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How Medical Tourism is Affecting the Canadian Healthcare System

How Medical Tourism is Affecting the Canadian Healthcare System

The persistence of medical tourism speaks to capacity and resource-utilization concerns that Canada's single-payer system has been unable to effectively address.

Thinking About Buying a Practice? Here's What You Need to Know

Thinking About Buying a Practice? Here's What You Need to Know

Physicians must remember that they will be a business owner in addition to being a health care provider.

Five Uses for Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Five Uses for Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Virtual reality has become much more than just a new form of entertainment; it is increasingly being used in a wide range of medical applications.

Time Pressure Can Have Serious Consequences for Physicians and Patients

Time Pressure Can Have Serious Consequences for Physicians and Patients

A physician faced the consequences after not spending enough time adequately assessing his patient.

The Dan Plan: The Importance of Practice to the Novice Resident

The Dan Plan: The Importance of Practice to the Novice Resident

Dan's story and the story most young surgeons have both start with the same simple premise: the more you practice something, the better you get.

A Closer Look at Addressing HIPAA Security Risks

A Closer Look at Addressing HIPAA Security Risks

Health care providers do not necessarily have to meet every HIPAA standard.

Changing Healthcare Dynamics Calls for New Practice Options

Changing Healthcare Dynamics Calls for New Practice Options

Partnering with an organization is a practice option that may provide many multifaceted benefits.

Evaluating Practice Options in Today's Healthcare Environment

Evaluating Practice Options in Today's Healthcare Environment

Thriving in this new healthcare environment demands both significant capital investment and the ability to navigate increasingly complex reporting requirements and financial arrangements.

A Closer Look Into the Importance of the Physician-Patient Relationship

A Closer Look Into the Importance of the Physician-Patient Relationship

The key to a successful physician-patient relationship, in my opinion, is to recognize that the patient is not the disease being treated.

The Five Things Every Physician Needs to Know About MACRA

The Five Things Every Physician Needs to Know About MACRA

Five potentially pivotal issues physicians should understand about MACRA.

Concierge Medicine: Just the Ticket for Many Patients and Doctors

Concierge Medicine: Just the Ticket for Many Patients and Doctors

In a medical marketplace that is increasingly dominated by consumerism, concierge medicine gives many patients an attractive alternative to accessing health services.

Medical Malware: How to Protect Yourself and Your Patients

Medical Malware: How to Protect Yourself and Your Patients

No strategies are perfect for completely protecting hospital systems from ransomware attacks, but following best practices is key for prevention and protection.

A Physician Provides Insights on the 'Last Gift Study'

A Physician Provides Insights on the 'Last Gift Study'

Terminally ill people with HIV have few opportunities to participate in research, but some leave a final gift to their community.

Benefits of Using Video as a Medical Education Resource

Benefits of Using Video as a Medical Education Resource

An endocrinologist gives his insights on the benefits of using video with medical students.

WHO Guidelines for Managing HIV Drug Resistance

WHO Guidelines for Managing HIV Drug Resistance

The World Health Organization published new guidelines for managing HIV drug resistance in countries in which pretreatment HIVDR to NNRTIs is prevalent.

How to Identify Smartphone and Internet Addiction

How to Identify Smartphone and Internet Addiction

Smartphone addiction is increasingly recognized as a type of behavioral addiction, and recent research has identified criteria that help establish a diagnosis.

Are Prescribing Habits to Blame? A Closer Look at the Opioid Epidemic

Are Prescribing Habits to Blame? A Closer Look at the Opioid Epidemic

It really shouldn't take a jarring New Yorker piece to make the opioid epidemic, or my role in it, real.

Energy Drinks and the Heart: Are They Safe for Consumption?

Energy Drinks and the Heart: Are They Safe for Consumption?

Most of these cases have been associated with drinking a large volume of energy drinks, and thus, individuals who regularly consume energy drinks should be advised to use them in moderation.

Assessing Accountable Care Organization Cost Savings

Assessing Accountable Care Organization Cost Savings

With continued evaluation and adaptation, ACOs promise to provide sustainable reform of healthcare costs and management for the future.

