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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.

Innovating Health Care

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

This past week I was introduced to a new electronic medical record (EMR) that was implemented at the underserved clinic where I see the majority of my...

6 Tips to Simplify Your Choices of Insurance on a Health Care Exchange

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Everyone is questioning what type of insurance should they pick. And they not only are confused, they also have become angry and distressed. Some even get sick thinking about how to prevent sickness. Is this logical?

Five Myths About Being a Doctor's Wife

Monica Swanson | Posted 02.12.2014 | HuffPost Home
Monica Swanson

Over time, I have I have been surprised, and slightly entertained, as people have admitted to me their assumptions about doctors, or what it is like to be married to one.

How Do I Fail Thee? Let Me Count the Ways...

Kateri Allard | Posted 02.12.2014 | Health and Fitness
Kateri Allard

Failures of the medical field are incredibly complex, but like so many other things, fixing them is started with lessons learned in kindergarten. Stay safe. Wash your hands. Tell the truth. Say you're sorry. Use your words

The Future of Testing Your Genetic Future

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.

God's Antibiotics

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Jesus teaches us to do good, especially to those who spew hate. We are also taught that whatever we give to others should be given freely, out of love. Although never a popular idea in any era, we are to be walking epistles of mercy, exercising restraint because of unmerited favor we have already received.

What the Global South Can Teach the World about the Power of Mobile for Health

Patricia Mechael | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Patricia Mechael

Over the course of nearly two decades working in the field of global health, I've had the opportunity to travel to, live and work among remarkable people in some of the most remote communities in the world.

The News About Tamiflu: It Doesn't Work

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Forget everything you've heard about the benefits of Tamiflu, the Roche corporation's blockbuster influenza drug. A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.

How to Be a leader in Your Market... Wayne Gretzky Style

Mark A. Wallace | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Mark A. Wallace

The popular belief was that Texas Children's Hospital was preparing itself for a monumental waste of money and effort. But in the back of my head I remembered what Wayne Gretzky had said, "skate to where the puck is going to be", and I was doing just that.

What You Need to Know About Primary Care Physicians

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

If you haven't already, you will someday see a primary care doctor (PCP). It's practically unavoidable. The reason for this self-declared truth is that PCPs are the shape shifters of medicine, assuming various roles at different stages of an adult's life and wellbeing.

The Power of Small -- In Education and in Medicine

Karen Gross | Posted 02.03.2014 | College
Karen Gross

There are remarkable benefits for students who enroll at small colleges. The attention they get is personalized. Faculty and staff know them by name and know many of their strengths and weaknesses.

"Hit Me With Your Best Shot"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 01.29.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima I am a geezer who believes that being healthy is nothing to sneeze at. I also believe that preventive medicine can be a real shot in ...

How Autism Highlights Health Care Challenges

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

When health care systems are designed with the aim of ensuring the most vulnerable patients receive timely, accessible, high quality care, the result is a better, safer health care experience for every single one of us.

The Power of Bearing Witness

Rose Kumar, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rose Kumar, M.D.

Life presents us with so many ways to bear witness to each other every day. We must embrace these opportunities for loving.

Lifestyle as Medicine: At a Fork in the Road, Who's Got a Spoon?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Lifestyle is the greatest of all medicine, but it may feel in this morbidigenic, obesigenic world of ours that we can't get it to go down, because we just don't have the right spoon. It may feel that we can't get there from here. That is, in a word, wrong.

Drivers Beware: Sleep Aids Can Be Hazardous to Your Law-Abiding Life

Saul Segan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Saul Segan

This stress-immersed world is contributing to sleepless nights for many Americans. The desperation for a good night's sleep leads many to seek the ai...

The Most Prevalent and Devastating Disease Your Doctor Has Never Heard Of

Jennifer Brea | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Brea

There is something elusive in the nature of the illness such that unless you live it, or live with and care for someone who does, it's almost impossible understand or describe. You might come close after decades of treating patients. At every turn, language fails.

Health at an Impasse: The Case for Getting Past Collusion

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We could blame it all on the food companies that make the junk food, and the technology companies that keep inventing more ways for us to be sedentary. But as noted, the enemy is both them and us.