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The First One: How One Book, One Trip, and One Disease Led Me to Medicine

Timothy Dempsey | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Timothy Dempsey

And the Band Played On hardly sounds like a life-altering title. However, the text opened my eyes to the destruction a small particle like HIV can cause. It compelled me to action.

Electronic Medical Records: Privacy Risks and Opportunities

Marty Robins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marty Robins

You'll be hearing a lot more about electronic medical records in the next few years, but should add your voice now to the discussion to ensure that they are properly implemented so that your privacy is respected.

Top 5 Orthopedic Fields Indebted to the Device Industry

Ford Vox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ford Vox

Factors other than our patients influence the care physicians provide. In the case of American orthopedic surgery, Factor X is the medical device industry.

Tempest in a Womb: What's Wrong With Preventing (Or Promoting) Homosexuality In Utero?

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

A recent debate in the fields of bioethics surrounding novel treatments for an uncommon genetic disorder has raised the question: Is it ethical to attempt to predetermine the sexual orientation of one's children?

"No" To Weight Loss Pills

Riva Greenberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

We should be promoting health and disease-prevention. Rather than making "fat pills" we should be helping people to maintain a healthy weight, and not become overweight and obese int he first place.

Doctors To Paralyzed Man: Blink, And You'll Live

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A man who was left paralysed and seemingly unable to communicate following a traffic accident was saved from having his life support machine turned of...

Health Care's "Consumer Reports": Helping Doctors Find the Best Treatments for You

Craig A. Umscheid, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Craig A. Umscheid, MD

How do doctors the therapy that is best for your care? How do they uncover the nuanced differences among treatments that allow them to find the safest and most effective choice for you?

APA Wants James Mitchell, Psychologist Who Helped CIA Torture, Stripped Of His License

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Psychologists in the United States have been warned by their professional group not to take part in torturing detainees in U.S....

Montana Medical Marijuana Storefronts Vandalized, Attacked Ahead Of Moratorium Vote

AP | By MATT VOLZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

HELENA, Mont. -- Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of a Billings medical marijuana business early Monday and "NOT IN OUR TOWN" was s...

New Milestone in Genetic Testing

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rugnetta

Here is my latest article on the first study published by a Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing company: Defining the Boundaries of Genetic Testing N...

Scalpelling Medical Costs

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

We have been informed by the "powers that be" that a full round of chemotherapy will no longer be deemed an acceptable treatment for warts, even if they're of the persistent variety.

Doctor-Writers: What Are the Ethics?

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

There is a veritable epidemic of doctor-writers out there. What is going on? Are doctors suddenly in the kiss-and-tell mode? What about confidentiality? Professionalism? HIPAA?

Psychiatric Drugs and the Therapist-Patient Relationship

Ronald Ricker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ronald Ricker

Back in the day, psychiatrists actually spent time talking with patients. Today, psychotherapy is given by those who know very little about psychoactive drugs and appropriately can't write prescriptions.

Transcending Ovaries: Toward Male Equality in the Abortion Debate

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

In Florida's House of Representatives, Rep. Janet Long opposed a bill that would require women to pay for ultrasounds before an abortion, telling adversaries: "Stand down if you don't have ovaries."

Oklahoma Gives Right-to-Life Doctors the Right to Lie

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lennard Davis

Hippocrates is turning over in his grave.

Iran Cancels Gaza Blockade-Busting Ship: 'Infants Of Gaza' Trip Called Off Over Restrictions, Says Iran

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran will not be sending a blockade-busting ship to Gaza in defiance of Israeli warnings, an Iranian lawmaker said Saturday, citi...

Cures or Quackery?

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

Stories of companies with major medical breakthroughs are a dime a dozen, the overwhelming majority of which are strictly hot air -- a clear danger for impressionable investors.

Rational Rationing vs. Irrational Rationing: The Struggle for the Legacy of Ruben Betancourt

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

Are there circumstances in which patient autonomy, as expressed through surrogates, should be overruled in the name of resource allocation and/or sound medical practice?

Human Jawbone Grown From Stem Cells By Scientists At Columbia (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Scientists at Columbia have successfully grown an anatomically-accurate human jawbone using human stem cells. Despite its small size, the jawbone is ...

Calories and Health Care Reform?

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Counting calories as part of health care reform--who knew? But apparently it's there on page 455. There will now be a national effort at posting calorie counts in chain restaurants.

Are We Ready for Coed Hospital Rooms?

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

Long emergency room stays are one of the most unpleasant and potentially dangerous aspects of healthcare delivery in most western nations. In recent ...

Capitalist Free Markets Can Successfully Provide Healthcare - If the Playing Field is Leveled

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

When I caught up with Phil a few days later I abruptly greeted him saying, "Let's chat about situations where health care services can be optimized by...

Bellevue Hospital Makes Literary History

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

The Bellevue Literary Press is honored with the Pulitzer Prize for Tinkers. This is the first small publisher to win a Pulitzer since 1981. And it's certainly a first for a public hospital!

Michael Specter: The Danger of Science Denial

TEDTalks | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Specter studies how the active movements against vaccines, genetically engineered food, science-based medicine and biotechnological solutions to climate change may actually put the world at risk.

The Needless Death of a Saudi Woman

Sabria Jawhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sabria Jawhar

There are too many people out there who are making life and death decisions based on their own interpretations of the Holy Qur'an and their own idea of morality.