Should Surgeons Disclose Sleep Deprivation to Patients During Informed Consent?

Should Surgeons Disclose Sleep Deprivation to Patients During Informed Consent?

The law surrounding informed consent has evolved from asking what a reasonable surgeon would have disclosed to focusing on what a reasonable patient would have wanted to know.

"Surprise Babies" - Not as Rare as You Think

"Surprise Babies" - Not as Rare as You Think

Rare diagnoses deserve our attention, too, and we'd do well not to rule them out as fantastical or impossible.

Digging Deeper Into the Flu Vaccine and Its Importance to Public Health

Digging Deeper Into the Flu Vaccine and Its Importance to Public Health

There is a sure-fire way for us to gain an upper hand with the flu virus, though. It's simple: get more people vaccinated.

The HEART Score - How Do We Teach Old Docs New Tricks?

The HEART Score - How Do We Teach Old Docs New Tricks?

The HEART score has again been shown to be a safe risk-stratification tool for chest pain, but it does not seem to do much for reducing hospital utilization and admissions.

A Closer Look Into the Drugged-Driving Epidemic

A Closer Look Into the Drugged-Driving Epidemic

There's no doubt that drugged driving is a growing problem, and one that, coincidentally or not, dovetails with expanding decriminalization of marijuana around the country.

Transplant Surgery: Are We Doing Enough (Of It)?

Transplant Surgery: Are We Doing Enough (Of It)?

Informed decisions that would allow safe, controlled and efficient organ donations in the absence of a declaration of brain or cardiac death remains a complete nonstarter.

Sourdough or Sour Don't? A Closer Look at Glycemic Index

Sourdough or Sour Don't? A Closer Look at Glycemic Index

Consumption of higher glycemic index foods has been shown to be associated with increased rates of diabetes, obesity, cancer and all-cause mortality.

Weight Gain After Weight Loss and Its Associated Cardiovascular Risks

Weight Gain After Weight Loss and Its Associated Cardiovascular Risks

We have data suggesting that patients with established coronary disease who have wide fluctuations in weight have a significantly higher risk for adverse cardiovascular outcomes.

Q&A: How the Political Climate Exacerbates PTSD in Sexual Assault Victims

Q&A: How the Political Climate Exacerbates PTSD in Sexual Assault Victims

Rape has been linked with the strongest risk for PTSD in both women and men.

NSAID Use and Myocardial Infarctions — A Deadly Pain Reliever?

NSAID Use and Myocardial Infarctions — A Deadly Pain Reliever?

As physicians, it may be more prudent to recommend physical therapy for pain relief whenever possible and to suggest exploring alternative therapeutic modalities.

Q&A: A Transgender Woman's Perspective on HIV Research

Q&A: A Transgender Woman's Perspective on HIV Research

Dr Sara Gianella talks with Brooke Sullivan, a transgender woman and HIV activist, about ways to improve transgender individuals' involvement in HIV research.

Q&A: Effects of PrEP in the Transgender Community

Q&A: Effects of PrEP in the Transgender Community

Dr Sara Gianella talks with Dr Sheldon Morris, from the University of California San Diego AntiViral Research Center about an upcoming PrEP study in transgender people.

New Media Attention on Rising Maternal Mortality in the United States

New Media Attention on Rising Maternal Mortality in the United States

Why is maternal mortality increasing in the US? Like most complicated issues, there is no simple answer.

The American Health Care Act — Is It the Best We Can Do?

The American Health Care Act — Is It the Best We Can Do?

Republicans are not looking at the problems with the ACA, nor are they trying to find real solutions. The only Americans they seem to serve are those who need the ACA the least.

Higher Premiums and the Affordable Care Act — Why the ACA Isn't to Blame

Higher Premiums and the Affordable Care Act — Why the ACA Isn't to Blame

Republicans have capitalized on the misunderstood concept that the ACA is responsible for their health premiums going up and misleading voters to turn them against the ACA.

Make Your Medical Practice Thrive By Improving Your Collection Rates

Make Your Medical Practice Thrive By Improving Your Collection Rates

Medical groups may need to address such issues as claims denials and failure to obtain prior authorization.

