Medicine


Támesis, Colombia: A Beacon for Public Health

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By Li Gao, Katrina Keegan, Johan Morales, and Laura PulgarinDusk in Támesis, Colombia.Still groggy with sleep, we boarded our vans to embark on the three-hour journey from Medellin to Támesis, Colombia. The long and winding road lent spectacular views of the Colombian countryside and allowed for some much-needed reflection time. Our team, usually

Outrage of the Month: FDA Joins Hands With Industry to Weaken Agency's Rules

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In a Dec. 10, 2015, exposé, Inside Health Policy (IHP) revealed details of an Aug. 7 high-level strategy meeting between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the medical device industry. An FDA background document for the August meeting, obtained by IHP, stated that FDA representatives and AdvaMed, a leading medical device trade association

Immortality Bus Delivers Newly Created Transhumanist Bill of Rights to the US Capitol

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The Immortality Bus at the US Capitol in Washington DC -- Photo by Zoltan IstvanAfter months of traveling across the country on a national bus tour, the coffin-shaped Immortality Bus drove into Washington DC and successfully delivered a newly created Transhumanist Bill of Rights to the US Capitol. The delivery of the futurist-themed bill--which

Mistakes You're Making at the Doctor, According to Doctors

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By: Marina Komarovsky Credit: Flickr/Alex ProimosGoing to the doctor probably isn't on your list of hobbies, but since there's virtually a 100% chance you'll end up in a physician's office at some point in your life, you might as well make the most of your time there. But once you've made an appointment, left work, and read National Geographic maga

Ketamine, global health, and why China's push to pass international legislation will endanger millions of patients

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On 9th-11th December 2015 the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will meet in Vienna to discuss changes to the scope of control of substances and whether or not ketamine should be restricted internationally. This push for policy change stems from the illicit production and abuse of ketamine in China.Many people would assume that's a

Heal Your Own Healthcare; It's Your Only Option

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Two weeks ago my latest book "Don't Let Your Doctor Kill You" was published. My goal in writing the book was two fold:To raise awareness to the biggest offenders in our broken health care system; the overarching physician arrogance and indifference toward the patient, the greed and corruption of insurance and pharmaceutical companies, interested on

Outrage of the Month: Our Broken System for Protecting Human Research Subjects

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Read more in Public Citizen's December Health LetterFrom 1946 to 1948, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) conducted highly unethical medical research in Guatemala (1). Some of the research involved deliberately infecting people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as syphilis and gonorrhea, without their consent (2). In 2011, the P

Biofield Science and Healing: An Emerging Frontier in Health and Medicine

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Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, Shamini Jain, Ph.D, David Muehsam, Ph.D., Richard Hammerschlag, Ph.D., John Ives, Ph.D., Wayne Jonas, M.D., Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., Daniel Vicario, M.D; Rauni Pritten King, RN, MIH, CHTPI, & Erminia Guarneri, M.D., FACC We live in an age of unparalleled technological and scientific progress, juxtaposed with a cascading a

Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Specialists: The Time Is Now

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During the time it takes to read this article two people will suffer a heart attack. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease strikes someone in the United States every 43 seconds and 735, 000 Americans have a heart attack every year. Of those, about 120,000 will die. To put a face to those numbers, think of the "Big House" in Ann

Day 1 Faith and Science Series Part 7: Numbering Our Days -- Dr. Tom Long on Life and Death

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"Teach us to number our days," prays the psalmist in Psalm 90, "that we may gain a wise heart." But what does it mean "to number our days"? And how do we do that wisely in this age of medical science?Those are questions addressed in this week's Day1 radio program--the 7th in our "Faith & Science in the 21st Century" series. The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. L

The Mammogram Debate: Five Important Things You Should Know

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Maybe it's the Girl Scout in me, but I always like to be prepared. So when I went to my doctor recently for a routine mammogram, I came armed with the latest statistics. "Why am I coming in here every year for a mammogram, if cancer doesn't run in my family?" I asked her. "Furthermore, I've read that if you've been having mammograms for more than t

Top 5 Things You Should Know About Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer information has never been more widespread, but knowing how to separate fact from fiction isn't easy. So we were thrilled to haveDr. Elisa Port on the show with us. Dr. Port is director of the Dubin Breast Center, and, as a surgeon, performs more than 3 00 operations a year. She just released The New Generation Breast Cancer Book, a g

An Expert Opinion On What The American Cancer Society Said About Mammograms

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Breast cancer information has never been more widespread, but knowing how to separate fact from fiction isn't easy. So we were thrilled to haveDr. Elisa Port on the show with us. Dr. Port is director of the Dubin Breast Center, and, as a surgeon, performs more than 3 00 operations a year. She just released The New Generation Breast Cancer Book, a g

How Do You Know If You Should Get Tested For BRCA1 or BRCA2 Genes?

