Conditions are now right for a "perfect storm" of deliberate misinformation that could seriously hurt -- or even kill -- health-care consumers on a mass scale.
"We don't yet know for sure what the Republican 'replacement' for the ACA is going to be, because they don't know themselves."
Despite our love for a fee-for-service health-care system, health care in the US costs individuals and the government more than in any other industrialized nation — while providing less.
Leads to better provider/patient relationships, better health outcomes and reduced healthcare disparities.
These involve an opioid vaccine, medication take-back programs, local task forces, improving access to naloxone and DEA requirements for e-prescribing.
A greater understanding of the healthcare issues specific to the LGBT community may improve their quality of care.
What does this mean for clinicians? It means they're doing harm.
Truthfully, what is called burnout should more accurately be recognized for what it really is—abuse.
Important questions regarding the prevention of CAD remain unanswered.
OB/GYNs should be taking a more active role in protecting their patient's rights.
Urgent care has become the predominant choice for many consumers.
The ACA has acted as an enzyme that accelerated the "corporate buyout" of our health-care system.
We can no longer dismiss the dissatisfaction many women feel with the medicalization of the birthing experience.
It was hoped and expected that OB/GYN Hospitalists would improve the quality and safety of obstetric care.
It's no secret that sticking to an exercise routine requires a great amount of motivation. Forget about the fact that exercising is incredibly important to maintaining a healthy body. Shouldn't that be enough?
During the winter, many patients go to their doctors office seeking a remedy for their annual cold. Often, however, their symptoms turn out to be the result of something else entirely: allergies. How can this be? they ask, I only get allergies in the spring. In fact, winter allergies are extremely common and are easily confused with the common cold because the symptoms are so similar.
There seems to be a lot of confusion as to whether fat is good or bad for you. After all, with the word fat having such a negative connotation, why would anyone think it can be good? The truth is, fats are much more complex than to be labeled in such simple terms as either good or bad.
Lets face it; puberty is an awkward and confusing time for adolescents. In what can seem like overnight, changes to the body start happening spontaneously. Body hair starts growing all over the place, acne pops up everywhere, and lets not forget about the cruel stench of body odor.
If you haven't yet heard about Zika virus, you';re going to start seeing it more often in the headlines. On Monday, February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the disease an international crisis, and the next day it was reported that Zika virus was transmitted for the first time within the United States through sexual transmission. In addition, new reports of Zika virus appearing in other countries for the first time are being announced every day.
Go ahead, pour yourself another cup of coffee, if you know what's good for you. The results of a recent study are receiving attention after it found that drinking at least 2 cups of coffee a day can reduce liver damage, even damage to the liver caused by alcohol consumption.
Meat is in need of some major PR damage control. In addition to a report claiming that hot dogs contain more than were actually aware of, as well as vegetarian options being no-so-vegetarian after all, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially classified processed meat (and probably red meat) as carcinogenic alongside tobacco, arsenic, and pesticides.
More than 120,000 people in the United States are currently awaiting organ donation and approximately 6500 people die each year while awaiting organ availability. Although one donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation, that isnt enough to meet the growing need for organs and tissue.
It is no secret that the number of painkiller overdoses in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. Since 1999, the amount of prescription painkillers sold in the United States has almost quadrupled, but there has been no overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.
Recently, New York Giants wide receiver Daniel Fells was diagnosed with a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. Fells has since been sidelined for the rest of the season. The Giants are taking aggressive precautions to stop the spread of infection among players, including conducting consultations with infectious disease specialists.
Allergies can also be as strange as they are diverse. Strange is certainly the case with one teenage girl in Canada who has an unusual food allergy that presents itself only after she exercises.
The ocean is a force unto itself. It has the power to devastate entire towns, swallow up ships in a single gulp, and pull swimmers away from the shore never to be seen again. Comprising 70% of the Earths total surface, the ocean is home to some of the largest and most vicious animals ever to exist. Its waters can reach chilling depths of 36,000 feet under a crushing pressure of more than 8 tons per square inch.
In the movie Limitless, a struggling author with writers block stumbles across a new smart drug called NZT-48. Desperate, he takes the pill and then finds himself extremely productive. He is able to learn and analyze new information at an astonishing rate, recall memories from his distant past, and even write 90 pages of his book in one sitting.