National Health Initiatives Threatened With Passing of Two Congressional Bills

National Health Initiatives Threatened With Passing of Two Congressional Bills

Two recent acts of Congress pose serious threats to national infectious disease health initiatives.

Providing Optimal Care to Medicaid Patients Under the Affordable Care Act

Providing Optimal Care to Medicaid Patients Under the Affordable Care Act

Despite the increase in coverage under the ACA, data suggest Medicaid patients often had increased wait times for appointments to see healthcare providers.

Focus on Medical Device Safety Surveillance Proves Imperative

Focus on Medical Device Safety Surveillance Proves Imperative

The development of new device technologies points to the need for new strategies to monitor their continuing safety and efficacy.

It's Time to Address Body Image Issues in Gay Men

It's Time to Address Body Image Issues in Gay Men

Nearly 15% of all gay men report dealing with anorexia or bulimia during their lifetime.

Many Elderly LGBTQ Individuals Experience Barriers to Care

Many Elderly LGBTQ Individuals Experience Barriers to Care

Elderly LGBTQ individuals are more likely to be depressed and have poor general health than non-LGBTQ seniors.

Medical Liability Reform Challenges in Dynamic Healthcare Environment

Medical Liability Reform Challenges in Dynamic Healthcare Environment

A new bill aimed specifically at limiting medical liability was passed by Congress on March 1, 2017.

Q&A: An Eye-Opening Interview on Consumer-Driven Health Care

Q&A: An Eye-Opening Interview on Consumer-Driven Health Care

An exclusive interview with one of the top researchers on consumer-driven health care in the country, Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH.

Q&A: Discussing the Ugly Truth of Modern Sexism in Medicine

Q&A: Discussing the Ugly Truth of Modern Sexism in Medicine

A candid interview with Elise Barney, DO, on a sometimes subtle, but corrosive problem that deserves everyone's attention.

Should We Be Thinking About PTSD During Labor?

Should We Be Thinking About PTSD During Labor?

Addressing these psychological issues during and after delivery can help women, their newborns and family relationships.

HIPAA Fines May Be Accompanied by Corrective Action Plans for Health Care Providers

HIPAA Fines May Be Accompanied by Corrective Action Plans for Health Care Providers

In serious breach cases, the HHS Office for Civil Rights may impose CAPs to prevent breaches from recurring.

Q&A: Health Law Expert Discuss Today's Medical Malpractice

Q&A: Health Law Expert Discuss Today's Medical Malpractice

An interview with medical malpractice expert, Michelle Mello, JD, PhD.

Q&A: How To Obtain Informed Consent From Medical Research Participants

Q&A: How To Obtain Informed Consent From Medical Research Participants

Despite being a relatively new concept in the US, informed consent of study participants in medical research is ethically essential.

Lack of Negative Clinical Trial Data Concerning for Major Health Organizations

Lack of Negative Clinical Trial Data Concerning for Major Health Organizations

Health organizations, such as the WHO, FDA, and NIH have raised ethical challenges about the way clinical trial data is reported.

FOURIER Trial Reviewed: Are the Expensive PCSK9 Inhibitors Right for Your Patients?

FOURIER Trial Reviewed: Are the Expensive PCSK9 Inhibitors Right for Your Patients?

At the current price of the drug, and lacking sufficient mortality data, treating patients for longer periods of time with expensive PCSK9 inhibitors is likely to result only in large profits for the company.

Q&A: How To Transition Pediatric Patients into Adult Care

Q&A: How To Transition Pediatric Patients into Adult Care

Having these discussions and providing this guidance should be an expectation of good care.

Maximizing Clinical Practice Revenue with Reimbursement Cuts

Maximizing Clinical Practice Revenue with Reimbursement Cuts

An expert Q&A with Valora Gurganious, MBA, CHBC, on how physicians can maximize revenue and stay ahead of payors' attempts to cut reimbursement.

Exploring the Legality of Curbside Consulting in Medicine

Exploring the Legality of Curbside Consulting in Medicine

The answer to the question regarding legal responsibility seems to revolve around the issue of whether or not a physician-patient relationship exists.

