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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

PATIENT

Stop the war against patients with intractable pain

An open letter to doctors still prescribing opioid medication when necessary: Thank you so much for standing up for us pain patients. My chronic pain comes from a genetic connective tissue disorder (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), so there is no treatment or cure for my slow, but relentless, physical deterioration as the collagen holding my body together...

Forget what you’ve heard. Direct primary care is here to stay.

Much has been written in recent weeks about the failure of direct primary care giant and pioneer Qliance. Much of the conversation has examined the reasons for their closing and the negative impact it will have on the direct primary care movement. Questions have been raised about the longevity of the movement, with many...

Are pharma gifts to doctors a red herring?

Physicians are influenced by marketing. That's no surprise. So are most consumers, as evidenced by television and radio commercials, billboards, pop up ads and targeted ads for drugs on your computer screen. Big Pharma markets not only to physicians, but also directly to consumers. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Dr. Nicole Van Gronigen made...

Health reform: It’s time for Congress to grow up and do their jobs

Health – /helTH/ – The state of being free from illness or injury Care – /ker/ – The provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, and protection of someone or something. System – /’sistəm/ – A set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network. It’s not keeping us Healthy,...

Health reform should simplify our health system. Here are some ideas.

We are a nation divided. Our two major political parties agree on essentially nothing. Republicans cannot agree even amongst themselves how to proceed on health care reform. It is demoralizing that even though U.S. health care has sunken to last among developed nations, our elected leaders are unable to envision or agree upon...

Physician spouse speaks out against dangers of prescription opioids

The impact of the opioid crisis struck home within the Missouri physician community on Dec. 15, 2014. That’s the day when, just two months shy of his 30th birthday, Derek succumbed to an opioid overdose. The news was devastating for his mother, Kelly O’Leary, a longtime volunteer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society...

What doctors ought to find out about shelter cities

" Philadelphia is a refuge where we could reside in tranquility," stated Mrs. Lopez, a client at a regional center taking care of the undocumented. "It had not been constantly by doing this, as well as we stayed in continuous anxiety," she included, describing Philadelphia's current fostering of "shelter city" plans, taken on additionally...

Combat gun violence with science

It's well-known that smoking cigarettes negatively impacts well being and results in an elevated threat of stroke, coronary heart illness, lung most cancers and loss of life. Nobody debates this anymore. But it surely wasn’t at all times this manner, and it didn’t come simply. Within the 1940s, virtually half of the inhabitants in the...

When personal doctor teams get acquired: Who loses?

Within the latest years, there's a rising pattern within the well being care business whereby personal practitioners and unbiased teams are being acquired by bigger firms. This pattern is a results of rising complexities of working a non-public follow and elevated expectations of hospital directors from hospital-based specialists equivalent to anesthesiologists, radiologists and...

The caregiver’s mantra: doing the most effective I can

If another individual tells me to be sure you care for myself, I will bury my face in a pillow and scream. "Go for a stroll, take a trip," they advise. I do know they're attempting to assist, however actually? Giving me another factor to do? Oh nicely, they're simply doing the most effective...

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