Electronic cigarettes have become a common product in modern-day culture, so much that its almost more common to see people puffing on them than on conventional cigarettes. But is that really a good thing?
Why do some people commit "social suicide" or post confessions of murders on social media sites?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States sees an average of 7 reported human plague cases each year. This year that number has already reached 12, including 4 deaths, making it the second highest year on record for plague cases.
Batten disease—also known as Spielmeyer-Vogt-Sjögren-Batten disease—is a rare, fatal autosomal-recessive neurodegenerative disorder named for the British pediatrician who identified the condition in 1903. It is the most common form of a group of disorders called neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs).
Be careful what you say during surgery, doctors. There are a lot of despicable doctors out there, ranging from those who murder their patients to those who are downright insane. Other doctors, however, can be despicable without even realizing it.
Several years ago on July 4th, 13-year-old Shane was with his dad at a backyard fireworks show. When it was his turn to load a mortar into the launch tube, it exploded in his face. The impact shattered his forehead, cracked his skull in half and burned most of his brain, said Glenda Lynch, Shanes mother. We had to take him off life support. Since the death of her son, Lynch has been an advocate for fireworks safety. According to the National Safety Council, Independence Day consistently ranks as Americas deadliest holiday. In fact, emergency rooms add staff on this day because so many people hurt themselves. But its not just fireworks that make the holiday so dangerous; its also the heat, drowning, and drunk driving that put people at risk.
Clinical trials studying the effects of MDMA on patients suffering from anxiety caused by life-threatening illnesses are set to begin just months after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approved testing of the drug.
According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, theres been an alarming spike in cases of sexually transmitted diseases, and it places the blame in part on social media applications such as Tinder and Grindr. From 2013 to 2014, the number of syphilis cases in the state increased 79% and the number of gonorrhea cases 30%, while newly diagnosed cases of HIV increased 33%.
Walter Freeman is known in history as the father of the lobotomy, an infamous procedure that involved hammering an ice pick-like instrument into a patients brain through their eye sockets. The horrifying procedure often left patients in a vegetative state and is responsible for an estimated 490 deaths.
Yoga, an ancient form of meditation and exercise, has been practiced for many centuries. Somewhere along the way, however, in America at least, people have formed a perception of yoga as a feminine art form.
Famously remembered for his role as Jack Tripper in the hit comedy series Threes Company, actor John Ritter was a television legend.
The ultimate body modification may be on the horizon: head transplants. Imagine a future where your own body was disposable, where people transplant their heads onto entirely new bodies when their own begin to fail. Is it possible?
Within the first day of pre-orders, the Apple Watch sold more devices than all of the Android smartwatch manufacturers combined in 2014. It may be the next best gadget on the market, but what can it do for your health? Check out these five cool new health apps for the Apple Watch.
They dubbed him the babymaker. Cecil Jacobson was a US fertility doctor who was indicted in 1992 for using his own sperm to impregnate his female patients.
A female with an hourglass or defined waistline has been a long sought after classic body ideal --regardless of a womans weight or body type.
It's late at night, walking back to your car after a long day at the office when suddenly you are fighting for survival against an attacker. Normally, help would come in the form of a fellow bystander, if any, but during this attack, your smartphone was used to deter the assailant.
If you're looking for a way to dissolve unwanted fat and cellulite without having to resort to an invasive liposuction procedure, you may want to research mesotherapy.
New Orleans history is rich with tales of organized crime, corruption, vampires, voodoo, witches, and gruesome bloody murders. One of the most notorious unsolved serial murder cases was that of the Axeman.
The latest breakthrough in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research recently came out of Israel after a leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases announced positive results from a clinical trial of a potential treatment.
Can you imagine not being able to take a refreshing shower, bath, or a dip in a pool or the ocean on a hot summer day?
First there was #planking, then the ALS #IceBucketChallenge, now the #BostonBlizzardChallenge?
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may soon be released in the Florida Keys to combat 2 viral diseases if all goes according to plan for a group of British researchers.
This year we can add something new to the mix, a Super Bowl alert for measles, after a warning that about 1000 people in Arizona may have been exposed to a measles outbreak.
After spending Media Day on Tuesday repeating that same line, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch caused much more of a frenzy than he could have ever imagined, and he didn't know why.
