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Health Care 101: How Doctors are Paid

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Whether we like it or not, beneficial changes in our health care system will not have any lasting effect without aligning incentives of big health care players involved, including payers, providers and most importantly, the patients.

Scientists Are Only Human, But Statins Error Shows Perils of Bias

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

The recent retraction of an academic claim in a leading journal about the incidence of side effects from cholesterol-lowering drugs has sparked anger in the medical community and potentially undermined public and patient trust.

The Biggest Worry About Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Will technology and science that make our species more transhuman be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots?

Concerned about Public Health? Stop Fighting PrEP

Chris Sosa | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Sosa

Let's face it: The reason this therapy is even battling criticism is because it stirs up people's feelings about promiscuity, not because it's ineffective.

The End-of-Life Conversation: Why Doctors and Patients Should Have It

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

It's just as important for patients to control the way they die as the way they live. Physicians have a golden opportunity to do their part by helping patients and families navigate the final leg of life's journey. All they need to do is take the time to have the conversation.

There's Now A Seamless For When You're Feeling Sick

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology

You can use different apps to order dinner, call a cab, find a date, and get directions. Now, a new startup wants to add one more thing to that list: ...

Patients and Virtue

Liz Dow | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Dow

Stereotypes about surgeons do not include the emotions that this surgeon conveys. His profound humanity is an example of wonder at work. His partnership with patients reflects the aspect of his work that touches his soul, and a world view that we are all connected.

Why Be a Nurse?

Paula Marantz Cohen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Marantz Cohen

While many professions involve working with the abstract, the derivative, and the representational, nurses deal with the concrete and the real.

A Dad, an Animal Rights Protest and the Exploitation of Children

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Jon Hotchkiss

On Friday, April 25th, 2014, I witnessed the inappropriate political use of several elementary school age children.

A Holistic View of Evidence-Based Medicine: of Horse, Cart and Whip

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Integrative Medicine is not an invitation to supplant evidence with wishful thinking. It is an invitation to a wider array of treatment options, and the prospect of effectively addressing patient need more of the time. Realizing such potential benefits -- at the Cleveland Clinic, or anywhere else -- requires both open mindedness and careful skepticism.

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.