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.
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.
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.
Consumption of higher glycemic index foods has been shown to be associated with increased rates of diabetes, obesity, cancer and all-cause mortality.
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.
Rape has been linked with the strongest risk for PTSD in both women and men.
As physicians, it may be more prudent to recommend physical therapy for pain relief whenever possible and to suggest exploring alternative therapeutic modalities.
Dr Sara Gianella talks with Brooke Sullivan, a transgender woman and HIV activist, about ways to improve transgender individuals' involvement in HIV research.
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.
Why is maternal mortality increasing in the US? Like most complicated issues, there is no simple answer.
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.
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.
Medical groups may need to address such issues as claims denials and failure to obtain prior authorization.
Two recent acts of Congress pose serious threats to national infectious disease health initiatives.
Despite the increase in coverage under the ACA, data suggest Medicaid patients often had increased wait times for appointments to see healthcare providers.
The development of new device technologies points to the need for new strategies to monitor their continuing safety and efficacy.
Nearly 15% of all gay men report dealing with anorexia or bulimia during their lifetime.
Elderly LGBTQ individuals are more likely to be depressed and have poor general health than non-LGBTQ seniors.
A new bill aimed specifically at limiting medical liability was passed by Congress on March 1, 2017.
An exclusive interview with one of the top researchers on consumer-driven health care in the country, Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH.
A candid interview with Elise Barney, DO, on a sometimes subtle, but corrosive problem that deserves everyone's attention.
Addressing these psychological issues during and after delivery can help women, their newborns and family relationships.
In serious breach cases, the HHS Office for Civil Rights may impose CAPs to prevent breaches from recurring.
An interview with medical malpractice expert, Michelle Mello, JD, PhD.
Despite being a relatively new concept in the US, informed consent of study participants in medical research is ethically essential.
Health organizations, such as the WHO, FDA, and NIH have raised ethical challenges about the way clinical trial data is reported.
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.
Having these discussions and providing this guidance should be an expectation of good care.
An expert Q&A with Valora Gurganious, MBA, CHBC, on how physicians can maximize revenue and stay ahead of payors' attempts to cut reimbursement.
The answer to the question regarding legal responsibility seems to revolve around the issue of whether or not a physician-patient relationship exists.
Is the aim of our health-care system to care for human beings or to generate profits for corporations?
It is completely acceptable for a woman to choose her management, even if the physician disagrees.
More research is needed to determine the downstream effects of applying such a prediction model to the general population.
Building loving relationships has been shown to improve depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses.
Acknowledging patients' religious beliefs and incorporating them into treatment can improve outcomes.
Clinical officers outnumber physicians working in Kenya and tend to work in rural areas, where the need for health care is greatest.
"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."
Recent research shows that end-of-rotation transitions in care are associated with a significantly higher risk for in-hospital mortality.
The ACP asserted that repealing the ACA would lead to many uninsured patients and coverage loss for those with preexisting conditions.
A 4-fold increase has been seen in pre-treatment HIV drug resistance in children with prenatal exposure to ART.
Data show that only 26% of physicians and 30% of nurses report episodes of workplace violence.
Sexual health concerns will frequently surface first in conversation with primary care providers.
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.
"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."
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.
HHS fined providers for not having or using an outdated business associate agreement.
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.