A Look at Cruz's Arguments on the ACA Debate

A Look at Cruz's Arguments on the ACA Debate

Is the aim of our health-care system to care for human beings or to generate profits for corporations?

Is There Still a Place for Patient-Centered Care in OB/GYN?

Is There Still a Place for Patient-Centered Care in OB/GYN?

It is completely acceptable for a woman to choose her management, even if the physician disagrees.

Coronary Artery Calcium Scores - A Marker for Early Adverse Events in Young Patients?

Coronary Artery Calcium Scores - A Marker for Early Adverse Events in Young Patients?

More research is needed to determine the downstream effects of applying such a prediction model to the general population.

Love: Its Positive Effects on Mental Health

Love: Its Positive Effects on Mental Health

Building loving relationships has been shown to improve depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses.

Acknowledging Spirituality in Mental Health Treatment

Acknowledging Spirituality in Mental Health Treatment

Acknowledging patients' religious beliefs and incorporating them into treatment can improve outcomes.

Importance of Clinical Officers in Kenya

Importance of Clinical Officers in Kenya

Clinical officers outnumber physicians working in Kenya and tend to work in rural areas, where the need for health care is greatest.

Understanding the Need for Improved Health Care for Transgender Community

Understanding the Need for Improved Health Care for Transgender Community

"We know enough to act - high rates of depression and HIV are all linked to the context in which transgender people are forced to live."

How To Improve Resident Handoffs for Better Inpatient Care

How To Improve Resident Handoffs for Better Inpatient Care

Recent research shows that end-of-rotation transitions in care are associated with a significantly higher risk for in-hospital mortality.

Affordable Care Act Repeal Condemned by American College of Physicians

Affordable Care Act Repeal Condemned by American College of Physicians

The ACP asserted that repealing the ACA would lead to many uninsured patients and coverage loss for those with preexisting conditions.

Sub-Saharan African Children Facing Higher HIV Drug Resistance

Sub-Saharan African Children Facing Higher HIV Drug Resistance

A 4-fold increase has been seen in pre-treatment HIV drug resistance in children with prenatal exposure to ART.

Violence Underreported in Health Care Workplaces

Violence Underreported in Health Care Workplaces

Data show that only 26% of physicians and 30% of nurses report episodes of workplace violence.

Incorporating Sexual Health in Clinical Care

Incorporating Sexual Health in Clinical Care

Sexual health concerns will frequently surface first in conversation with primary care providers.

Making Sense of Medical Student Loans

Making Sense of Medical Student Loans

The total balance of my loans and the number of loan accounts increased each semester to a point where I had trouble keeping track of them.

Addressing Depression Among Medical Students

Addressing Depression Among Medical Students

"Ultimately, it is about culture. Efforts need to be made at all levels of medical education and training to create more supportive and nurturing educational settings."

How Trump's Administration Will Impact the Affordable Care Act

How Trump's Administration Will Impact the Affordable Care Act

The ACA is likely to be partially or fully repealed, though it is uncertain how physician practices and the benefits of the 20 million newly-insured will be affected.

Providers Fined for Faulty Business Associate Agreements

Providers Fined for Faulty Business Associate Agreements

HHS fined providers for not having or using an outdated business associate agreement.

Fake Medical News: Why It's So Potentially Lethal and What You Can Do About It

Fake Medical News: Why It's So Potentially Lethal and What You Can Do About It

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.

Senate Begins Fight to Repeal the ACA

Senate Begins Fight to Repeal the ACA

"We don't yet know for sure what the Republican 'replacement' for the ACA is going to be, because they don't know themselves."

Physicians for Universal Health Care?

Physicians for Universal Health Care?

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.

How to Improve Health Literacy with Patients

How to Improve Health Literacy with Patients

Leads to better provider/patient relationships, better health outcomes and reduced healthcare disparities.

Five Initiatives That Aim to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Five Initiatives That Aim to Address the Opioid Epidemic

These involve an opioid vaccine, medication take-back programs, local task forces, improving access to naloxone and DEA requirements for e-prescribing.

