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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.

Pop A Pill, Stop Worrying About Death?

Posted 04.19.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 04/17/2013 09:48 AM EDT on LiveScience Acetaminophen, the main ingredient in some pain relievers like Tyl...

GOP senators call for overhaul of electronic health records program

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Fred Schulte April 16, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigati...

Drawing Inspiration From TEDMED's 'GroupInspire'

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr Layla McCay

As the TEDMED-branded buses trundle into town, as the TEDMED-branded delegates converge on the Kennedy Center, and as the TEDMED-branded GroupInspire washes over the crowd, I will grip my drawing pen and wonder: Can GroupInspire strike twice? Come on, TEDMED. Hit me.

The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness

Marianne Kuzujanakis | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis

Contrary to common stereotypes, giftedness is not synonymous with high academic achievement. The gifted student archetype, while expected to be a mature classroom leader, does not fit all gifted students.

Medicine's 'Hard Drive' Is Crashing

Ida Sim, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Ida Sim, M.D., Ph.D.

When 75 percent of our medical costs are for chronic diseases that are largely due to poor lifestyle habits, where are the studies on prevention? On behavior? On effective patient-doctor or public health strategies?

Money, Medicine and Myopia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I can't say, on the basis of evidence, that NIH is misdirecting vast fortunes from where they could do the most good within our lifetimes. But I certainly do believe it. What I can say is that biomedical research dollars are subject to the same myopia that tends to dominate our personal lives.

WATCH: What Doctors Don't Know About the Drugs They Prescribe

Ben Goldacre | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Goldacre

2013-04-05-goldacrepullDoctors need the results of clinical trials to make informed choices, with their patients, about which treatment to use. But the best currently available evidence estimates that half of all clinical trials, for the treatments we use today, have never been published.

What 'Breathprints' Can Tell About You

| Posted 04.04.2013 | Science

By Beth Skwarecki What makes your body different from everyone else's? Maybe you're thinking fingerprints or the DNA that you leave on everything yo...

Freud Would Build an App for That: Bringing Modern Tech to an Analog Practice

Melissa Thompson | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Melissa Thompson

Freud knew we could not fully understand the biology of the brain, and consequently, his approach was more art than science. Now, science is getting closer to creating the holistic puzzle to help scientist solve pervasive challenges for brain health.

Our Comfortable Affliction

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The heroes of our flavor-of-the-day news cycles are not those who prove to be right or actually know what they are talking about. The heroes on any given day are the iconoclasts, conspiracy theorists, and -- just plain wing nuts. Affliction is the plat du jour, and these -- its master chefs.

Weird Way Lyme Disease Outfoxes Immune System

Posted 03.25.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/22/2013 12:52 PM EDT on LiveScience The bacterium that causes Lyme Disease substitut...

For Young Kids, Medicine Poisoning Can Happen Faster Than You Think

Kate Carr | Posted 05.22.2013 | Parents
Kate Carr

Regardless of how it happens, it only takes a few seconds for curious children to get into medicine that could make them very sick or worse. That's why it's important to take a look around your house to make sure all medicines and vitamins are up and away and out of sight.