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How a disability changed this medical student

As a college freshman in 2012, my life seemed perfect. I was attending Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, with the dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist. To that end, I was serving as a volunteer, researcher, and clinical intern at the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I was thriving in my classes and building […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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A physician suggests how to improve Medicare

This is a brief explanation of Medicare from a physician’s perspective, as well as my thoughts on how Congress could make adjustments that would bring us closer to universal care and provide the private market the freedom to improve health care outcomes. Medicare is a national health insurance program that provides health insurance for Americans […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Health, Congress, Policy, Medicare, PA NP, Public Health & Policy, Washington Watch, CRNA


Fruit juice can be twice as harmful as soda

A new study finds that the risk of all-cause mortality from over-consumption of fruit juice is significant. Other sugared beverages are still bad for you, but too much fruit juice is actually worse. Fructose, real or natural, is still fructose and problematic. None While fruit juice largely retains its reputation as a healthy thing for kids to drink, it's not exactly news that it can contain just as much sugar as sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) like soda. Savvy parents and caregivers know it ...
Tags: Food, Health, Human body, Children, Disease, Chemistry, Fruit juice, Fructose, Medical research


Amazon Is Getting Closer to Building an Alexa Wearable That Knows When You're Depressed

It looks like Amazon is working on a new Alexa-powered gadget that can listen to you and decide how you feel, and make recommendations based on your human emotions. Citing internal documents and an unnamed source, Bloomberg that the company has designed a device that you wear like a wristwatch and beta testing…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Wearables, Science, Privacy, Bloomberg, Mental Health, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Alexa


Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents

Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it’s divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and incest. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those who worry that a no-exception stance could be harmful to some Republican […]
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When hospitals say no, where can uninsured patients find surgery?

By Sammy Caiola, The USC Center for Health Journalism Collaborative Leticia isn’t sure where she is on the waitlist. She knows it’s been about seven months since she asked a pro bono surgery program for help with her aching left knee, and her doctor says it could be another half a year until her number comes up. She knows there are other patients in front of her who can’t afford the procedure, and who, like her, are depending on volunteer physicians to get their lives back on track. The 53-year-...
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Federal lawsuit filed to block Alabama’s new abortion ban

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Friday asks a judge to block an Alabama law that outlaws almost all abortions, the most far-reaching attempt by a conservative state to seek new restrictions on the procedure. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit on behalf of abortion providers seeking to […]
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Federal govt aims to roll back transgender health protection

In the proposed rule issued Friday, the Health and Human Services Department says laws banning sex discrimination in health care don't apply to people's "gender identity." LGBT groups warn it could lead to denial of needed medical care.
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Endocrinologists are needed more than ever. Why are they being devalued?

I chose endocrinology to be my lifelong profession out of love for the complex interactions of endocrine glands and intricate feedback loops. I take pride in preventing medical complications, prolonging life expectancy, and providing complex care to type 1 and type 2 diabetics. At times, this field of work requires spending hours — either with […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Physician, Diabetes, Endocrinology


Amazon Is Getting Closer to Building a Wearable That Knows When You're Depressed

It looks like Amazon is working on a new Alexa-powered gadget that can listen to you and decide how you feel, and make recommendations based on your human emotions. Citing internal documents and an unnamed source, Bloomberg that the company has designed a device that you wear like a wristwatch and beta testing…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Wearables, Science, Privacy, Bloomberg, Mental Health, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Alexa


MRI safety in breast cancer screening

The numbers are scary: The average woman has a 12 percent risk of developing breast cancer at some point in her life. For women with certain genetic mutations or risk factors, lifetime risk can climb to 85 percent. Even more terrifying than the numbers, however, are the rumors; rumors that the contrast dye used in […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Conditions, Oncology/Hematology, Radiology


Family of incapacitated woman who was raped blames Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — The parents of an incapacitated woman who was raped and later gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center alleges in a $45 million legal claim that the facility and state broke their promise to have only female caregivers tend to their daughter. A nurse charged with sexually assaulting the 30-year-old patient […]
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How tunnel vision can lead to bad medicine

The trend of increasing specialization in medicine may lead to unintended adverse consequences. There is an old saying, “We see what we recognize and we recognize what we know.” My wife’s recent adventures in ophthalmic care is such an example. I offer it as a cautionary tale. She was born with granular corneal dystrophy (GCD). […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Conditions, Ophthalmology


Soaring numbers of children are born in drug withdrawal. As they reach school age, here’s what one city is doing about it.

From Washington to West Virginia, the number of children born in withdrawal from opioids and other drugs has skyrocketed, and those babies — now elementary-school students — present challenges that teachers say they have never encountered at such a scale.
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The surprising popularity of workplace choirs

Workplace choirs are becoming increasingly popular in the U.K. and USA, particularly in companies such as Boeing, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google.Proponents tout choirs as a way to avoid employee burnout, and the research seems to suggest they're right.Singing in choirs comes with a slew of psychosocial benefits that can make the workday a little more bearable. None In some workplaces, you might find yourself taking a break from filling out TPS reports to working on hitting the high notes of "Boh...
Tags: Vocals, United states, Sociology, Psychology, Music, Performance, Work


