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Movement As Medicine: Spinning And The Self-Care Movement

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Agreed, as a nation we most certainly need intelligent HealthCare and Health Insurance reform, but what we are in just as much need of is SelfCare Reform.

AIDS Research: Scientists Report On Way To Derail Spread Of AIDS

AP | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

SAN DIEGO — A successful AIDS vaccine remains elusive, but researchers say aggressive, early anti-viral therapy might provide a way to derail th...

Open Letter to Senator Cantwell Re: Public Option

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Senator Cantwell, I'm not a proponent of big government. My philosophy tends to adequate government, with a price tag that is sufficient to accompli...

Global Health Diplomacy and the Muslim World: How Haiti Will Heal Us

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Collaborative work is emblematic of the increasingly important field of global health diplomacy and the Muslim world has an enormous role to play in this new conversation.

A Heart-Shaped History: How Our Most Essential Organ Became a Saccharine Commodity

Lapham's Quarterly | Posted 02.13.2010 | Healthy Living
Lapham's Quarterly

Though we see it all the time, and teach its meaning to our children, its associations with the organ of circulation, and indeed love, are neither ancient nor instinctive.

Five Reasons Why Evolution Is Important

Steven Newton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Newton

Charles Darwin's 201st birthday is today. It's worth celebrating not only because of his great contributions to science, but also because of the practical ways his theory of evolution has improved medicine.

Pope vs. Doctors: How New Vatican Orthodoxy Undermines Medical Ethics and Imperils Your Health

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

By challenging this longstanding system of benign neglect, bishops and zealots may believe they will achieve ideological purity. What they are actually doing is jeopardizing Catholic hospitals and public health.

Sisters Of Charity Of Leavenworth Health System's Medical Practices Spark Outrage

The Colorado Independent | Scot Kersgaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER- In the next few months, as the Kansas-based Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System assumes control of two hospitals in the metro area...

Making Good Decisions About Cancer: One Survivor's Tale

Thomas Goetz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Thomas Goetz

Prostate cancer illustrates a flip side to that rote approach to cancer: Sometimes, it seems, cancer isn't something sure to be fatal. And sometimes the cure can be worse than the disease.

How to Be Your Own Placebo

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

But those who recovered against all odds did have one thing in common. At a certain point people who are inexplicably cured know that they are going to recover. Their doubts and fears lift.

Gene Patent Trial Begins: Biotech Researchers Sued Over Ownership Of Gene Discoveries

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

NEW YORK — A judge on Tuesday weighed whether a lawsuit should proceed that seeks to invalidate a company's patents on two genes linked to an in...

Sex Change Surgery, Expenses Are Tax Deductible, Tax Court Rules

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BOSTON — The U.S. Tax Court ruled Tuesday that a Massachusetts woman should be allowed to deduct the costs of her sex-change operation, a decisi...

Too Much Medicine: A Doctor's Guide to Better and More Affordable Health Care

Dr. Dennis Gottfried | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Dennis Gottfried

American health care is failing, suffering with problems that jeopardize our well-being and that worsen each day. Science, tempered by compassion, once controlled medical decisions--but no longer.

'Medicine in Translation': Pens & Stethoscopes

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Although being pregnant and having a baby certainly isn't as medically complex as truly being sick, I definitely faced many challenges being a patient in Costa Rica.

The Obesity Problem Starts At Birth: Parents Giving Children Too Much Food

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ramon Resa, MD

I was sitting in a booth at the local Chinese restaurant and doing what I do all the time: baby watching. I am a frustrated grandfather wanna-be. I lo...

The Placebo Effect: It Works Because You Say So

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

If you believe in homeopathy, this information is unbearably exciting. If you don't, it sounds like superstition and "magik" from 1796, which is when homeopathy was invented.

The Haitian Medical Dilemma

Dr. Johnny Benjamin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Johnny Benjamin

I, like many other private practice orthopedic surgeons, am eager to go and help ease the suffering in Haiti. My heart aches with every passing day...

A System I Can Live With

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

We've spent a good bit of time in Canada as America debates the future of our failed health care faux-system. So many Big Business types and their ha...

Doubling Down on Baby M: New Jersey's Ongoing Resistance to Surrogacy

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

That a woman consented to use her body as a surrogate was irrelevant, because there are some acts to which nobody is permitted to consent. As well-meaning as this approach might have been, its underpinnings are inescapably sexist.

A Seedling of Sanity Takes Root in the War On Drugs

Rich Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rich Robinson

It is time to cast aside all of the misinformation and propaganda about what marijuana is and what it is not. At least we are on the right path.

Mayim Bialik's Latest Role: Green Mom

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

We know her as Blossom, that spunky adolescent on that eponymous sitcom. But since the series ended in 1995, Mayim Bialik, now 33, has truly blossomed.

Health Care: Understanding Functional Medicine

Dr. M.J. Wegmann | Posted 12.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. M.J. Wegmann

Wellness can be described as a state that combines health and happiness. Thus those factors that contribute to being healthy and happy also will be contributing to being well.

The Truth About Tamiflu

theatlantic.com | Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

This week, the British medical journal BMJ published a multi-part investigation that confirms that the scientific evidence just isn't there to show th...

What Health Reform Can Learn From Cleveland Clinic

newsweek.com | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A century after Henry Ford began building cars on an assembly line, Cleveland Clinic has brought that technique to medicine, updated to reflect the la...

Abortion Rights Groups Scramble In Stupak Amendment's Wake

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Abortion rights groups, outflanked and outnumbered in the health debate, are scrambling to regain lost ground after the House passe...