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Doctor's diary: Can an illness be all in the mind?

‘On any average day’, writes neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan, ‘perhaps as many as a third of people who go to see their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained’. This is indeed the elephant in the surgery, and a similar proportion of patients can be found complaining of a wide variety of …

Doctors, patients, and the confronting conversation about terminal cancer | Ranjana Srivastava

A recent study shows staggering discord between doctor and patient perception when it comes to cancer prognosis and projections of survival<p>In the years that we have known each other, she has never asked me an opinion about her brother’s cancer, so when she finally asks if I will talk to him, I …

Cancer

The Government Spends $5 Billion a Year On Cancer—So Why Hasn’t It Been Cured Yet?

Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in this country. What’s holding us back from a cure?<p>In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama issued fighting words to one of the world’s greatest enemies.<p>“Let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all,” he …

One Trauma Surgeon's Struggle For Finding Balance

It’s hard to imagine a job that would be more stressful than being a trauma surgeon. In a single shift, the surgeon may see a gunshot wound, a fall from a height, a devastating automobile crash or any other traumatic accident. In my last post, I discussed the troubling rate of burnout, depression, …

America’s facing a shortage of primary-care doctors

A previous version of this story included an incorrect calculation of the projected doctor shortage. The story has been corrected.<p>The doctor will not …

Health Care

To Educate Great Physicians, Focus On Science, Ethics And Future Learning Skills

Kaiser Permanente, the healthcare provider and insurer, recently announced plans to open a medical school in 2019. The physical school will be located in southern California. Dr. Christine Cassel, now head of the National Quality Forum, will be joining the school’s leadership.<p>The nonprofit …

What we can expect from CRISPR and gene editing in 2016

Each time researchers publish an exciting new study, we're all too tempted to extrapolate far beyond the initial findings to imagine all sorts of tremendous benefits very soon. In medicine, these giddy predictions can be downright cruel. They may offer false hope to people grappling with …

New laws to ease doctor shortage see long delays, criticism

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Missouri law offered a first-of-its-kind solution to the physician shortage plaguing thousands of U.S. communities: …

Top 10 Healthcare Predictions For 2016

As 2015 comes to a close, Frost & Sullivan experts and thought leaders gather together to predict the top 10 trends to expect during the coming year.<p><b>Next generation wearables hit a $6 billion market</b><p>The new generation of “medical” or “clinical wearables” is going to be equipped with more …

29% of Young Doctors Are Depressed: Study

About 30% of young doctors have depression or symptoms of it, according to an exhaustive new review published in the <i>Journal of the American Medical</i> …

Medicine

What If We Had No FDA?

Because the Food and Drug Administration forbids even terminally ill people from taking unauthorized drugs that could save their lives, twenty-four states have now passed laws to deal with the problem. They have enacted "right-to-try" legislation, which allows patients with fatal illnesses to take …

The Continued Degradation of Health Insurance Under the ACA

Even if insured how much can we depend on private health insurance any more? The bottom line--less and less as it continues to degrade after almost six years under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Its coverage continues to degrade even as its costs become increasingly unaffordable.<p>Supporters of the …

Scurvy is common and should be diagnosed and treated.

In the winter of 2009, Eric Churchill was called to a patient’s bedside at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, to help out with a …

Mental Disorders

More Than Half of Obamacare's Co-Ops Have Now Failed -- Here's Why You Should Care

At the latest count, 12 of Obamacare's 23 health cooperatives have now failed, potentially putting taxpayers on the line for more than $1.2 billion …

More doctors offering direct-pay health care

WILMINGTON, Del. --- Cristy Beckman, who suffers from chronic pain in her spine and osteoarthritis, spent six hours in a doctor's crowded waiting room in severe pain.<p>That was enough, she decided. It was time to make a drastic change in how she was treated.<p>At about the same time, Dr. Christina …

Plymouth doctors' stress sick days rise 430% in five years

<b>Days lost to stress-related sickness by doctors at a hospital trust have increased by more than 430% in five years, a BBC investigation has found.</b><p>In 2010-2011, 143 days were lost at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust compared with 763 in 2014-2015.<p>The trust said the figures were "concerning" and it was …

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Why This Is The Best Of Times To Be A Physician In America

This is the best of times to be a United States physician. But it also is among the most challenging.<p>My optimism about the professional lives of physicians today has ample basis in reality. The trust and respect patients feel for their personal physicians still runs extremely high. The number of …

Doctor burnout begins younger than we think – by Dr Maxine Szramka

“Looking back, I now know that I was burnt out when I started medical school, let alone what happened within the first few months of medical school …

Health Care

Do doctors really hate Obamacare?

384 Shares<p>Anti-Obamacare critics often claim that “every” physician they know hates Obamacare. For instance, pediatric neurosurgeon and GOP …

A little-known condition keeps one million Americans in the hospital every year

Sepsis is a complication of infection that leads to organ failure. One million patients are hospitalized for sepsis each year (across all types of health insurance). In 2013 alone, 400,000 Medicare beneficiaries were hospitalized because of sepsis at a cost of US$5.5 billion.<p>And it is deadly. …

Research Shows Swapping Gut Bacteria Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes and Other Diseases

The quality, quantity, and composition of the bacteria in your gut have enormous influence on your brain. Dr. David Perlmutter explores this …

Off the streets and into the OR: a new UCLA doctor turns his life around

Two very different documents define James Maciel's unusual life journey.<p>The older one is a photocopy of his court records from the late '90s, showing arrests for graffiti vandalism and possession of a handgun that landed him in Orange County Juvenile Hall and the Youth Guidance Center for six …

The Irrational Rationing of Health Care

As I detailed in my prior column, Manny Alvarez is a 23-year-old college student with the misfortune of having not just a devastating cancer -- but the wrong devastating cancer. The chemotherapeutic agents shown to be highly active against his specific tumor cells are FDA approved for the treatment …

How Big Data Is Changing Healthcare

If you want to find out how Big Data is helping to make the world a better place, there’s no better example than the uses being found for it in healthcare.<p>The last decade has seen huge advances in the amount of data we routinely generate and collect in pretty much everything we do, as well as our …

Rural hospitals struggle to stay open, adapt to changes

OSCEOLA, Mo. (AP) — After 45 years of providing health care in rural Missouri, Sac-Osage Hospital is being sold piece by piece.<p>Ceiling tiles are …