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One Year Later: The Biggest Mistakes I Have Made as a Medical Writer

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

The metaphorical "burnout" that physicians are known to experience during the workday also applies to physician writers who consume odd hours outside of an already overbooked week to practice this additional passion within their field.

Tiny 'Forks' May Bring Huge Advance In Hospital Care

| Tim Wogan | Posted 07.01.2013 | Science

A patient admitted to a hospital with a serious bacterial infection may have only a few hours to live. Figuring out which antibiotic to administer, ...

Beyond 'Jeopardy!': What's Watson Up To Now?

Dr. Martin Kohn | Posted 08.27.2013 | Technology
Dr. Martin Kohn

Since Jeopardy!, Watson has become 240 percent faster and 75 percent smaller. Watson can now run on a single server, which is the size of four stacked pizza boxes, onsite or through the cloud. And that's why organizations can start bringing Watson into their operations as an assistant, to help sift through the information they're collecting, learn from that data and how it's been applied in the past, and provide specific suggestions quickly and efficiently.

James Gandolfini Did Not Die of Natural Causes

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Celebrity
Neal Barnard, M.D.

The idea that a heart attack is "natural" for a man of only 51 is a dangerous fallacy that medicine has tried very hard to dispel. A heart attack is a disease state caused by specific circumstances, and it needs to -- and can -- be prevented.

WATCH: New York's Best Docs Discuss State Of Profession

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living

In light of New York Magazine's recent report on the state of U.S. medical practitioners, we hear from the docs themselves. How do they rate job satis...

A Medical Education Must Include Teaching the Cost of Medicine

Nandita Mani & Elizabeth Oler | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Nandita Mani & Elizabeth Oler

Medical students are brilliantly frugal. We are a resourceful, smart, and cost-conscious group -- so why is the medical school curriculum practically silent on the cost of medicine?

Worlds of Tech, Art & Medicine Collide At TEDxSeattle "Degrees of Impact"

Richard Tso | Posted 08.07.2013 | Technology
Richard Tso

Seattle is leading the nation as a hotbed of innovation, music and technology. On June 23rd, TEDxSeattle will bring the international influence of T...

Meet the Meat People

Katy Keiffer | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Katy Keiffer

According to many experts, the efficacy of our medical arsenal is being undermined by the agricultural industry through excessive antibiotic use in our meat supply, causing a scary proliferation of antibiotic-resistant microbes.

Sharking Her Pants

Abbie Rumbach | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Abbie Rumbach

Is "Shart" a term he learned in med school? Is a "Shart" recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics? Where did this guy go to med school? Did he even go to med school? Was he a real doctor? For god's sake, how was I going to explain a "Shart?" How would that conversation go?

New Psychiatric Disorders and Their Social Side Effects

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Frankly, every new version of the manual (beginning with the first edition) has had its critics. It's always been viewed by some as "cookbook psychiatry" while others have found it immensely helpful in sorting through the myriad signs and symptoms of mental and emotional disorders.

Supercharging Medical Assistance in Syria and Libya

Ethan Chorin | Posted 08.04.2013 | World
Ethan Chorin

It is not surprising that the power of technology available to support post-conflict humanitarian action vastly surpasses the ability of governments, ...

My Winter As a Hospital Intern: How Non-Medical Professionals Will Change Healthcare

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Eduardo Garcia

Spending six months at a world-renowned hospital institution has been an incredibly insightful and uplifting experience for me. As part of the Master'...

Forty Years of Heartbreak: Let the People of Diego Garcia Return to their Homeland

David Vine | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
David Vine

It's long past time our country acknowledges its responsibility for the Chagossians' exile and ensures these demands are met. Especially compared to the billions we've spent on Diego Garcia, it would take pennies to help repair the lives of those who've suffered for the base.

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics
Jim Downs

As America recognizes the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclaimation, we would do well to revisit the origins of Memorial Day among freedpeople in Charleston.

Conjoined Twins Separated in Groundbreaking Surgery

Irina Dvalidze | Posted 05.22.2013 | Latino Voices

Shadya and Shandell were born in Peru in February of this year. They were conjoined twin girls, joined at the abdomen, who shared a liver. Thanks to s...

How Technology Is Changing the Medical and Health Care Field

Drew Hendricks | Posted 07.14.2013 | Technology
Drew Hendricks

The medical field has always brought together the best and brightest of society to help those in need. From treating cancer and delivering babies to dealing with heart attacks, doctors have developed technology and improved techniques.

The High Cost of Ignoring Medical Advice

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

As our healthcare system slowly begins to make the changes necessary to keep it afloat, you might get more nagging phone calls from your doctor's office, or even from your pharmacist.

When Pain Becomes the New Normal

Jim Moret | Posted 07.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

1,735 days and counting. That's how long our son, a sensitive, loving and talented 15-year-old boy, has been in the grips of debilitating, life-altering and totally consuming, neurological pain.

ACMG Recommendations Are a Controversial but Necessary Step Towards Genomic Medicine

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH | Posted 07.03.2013 | Science
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

Doctors don't ask for your consent to look over the entire x-ray or make a note of the suspicious lesion. And they certainly don't sit you down before every exam, x-ray or lab test and have a long discussion about all the thousands of possible incidental findings that might show up.

The Off-White Papers

Clayton M. Christensen | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Clayton M. Christensen

At the policy level we must begin to study how momentum of technological innovation and solutions can be impeded by societal inertia caused by the identity factor.

The Importance of Roe vs. Wade

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

What is "the abortion industry?" When was the last time you saw an abortion commercial on TV? Even Planned Parenthood doesn't talk about this small part of its activities.

Rage Against the Patriarchy, Dr. Nikita Levy, and the Devaluation of Black Women

j.n. salters | Posted 06.22.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

"I was compelled to complain because I feel that the vast majority of black folks who are subjected daily to forms of racial harassment have accepted ...

Time for a Humanitarian Solution to Iran Sanctions

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Jamal Abdi

In the past week, Iran has been struck by two earthquakes that have killed dozens of people and leveled hundreds of homes. And because of the political standoff with Iran's government, Americans are largely unable to provide any help.

The Intimacy of Strangers

Lisa Lori | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Lisa Lori

We are tired. A long, bumpy flight yesterday and a short but early morning flight today. We are on the first day of our first mission with Operation Smile in David, Panama and the day has gone much as I had envisioned it would be.

Americans Help Heal Syria's Wounded

Common Ground News Service | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Common Ground News Service

Frustrated by the news of the Syrian humanitarian crisis, Liza Hoover, a pediatric nurse from Seabrook Island, South Carolina, wanted to use her medical training to make a difference.