It seems that every day we are told what not to eat and what not to do because certain things can negatively affect our health.
Blood farming is a growing health care and human rights issue that is especially prevalent in India. This highly illegal and immoral practice involves treating human beings (often recent immigrants and individuals from other marginalized populations) much like cattle on an industrial dairy farm.
Every time a celebrity dies from a prescription drug overdose or botched medical procedure, the first questions are understandably pointed at the medical professionals involved with the individual.
GMO Free. Non-GMO Project Verified. Made With Non-GMO Ingredients. These phrases are increasingly popping up on consumer food products everywhere, but what do they mean?
The official name for mad cow disease is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). BSE is a fatal disease that attacks the nervous system of cattle.
The growth of social media has been dramatic and it has become integrated into mainstream life. Unfortunately, within social media there is little to no regard for what is said, and it can become open-hunting season or a playground for the bully types.
The Medical Bags body modification series has explored everything from permanent makeup to lip and eyelid sewing, but this edition has more of a technological twist.
When you're a medical provider, the customer isn't always right. Letting patients dictate the scope of service, as is done in fields such as retail, results in dangerous situations and potentially poor outcomes.
It wasn't so long ago that doctors would visit the sick, and these house calls were a normal, if not an expected, type of service.
These days, fracking seems to be wreaking havoc all over the news, not to mention the planet. A recent study found that fracking caused over 70 small earthquakes in Ohio in March 2014, including one that was large enough to be felt in nearby towns.
Have you ever been around a person in a particularly bad mood, only to realize that at the end of your interaction, you too have become sour? Or maybe you were around a group of giggling children and you found yourself struggling to hold back your own laughter.
When the HIV/AIDS epidemic officially began in 1981, a positive diagnosis was a death sentence. However, today an estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the US, and thanks to modern treatment, are living longer and happier lives than ever.
Ive got 110/60, a 60 pulse, 185 cholesterol, said Louis Zamperini in an interview at 86 years old. Im told I have the vitals of a 35-year-old. And with all Ive been through, they thought Id be dead by 55!
Its no secret that private prisons operate under questionable practices. After all, they run as businesses and make a profit off of locking people up.
Cavemen lived during a much simpler time. You would never catch one texting at dinner, nor would he or she be spending all hours of the night watching television.
Between 2006 and 2010, at least 148 female prisoners at 2 California facilities were sterilized without required state approval. Even worse, some of the women have claimed that they were pressured, harassed, and even tricked into signing forms agreeing to the sterilizations.
Dermatologist Richard Sharpe turned out to be a sharp-shooter, ending his wife Karen’s life with a rifle shot, a bull’s eye—sinking lead deep into her chest.
Triple nipples is yet another way to innovate the human body. And a third nipple doesnt necessarily have to be grafted onto your chest. It can go anywhere: the elbow, the knee, the foot; whatever turns you on.
People may associate political correctness with conformity, but new research finds it also correlates with creativity in work settings.
Congenital hypertrichosis lanuginosa (CHL) is an extremely rare skin disease that has fascinated the public since the Middle Ages.
Whats in his kiss? Apparently, its a lot more than you might think
Its all in the vortex. A vortex is created by whirling fluid, wind, or electricity and is in the shape of a funnel, like a tornado, a whirlpool, or water flowing down a sink drain.
For some women, finding the right partner to have a child with doesnt go as planned. What is a woman to do when the time on her biological clock is running out and that dream of starting a family hasnt been fulfilled yet?
In 2011, there were an estimated 17,000 deaths resulting directly from the use of opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, drug deaths due to addictive prescription drugs, including opioids, are greater than 3 times what they were 20 years ago.
Changes in how medical diagnoses are coded under the latest international disease classification system (better known as the ICD-10 codes) may complicate the assessment of hospital safety, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Michel de Nostredame (Nostradamus) , the prophetic giant, has been credited with predicting future events, including the rise of Hitler, the atomic bomb, Louis Pasteurs discoveries, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, the death of Princess Diana, and more. Did this supposed seer also predict his own impending death?
It sounds like a joke: a mom telling her teenage daughter to Please shut off that music; its torturing me! Or dad chiming in: Turn it down, son; youre killing me with that racket!
In Bram Stokers 1897 novel Dracula, Lucy is found several times in the dead of night sitting up in bed and pointing to her window at a large, flitting bat.
