Review: Messages From the Ancestors

Steven Crandell | Posted 08.07.2012 | Weird News
Steven Crandell

Both Cumes and Kelley emphasized that the spirit guides they connect with are not necessarily recent blood relatives or blood relatives at all. In fact, some of them go back to ancient times. In a sense, "everybody is your ancestor," says Cumes.

The Haunters of the Machine

Ben Thomas | Posted 10.03.2012 | Science
Ben Thomas

In study after study, researchers have discovered clear signs of active consciousness in dozens of vegetative patients. A 2009 study found that 40 percent of patients diagnosed as vegetative are at least somewhat conscious.

Europe Takes The Lead Toward Approval Of First Gene Therapy Drug

XPRIZE | Posted 09.29.2012 | Technology
XPRIZE

A watershed moment in gene therapy has finally come to pass. This month, a committee from the European Medicines Agency recommended the approval of a gene therapy drug, named Glybera (alipogene tiparvovec), for the treatment of a rare inherited genetic disorder.