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Free Pizza and Fighting Back

Free Pizza and Fighting Back

It was the first week of medical school when a petite blond psychologist walked into our classroom which was filled with new faces I would come to spend the next four years with during medical school. She assigned personality tests that probed my personal life. Ironically the following week, she returned with the results during a […]

Soledad O’Brien on Diversity in the Media: ‘It’s not that hard’

Soledad O’Brien on Diversity in the Media: ‘It’s not that hard’

Media types gathered last night at the 40/40 club in New York to kick off MSN’s partnership with Interactive One. The event was part of an ongoing trend necessity for media companies to focus on diversity, and Microsoft is looking to do just that not only with Interactive One, but also through partnerships with Lisnr and the […]

What the Affordable Care Act Means for You

What the Affordable Care Act Means for You

One of the most hotly debated public health topics during the past few years has been the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA–or ACA, for short), the landmark legislation aimed at reforming our complex health care system. No matter what you think about the issue, the ACA will–or might already–affect you, even if you […]

POLL: More oppose ‘Obamacare’ than ‘Affordable Care Act’

POLL: More oppose ‘Obamacare’ than ‘Affordable Care Act’

More Americans oppose the health care law when you call it Obamacare—46% of Americans oppose the health care law when it carries Obama’s name, while just 37% oppose the Affordable Care Act. When dubbed Obamacare, however, the law has more supporters: 29% of those polled in a new CNBC poll said they supported Obamacare; just 22% of […]

Statins Are the Greatest Medical Fraud of All Time: Study Reports

Statins Are the Greatest Medical Fraud of All Time: Study Reports

A new study clarifies that statins are the greatest medical fraud of all time. The claims made for them are false. The amount of harm they do is staggering, resulting in millions of lives devastated and ended. The worst part of all, though, is that it was entirely predictable—but studies were designed to hide the […]

UNAIDS: Decline Seen in New HIV Infections

UNAIDS: Decline Seen in New HIV Infections

The HIV/AIDS pandemic has been halted and is beginning to reverse, at least by some measures, according to a report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). New HIV infections in 2012 were down slightly from 2011 and by 33% since 2001, while AIDS-related deaths continued to fall from their peak in 2005, the […]

Copper may be a trigger of Alzheimer's disease

Copper may be a trigger of Alzheimer’s disease

Copper, which is found in anything from drinking water to red meats, may be an environmental trigger of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. The study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests copper keeps toxic proteins from leaving the brain. It is clear that, over time, copper impairs the systems through which amyloid […]

When the Patient Is Racist

When the Patient Is Racist

After too many drinks, the motorcycle enthusiast in his 30s had driven off the side of the road. As one of the doctors-in-training covering trauma that night, I was responsible for his initial physical exam; but it wasn’t going to be easy. He was enormous, his feet hung over the flimsy emergency room gurney and […]

Lower Health Insurance Premiums to Come at Cost of Fewer Choices

Lower Health Insurance Premiums to Come at Cost of Fewer Choices

WASHINGTON — Federal officials often say that health insurance will cost consumers less than expected under President Obama’s health care law. But they rarely mention one big reason: many insurers are significantly limiting the choices of doctors and hospitals available to consumers. From California to Illinois to New Hampshire, and in many states in between, insurers […]

Racial Health Disparities Persist 50 Years After 'I Have a Dream'

Racial Health Disparities Persist 50 Years After ‘I Have a Dream’

Fifty years ago this week, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his renowned “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In it, he outlined his vision of an America in which all citizens are equal. Despite Dr. King’s civil rights successes and the expansion of the U.S. healthcare system in the […]