The Doctor Weighs In

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5 Ways Drugs and Alcohol Affect Your Mental Health

Have you ever asked yourself what can you do in your daily life to improve your mental health? Believe it or not, this is a very important question …

EHRs Can Advance Good Medicine If Doctors Are Aware of the Risks

Historically, the doctor-patient relationship has been at the heart of medical practice, with administrative tasks and record-keeping at the …

Digital Health

How To Properly Protect Patient Data

Now that we’ve reached the year 2018, more information is stored online than ever. Not surprisingly, healthcare data is no exception. Patients must …

The Modern Patient Needs to be an Expert Insurance Navigator

In 1967, Cynthia A. of Savannah, GA was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic rheumatoid arthritis at age thirteen. More than fifty years later, she’s …

Did the President Pass or Fail His Heart Health Tests?

President Trump’s recent heart health tests have generated a lot of discussion in the media. Some experts opined that he was at serious risk for a …

Why Dogs Aren't Schizophrenic?

We used to have a dog, Hubert Beagle-Basset, who suffered from a severe case of separation anxiety. Whenever we came back home, even if we had only …

Why Innovation is a Strategic Imperative at UPMC

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Chief Innovation Officer, radiologist Rasu Shrestha MD, MBA joined me to talk about all of the cool …

How to Create Streamlined and Consumer-Friendly Healthcare

Ask just about anyone: a clinician, provider executive, vendor, or patients and most will agree that unlocking the value of patient portals is a …

The High Price of Being Constantly Plugged In

In today’s digital world, we almost can’t help being in front of a screen at all times. Think about how much you rely on your smartphone to complete …

A Unique Approach to Women's Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. CVD is a general term for diseases affecting …

Cancer Death Rates are Way Down, Why?

Otis Webb Brawley, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society (ACS) joined me on my bi-monthly …

How Writing Can Help Your Personal Growth

Writing can be a relaxing and calming pastime. When I think about writing, the images that pop into my head are of someone sitting in a field notepad …

The VA's Contradictory Stance on Medical Marijuana

Cannabis seems to be growing in popularity across the country, with more and more territories breaking from the federal norm and allowing both …

Are We Approaching a Modern Day Flu Pandemic?

By all accounts, this has been an uncommonly hard-hitting flu season with reports calling it the worst flu season in nearly a decade. The Centers for …

An Expert's Guide to Surviving Physician Lawsuits

A physician incurs nearly $200,000 in medical student loan debt, graduates in the top 10% of her class, and dedicates the past 14 years to providing …

What You Should Know Before Undergoing Bariatric Surgery

After months or years of attempting to lose weight and keep it off, you may be considering bariatric surgery.<p>Before you can decide whether this is a …

Is Single-Payer a Better Option for America?

I recently had a chance to talk to Don Berwick, MD, a pediatrician who went on to serve as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid …

The Importance of Succession Planning for Your Medical Practice

Leadership transitions are risky times for medical practices. When the departing lead physician has had a strong run, there is concern about his …

Dry Drowning & Secondary Drowning: Should You Be Terrified?

In June 2017, a 4-year-old boy in Texas died under tragic and seemingly inexplicable circumstances. The boy, named Frankie Delgado, was playing in …

Methadone and Suboxone For Heroin Recovery

Many policymakers, professionals, and researchers in the substance abuse treatment field believe that Medication Assisted Therapy or MAT is still …

How to Counter Emotional Eating with Mindfulness

Contrary to what intuition tells us, we don’t only eat when we’re hungry.<p>The American Psychological Association reports that “<i>27% of adults say they</i> …

How Much Disability Insurance Do Doctors Really Need?

You worked your fingers to the bone in college, sacrificing your Friday nights while everyone else was at the party so you could wake up fresh for …

An Innovative Treatment Option for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

It’s not surprise that spending on healthcare is rising faster than ever before. In 2016, U.S. healthcare spending increased 4.3% to reach $3.3 …

Cancer

The Preventable Danger of Patient Identity Errors

In your neighborhood, “keeping up with the Joneses” may be a common pursuit, or maybe you are right on the heels of those Smiths or Johnsons. While …

University of California

A Nurse's Guide for Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Nursing is one of the most rewarding occupations but nurses are also at the greatest risk for catching cold and flu bugs when they start appearing …

Wellness

The Real Benefits of Women's Resistance in an Uncertain Time

Women of the American Resistance is about how to wake up on this dark morning in our country’s political life and take the future of our democracy …

Civil Rights

The Impact of Traumatic Events on Women's Heart Health

Many people today are enamored with the idea of speed, rapid transformation, thrills, and adventures. Indeed, these are prominent characteristics of …

Medicine

9 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Patients

Whether you’ve recently graduated as a nurse or doctor or you’ve been in the industry for decades, there’s nothing worse than having to deal with a …

Self-help

Can You Have Your Carbs and Eat Healthy, Too?

When you think about your health goals, any of these thoughts come to mind?<p>I want more energy.<br>• I’m trying to avoid health issues related to my family …

Nutrition

Patients Need Personalized, Not Generic, Health Advice

Americans are accustomed to receiving personalized information and recommendations in many ways to make their daily routines easier. For example, …

Digital Health