Fatal police encounters can engender PTSD in non-white communities and forever impact interactions with police. In​ ​the​ ​last​ ​few​ ​years,​ ​we​ ​have​ ​witnessed​ ​in​ ​horror​ ​the​ ​erosion​ ​of​ ​trust​ ​between​ ​public​ ​servants charged​ ​to​ ​protect​ ​the​ ​community​ ​and​ the non-white ​communities​ they serve.​ ​The​ ​killing​ ​of​ ​Philando​ ​Castile​ ​and​ ​Charleena​ ​Lyles​ ​compounded the​ ​horror,​ ​as​ ​their​ ​violent​ ​deaths​ ​were​ ​witnessed​ ​by​ ​their​ ​young​ children,​ ​spouses and,​ ​for​ ​Philando,​ ​social​ ​media. ...

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As many was in the health care world, I was shocked by the unlawful arrest of nurse Alex Wubbels. In health care, there is a brotherhood and camaraderie between our law enforcement officers and health care workers, especially nurses. We all are literally on the front line of public service on a daily basis, making this story even more disturbing. Although the situation initially happened on July 26, ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 57-year-old woman is evaluated in the emergency department for an episode of hematemesis that occurred 1 hour ago. She had previously felt well except for a recent knee injury, for which she has been taking ibuprofen. She currently is experiencing lightheadedness and weakness. Medical history is ...

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Health care is falling apart. We all know it, we can feel it, but it's hard to say why it's happening or even what is happening, we just know that it is true. And as bad as it is for patients, it's even worse for providers. We know that there is something wrong. We want to help people. We are busy all day long seeing patients. Why doesn't it feel ...

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Twelve years ago on August 29th, Hurricane Katrina ruined our childhood home in New Orleans. My parents evacuated last minute and were not allowed back for an entire month while standing water remained in our house, rotting away all our childhood memories. They rebuilt, sold the house and eventually moved to Texas. This year on August 27th, Hurricane Harvey destroyed my husband and our young girls’ family home and cars and ...

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In order to fully understand the issues surrounding opioid prescribing practices, it is important to review a brief history of how these drugs came to market. Opium was the first opioid, derived from the sap of opium poppies whose growth and cultivation dates back to 3,400 BC. In the 18th century, physicians in the U.S. used opium for multiple ailments. Towards the end of the 18th century, the addictive qualities of ...

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After three months of using hot compresses to shrink the stye on my daughter’s eyelid, it wasn’t getting any smaller. My daughter is prone to this sort of growth, called a chalazion. This one would have to be removed surgically, like the one she had removed from the same eyelid two years earlier. But there was one ...

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It’s 8:45 p.m. in rural Chiapas, Mexico. A cool blanket wraps around the previously warm day in the small farming town of Honduras. With a syringe of medicine in his front pocket pasante, Dr. Ivan Martinez does a steady jog up a steep hill to see about a patient’s chronic pain. Nestled in the Sierra Madre Mountains, there are few flat places. At the door, he’s immediately and warmly greeted by multiple ...

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There is a 4,300-strong grassroots movement known as “Save Our Hospital” gaining notoriety in Albert Lea, Minnesota. This story is symptomatic of the fact that hospital consolidation has slowly become a national pastime. With declining revenue under the Affordable Care Act, mergers increased by 70 percent, leaving small communities scrambling for health care access. The latest casualty in the “hospital-consolidation-for-sport” trend is Albert Lea, a small ...

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Most parents have been deeply distressed by the rising violence and streams of hate as a keynote in our national discourse. For a constructive response, I encourage parents to write to their school administrators and partner with the adults in their children’s community to stem the tide of vitriol that has engulfed our views on race, religion, and the study of history in our everyday lives. Here is an edited ...

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