Livekick raises $3M to use live video for one-on-one training

Livekick, a startup that gives customers access to one-on-one personal training and yoga from their home (or hotel room, or elsewhere), is announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding. The company was founded by entrepreneur Yarden Tadmor and fitness expert Shayna Schmidt. Tadmor said that with all his travel for work, his fitness routine “really eroded,” so he contacted Schmidt and asked her to train him remotely — they’d connect via FaceTime, he’d mount his phone at the gym and she...
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POSITIVE THINKING SHOWN TO HELP YOU GET PREGNANT

Believe me, I'm not a "Pollyanna" who always sees the glass half full, but I have learned how to visualize what I want and know that somehow, someway, I'm going to get it. I guess I'd put that in the category of positive thinking. Here is an article about positive thinking and how it may help you conceive (and how negative emotions may be keeping you from your goal):From the articleA study published in the Italian fertility journal, Minerva Ginecologica, suggests that emotional ...
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Recognizing the secret identity of physicians

It was recently National Teacher Appreciation Week, and many were busy recognizing their superhero teachers.  Schools dedicate the week to their teachers, parents bustle about with flowers, handmade cards, and gift baskets.   For me, though last week was an interesting reflection on how I define a teacher.  During Teacher Appreciation Week I recalled my fourth-grade […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Education, Hospital-Based Medicine, Medical school


FENG SHUI FOR PREGNANCY AND BABY

What are the principles of feng shui for babies?  This guest post explains some do's and don'ts to create the right environment according to the principles of feng shui design.______________________ Creating Good Feng Shui in Baby's Room Guest Post By Kathryn WeberGetting ready for a new baby requires a lot of thought and planning from what diapers the baby will Fertility Shop: featured bracelet, Feng Shui Elephant wear down to the decoration and arrangement of baby's room. Today'...
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Neuroprosthetics and deep brain stimulation: Two big neuroscience breakthroughs

Neuroscience and engineering are uniting in mind-blowing ways that will drastically improve the quality of life for people with conditions like epilepsy, paralysis or schizophrenia.Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface the size of a baby aspirin that can restore mobility to people with paralysis or amputated limbs. It rewires neural messages from the brain's motor cortex to a robotic arm, or reroutes it to the person's own muscles.Deep brain stimulation is another wonder of neur...
Tags: Neuroscience, Technology, Brain, Mind, Mental health, Medical research, Human body, Future, Prosthetics, Engineering


Do You Have A Black Heart?

This is an old post but with planets in Gemini, I thought I should post something interesting.  This post kicked off a series, due to the comments on it. Enjoy! I know there are people out there who know all … Read More... Continue reading Do You Have A Black Heart? at ElsaElsa .
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15 Products That Will Banish Your Breakouts This Summer

Summer comes with a lot of fun ways to experiment with your beauty look: it's a time when festival hair and colorful makeup reign supreme. Unfortunately, the warmer weather can also lead to excess sweating - and some serious breakouts on your face and body. Luckily, there are ways to combat it. If you have oily skin, you can pick a lighter gel moisturizer. Or if you're prone to body breakouts, you can keep a salicylic acid spray in your bag to battle sweat-induced zits. Ahead, check out the pr...
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Physician patients shouldn’t be special

Physicians often, by virtue of their degree, have easier access to medical care. Yet the care they actually receive may be substandard. Here’s why. Years ago, I broke my wrist. Visiting a local hand surgeon, I was relieved to hear that surgery would not be required — wearing a cast for a few months would […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
Tags: Physician, Cardiology


EU-funded project works to better understand human and parasite interactions

Whipworms are parasitic roundworms that live preferentially in the human cecum, the blind pouch at the beginning of the large intestine. They tunnel through epithelial cells and cause inflammation, potentially resulting in trichuriasis, an infection similar to colitis.
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WFIRM researchers engineer vascularized functional renal tissues for kidney regeneration

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine researchers have shown the feasibility of bioengineering vascularized functional renal tissues for kidney regeneration, developing a partial augmentation strategy that may be a more feasible and practical approach than creating whole organs.


Wife of man who was brought back after being 'dead' for eight minutes raising money for life-saving defibrillators

'I stood and listened to them saying we have no pulse' [Author: Hugh Fort]
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Balls Removed from Boy’s Bladder After Inserting Them into Penis

A 13-year-old China boy who inserted small magnetic beads into his penis “out of curiosity” had to undergo surgery to have them removed, bound to make critics skeptical of his motive. The incident occurred in China’s Xi’an, where the boy somehow forcibly shoved twenty-nine magnetic beads (buckyballs) up his urethra – after suffering for three […]
Tags: International, Bizarre, Children, China, Health, Medical, Penis Abuse


Firefighters, cancer and lobbying: the safety row over flame retardants

Massachusetts has failed to sign a bill – opposed by the American Chemistry Council – banning flame retardants into law despite the endorsement of lawmakers and pediatriciansJay Fleming is a booming Boston firefighter who has climbed the ranks since 1978. He has two engineering degrees, a no-nonsense manner and thick accent.For the last seven years, he has applied his considerable wit to banning flame retardant chemicals in Massachusetts, which might sound counterintuitive to those not steeped i...
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Thoughts on body image during pregnancy could indicate women’s emotional wellbeing

Researchers have shown that a new way of assessing women's relationship with their bodies during pregnancy could help predict how well the mother might bond with her unborn baby and her longer-term emotional wellbeing.
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Analysis: A health care overhaul could kill 2 million jobs, and that’s OK

As calls for radical health reform grow louder, many on the right, in the center and in the health care industry are arguing that proposals like "Medicare for All" would cause economic ruin, decimating a sector that represents nearly 20% of our economy.