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Breast cancer information has never been more widespread, but knowing how to separate fact from fiction isn't easy. So we were thrilled to haveDr. Elisa Port on the show with us. Dr. Port is director of the Dubin Breast Center, and, as a surgeon, performs more than 3 00 operations a year. She just released The New Generation Breast Cancer Book, a g

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Sadly Coming of Age

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I dare you to walk into the restroom of most medical facilities and turn around the handsoap to look at the ingredients. More often than not tricolosan, an antibacterial, is listed as the active ingredient. Is this trivial? Does the fact that triclosan is often listed as a endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) really matter? Or can we ignore these

Surgical Infections: Evolving Solutions

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Doctor, will I get an infection from surgery? If I do, then what? This is a question your surgeon never wants to hear, much less have to answer. Why? Because no one knows the answer for sure. Here's why, and what to do if infection happens.Infections, fortunately, are uncommon in elective orthopaedic surgery. They happen in 0.1 % to 0.4% of c

Outrage of the Month: Editors of Prestigious Journal Sacrifice Standards to Defend an Unethical Clinical Trial

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Read more in Public Citizen's October Health LetterSince its founding in 1812, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has established itself as one of the premier medical journals in the world. It earned that reputation through consistent adherence to the highest standards of accuracy, scientific integrity and editorial review.Recently, however

The Exhaustion Epidemic

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These days, there's a silent epidemic afflicting women in the U.S. It's silent because most of the women who are suffering don't seem outwardly unwell, and because many affected women don't talk about what they're going through. Nevertheless, the epidemic of exhaustion is real, and it's bringing too many women down. Consider this: In 2010, women a

Healing, and Human Touch

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Early this summer, I spent several days in a hospital bed, tethered to an IV, with what proved in retrospect to be anaplasmosis (a nasty bit of tick-borne business), complicated by viral meningitis. The latter was likely due to the immunosuppression of the primary infection. It was all rather unpleasant.Among other things, I had a constant, moderat

Better Health, By Design

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By Ravi Sarpatwari, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown UniversityThis post was originally published on Footnote, a website that brings academic research and ideas to a broader audience.How do bottles of Coca Cola reach even the most remote regions of the world, while essential medicines for conditions like diarrhea remain unobtainable?Simon Berry

Health Care Rationing: The Roar and the Silence

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I have gotten the impression over my years in medicine that essentially no one likes to talk about rationing care. Those who oppose the concept on ideological grounds certainly don't want to talk about it. Those who are in acute need of care for themselves or someone they love are potential "victims," and especially don't want to talk about it. Pol

The Stress Epidemic and the Search for the Modern Cure

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We are living in an epidemic of stress. The people who walk into my office on a daily basis - busy successful New Yorkers with full lives and a lot going on -- look to the world like they have it all. But more often than not they are deeply stressed out.They are not alone. In 2011, nearly 75 million unique prescriptions were written for Xanax and A

Why Hasn't Mobile Moved Medicine Further Yet?

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The advent of the smartphone and mobile "apps" has opened the floodgates in hospital and clinic settings. With the ease of communication and newfound ability to access the web in the palm of our hand, the world has grown smaller for everyday users. Given its current host of systemic predicaments, the medical industry has justifiably shifted its at

How Sexism and Implicit Bias Hurt Girls and Women's Health

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This piece originally appeared in Role Reboot.I had a headache that lasted for years. It was there when I woke up and there when I went to sleep. I got so used to it that one day, when my husband, bemoaning a rare headache, asked if we had any painkillers, I realized that for me the exceptional day was not having a headache. The doctors I consult

A Chronic Pain Disorder Took Everything Away From Me

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The below article originally appeared on Her Campus. On June 20, 2013, the first pain specialist I had ever seen told me, "You are entering the beginning stages of the world of chronic pain." And I bawled my eyes out.Backtrack to eight months prior: I had just graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City with a degree in In

Women's Sleep Health and MyApnea.Org: Opportunities to 'Power' Future Research and 'Personalize' Medicine

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By: Emily Kontos, Sc.D. and Susan Redline, M.D., M.P.H., Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA for the Society for Women's Health Interdisciplinary Network on Sleep Over the past decade much progress has been made in identifying sex and gender differences in many health outcomes including sleep disturbances and disorders. Previous articles have

ICYMI: Tango As Medicine, What Stress Looks Like And Your Brain On 'Food Porn'

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ICYMI features what HuffPost editors are reading this week. This week, we teared up while re-reading this year's recipient of the Hillman Prize -- a long-form profile of an abortion doctor who treats women in Mississippi. We were also awed by our infographics editor's illustrations of stress and curious to learn more about why people hate Lilly Pul

How Telehealth Is Changing Medicine

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This panel is a presentation of The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in collaboration with The Huffington Post.On May 15, HuffPost's Health Director, Meredith Melnick joined the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to explore the role and promise of telehealth -- a technology-based medic

Frank A. Weil: ER May Reveal Basic Problems in Hospitals

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One brief -- and, as it turned out, not too serious -- visit to the emergency room in one of New York City's biggest and best hospitals this summer proved to be very interesting because it revealed some systemic issues. Perhaps if the problems seen and encountered there could be better understood and addressed, a trickle effect through the rest of
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