In July 2012, a pathologist was found shot and stabbed to death in his Lubbock, TX home, the result of a murder-for-hire plot perpetrated by a plastic surgeon whose evil motive can be traced to 1 of the 7 deadly sins: envy.
Theories swirled and opinions varied; many thought Marvin wanted to die and that his father was merely a pawn in his plans.
The professional name for it is clear lens face piercing. Put simply, its a hole in your face: a hole in your face thats then sealed with a clear plug so people can see inside your mouth without you ever having to open it.
Some say that Countess Elizabeth Báthory, considered by many to be the worlds worst female serial killer, was the true inspiration for Bram Stokers Dracula.
Body piercing in the Western world has evolved considerably in recent decades.
Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who made headlines over the last few weeks because of her decision to end her own life after being diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, died on Saturday at her home in Portland, OR.
Perhaps its not pass the popcorn, but pass on eating the popcorn if its microwaved or bought at the movie theater.
Todds syndrome, more frequently referred to as Alice in Wonderland syndrome (AIWS), is a disorienting neurological condition that primarily targets children.
One of the most atrocious eras in human history is without a doubt the Holocaust. About 11 million people, including approximately 6 million Jews, are estimated to have been slaughtered at the hands of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
Some may say that the real question is: What has she done to (not for) medicine? When you think of Oprah, whats the first thing that comes to mind?
Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, member of the House of Drăculești, and known as Vlad the Impaler or Dracula, was the inspiration for Irish author Bram Stokers world-famous novel Dracula, published in 1897.
There has been an ethical debate regarding the death penalty for thousands of years, and the controversy is only getting more complicated.
Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a dangerous, deadly, and rare disease caused by infection with 1 of 4 viruses in the Filoviridae family that are known to cause disease in humans: Ebola virus, Sudan virus, Taï Forest virus, and Bundibugyo virus.
Thomas Harris is an American author best known for a series of suspense novels that showcased one of the most despicable fictional doctors ever. His second novel, Red Dragon, published in 1981, introduced his most infamous character, the cannibalistic killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The books sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, was published in 1988, and the story was made into a major motion picture starring Anthony Hopkins as the dreadful Dr. Lecter, catapulting the murderous evil character into superstardom.
Affecting roughly 9.3% of the population in 2012 and listed as the seventh leading cause of death in the US, diabetes cannot be ignored. Diabetes requires time, and close management of ones condition, to stay as healthy as possible.
Drinking alcohol, including excessive or binge drinking, has become a commonplace ritual at colleges that students see as an inherent part of their overall college experience. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), over 1800 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including alcohol poisoning. Research shows that about 80% of college students drink alcohol. Furthermore, 31% of college students were diagnosed with abusing alcohol based on self-reported questionnaires, and 6% of these students were diagnosed with alcohol dependency.
It's a strange new world for physicians.
Professional football is a fast-paced, intensely physical, and grueling sport. Walter Payton was a running back for the NFLs Chicago Bears for 13 seasons, from 1975 to 1987. The running back position is one of the most physical on the playing field. You get hit hard and your body takes a beating. Payton, also known as Sweetness, is revered as one of the most successful and prolific running backs in the history of the NFL. In 1987, The Sports Network established the Walter Payton Player of the Year Award to honor on an annual basis the most outstanding offensive football player in Division I college football.
Its still early in the season, but injured NFL players are already starting to pile up. Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher injured a hamstring during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall ruptured his left Achilles tendon and is done for the season. Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is out after dislocating his right hip in a game against Cleveland and Chargers running back Danny Woodheads season is over after breaking his lower right leg during the first drive of the teams win at Buffalo. Those were among at least 35 players who were forced out of games from injuries during the third week of the NFL season.
It's difficult to tell the story of the early 20th century serial killer Henri Landru without first telling the French folktale La Barbe Bleue, otherwise known as Bluebeard. The tale tells the violent story of a young woman who weds a nobleman and discovers her new husband has a closet full of horrifying secrets. The most famous surviving version of the tale was written by Charles Perrault and published in 1659.
Kenny McCormick is a one of the main characters on South Park, an animated adult television series that airs on Comedy Central. Kenny is best known for his recurring deaths across numerous episodes and seasons. He is apparently immortal, but no one aside from him seems to particularly notice, or care.