When my husband and I stopped watching television a few months after we were married, we often didn't notice what had changed until we'd compare notes with friends.  "I miss my old hobby," a neighbor might complain, "but I just don't have the time."  And yet we'd see his head just above the back of the couch, silhouetted against his big screen TV for hours.  Not only did we regain ...

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In the past half century or so, medicine has changed the complexity of the human population as it has never been seen in the past. Think about it, there are people walking around today that fifty years ago, wouldn’t even be alive.   This evolution in medicine has not only brought about transformation in the human population, but it is also changing the approach of how clinicians need to treat these complex ...

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If F. A. Hayek were alive today, he would support the revival of labor unions in general and professional labor unions in particular. Towards the end of the Second World War, Hayek wrote a book warning us all that allowing governments to engage in extensive central planning of economic activities is nothing more than a road to serfdom for humanity. F.A. Hayek was not an Ayn Rand sociopath, and he ...

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The action steps, in any health emergency, are: ABC. Airway, breathing, circulation. The airway has to be open, the patient has to be making an effort to breathe, and the heart has to pump blood. In any emergency, health care people are trained to address these, one by one, in order. Fix what you can before moving on, and concentrate on what’s going to kill the child first. Then, arrange ...

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stuart-scott Stuart Scott revolutionized the sportscasting industry with his unique style and likable demeanor on ESPN.  Mr. Scott recently passed away after an 8-year battle with recurrent appendiceal cancer.  Mr. Scott was a devoted father and put his relationship with his two daughters above everything else.  He was a sensational broadcaster and was passionate about his craft.  He inspired many young athletes ...

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shutterstock_73822633 Perhaps doctors should be more like the president. After all, we also carry the ultimate responsibility for our constituents, even though we, too, have team members who do part of that work. The way I understand things to work at the White House, those other team members collect, review and prioritize the information the president needs in order to manage his, and all ...

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“Blessed. I’m so blessed.” She kept repeating this, from her seat on the examining table. “I’m so blessed.” I unwrapped the bandage holding on the splint that had covered her arm for the three weeks since the bullet went in above her elbow and came out through her forearm, hitting no bone, touching no major artery. “Blessed.” Homeless. With diabetes that needed insulin, which needed a refrigerator, that she didn’t have. Vulnerable. A few years earlier, ...

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Happy 2015! Health care in the United States continues to change faster than any of us can keep pace with and this shows no signs of slowing down. Having written a lot in 2014 on a variety of different topics, I wanted to focus on my own 5 wishes for hospital care this New Year. A lot of you may think that what you’re about to read sounds like wishful ...

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As we welcome another year, many of us make resolutions to live a better life, usually one that is healthier than the year before. As I planned my own resolutions for 2015, I was reminded of a talk given by my rabbi, David Ingber of Romemu. His sermon centered on the Torah portion about the importance of “the Shemittah” or the sabbatical year, noting how we as a society should be observing the “five Rs” ...

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Ever since the first invocation of the dogma "publish or perish" in the 1930s, modern medical practice seems to have followed in the ways of Darwinian evolution: It’s survival of the fittest. This doctrine, concise yet striking, refers to the competitive nature of the academic profession in which we have been raised and continue to grow. Although obtaining a medical degree reflects many years of effort, discipline, and camaraderie, ...

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