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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.

Surgeons Perform First-Ever 'Dead Heart' Transplants

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science

In what's being hailed as a major medical breakthrough, surgeons in Australia have successfully performed the first-ever "dead heart" transplants--rep...

How Ebola Spreads

Abby Norman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Abby Norman

If someone with Ebola sneezes and you get snot on your arm, then you have had direct contact with the virus. If someone sneezes in the room with you, and you do not get sneezed on directly, you wouldn't be exposed.

The Eyes Have It

Stanley Ely | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

The doctor appeared after a while and shone more light in my right eye. "That was easy," I said, trying yet again to throw some levity his way."For you," he replied in a manner maybe humorous, or not.

Islam, Death and The Book of Life

Aamir Hussain | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

I never thought that a children's film about a Mexican holiday would motivate me to delve deeper into my own religious background and my views on death.

Politicians Are No Scientists On Climate Change, But They're Happy To Give Medical Opinions On Ebola

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

"I'm not a scientist, but …" has become something of a cliché among politicians who want to weigh in on climate science without actually having to ...

Kate Sheppard

How The Tech In Your Smartphone Could Help Fight The Next Ebola Outbreak

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green

The Ebola crisis has brought new perspective to concerns about how diseases -- and people who carry them -- travel. And a number of experts following ...

Ebola Panic and Human Rights: Racism and Public Health in the United States @HuffPostBlog

Jack Healey | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Human rights would be empowered by a proportional and rational response, but knee-jerk fear has a history of racism in this country when it comes to public health. Unfortunately, current media reactions, prevalent in mainstream and social media, are fanning flames of xenophobia in America and withholding care from those that need it most.

The Generation Y Physician

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

We can only hope that the "giants" of medicine -- once young pioneers themselves in the face of change -- will be kind to us young physicians as we continue to define our unique identity in the face the a seemingly telescopic transformation of the field of medicine.

WATCH: Father Describes The Effects Of Silent 'Child-Killer' Virus

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 10.17.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Enterovirus D68 is a rare viral infection whose symptoms are similar to a common cold: a cough, runny nose, a low-grade fever. But while a cold is inn...