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Does A Fitbit Actually Make You Fit?

Does A Fitbit Actually Make You Fit?

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If you really want to give your fitness and weight loss efforts a boost, track calories — and get enough exercise.

Meaningful Health Care Reform? Don't Hold Your Breath!

Meaningful Health Care Reform? Don't Hold Your Breath!

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Only way we can build a better health care system is to depoliticize it and put it back into the hands of doctors and patients.

Providing Healthcare for Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Providing Healthcare for Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Health-care providers often overlook the unique health needs of lesbian and bisexual women.

Residents Can Be Great Assets in Patient Care

Residents Can Be Great Assets in Patient Care

Despite the myths surrounding residency, many physicians-in-training are helpful and willing to learn new techniques.

Better Patient Outcomes with Improved Interviewing Skills

Better Patient Outcomes with Improved Interviewing Skills

Consider altering your interviewing style to improve relationships with your patients.

How Same-Sex Marriage is a Mental Health Issue

How Same-Sex Marriage is a Mental Health Issue

Same-sex marriage has positive mental health benefits for gays and lesbians.

Examining the Life-Saving Effects of Marriage

Examining the Life-Saving Effects of Marriage

A large study connects marriage to improved outcomes for patients with cancer.

Inside the Role of Social Determinants in Health Equity

Inside the Role of Social Determinants in Health Equity

Factors such as poverty, income inequality, violence and racism influence public health.

Appreciating the Kindness of Patients

Appreciating the Kindness of Patients

Patients who remain cheerful, despite personal drama, deserved to be recognized for the effort they put in.

Finding a Work-Life Balance as a Provider

Finding a Work-Life Balance as a Provider

It is important for providers to find time to de-stress with enjoyable hobbies.

Importance of Counseling Patients About Pap Smears

Importance of Counseling Patients About Pap Smears

It's important to counsel your patients on the difference between a Pap smear and a pelvic exam.

Hold Your Nose: Today's Medical Advertising Stinks!

Hold Your Nose: Today's Medical Advertising Stinks!

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Not only do these TV ads stink, but they also drive up the cost of health care.

Encrypting Patient Health Information to Improve HIPAA Compliance

Encrypting Patient Health Information to Improve HIPAA Compliance

"There are all kinds of options for encryption that they can take advantage of. It works well."

Consequences

Consequences

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A physician struggles with his own fallibility.

Reinterpreting Death

Reinterpreting Death

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Doctors fumble with the art of prognosis.

Addressing Implicit Bias in the Exam Room

Addressing Implicit Bias in the Exam Room

Clinicians have overwhelmingly moved to recognize the implicit biases in their practice of medicine.

Addressing HIV Screening and Prevention in Primary Care Settings

Addressing HIV Screening and Prevention in Primary Care Settings

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It is estimated that between 60% and 75% of adolescents with HIV are not aware of their infection

The Importance of Maintaining Mobility

The Importance of Maintaining Mobility

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It may not be in a person's best interest to limit his or her ambulation.

How To Improve Sleep Among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Children

How To Improve Sleep Among Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Children

Socioeconomically disadvantaged children have a higher rate of sleep difficulties than children from high-income households.

Improving Sleep Hygiene: What To Know

Improving Sleep Hygiene: What To Know

An easy-to-read handout could help patients overcome their sleep issues.

Toastmasters International: A Communication and Leadership Program

Toastmasters International: A Communication and Leadership Program

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I found it refreshing that the people in my group were not in the medical field, but instead were diverse both in terms of careers and culture.

Dropping the Ball

Dropping the Ball

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The number of distractions pulling physician attention away from where it should be — on patients — has increased.

Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim

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We need to reconsider how we train our doctors to be sure that they acquire the skills they will need.

A Special Home Visit: They Do Still Exist

A Special Home Visit: They Do Still Exist

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What Arthur and his family did not know is that that home visit had at least as much impact on me.

Opioid Prescribing for Dummies

Opioid Prescribing for Dummies

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We marginalize people in pain to the point where shooting up black tar heroin under a freeway overpass makes the most sense to them.

Teleconferencing with Patients: Is it Worth It?

Teleconferencing with Patients: Is it Worth It?

Patient evaluations performed through teleconferencing may lack the accuracy of a physical exam.

Addressing Patient Behaviors on Social Media

Addressing Patient Behaviors on Social Media

Commenting about patient behaviors on Facebook is becoming a common practice among clinicians.

Opting Out of Medicare: A Physician's Perspective

Opting Out of Medicare: A Physician's Perspective

This physician discusses her experience with opting out of Medicare and offers advice to physicians considering doing the same.

Sticking It to the Man

Sticking It to the Man

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Battle-worn and weary, we were hungry for news, and any sign that the tide was starting to turn gripped our attention.

Safe Zone

Safe Zone

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I have come to realize is that it was never the sanctity of the exam room, nor the long white coat that droops from my shoulders.

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