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Health Care 101: How Doctors are Paid

As our nation struggles with the mind-boggling algebraic-like task of reigning in on health care expenditures while increasing provider access and high-quality medical care, provider payment structures are in flux between traditional payment methods and relatively new financial structures.<p>While I …

Sitting all day is bad for your brain, too

We know that spending all day hunched over laptops is shortening our lifespan and expanding our waistlines. Still, the threat of never growing up to be an Anderson Cooper-caliber silver fox may not be enough to motivate young tech workers to switch to a treadmill desk and sign up for some daily …

Why China's Doctors Are Getting Beat Up

The young doctor weeps as he is pulled before the crowd. The night before, he treated a patient for excessive alcohol consumption. That patient later …

Why paying doctors salaries instead of fees won’t make health care cheaper

One of the lesser-known consequences of health care reform in the US is a massive consolidation of doctors. Former private practice physicians are getting sucked into hospitals or networks of affiliated practices and hospitals. Beyond hospital recruiting, uncertainty about the health care market, …

DNP: the return of a deadly weight-loss drug

Four deaths in the UK and up to 60 worldwide have recently been attributed to the substance 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP), an industrial chemical that has become popular among people wanting to lose weight, including bodybuilders and people with eating disorders.<p>The dangers of DNP were even raised in the …

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …

Brain Stimulation May Induce the Human Will to Persevere

One epilepsy patient reported a flushing in his chest and described a feeling of determinedness, like getting ready to drive through a storm. A …

Your Fat Has a Brain. Seriously. And It's Trying to Kill You.

Phil Bruno was super-sizing again. It was just past 5:30 on a spring evening in 2004, and he was driving home from work. He pulled into a White Castle, one of many fast-food outlets lining Route 100 in his hometown of Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. He was only a mile from his house, …

FDA approves skull implant that helps treat epileptic seizures

Epilepsy affects 3 million people in the US, making it the third most common neurological disorder in the country. In a move that may offer relief for some patients, the FDA has approved a skull implant that helps reduce the frequency of seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.<p>The device …

Science Weekly podcast: the problem with drugs for mental illness

The Guardian's Science Weekly<p>Psychology<p><b>Dr Joanna Moncrieff</b> argues that drugs for depression and schizophrenia are not getting to the root of these conditions<p>How to listen to podcasts: everything you need to know<p>Subscribe via Apple Podcasts<br>• Download MP3<br>• Podcast feed URL<p>Presented by Alok Jha and …

Antibiotics: Light-sensitive drugs to tackle hardy bugs

What if we could deactivate treatments after use to cut the rise of antibiotic resistance? Researchers hope they may be able to control the medicines we take to fight infection using light.<p>The voices warning of the demise of our antibiotic defences are getting louder. With common pathogens such as …

My Health Insurance Didn't Protect Me From Thousands Of Dollars In Medical Debt: Why I (And Maybe You Too) Need The Affordable Healthcare Act

Eight years ago, when I left a copyediting job in a publishing house to go freelance, my mother was aghast.<p>“But what are you going to do about health insurance? You need health insurance!”<p>At the time, I was 25 and had the delusional belief that the invincibility youth affords. I believed health …

Bringing High-Quality, Affordable Health Care To Impoverished Brazilians

Many in the United States naively think that our country has a monopoly on the kinds of public service we discuss in our book. The wide range of civic activities carried out by Ashoka Fellows from around the world makes clear that this is far from true. Further evidence comes in the work of a …