What PCPs Should Know About Healthcare Issues of the LGBT Community

What PCPs Should Know About Healthcare Issues of the LGBT Community

A greater understanding of the healthcare issues specific to the LGBT community may improve their quality of care.

Beta-hCG, the FAD Diet That Just Won't Go Away

Beta-hCG, the FAD Diet That Just Won't Go Away

What does this mean for clinicians? It means they're doing harm.

Is It Time to Call 'Burnout' What It Really Is?

Is It Time to Call 'Burnout' What It Really Is?

Truthfully, what is called burnout should more accurately be recognized for what it really is—abuse.

Navigating the Unknown in The World of Lipid Management - Where are We Now?

Navigating the Unknown in The World of Lipid Management - Where are We Now?

Important questions regarding the prevention of CAD remain unanswered.

Trump and Reproductive Healthcare

Trump and Reproductive Healthcare

OB/GYNs should be taking a more active role in protecting their patient's rights.

Urgent Care Sizzles While PCPs Bristle

Urgent Care Sizzles While PCPs Bristle

Urgent care has become the predominant choice for many consumers.

The Future of Healthcare for Physicians

The Future of Healthcare for Physicians

The ACA has acted as an enzyme that accelerated the "corporate buyout" of our health-care system.

Home Births: Responding to a Cultural Shift in Medicine

Home Births: Responding to a Cultural Shift in Medicine

We can no longer dismiss the dissatisfaction many women feel with the medicalization of the birthing experience.

OB/GYN Hospitalists: One Hospitalist's Take

OB/GYN Hospitalists: One Hospitalist's Take

It was hoped and expected that OB/GYN Hospitalists would improve the quality and safety of obstetric care.

Would Your Patients Exercise More for Money? Researchers Say They Probably Would

Would Your Patients Exercise More for Money? Researchers Say They Probably Would

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?

Are You Sure It's a Cold? Your Patient's Symptoms Are Probably Just Winter Allergies

Are You Sure It's a Cold? Your Patient's Symptoms Are Probably Just Winter Allergies

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.

Not All Fats Are Bad

Not All Fats Are Bad

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.

Puberty Turns Girls Into Boys: Is This Nature’s Own Body Mod?

Puberty Turns Girls Into Boys: Is This Nature’s Own Body Mod?

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.

Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

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.

Good News for Coffee Drinkers: Research Reveals Potential to Reverse Liver Damage

Good News for Coffee Drinkers: Research Reveals Potential to Reverse Liver Damage

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.

The WHO Classifies Processed Meat as Carcinogenic Alongside Tobacco

The WHO Classifies Processed Meat as Carcinogenic Alongside Tobacco

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.

Researchers Create Inexpensive, Remarkably Precise 3D Printed Heart

Researchers Create Inexpensive, Remarkably Precise 3D Printed Heart

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.

CVS Expands Access to Nonprescription Overdose Reversal Drug to 12 More States

CVS Expands Access to Nonprescription Overdose Reversal Drug to 12 More States

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.

It's a Dirty Game: MRSA in the NFL

It's a Dirty Game: MRSA in the NFL

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.

Strange Food Allergy Appears Only After Girl Exercises

Strange Food Allergy Appears Only After Girl Exercises

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.

Ocean Therapy Has the Power to Heal the Mind and Body

Ocean Therapy Has the Power to Heal the Mind and Body

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.

Smart Pills on the Horizon: Can Nootropics Actually Improve Brain Function?

Smart Pills on the Horizon: Can Nootropics Actually Improve Brain Function?

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.

Public Health England Says Vaping is 95% Less Harmful Than Smoking. Is it True?

Public Health England Says Vaping is 95% Less Harmful Than Smoking. Is it True?

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?

Social Suicide

Social Suicide

Why do some people commit "social suicide" or post confessions of murders on social media sites?

Number of Plague Cases in US Higher Than Normal as Fourth Person Dies of the Disease

Number of Plague Cases in US Higher Than Normal as Fourth Person Dies of the Disease

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

Batten Disease

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).

What Really Happens to Patients in the Operating Room?

What Really Happens to Patients in the Operating Room?

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.

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