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The Statin Insanity

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

We currently have a statin epidemic, with 25 percent of adults over the age of 45 taking the pills, a large majority of whom do not have heart disease and have not seen the numbers.

Mobile Health Lets Doctors Practice Like It's 1950

Zachary Landman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Zachary Landman

Sixty-three years ago, my grandfather suffered a heart attack. His physician arrived at the house upon receiving a call from the family, quickly made the diagnosis, ensured his stability, and recommended that he relax and enjoy life outside the hustle and bustle of the city for a while.

Health Care 101: Three Easy Ways to Keep Your Patients Happy

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

We provide and support ways to improve and maintain the personal health of our patients while our patients provide and support the health of our careers and livelihood. We depend on our patients as much as they depend on us.

Medical Tests: The Illusion of Reassurance

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Tests are increasingly common, visits are increasingly short, and doctors now commonly forego thorough physical examination. Put bluntly, in the exam room we are already doing less talking and touching, and more testing.

Alaska Patient Dies from H1N1 'Swine Flu'

AlaskaDispatch.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
AlaskaDispatch.com

A young adult who tested positive for the H1N1 flu strain has died at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Flu season is impacting Alaska la...

Telemedicine: An Innovation Whose Time Has Come

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

Advancing telemedicine is a good step in the right direction which will allow the medical field to fully harness the promise of new and innovative technology no matter where the patient or her doctor are.

It Ain't the Lawyers: Medical Malpractice Costs Have Been Dropping

David Belk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Belk

Am I unique among doctors in how little I pay for medical malpractice? Not really, but before we discuss what other doctors pay, I'd like to discuss national trends for medical malpractice. Believe it or not, the cost of medical malpractice has been dropping, nationally, for about a decade.

No Conflict: Transparency and Morals

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

considerable evidence suggests that mandatory disclosure can backfire, harming rather than helping the consumer. Consumers don't act on such information, and advisors -- feeling morally licensed by their righteous act -- actually become more biased in dispensing advice.

Breaking It Down: Medical Internship

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although a vague and often confusing title to those outside of the medical field, the position of medical intern is a vital bridge from those just completing medical school to becoming well on one's way to independently practicing medicine.

What Is -- and Isn't -- Working in Health Today

Louise McCready Hart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Louise McCready Hart

Recently, I went to the "What Is Working: Health" panel discussion hosted by The Huffington Post. The discussion ranged from the impact of nanotechnology and epigenetics to the mind-body connection.

It's Not Just the Genes

Eric E. Schadt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Eric E. Schadt

In a relatively new field called multiscale biology, big data is helping us learn from a massive body of information, as well as the networks they form that define the complex biological processes at play within any living system, that we could not have understood if we stuck with looking at smaller collections of factors in isolation.

The Bad Guys

Derek Sherman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Derek Sherman

I don't mean to blow the ending of your book or movie for you, but it's very possible that the villain is a drug company. In today's entertainment, they are the bad guys.

Alzheimer's May Be Detected 5 Years Before Symptoms Start

Posted 10.17.2013 | Fifty

Doctors may be able to predict if you'll develop Alzheimer's even before the early symptoms start, giving you a fighting chance against the disease. R...

Louisville Premieres New Program to Fight Pulmonary Disease

Keith Runyon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Keith Runyon

On hot summer days, when the stagnant, humid air of this old river city hangs like a shroud, even people with healthy lungs find themselves gasping. F...

Health Study Shows It May Not Be Possible to Know Everything

Martha Lufkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Martha Lufkin

After I read that a new study had found health benefits from drinking coffee, I sprang from the table and brewed myself a cup of strong Yemeni espresso. I had downed almost the entire contents when the radio news came on. The broadcaster announced that a recent health study had discovered that if you drank too much coffee, it could kill you.

The One Thing They Never Tell You About Medical School

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Hammad Moses Khan

There's one thing that no medical student panel touches on and no physician you shadow ever tells you about. It's the sirens. No one ever talks about the sirens. The high-pitched sounds that wail from the tops of ambulances stand as stark reminders of the fact that what we're learning is real.

Tune In, Turn On And Meet Your Doctor

Tae Yoo | Posted 12.15.2013 | Impact
Tae Yoo

According to Time Magazine, 15 million children live in rural enclaves where the ratio of pediatricians and family physicians is 22 for every 100,000 kids. That's a patient load of more than 4,500 children per doctor. Outside the U.S., those numbers drastically increase.

Saving Lives From Afar: Bridging The Knowledge (& Distance) Gaps In Health Care With The Cloud

Jeffrey Burns, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jeffrey Burns, MD

It was a child who nearly died that made me realize just how drastically my profession had to change. Because nearly 8 million children died in 2010 before reaching the age of five, in large part because of imminently treatable illnesses, and because 57 countries globally are facing a human resources health crisis and of those countries, each only has 1.13 doctors per 1,000 inhabitants, compared with 13.22 per 1,000 in the U.S.

The Epigenetics of Being Black and Feeling Blue: Understanding African American Vulnerability to Disease

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Significant health care challenges are among the forms of white on black discrimination. In the absence of sweeping governmental reforms that place human rights over property rights, African Americans must take greater ownership in their own health care by becoming better informed.

The National Health Debt

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Federal funding for research is drying up faster than a parched desert after a rain. Its continual deterioration provides a frightening view of our country's lost sense of priorities.

5 Women Who Should Have Won the Nobel Prize

Anna Leahy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Anna Leahy

It's Nobel Prize season! The three big science categories -- physiology or medicine, physics, and chemistry--were just announced on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Of the eight science winners, how many are women? Zero!

3 Ways The ‘Internet of Everything' Is Improving Our World

Kathy Mulvany | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kathy Mulvany

In Jordan, through Cisco HealthPresence, doctors and patients can see and speak to one another from distant clinical settings as if they are face-to-face. Network-connected medical devices -- such as thermometers, stethoscopes, and handheld cameras -- route patient information from the clinic to the hospital for instant access to critical data by medical specialists.

Tackling Children's Health Problems With Technology And Collaboration

Yu Yi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Yu Yi

Children's health care is a growing concern on a domestic and global scale among parents, specialists, and policymakers. Treating this special population, particularly among those living in rural communities, ignites continual challenges including insurance concerns, limited transportation, and the low number and availability of pediatric specialists. Working to overcome these challenges can help ensure that every child reaches his or her full potential.

The Gift of Our Wounds

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rose Kumar, M.D.

A few nights ago, I had a dream that me, my children and ex-husband were driving down the road in our car (when I was still married to him). My daugh...

Why Walmart Must Help to End Antibiotic Abuse in Farming

Andrew Gunther | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Gunther

By continuing to turn a blind eye to the indiscriminate use of antibiotics among its meat suppliers in the name of producing so-called cheap meat, Walmart is effectively sanctioning the inevitable rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.