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It really does take a village: How Memphis is fixing healthcare

One hospital and hundreds of churches race to heal America’s most impoverished city — and save money too<p>“First and foremost, I give honor to God.”<p>Carole Dickens, a registered nurse, stood before the black congregation at Lakeview Community Temple in Memphis, Tenn., urging them to get a mammogram. …

Why Patients Leave Hospitals With a Bad Taste In Their Mouths

0<p>SHARES<p>Disrespect, Lucian Leape believes, is the elephant in the hospital.<p>According to the adjunct professor of health policy at the Harvard School …

When A 14-Year-Old Chooses To Die Because Of Religion, Can Anyone Stop Him?

The first time I interviewed Dennis Lindberg, he was alone on a weekday evening. He had just turned 12, and he had set out Saltine crackers on a …

Anti-vaccination might be rational, but is it reasonable? – Maggie Koerth-Baker

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. On 19 December 1984, <i>The New York Times</i> ran a story about parents who feared the risks of routine …

Generation Adderall

Have you ever been to Enfield? I had never even heard of it until I was 23 and living in London for graduate school. One afternoon, I received notification that a package whose arrival I had been anticipating for days had been bogged down in customs and was now in a FedEx warehouse in Enfield, an …

Mind

Explained: Why is the AIDS epidemic so severe in America?

Gene Editing Must Reckon With the Unforeseen - Facts So Romantic

Almost exactly a year ago, I attended the International Summit of Human Gene Editing at the National Academy of Sciences. It was organized in part by …

Genetics

Life in the Sickest Town in America

I drove from one of the healthiest counties in the country to the least-healthy, both in the same state. Here’s what I learned about work, well-being, and happiness.<p>Donald Rose has no teeth, but that’s not his biggest problem. A camouflage hat droops over his ancient, wire-framed glasses. He’s only …

Dairy Queen

Have mental health diagnoses lost sight of the human beings they seek to treat?

Thomas Larson: On Medical Authority

In a sea of books and media on medicine and illness, too few give voice to the patients.

Breast Cancer

The image of the cancer experience needs a reality check – Darlena Cunha

Do we really have a more formidable foe than cancer? By the end of this year, The National Cancer Institute estimates that nearly 1.7 million people …

No, Native Americans aren't genetically more susceptible to alcoholism

Time to retire the 'firewater' fairytale<p>When Jessica Elm, a citizen of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, was studying for her master’s degree in social work, she frequently heard about how genes were responsible for the high risk of alcoholism among American Indians. But her own family’s …

When the Body Attacks the Mind

A physiological theory of mental illness<p>One day in February 2009, a 13-year-old boy named Sasha Egger started thinking that people were coming to hurt his family. His mother, Helen, watched with mounting panic that evening as her previously healthy son forgot the rules to Uno, his favorite card …

Birth—and Rebirth—after Bulimia

<i>Judy Tsuei | Longreads | September 2016 | 14 minutes (3571 words)</i><p>“140 pounds,” my midwife announces with a smile. “That’s a healthy starting point …

Fatal mistakes - Vox

Doctors and nurses make thousands of deadly errors every year. They are reprimanded. Do they also deserve support?<p>Kim Hiatt had worked as a nurse for 24 years when she made her first medical error: She gave a frail infant 10 times the recommended dosage of a medication. The baby died five days …

The Surgeon Will Skype You Now

The tech for surgeons to operate on patients from hundreds or even thousands of miles away has been possible for over a decade. But will it ever become commonplace?<p>The surgeon, who has spent 15 minutes gently tearing through tissue, suddenly pauses to gesture ever-so-slightly with his tiny …

What's Killing Poor White Women?

For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise—but not for uneducated white women. They have lost five years, and no one knows why.<p>On the …

Should Doctors Operate On Intersex Babies?

M.C. was born with ambiguous genitalia, a rare condition that doctors addressed with surgery. Now, in a landmark lawsuit, M.C.'s parents are challenging the medical mainstream: Why does a surgeon decide what sex a child should be?<p><b>Pam Crawford first</b> saw M.C. nine years ago, on an adoption website …

LGBTQI

If suicide is signalled on social media, should you intervene? – Megan Moreno

She sat before me, feet in combat boots tapping an irregular rhythm on our muted yellow clinic floor. She was twirling a strand of long black hair …

Bullying junior medical staff is one way to harm patients – Ilana Yurkiewicz

He comes to the operating room late, greets no one, and berates the nurse for not setting up the stepstools the way he likes. He tells the resident …

Why doctors fail

Every family has its pivotal medical moments. One of ours was in July 1995 when my son Walker was just 11 days old. He had difficulty taking his feeds, he couldn’t hold anything down, and we took him to the paediatrician. The paediatrician put her stethoscope on his chest, listened for a moment, …

Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid? — ProPublica

<i>This story was co-published with The Daily Beast.</i><p>In August 2009, Mindi, a 25-year-old struggling new parent, experienced what doctors later concluded …

Life, After

Denial is powerful. It can be a crucial coping tool when experiencing loss or trauma, but it also can unmoor you from reality. From the time I lost …

Just one concussion blew the whistle on the game I loved – Rebecca Ruiz

It’s a late summer day in 1998 during pre-season training for the women’s soccer team at Seattle University. I’m 17 years old, a freshman fullback on …