lundi 31 octobre 2016

British Vs. American Health Care, Through One Trainee Doctor's Eyes

British Vs. American Health Care, Through One Trainee Doctor's Eyes
Dr. Martin Kaminski, raised in Massachusetts, writes about the revelations of returning home to practice medicine.

vendredi 28 octobre 2016

Doctors' Group: Neither Candidate Should Have Finger On Hair-Trigger Nukes

Doctors' Group: Neither Candidate Should Have Finger On Hair-Trigger Nukes
"There have been multiple near-misses and near-launches," Dr. Matt Bivens writes. "Do we really want to trust anyone with this situation?"

Opinion: I Advise My Patients Against Marijuana, But Here’s Why I’ll Vote To Legalize It

Opinion: I Advise My Patients Against Marijuana, But Here’s Why I’ll Vote To Legalize It
"Rising prison populations constitute a major threat to public health and I believe the costs of incarceration for patients and communities simply outweigh the dangers of marijuana."

jeudi 27 octobre 2016

New Science Mag: Misguided Therapy For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 'Worse Than The Disease'

New Science Mag: Misguided Therapy For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 'Worse Than The Disease'
The magazine Undark chronicles how flawed research led to faulty recommendations that likely hurt many patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.

mercredi 26 octobre 2016

Study: Health Insurance Costs Growing Slower, But Pinching Harder

Study: Health Insurance Costs Growing Slower, But Pinching Harder
While a new report finds that the cost of health insurance premiums is growing slower, that growth is still outpacing income growth -- which means a larger percent of our incomes are going towards health care costs than a decade ago.

mardi 25 octobre 2016

Killer Candy Corn? Society Calculates Lethal Dose Of Halloween Sugar

Killer Candy Corn? Society Calculates Lethal Dose Of Halloween Sugar
You may have wondered nauseously in the midst of a post-trick-or-treat binge: Just how much of this stuff would it take to actually kill me? The American Chemical Society has done the math.

lundi 24 octobre 2016

After 3 Decades Of Seizures, Life With My New Brain

After 3 Decades Of Seizures, Life With My New Brain
Letitia Browne-James struggled with epilepsy-induced seizures and brain fog until she was 31. Then a surgeon removed a small piece of her brain. In the four years since the operation, she hasn't had a seizure, and relishes the new clarity of her mind.

vendredi 21 octobre 2016

Leading Psychosis Expert To His Students: To Avoid Risk, Hold Off On Pot Til 30

Leading Psychosis Expert To His Students: To Avoid Risk, Hold Off On Pot Til 30
As attitudes toward marijuana shift, a leading expert on psychosis warns about heavy teen use and concern that it raises the risk of later schizophrenia from about 1 percent to 3 percent.

jeudi 20 octobre 2016

Boston Children's Hospital's $1B Expansion Gets Final Approval

Boston Children's Hospital's $1B Expansion Gets Final Approval
The plan has been controversial because of concerns about rising health costs and because the expansion will result in the demolition of the beloved Prouty Garden.

mercredi 19 octobre 2016

The Loneliest Patients: When They Can't Make Decisions, Who Will?

The Loneliest Patients: When They Can't Make Decisions, Who Will?
They're the 'unbefriended,' patients lacking the mental capacity to make medical decisions and relatives to do it for them. As this population grows, so does the urgency of how to treat them.

vendredi 14 octobre 2016

Why I've Stopped Telling My Patients To Lose Weight

Why I've Stopped Telling My Patients To Lose Weight
A doctor worries that counseling her patients to slim down could harm them: These brief conversations don't work, writes Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, and could encourage patients to try dangerous methods of weight loss.

Why I've Stopped Telling My Patients To Lose Weight

Why I've Stopped Telling My Patients To Lose Weight
A doctor worries that counseling her patients to slim down will harm them. These brief conversations don't work, writes Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, and could encourage patients to try dangerous methods of weight loss.

jeudi 13 octobre 2016

Narrating Medicine: Offering A Shoulder When A Doctor Might Need It

Narrating Medicine: Offering A Shoulder When A Doctor Might Need It
Doctors are not immune to emotional trauma when things go wrong at work. Some hospitals offer help: another doctor who's been there.

mercredi 12 octobre 2016

Spike In Organ Donations Parallels Overdose Deaths, Offering Comfort And Compounding Grief

Spike In Organ Donations Parallels Overdose Deaths, Offering Comfort And Compounding Grief
In 2010, one in 20 organs donated in New England was from an overdose patient. Now, it's more than one in four.

mardi 11 octobre 2016

Opinion: 'Pinktober' Should Focus More On Incurable Breast Cancer -- Like Mine

Opinion: 'Pinktober' Should Focus More On Incurable Breast Cancer -- Like Mine
We often feel exhausted and excluded from the conversation about breast cancer prevention and detection, Carol Chaoui writes.

lundi 10 octobre 2016

'Rapunzel Syndrome,' Compulsion To Eat Hair, Is Rare But Similar Disorders Are Not

'Rapunzel Syndrome,' Compulsion To Eat Hair, Is Rare But Similar Disorders Are Not
The "coming out" and coming together of people with trichotillomania -- compulsive hair pulling -- and related "body-focused repetitive disorders" could be critical to the quest for better treatments.

vendredi 7 octobre 2016

Excuse Me, Why Are You Wearing Those Surgical Scrubs Outside The Hospital?

Excuse Me, Why Are You Wearing Those Surgical Scrubs Outside The Hospital?
Should you be scared of surgical scrubs? And why are people wearing them outside the OR anyway?

jeudi 6 octobre 2016

New Website Launched By Mass. Organization Teaches How To 'Stop A Suicide Today'

New Website Launched By Mass. Organization Teaches How To 'Stop A Suicide Today'
The Stop A Suicide Today site is intended to give people a sense of urgency and treat it as a medical emergency, just as if the loved one were having a heart attack.

mercredi 5 octobre 2016

National Academy Of Medicine 'Breaking Silence' On Doctors' Distress, Suicide

National Academy Of Medicine 'Breaking Silence' On Doctors' Distress, Suicide
Rates of depression and suicide are strikingly high among doctors, and The National Academy of Medicine wants to help the profession talk about it.

mardi 4 octobre 2016

Red And Blue Doctors: Politics Can Seep Into Primary Care, Study Finds

Red And Blue Doctors: Politics Can Seep Into Primary Care, Study Finds
On certain politicized health issues -- abortion, marijuana, gun safety -- whether your doctor is a Republican or a Democrat may affect how they treat you. So should you be able to look that up?

Visionaries: Harvard's George Church, A Gene-Era Imagineer Who 'Tells The Muggles'

Visionaries: Harvard's George Church, A Gene-Era Imagineer Who 'Tells The Muggles'
The geneticist is known as one of the most brilliant scientists in the world, and he's eager -- unlike many scientists -- to talk with the public about the powers we're gaining to engineer life itself.