asco-logoThe couples I see for counseling are not always perfect, not that any couples ever are. But when cancer enters the relationship, for some couples, things get ugly and get ugly fast. I believe that we like to think that cancer makes people “better”; that people rise to the challenge and become the best they can be. I think that we ...

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After years of exaggeration, misinformation and a national epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse, the nation is finally coming to terms with the fact that pain is not the fifth vital sign. This heresy, as I understand it, has existed for close to three decades and, in my opinion, has been directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of patients and lethal drug overdoses of hundreds of thousands of American ...

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It was a small deer tick, hidden by the crus helix, embedded in the cymba conchae, the crevice just above the ear canal of my seven-year-old patient halfway through my Saturday clinic. He was worried that it would hurt. His parents hadn’t wanted to try removing it on their own. I had a hard time even seeing the small tick as it was sitting at an angle where I saw it ...

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The middle-aged man in my exam room wasn’t an alcoholic. At least, that’s what he declared to me as I asked him questions about his drinking.

"I’m not like those people," he said, smiling nervously. "I go to work. I don’t fall down the stairs. I don’t embarrass myself."

As we spoke further about the consequences of drinking six to seven beers every night (and a few shots here and there), ...

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I stood in line behind a physician, slightly balding and in a long, starched lab coat at the coffee shop in our hospital. As he paid and took his coffee, I noticed that he smiled and called the clerk by name, “Thank you, Terri.” He went on about his day, and I was left to wonder about the man, his practice and what type of person he was. My friend has ...

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“We don’t want them here.” President Trump could not have sent a clearer message to Muslim children around the world. In the eyes of our nation’s elected leader, these kids are not wanted in the United States. Trump’s immigration policies have been focused on keeping "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the United States, but research in child psychiatry suggests that ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 36-year-old woman is evaluated for a 1-week history of recurrent episodes of facial pain that are 1 to 3 seconds in duration and occur spontaneously dozens of times throughout the day. The pain is sharp, severe, and located in the right infraorbital area. During this same ...

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You haven’t showered in a few days, and you haven’t brushed your teeth yet this morning. The Conversation But, your baby is one month old today! You picked out the perfect outfit and made sure the lighting was just right for the perfect photo. You posted the best one on Facebook this morning, and you keep checking to see if anyone has “liked” the picture. But, after ...

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Nearly 30 years ago, I attended the labor of a Vietnamese woman on an island off the coast of Thailand. The woman had malaria. She died a few hours after giving birth to her stillborn child. That experience has never left me. It has fueled in me a passion for global health, and especially for alleviating suffering and death from tropical diseases such as malaria. It is also worth remembering, however, that ...

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A guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Giving birth today is not the same as when your mother gave birth. You have new options and different choices to make. You will recover faster than even before, and your participation will be requested. Ready? Let’s talk about ...

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