In medical training, there were very few students or residents who intended to go into geriatrics, a subspecialty of medicine involving the care of older patients and an extra one-year fellowship after an internal medicine or family medicine residency. Future … Continue reading Here’s why geriatrics really shouldn’t be a medical specialty
Aaron Zaks, a family medicine intern (first-year resident) at Shasta Community Health Center in Redding, CA, did not set out to practice medicine on the Sacramento River, deep in the shadow of the Cascades foothills where Chinook salmon spawn. Continue reading Accidentally Rural
Could we lose hundreds, perhaps thousands, of physicians to bad software? I’ve written about doctors’ frustrations with software before, but recent studies have now linked electronic health records (EHR) to physician burnout. That means the software that runs billing and medical records and … Continue reading Until we fix electronic medical records, we’ll keep losing good physicians
If you’ve ever wondered how much of your body is made up of fat, you’ve likely turned to the Body Mass Index. Continue reading The Benefits of Taking a Body Composition Test
One of the interesting things about the medical field is how frequently doctors have to come up with a term to describe a previously unknown phenomenon. Continue reading The Crippling Case of Cyberchondria
A friend was in the hospital shortly before the New Year. I stopped by to visit. It seemed that her kidney function was grinding to a halt, and she needed special testing to determine the cause. Continue reading Target staffs up for weekends and holidays. Why don’t hospitals?
American fast-food companies seem determined to develop more effective ways to kill people through food, just as doctors and scientists search for ways to save lives with more effective statin drugs and better stents. Continue reading Press guilty of dubious PR when it comes to novelty fast foods
Right after actress Carrie Fisher died of cardiac causes in Los Angeles, the news tickers and celebrity gossips sites crackled again. Continue reading Debbie Reynolds’ death was another missed opportunity for the media to talk about strokes
Now that half the country is able to legally smoke marijuana to treat their ailments, does that mean it’s time for you to finally consider it yourself? A hard look at the actual evidence for marijuana as a viable medical treatment for epilepsy and other diseases. Continue reading Could Marijuana Help Our Health in 2017?
With computers and iPhones managing every detail of our daily lives, eliminating Rolodexes, paper maps, letters, and CD players, the lack of technology in some aspects of health care is puzzling. Continue reading Tech companies want to change how we check in at the doctor’s office
The era of personal genomics has arrived. Patients are walking into our offices armed with the passwords to their 23andMe results, and they expect us to help them make sense of it all. Continue reading SNP Secrets: Five Genes Every Clinician Should Know
It is 1804. A physician peers over the rims of his spectacles at his patient. She says, “Doctor, I don’t want to die. Please tell me what to do.” He replies, “Mrs. Smith, we will treat your illness with these leeches, which will cleanse your blood of the disease. Continue reading Towards Defining Paternalism in Medicine