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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.

Get With the Diagnosis: Doctors Should Rally Around Health Reform

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

It's time that doctors got with the diagnosis. If medicine presents the ultimate sacrifice, and doctors make a profession out of putting others first, it's time we step up and give it to them.

Praying for Doctors and Patients

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"My patients used to ask me to pray for them," an elderly doctor told me a few years ago. "Yeah, sure. Now," he sighed, "I realize how important religion is."

Overtreated: More Medical Care Isn't Always Better

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — More medical care won't necessarily make you healthier – it may make you sicker. It's an idea that technology-loving American...

Why I'm Protesting For My Natural-Birth Friendly OB

Abi Cotler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abi Cotler

These women may enter a hospital only to have their powerful inner voice taken away when they are told to question what they know about their own bodies.

Dr. Dean Ornish On An Alternative To Statins

New York Times | Dr Dean Ornish | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Re "Plan to Widen Use of Statins Has Skeptics" (front page, March 31): The wrong question is being asked. It's not: "Should Crestor be given to reduce...

Sexism and the Price of Eggs

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jacob M. Appel

The most legitimate concern raised by supporters of caps on payments to egg "donors" is that charging fair value might price some would-be parents out of the marketplace.

The End of Private Practice?

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

With the shift toward the left among physicians, perhaps there will be a stronger momentum toward a single-payer-plan.

It's Loneliness, Not Depression

Giles Slade | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Giles Slade

Loneliness is murkier. It's less controllable. It says something about our lives today--about the lack of connection many of us feel---about the way social ties are fracturing like glass.

Health Care Reform: The Big Losers

Rob Kutner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rob Kutner

In order to stay within budgetary parameters, many of the key provisions in the Act don't take effect until 2014 -- a full two years after the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world as we know it.

Humanizing Medicine: The Small Details

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

There is so much wrong about medicine today. But sometimes it's the tiniest details that seem to affect us the most strongly, and certainly these are the only ones we can possibly control.

Study: Mini Clip Safer Than Heart-Valve Surgery

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

ATLANTA — Many Americans with leaky heart valves soon might be able to get them fixed without open-heart surgery. A study showed that a tiny cli...

Drug-Resistant TB Might Be Worsening

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

LONDON — The World Health Organization says it doesn't have enough information to know if it is winning the fight against drug-resistant tubercu...

Interpreter of Maladies and Medicine

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

I do spend time doing the things I learned in medical school like diagnosing disease and writing prescriptions, but that turns out to be only a part of the job, often a very small part.

After St. Joseph's: Are Women Still Safe in Catholic Hospitals?

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

Thomas J. Olmsted, the Catholic bishop of Phoenix, Arizona, has condemned and excommunicated a highly regarded nun who approved an abortion necessary to save a pregnant woman's life.

Oh, You Beautiful Doll: Plastic Surgery Risks and Rewards

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

The cover of People this past January was about 23-year-old reality star Heidi Montag's 10 plastic surgery procedures in one sitting. I mean, how bad could she have looked before?

New HIV Infections Increasing Among Homosexuals

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK — New HIV infections are increasing among homosexuals, drug users and prostitutes who don't seek help because of laws that criminalize ...

Intense Treatment Doesn't Help Diabetics, Study Suggests

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

ATLANTA — Key results from a landmark federal study are in, and the results are disappointing for diabetics: Adding drugs to drive blood pressur...

Scavenging for Organs: Why the Donor Famine Justifies A Radical Harvest

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

18 Americans die every day while waiting for an organ transplant, yet the American political establishment has been unwilling to champion non-traditional methods of expanding the organ supply.

Goldman-Sachs, Animal Welfare and the Broken Compass

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

Lots of potential investors want to steer clear of Goldman-Sachs. That's what I mean by a guidance system. There's a moral compass, and it always points north

Book Clubs For Doctors Help To Humanize Medicine

AP | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Doctors, nurses and other health care workers are tapping into their inner Tolstoys to better connect with patients. With incre...