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WATCH: Inside A Sword Swallower's Body As The Blade Slides In

Posted 02.24.2013 | Science

Sticking a blade down your throat might not be the safest thing to do, that's for sure. But as the world marked the seventh annual World Sword Swallow...

An Interrogation Center at Yale? Proposed Pentagon Special Ops Training Facility Sparks Protests (Democracy Now!)

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Students and alumni at Yale University are organizing against a proposed campus center to train Special Operations Forces in interview techniques. The...

What's In Dr. Oz's Medicine Cabinet?

Posted 02.22.2013 | OWN

By Mehmet Oz, MD It may not look as cluttered as your garage or basement, but of all the storage spaces in your home, your medicine cabinet pro...

Bionic Eyes and Science's Big Step Forward

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Howard Steven Friedman

This past week, the FDA approved the Argus Retinal Prosthesis System ("Argus II"), a medical device that is truly a major step forward.

When Patients Do Nothing: Illness and Inertia

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.08.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

One of the most daunting public health challenges is getting people to take care of themselves in the most basic ways.

Are Doctors the Canary in the Coal Mine of Medicine?

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2013 | Business
Dike Drummond, M.D.

High patient volumes, the hassles of Electronic Medical Records (EMR), political uncertainty and changing reimbursement rates are all cited in surveys and online forums as new and increasing sources of stress for doctors.

Fighting Cancer: New Uses for Old Drugs

Dan K. Morhaim, M.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan K. Morhaim, M.D.

Opportunities are being missed, and time and money are being wasted. We all know people who are struggling with cancer and the intense challenges of the current treatment protocols. The needs are urgent and the time to act is now.

Doctors or Dinosaurs?

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
SidneyAnne Stone

When you visit your physician -- or general practitioner -- what usually happens? They usually give you a referral. Even if you don't have the type of insurance that requires referrals, if you have anything that requires a skill set beyond giving a flu shot, you will be referred elsewhere.

I Heard Your Doctor Is a Hypochondriac

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Comedy
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Hey, I heard your doctor is a hypochondriac. He is a friend of a friend of mine, so I happen to know this as an unquestionable fact. I thought you should know. Outlandish, you say? Let me explain.

'Joking Is in My Blood'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 03.16.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

As a frequent blood donor and a proud member of the Gallon Club, which has nothing to do with my weekend beer consumption, I have often wondered if the people who get my blood suffer from terrible side effects like telling stupid jokes and growing a mustache.

Cold Facts About Caring for Seasonal Infections and Their Associated Healthcare Costs

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

This time of colds, ear and sinus infections and influenza can provide a reason for each of us, as individuals, to look at our own health and healthcare and see how our small choices play a role in contributing to the burgeoning, unsustainable costs of U.S. medicine.

12 Mandatory Medicines For Adventurers

Food Republic | Posted 03.13.2013 | Travel
Food Republic

Take one before you take on that ghost chili curry.

Suzanne Somers: Adam Lanza's Diet May Have Contributed To Newtown Shooting

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 01.10.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

The country's leaders are busy debating gun control following the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., but Suzanne Somers says ...

CES 2013 Wows With a Digital Health Revolution

Mark Tobias | Posted 03.09.2013 | Technology
Mark Tobias

Elected leaders have struggled for decades to improve the access to and effectiveness of health care while holding down costs. The digital health revolution may finally deliver the equitable, affordable and effective health care system we've been searching for.

A Doctor's Best Friend

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

As a man who assumes the community role of a health care provider and the personal role of a chronic hypochondriac, the potential for canines in medical care may just be the last straw I need to finally become the dog owner that I never thought I'd become.

The Best Way To Fight A Cold

Posted 12.11.2012 | Healthy Living

By Joe Donatelli for Shape.com If you smell onions in someone’s socks over the next few weeks, do not be alarmed. That person is probably just fi...

Rx for Compassion Fatigue

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

To a doctor, the death (and even impending death) of a patient represents the ultimate professional failure. The problem is that by trying so hard to extend life, doctors can miss the opportunity to be present, compassionately, as their patients make the last, final transition.

Un-Break My Heart: Limited Capacity for Regeneration in the Heart

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 02.06.2013 | Science
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

A paper published in Nature suggests that the endogenous regenerative potential of the adult heart is very limited. The low rate of self-renewal in the adult heart sounds like bad news for researchers who thought that the heart had the ability to heal itself after a heart attack.

What Doctors Need to Learn About Death and Dying

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Healing takes place not when death is forestalled, but when life is embraced and affirmed in its entirety, from beginning to end. When doctors can fully understand the nature of death and dying, they will become the true healers that are desperately needed in this world.

How Weddings Keep Patients Alive

well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 12.06.2012 | Weddings

As my patient looked on, his wife took the framed photograph out of a nondescript manila mailer, the type with bubble wrap on the inside, and handed i...

Treating Those in Pain Without Narcotics

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Anthony Papa

More often, pain treatment with the use of drugs can lead to unintended consequences as seen by the number of veterans who become addicted.

Pro-Choice to the End: Taking More Control of Your Final Days

Steve Heilig | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Even if your state does not (yet) have a POLST option, consider documenting your preferences using other forms, like a living will, durable power of attorney for health care, and the like.

Why Doctors Make Lousy Leaders and Three Ways to Get Better Quickly

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Why do doctors make such lousy leaders? In this modern era of health care innovation and change, it is typically the physicians who have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future rather than taking their natural leadership role in improving health care.

Three Reasons Why It's So Obvious You Work in a Hospital

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Best-case scenario: removing a stethoscope from your coat or purse prior to arriving to the after-work event. Worst-case scenario: mistaking a packet of lubrication you had to carry around during patient rounds for a stick of gum while socializing at said event.

Physician, Speak No Harm

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

We can speak up when doctors betray our trust with their lack of professionalism. And we should seek out physicians who model healthy behaviors and promote wellbeing with competence and caring.