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Medicine's Big Tent

John Sotos | Posted 06.25.2014 | Science
John Sotos

If you're interested in mathematics or computers, there's a place for you in medicine. If you're interested in nanotechnology, there's a gigantic place for you in medicine. If you're interested in medieval agrarian farming techniques, there's a place for you in medicine. You name the field, and there's a medical aspect.

Cracking the Myth: Does Cracking Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

I'm used to random medical questions from friends and family, but this one really got me. Is knuckle cracking associated with arthritis? To my dismay, I didn't have an educated answer. Until now.

Medicine and Self-Discovery: Part II of a Q&A With Dr. Victoria Sweet

Mehroz Baig | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Mehroz Baig

Dr. Victoria Sweet, who served as a physician for 20 years at San Francisco's Laguna Honda hospital, also found that "slow medicine" allowed her to do her job best.

Medical School: From the Beginning

Rui Dai | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Rui Dai

I found out it was like to hold a living heart and liver, still warm, in your hands, and to see the heart being sewn back into another person. I discovered what it feels like to stay at the hospital until it is nearly almost empty, but still have the energy to call your mother bursting with excitement.

To the Mother of My Patient

Kateri Allard | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Kateri Allard

Because of you, I am beginning again to believe in miracles. Because in the depth of despair over losing your beloved son you took me into your arms and guided me back onto a track where love is real, positive thinking is a choice that saves us, and miracles do happen.

A Physician's Take on the Affordable Care Act

Mehroz Baig | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Mehroz Baig

I chatted with Dr. Sweet about her work, her take on the Affordable Care Act, and her advice to those who seek self-discovery.

Chronic Pain: Treating the Patient With Patience

Jim Moret | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

Ostensibly, our son is a normal teenager. But beneath his mischievous grin, charm and almost disarming good looks, he hides a debilitating and constant burning in his left foot which caused him to miss all of middle school and the first two years of high school.

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

Lurking Truth in Recent Studies

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Science
David H. Newman, M.D.

Last month a study of siblings found that breastfeeding conferred no health advantages, while a second study declared older paternal age to be associated with psychiatric problems in children. A third study found no link between saturated fats and heart disease. It was a month of unexpected, and sometimes unsettling, science.

It's Time to Turn in the Pager

Sachin H. Jain, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Sachin H. Jain, M.D.

Our middle-aged patients often laugh when they see a pager: They are old enough to know what it is, but young enough to see how anachronistic it has become.

Improving Healthcare, Saving Lives

Aamir Hussain | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

As a Muslim preparing to enter medical school in August, I have often wondered how to continue my passion for interfaith while working in healthcare.

How to Take Fewer Prescription Drugs

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Nations that take far fewer drugs than we do are healthier. Why?

It's Time to Retire 'Patients'

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

You've probably heard the old joke. There's a long cafeteria line in heaven -- suddenly, a majestic figure runs to the front of the queue and "cuts i...

The Art of Healing with Art & Medicine: Dr. Iva Fattorini

One World with Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
One World with Deepak Chopra

As a doctor focused on international health, Dr. Iva Fattorini has had the opportunity to observe many patients from around the world and the ways in ...

Going South for Match Day

Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D.

So as another Match Day has passed, let us make sure we get one message across as clearly as we can: The rural health care crisis is a real and formidable challenge, and history teaches us that whenever Americans face such challenges, we are moved not by technicalities and formalities but by vision, by a dedication to service, and by faith.

You Won't Believe These Bizarre, Gross Remedies Doctors Used To Use (NEW BOOK)

Julian Walker | Posted 05.21.2014 | Books
Julian Walker

Most of us have fantasized about living in the past -- seventeenth-century France, Rome of the emperors, sailing with Viking explorers. But there is an aspect of the past that can be guaranteed to send us scurrying back to the reassuring present -- health and medicine.

Talking About Keeping Medicine Safe Around Children? Make Sure to Include Grandparents

Kate Carr | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Kate Carr

All it takes is that one time when we leave our medicine on a nightstand, in a purse on the floor or on the kitchen counter in a pill box without a child resistant cap to put a curious child at risk.

Mindful Medicine

Ira Israel | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

This is what Mindful Medicine is: looking at the big picture, regarding the body as a holistic mechanism and interpreting symptoms on a grander scale. That doesn't mean that we should not treat our ailments; it just means that having expanded perspectives on how our entire organisms are functioning might keep us healthy longer.

The Parlous State of Health Care in India

Pranay Gupte | Posted 05.19.2014 | World
Pranay Gupte

In order to keep up with the growing demand for better health care, India will need to double its number of doctors and have three times the number of nurses to care for the present population alone.

A Body's Betrayal: Woman's Fight Against a Deadly Disease

Courtney Perry | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Courtney Perry

Twenty-year-old Brynn suffers from a disease that could debilitate most people, but Brynn finds healing and purpose in educating others about her life-threatening and incurable illness called mast cell disease.

Anatomy of an Excellent Doctor

Elizabeth Scarboro | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Scarboro

We all have stories of the teacher who changed our lives. If you spend enough time in the landscape of serious illness, and you're lucky, you have that story about a doctor. Here's mine

When Doctors Don't Know

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

I make it a point to include a statement of uncertainty when offering my assessment and plan to patients in situations where a constellation of symptoms don't immediately add up by the end of an office visit. Am I right to do this? Well, I don't know.

My First Patient

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Hammad Moses Khan

Lying before us was a man who had willingly decided that, upon his passing, his body be donated to science. That decision brought with it such powerful consequences that it affected not only the education of medical students but also the lives of the countless patients we would one day treat.

12 Things I Loved About My C-Section

Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg

C-sections are often hailed as unnecessary, agonizing and overused. On this topic, I can speak only for myself. That said, strange as it sounds, there were things I actually loved about my surgical birth.

The Art of Uncertainty in Medicine

Marlene Pearce | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marlene Pearce

I've long felt that the art of general practice is being comfortable with uncertainty. In my first training term in general practice, I frequently ca...