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Scaling Back on Fish Oil: An Evidence-Based Update

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Over a year ago, I questioned my daily supplementation of omega-3 fatty acid (triglyceride-reducing agents found in fish oil) by looking at some evide...

Euthanasia for Young Children?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

There are so many moral, religious, ethical, medical, emotional and legal aspects associated and entangled with it that one is certainly well advised to tread lightly and wisely when and if venturing into a discussion dealing with euthanasia.

Hospital To Comatose Student: You're Too Expensive, Go Back To Pakistan

AP | STEVE KARNOWSKI | Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of an exchange student from Pakistan who has been comatose since a November crash is trying to prevent a Minnesota hos...

Save Nature, Save Lives

Will Turner | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Will Turner

Indeed it is often the world's poor -- those with few alternative food sources, with less public infrastructure, with limited health care and insurance -- who feel the most immediate brunt of environmental losses. But is money a panacea?

On Uber for Health Care

Ali Ansary | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Ali Ansary

By Ali Khan, M.D., Tasce Bongiovanni, M.D., and Ali Ansary Let's get the disclaimer out of the way: We love Uber. As physicians with roots in the ...

Happy 100th, Norm

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Mark I. Pinsky

Off he drove to the local library, one of his favorite haunts, to drop off and pick up some books. Then he went home, swam laps in his pool -- and died. That's the way to go: alive mentally and physically until the last instant, still thinking about the future.

Baloney, Bushes and the Bird in Hand

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

All of this wonderfully empowering information about diet came along AFTER we already knew how to prevent 80 percent of all chronic disease and obesity with a short list of lifestyle factors, including diet.

Can Obamacare Fix Obama's Care?

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

In early 2010, Barack Obama saw the White House physician. This, the presidential check-up, may be an ideal symbol -- and a starting point -- for what ails American medicine.

Changes in Modern Medicine: What Can We Expect?

Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN N.P.

There are many modalities to healing. Combining experience and knowledge, gut instinct, lifestyle and, most importantly, the individuality of each patient will help counter medical reversals and better our health.

Today, Obamacare Cost Me $2550: WTF?!

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Jon Hotchkiss

Today, being liberal and wanting to live in a country where more Americans have access to affordable health care cost me precisely $2,550 dollars. And...

Healthcare "Formularies": The REAL Obstacle to Reasonable Care

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

What is happening to patients is that their treatment is being directly impeded by policies that are not in their best interests. And worse, no one in our government or in the health care plans appear to be the least bit concerned.

Davos: An Age-old Resort to Cure 'Bad Breath'

Kari Stoever | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kari Stoever

If the global leaders in Davos don't invest in innovative new tools like TB vaccines, a world without effective antibiotics may be what awaits us. I hope Bono's voice is rested.

Hold That Tiger

Betty Goldstein | Posted 03.24.2014 | Sports
Betty Goldstein

The alarming rate of dementia and suicides among NFL players hasn't stopped parents from sending off their 7-year-old boys to football camps so that they may someday get into the leagues. When it comes to football, common sense does not apply.

Declining Care From Physicians-in-Training: The Resident's Dilemma

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

If all patients had the same resolution to bypass care from physicians-in-training, how are newly-minted doctors able to sufficiently train in clinical medicine?

Doctor Without Borders: A Bizarre First Brush With Psychiatry

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

Awaiting my first appointment with a psychiatrist, I look down and notice a brochure. "There is no such thing as mental illness anymore," it reads. "T...

Medical Notes for All to See

Mikkael A. Sekeres, M.D., M.S. | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mikkael A. Sekeres, M.D., M.S.

Why would we willingly engage in this "high-tech, high-touch" experiment of opening up the medical record, taking such a dramatic departure from the paternalism of medical care that dominated our practice just a couple of decades ago?

One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters by Larry Dossey, MD

Suna Senman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Books
Suna Senman

In my journey for new perspectives on meaningfulness, I discovered a newly published book, One Mind. At last, the iron curtain between science and spi...

My Doctor Can Disclose My Medical Records to the NSA Without My Authorization (and So Can Yours)

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Right-wing claims that Obamacare will let the government into your health records are way out of date. Your health care provider is now part of the metastasizing national security state.

Life-Saving Skills Needed Earlier in Medical Education

David Greenky | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
David Greenky

Although EMT training may not make students instant stars in the emergency room, they are able to enrich their clinical experience by participating on the front lines of patient care.

I Guess I Never Really Wanted to Become a Doctor

Cate Pane | Posted 03.16.2014 | Parents
Cate Pane

In this era of hyper-parenting, how do we prevent ourselves from turning our kids into trophy children who make us proud by their successful career paths? At the same time, how can we best support their search for a good fit in a career?

It's Time to Increase Value and Connectivity for Patients

Gopal K. Chopra, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Gopal K. Chopra, M.D.

Health care isn't that different from other consumer industries except that we not only need our consumers to return to our establishment, but we also need to be increasingly more integrated into their lives and we are increasingly more responsible for their health outcomes.

Who Are the Animals in Animal Experiments?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 03.14.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

I have tried to draw attention to the general ineffectiveness of animal experiments and how they impede our chances of finding cures. I have focused on the human side of the equation. But just who are these animals abused in experimentation?

Vitamins Can Help Prevent Heart Attacks

Leo Galland, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Leo Galland, M.D.

A series of articles published on Dec. 17 in a prestigious medical journal, The Annals of Internal Medicine, received a lot of press because of an edi...

A Fierce Advocate

Kateri Allard | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Kateri Allard

The definition of an advocate is a supporter, one who will argue, even plead for a cause. How often are we willing to plead for others? I mean really plead, beg even, put ourselves in a potentially vulnerable position in the interest of someone who can't do it for themselves?

Should Foreign Aid Be Abandoned or Adapted?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The problem with arguments against aid is not that they lack fiscal appeal or past evidence -- nobody wants to waste money abroad while the budget is being cut at home. The problem is that they belong to a world that doesn't exist anymore.