Physicians’ time is one of the most precious commodities in health care.
Last week, a panel convened by the FDA deliberated over the risks and benefits of using power morcellators in gynecological surgery. In April, the agency issued an alert cautioning providers that the tools could spread malignant cells from an occult malignancy.
The Lung-MAP trial will identify molecular abnormalities in tumors specimens from thousands of patients with squamous cell lung cancer.
Gastroenterologists vary widely in their “pick-up” rates. Although it’s widely accepted that colon cancer screening by colonoscopy can be life-saving, it’s unknown to what extent the doctors’ skills make a difference.
Arianna Huffington has a new book out called Thrive, and the subtitle begins to explain, “the Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a…
Recently I saw Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Coen brothers’ film about a folksinger in Greenwich Village. The moving, fictional story takes place in the early 1960s.
Sometimes there’s no way to mend a person or a bad situation. You can’t deny reality. But if you’re still conscious and able to communicate, you may be able to lessen the damage you’ve done, or the pain someone else is experiencing, just a bit.
This engaging work by Pam Belluck profiles a craggy, eccentric and trusted doctor who, by circumstance and availability, takes care of many people on the island.
Though there are antibiotics to counter its effects, we haven’t eradicated Hansen’s Disease, which is why it’s so disconcerting that few physicians are able to identify—and thus treat—the condition.
Do you need to explain to the person on the checkout line or, say, a mother organizing a bake sale, why your back hurts? Or why you need a seat on the bus?
… if doctors are just thinking, and not being the ones to call you back, or putting in intravenous catheters, or even just sitting and taking a thorough history – they’ll know you less well. (Medical Lessons)
Survivor seems a strange term for a patient like me, said by her oncologist to be in remission—meaning that there’s no overt evidence of persistent cancer cells in the body.
With many difficult situations, the first step in solving a problem is in acknowledging it exists.
In a large analysis published this week in Archives of Internal Medicine , researchers at the Mayo Clinic surveyed 7,288 physicians on their quality of life and job satisfaction.
A journalist who covers medical matters of the heart grabbed my attention on the Fourth of July. In The Voice of the Patient: Time To Bring Out the Muzzle?, Larry Husten at Forbes’ Cardiobrief blog, insinuates that the women who spoke at the…
This kind of paternalism, when a doctor assesses the risks and benefits, and spares the patient’s “knowing” seems anachronistic. But it may, still, be what many people are looking for when and if they get a serious illness.
Singing “Rock and Roll,” on top of a piano
Cancer can be hard to predict; each case is a little different. Still, there are patterns and trends, and insights learned from experience with similar cases and common ways of spreading.
A broken arm, a low-stage breast cancer that’s treated and done with, a bout of pneumonia – these are things that a career can afford, an editor can handle, friends can be supportive. But when you have one thing, and then another, and then…
If a drug helps, keep it going; if it hurts, stop. There are so many algorithms in medicine, and molecular tools, but maybe the bottom line is how the, one, your patient is doing.
What we need is a simple, national health plan, available to everyone, with minimal paperwork and, yes, limits to care.
Like most women, physicians and mothers of my generation in the U.S., I’ve been fortunate to learn of deaths from wire hangers and shady abortionists
In this new climate of shame, it’s easy to imagine a girl might feel really, really bad about herself simply for being sexually active.
In Wit, the play by Margaret Edson, Cynthia Nixon’s searing performance begs the audience not to turn away.
Counterfeit vials were sold and distributed to more than a dozen offices and medical treatment facilities in the U.S. This event, which seems to have affected a small number of patients and practices, should sound a big alarm.
Methotrexate has been used in cancer wards for over 50 years. And like other beyond-patent meds, it’s become less profitable to manufacture MTX compared to much costlier new agents.
“The ideal would be to prevent HPV infection in the first place,” Gillison says.
Earlier this month, the ACS released its annual report on Cancer Facts and Figures. The document, based largely on analyses of SEER data from the NCI, supports that approximately 229,000 adults in the U.S. will receive a diagnosis of invasive…
Last week’s report that drinking red wine could reduce the risk for breast cancer was just the latest in a long string of studies on the issue.
Earlier this month the IOM issued a big report on breast cancer and the environment. The thick analysis, commissioned and sponsored by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, was authored by an expert panel. Their task – to assess all available…
For the weekend – A tweet led me to a fantastically inventive kind of music. The Radioactive Orchestra comprises 3175 radioisotopes. From the website: “Melodies are created by simulating what happens in the atomic nucleus when it decays from its….
With reports proving that germs can reside on scrubs, ties, stethoscopes, and white lab coats, some have said doctors should just go naked
Susan Niebur is a 38-year-old mom and astrophysicist who lives near Washington, D.C. In most mornings, lately, she chats with her husband as he drives…
Days ago, the USPSTF issued a new draft for its recommendations on routine PSA measurements in asymptomatic men. The panel’s report is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The main findings are two: first, the absence of evidence that…
A woman with a breast cancer diagnosis faces many sudden choices, and in the emotional frenzy, reconstruction decisions may get short shrift
Scientists research whether cancer stem cells are the key to eradicating the disease.