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When Militarism 'Invades' Medicine...Doctatorship Happens

Dana Ullman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

Our medical thinking has become totally militaristic. It is not just happenstance that doctors proudly assert that they seek to attack illness, combat disease, kill infective agents, and create a war on cancer.

Health "Insurance": A Criminal Enterprise

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

I have little doubt that the day will soon arrive when the CEOs of health "insurers" are dragged before Congress to face the same sort of interrogation to which the Waxman Hearings subjected Big Tobacco in the 1990s.

Don't Try This at Home: A Self-Appendectomy in Telluride

Lise Waring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Lise Waring

One of my favorite Telluride medical tales is about George Balderston, a doctor who removed his own appendix in 1949. His reasoning: "I wanted to get a first-hand reaction of a patient to local anesthesia."

Mother Nature is My Middleman

Robbie Gennet | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robbie Gennet

A friend of mine (who shall go unnamed) recently harvested about a half a pound of quality marijuana from his backyard. He grew it from some seeds he ...

Whose Decision Is It, Anyway?

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

When it comes to medical decisions involving children, physicians are charged with ensuring the medical standard of care, even over the objections of their parents.

Drugs in Our Drinking Water

Scott Dodd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Dodd

The Associated Press is reporting this week that federal regulators under President Obama are taking the first steps toward regulating drugs in the na...

Doctors Tackle The Rickrolling Pandemic

Miles Klee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Miles Klee

Jack Kevorkian: Rickrollers experience no quality of life and want to give up some things more than others.

The Medical Marijuana Debate Is Focused on the Wrong Thing

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

The marijuana dispensaries could not exist without the enabling benefit of the estimated 1,500 California doctors, most in LA and the Bay, who offer their "patients" letters of recommendation.

Our Cost-Quality Disconnect in Medicine

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

Until we develop medical policies based on scientific accountability we are condemned to suffer with a permanent cost-quality disconnect in medicine.

Antipsychotic Medication Use In Children And Adolescents: What's A Parent To Do?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Antipsychotic medication research asked if there were significant changes in three important physical measures: weight, lipids, and insulin resistance. Their results were disturbing.

What You Don't Know About Osteoporosis

Joseph Sciabbarrasi, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Sciabbarrasi, M.D.

We'll look at one of the most controversial and misunderstood treatments for osteoporosis -- hormone replacement therapy. We'll also answer whether being obese can actually reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Cocaethylene Studied: Cocaine, Alcohol Mix To Create Toxic 3rd Chemical

The Observer | Jamie Doward | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Drug addiction clinics say they are becoming increasingly concerned by the health risks associated with the chemical -- the only known example of the ...

Waxman Attacks Winograd on Israel; Ignites a Political Firestorm

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

That Rep. Waxman and Rep. Harman stress her devotion to Israel as the catalyst for her re-election underscores to what extent their policies focus on the welfare of Israelis and not Americans.

Check, Please: Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto

Kathryn Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kathryn Schulz

To the usual list of new year's resolutions, most of them having to do with bettering ourselves in one way or another, I invite you to consider adding a new one: let's quit making so many mistakes.

Mapping The Link Between Alcohol, Cancer

Yahoo! News | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

New research suggests that alcohol may boost the progression of cancer by stimulating a pathway inside cells....

An Interview with Dr. Diane M. Harper, HPV Expert

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

My examination of the Gardasil vaccine continues with an in-depth interview of Dr. Diane M. Harper.

New Medical Marijuana Policy: Obama Administration Will Not Seek Arrests For People Following State Laws

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under...

South African Plant Helps With Back Pain

nytimes.com | Anahad O'Connor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Devil's claw is a plant from South Africa named for the small hooks on its fruit. Known for its anti-inflammatory effects, it has been shown in recent...

Americans on Drugs

Francine Hardaway | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Francine Hardaway

The number one problem doctors report about treating patients is failure to take prescription medications correctly, regardless of patient age.

Pilot Study And New Book Prove Yoga's Benefits In Treating Osteoporosis

Loren Fishman, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Loren Fishman, MD

As a physician and advocate of integrative medicine, I have shown that Yoga can improve upon or substitute for traditional Western medical treatments for osteoporosis.

Beyond Guantanamo: Torture Thrives in Connecticut

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

In the case of Coleman v. Lantz, Connecticut has argued for the right to force feed a hunger-striking inmate in an excruciatingly painful manner.

AIDS Is The No. 1 Cause Of Death, Disease For Women 15-44, Says WHO

AP | BRADLEY S. KLAPPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — In its first study of women's health around the globe, the World Health Organization said Monday that the AIDS virus is the leading cau...

Haiti Earthquake Aid Slowly Reaching Victims As Desperation Grows

AP | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU and MIKE MELIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Click here for earlier updates from Haiti -- Follow the latest breaking news via our Haiti Twitter list -- See the latest images here -- Find out how ...

Infertility: Have You Checked Your Sperm?

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jon LaPook

About 40 percent of infertility is due to a male factor. Unfortunately, many couples and even doctors neglect to evaluate the male partner, leading to unnecessary testing on the female.

Paging Dr. Benjamin

Dr. Nancy Snyderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Nancy Snyderman

Well it's about time. Nine months after the inauguration of President Obama, we finally have our Surgeon General. And it couldn't have come soon enough.