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The Shadow Doctors

The underground race to spread medical knowledge as the Syrian regime erases it.<p>On a recent Tuesday evening in London, the surgeon David Nott attended a dinner at Bluebird, an upscale Chelsea restaurant. The room was packed with doctors, renowned specialists who had come for the annual consultants’ …

Middle East

Earth - What is the real reason we sleep?

There are a few things we literally cannot live without. Oxygen is one. Another is food and water. And then there is sleep: forcibly keep an animal awake for long enough and you will kill it. The same almost certainly applies to humans.<p>This fact alone tells us that sleep must be doing something …

Sleep

Obama administration proposes new effort to combat high drug prices

Facing skyrocketing drug prices, the Obama administration is proposing potentially major changes in how Medicare pays for some medications, including high-priced specialty drugs used to treat cancer and other costly diseases.<p>The proposed regulations, unveiled Tuesday, would initially affect a …

Beyond time management: Why we really procrastinate and how to finally stop

I’ve read all the articles and listened to all the podcasts about procrastination. I’ve tried all the tricks—including literally trying to trick …

20 Inspirational Quotes From Famous Scientists

The great science minds of history have provided inspirational quotes on their findings, philosophy, and understanding of the world around us. These quotes have inspired generations of young explorers, eager to learn more about the world and motivated toward betterment.<p>When you need a bit more …

Albert Einstein

Uber’s Message for Health Care

…prerequisites that prolong training for physicians who perform technology-based procedures, the <b>Health</b> Insurance Portability and Accountability Act …

What Happened When I Forced Myself to Wake Up at 5am for a Week

Desperate times call for desperate measures. With basically every waking minute accounted for, I hadn’t had any “me time” in months — and it was taking its toll. The stack of unread books by my bed just kept growing. My mind was foggy. I felt sluggish. And exercise? What’s exercise? A couple years …

Two Secrets Your Doctor Will Never Tell You

It was 7 pm. I’d already had a big day at the hospital with surgical rounds in the morning and a busy clinic in the afternoon.<p>But my on-call night of …

Medicine

New evidence suggests Zika may do something worse than affect babies’ brains

A 20-year-old woman in Brazil gave birth to a stillborn child with signs of tissue swelling, severe microcephaly— a disorder characterized by an abnormally small head — and defects in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).<p>The case, reported Thursday in the journal PLOS Neglected …

The Global Search for Education: What's Really Worth Learning?

<i>"I encourage people to tell an 'opportunity story.' How might this topic come up later in students' lives?" -- David Perkins</i><p>Our world is getting increasingly complex; so how do we know what is worth teaching and learning? I watched David Perkins' presentation on this timely topic at the IB Heads …

7 Extremely Successful People Reveal What They Learned From Failing

Don't be afraid to fail. Even the most accomplished have fallen. The key is making sure you learn your lesson and grow.<p>Before I wrote my first book, I went to half a dozen writers conferences trying to learn how to "land the book deal." Most of the advice was pretty generic, save for one person's. …

Success

Brain scans to catch depression before it starts

Researchers at MIT's McGovern Institute are using the latest advances in brain imaging to identify children at high risk of depression before the debilitating and sometimes deadly disorder sets in.<p>According to the World Health Organization an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from …

The Patient’s Oath

<i>by Richard N. Foster</i><i>[i]</i><p>Doctors have had a responsibility to deliver care to patients since the days of Hippocrates, however the broad societal …

Digital Health

Canada's Upcoming Assisted Death Law Puts Christian Doctors Under 'Great Pressure'

OTTAWA — A group representing several thousand Christian physicians is expressing concern that a new federal law on physician-assisted death could …

The Conversation

Readers respond to “The Silicon Valley Suicides”<p>The Silicon Valley Suicides<p>In the December cover story, Hanna Rosin asked why so many kids in Palo Alto have taken their own lives.<p>The cover article on the spate of teen suicides in Palo Alto provides an up-front discussion of the issue and helps …

‘The lowest of the stack’: why black women are struggling with mental health

The perceptions of young black women in everyday life may be exacerbating already high rates of depression and anxiety. One writer explains why she’s fighting back<p>Andrea, 25, had turned up at a police station confused and disoriented. She had one question, and kept repeating it: “Please can you …

Mental Health

Treatment gives hope to teen with disorder known as childhood Alzheimer's

The mother and father watched as their 16-year-old daughter ate her pork chop and green beans across the kitchen table of their Mount Prospect home, grateful each time she swallowed without struggle.<p>She paused in between bites to sing a few lyrics of her favorite song. "We're all in this …

Why I hid my happy, healthy daughter’s medical diagnosis from her for as long as I could

Knowledge, it is said, is power. Most of the time, this is very true. However, there are times when I feel like a little less knowledge never hurt anybody. Like knowing exactly what my teenager is up to while out with his friends. Or what hot dogs are really made of.<p>I applied that same reasoning to …

7 Steps to Take if You Got Zero Sleep Last Night

Here’s how to survive the day.<p>Sometimes—no matter how hard you try—solid shuteye just isn’t in the cards. And while a regular sleep schedule (waking up at the same time, going to bed at the same time, and logging seven or eight hours of sleep every night) is hugely important for your overall …

5 Secrets to a Balanced, Happy Life

Make time for the things you love.<p><i>How do I know my potential? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Matthew Jones, Doctorate Student, Writer, and Entrepreneur, on Quora:</b><p><b>Everyone has unique</b> …

Happiness

This Woman Is Posting Heartbreaking Stories About Mental Health On Instagram To Fight Stigma

Jessica Walsh started the "Let’s Talk About Mental Health" account as part of her ongoing project called "12 Kinds of Kindness".

How Apple is trying to solve some of the world's major health problems

Basically, Apple built tools into the iPhone which allow researchers to build sophisticated medical apps. These apps use the iPhone's suite of sensors to monitor location, heart rate, and other factors.<p>Its potential is powerful when you think about it: ResearchKit allows doctors and researchers to …

Donald Trump's Compassionate Health Care Plan

In listening to the various presidential candidate’s proposals on health care reform, the dance is the same as it was four years ago. On the left, Hilary Clinton wants to improve Obamacare and Bernie Sanders wants to create “Medicare for all,” also known as a single payer system. On the right, …

A sigh's not just a sigh - it's a fundamental life-sustaining reflex

Research reveals that sighing is more than a sign of depression or despair: it’s a reflex that happens several times an hour and helps preserve lung function<p>Californian scientists have identified the source of the sigh. It is not just a response to sadness, depression or despair: it is, also, they …

Donald Trump

Eating disorders in university becoming more common, researcher says

The university years bring new friends, new ideas and, sometimes, an eating disorder.<p>Sally Willis-Stewart, director of the Nutrition Education Centre …

Mental Health

National Cluster-Randomized Trial of Duty-Hour Flexibility in Surgical Training

In response to concerns about patient safety and resident well-being, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) introduced …

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

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