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Why Are Medical Mistakes Our Third Leading Cause of Death?

Allen Frances | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

I have a friend who has lung cancer -- the "good," slow-growing kind. His doctors have been less kind than the cancer. They keep screwing up in ways that seem likely to kill my friend before his cancer does.

How to Fight Fear and Restore Trust in Medicine

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

With my disclosure, I am holding myself publicly accountable to my patients. I am saying that I don't have anything to hide from you. I know you are vulnerable, but I'll be vulnerable with you. This is a partnership. We're in this together.

Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in Washington, D.C. and the Race to Know When Not to Treat

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Gibson

Better screening tools are detecting more cancers. Women's lives have been saved. These same tools are identifying more cancers that won't result in any harm.

Reconciling Recovery and Psychiatry: Response to an Open Letter

Allen Frances | Posted 11.16.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The signers of a new open letter are concerned about excessive psychiatric treatment, excessive dosing, careless polypharmacy, and unnecessary hospitalizations. And so am I. But I am equally concerned about inadequate funding of mental health care and lack of access to treatment for people who need it.

Too Much Medicine Is Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 11.13.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The evidence is compelling that we in the developed countries (especially the US) are overtesting for disease, overdiagnosing it, and overtreating.

'Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!'

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 10.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

We must bring back the art of medicine and the art of healing and treat all of our patients with a "listening infusion."

When More Medicine Isn't Better

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 10.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

Not surprisingly, doctors end up not tolerating uncertainty. In our high-tech era, this means more is done. A patient has seemingly vague symptoms, so the doctor orders some laboratory tests "just to get a baseline."

The Low-Tech Revolution to Health Care Reform

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

It took me a decade -- first as a caregiver to my mother, and then as a practicing physician and patient advocate -- to figure out that the story is absolutely fundamental to medical practice. Indeed, it can save your life.

My 12 Best Tips on Psychiatric Diagnosis

Allen Frances | Posted 08.17.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

We already had a crisis in psychiatric diagnosis before DSM-5. It is a sure sign of excess that 25 percent of us qualify for a mental disorder and that 20 percent are on psychiatric medication.

Is Criticism of DSM-5 'Anti-psychiatry'?

Allen Frances | Posted 07.24.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The latest in APA's fluffy public relations has come from the president of the American Psychiatric Association. He has made two astounding claims -- that criticism of DSM-5 is somehow equivalent to criticism of psychiatry and that it signifies stigma against mental illness.

DSM-5 Field Trials Discredit the American Psychiatric Association

Allen Frances | Posted 12.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The DSM-5 field trial fiasco and its attempted cover-up is more proof (if any were needed) that APA has lost its competence and credibility as custodian for DSM.

Escape to the Movies This Weekend to See How We Can Create the World's Best Health System

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you want to get a clearer understanding not only of why the U.S. health care system fails so many of us but, more importantly, how we can transform it to make it the best in the world, go to the movies this weekend.

12 Medical Tests That Can Do More Harm Than Good

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.24.2012 | Fifty

Enter a new term into the midlife vernacular: medical gluttony. It's when our doctors order a barrage of "just in case" medical testing to keep us hap...

Don't Confuse Grief With Depression

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Grief is the normal and absolutely unavoidable price we must pay for having the capacity to love -- it is most certainly not a disease.

Preventive Psychiatry Can Be Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Preventive psychiatry may someday be of significant service in reducing the burden of human suffering -- but only if it can be done really well. And the sad truth is that we don't yet have the necessary tools.

Health Care Reform: The U.S. Supreme Court vs. the Court of Public Opinion

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

Those who have to pay huge chunk of their income for health insurance won't care about the Supreme Court's interpretation of the U.S. Constitution; they will care about the constitution of their own wallets and checking accounts.

Attention Wall Street Protestors: Wall Street is Messing With Your Health, Too

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

If Wall Street messed with your wealth, imagine how it is messing with your health. Investor-owned, for-profit health care is determining the medical treatment you get.

Will President Obama Save Medicare?

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

President Obama can save Medicare without putting the burden on older Americans. And yes, it is possible to have great health care in America if Medicare is a good steward of the money the public has entrusted to it.

Many Americans Overtreated

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The doctors finally let Rosaria Vandenberg go home. For the first time in months, she was able to touch her 2-year-old daughter who had been afraid o...

What Does Health Care "Reform" Mean? How Soon Can We Get There? Part 1

Maggie Mahar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maggie Mahar

Forces calling for health care reform are gaining momentum. But if by "reform," they simply mean "universal coverage," I have to disagree.