The following op-ed was published on February 22nd, 2011 in AOL News. If you woke up one day with an earache, you could call your doctor's office for help. Or you could do what the majority of patients do today and Google what to do first. Type "earache" into your Web browser and the results can vary wildly. Search engines can return results saying that an earache can be from the common cold, ...

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How important is it for hospitals to engage in social media platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter? It's essential. Nowhere is that more evident than in the controversy concerning infant Joseph Maraachli. Without getting too involved in the politics or ethics ...

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Doctors are now incentivized to convert antiquated paper charts to electronic medical records. Despite a few doctors who love their EMR, most readers here at KevinMD.com are skeptical, as the difficulties in transitioning, along with questionable benefits, have been well chronicled. Recently, the Washington ...

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Match Day marks one of the most important days in a medical student's career. A computer algorithm "matches" prospective doctors with the residency program they're destined go to. It's also a look at the future trends for various specialties.  With a major part of health reform about to be implemented, one naturally gravitates towards primary care, where there currently is a ...

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People in the United States are rushing out to take iodine pills, specifically in the form of potassium iodide, to combat the threat of radiation spreading from the nuclear events stemming from the Japan earthquake and tsunami. There are numerous reports that pharmacies in California have run out of the drug. Potassium iodide works when the thyroid takes it up, instead of the potentially dangerous radioactive iodine that comes from a ...

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It's no secret that our health system encourages doctors to order too many tests.  Compounded with the widespread belief that more tests equates to better medicine, the reasons why health costs are spiraling out of control aren't a secret. In a perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine, physician Sean Palfrey notes our dire situation:

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Despite the advances in evidence-based medicine, not every patient benefits. In a recent column from the New York Times, Pauline Chen looks at a study showing exploring the issue:

For many patients, evidence-based medicine isn’t working. Two-thirds of patients with diabetes, a disease with some of the strongest evidence-based guidelines available, continue to have trouble controlling their blood sugar levels; and only half of all ...

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What, exactly, is a difficult patient? Doctors can tell many tales of what they term as a difficult encounter.  Just as many patients can recall doctors whom they would say are difficult to work with as well. According to a study from the Journal of General Internal Medicine, here's a definition: Patients deemed difficult included those with more than five symptoms, severe symptoms or an underlying mental disorder or were less functional. These ...

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Are medical students and new doctors overly reliant on tests and technology to make diagnoses? That's an interesting thought I had when reading the latest TIME.com piece from emergency physicians Jesse M. Pines and Dr. Zachary F. Meisel. In their article, they give reasons why doctors order too many tests. Of course, they cite defensive purposes, saying, "once a doctor has presented ...

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The following op-ed was published on February 2, 2011 in USA Today. Last fall, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital was shot by the distraught son of a patient for whom he was caring. The man later killed his mother, then himself. A week earlier, a patient in a Long Island, N.Y., hospital beat his nurse with a leg from a broken chair, causing serious injuries. The following month, a psychiatric ...

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