A sense of purpose inspires one physician to seek ways to help others. “Loving what I do makes it very easy to get up out of bed and come to work, even when faced with potentially really serious situations.” #BornToHeal Courtesy of the American Medical Association (AMA).

STAT_LogoDear Sen. McCain, I was saddened to hear that you received a diagnosis of glioblastoma. I also live with this particularly aggressive type of brain cancer. On the surface, you and I are very different. I am a 35-year-old dad with three sons aged 5 and under. I have a beard and listen to indie rock. I hold ...

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Senator John McCain recently had surgery to “remove a blood clot above his left eye” according to a CNN report. CNN, fortunately, didn’t have a chance to wade into their familiar territory of fake news because they had a practicing neurosurgeon, and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta on hand to discuss Senator McCain’s surgery. Despite the cheery description, “minimally invasive craniotomy,” this was brain surgery, opening the skull ...

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Recently after pulling a couple 20-hour shifts, people kept encouraging me to sleep on my break. They were obviously concerned for my well-being but it got me thinking more about the role sleep plays in our lives. If the average life expectancy is 78 then we spend 30 percent of our lives asleep which is also the same amount we spend in our cars commuting, and a meager 0.16 percent ...

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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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There is enthusiasm in politics about reducing regulation to stimulate creativity and economic growth. Maybe. But reduction in oversight of medication and medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will probably lead to a proliferation of expensive potions and gadgets that don't actually help. The New England Journal of Medicine published an article detailing the near miss associated with an injectable monoclonal antibody for Alzheimer's disease. ...

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Why does the universe have conscious beings? The physical and biological laws of nature do not seem to explain the existence of conscious creatures such as humans. Neuroscience has done well to explain many of our behaviors, illnesses and medical therapies based on purely physical and observable rules. But no one has ever measured consciousness. And yet it appears fundamental to whether my patient will recover from their disease. After 15 ...

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From time to time, friends, patients, and relatives ask my advice on participating in a medical experiment.  My response has been no.  More accurately, once I explain to them the realities of research, they don’t need to be persuaded.  They back away. Here’s the key point.   When an individual volunteers to join a research project, the medical study is not designed to benefit the individual patient.  This point is sorely misunderstood ...

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STAT_Logo The publication of Andrew Wakefield’s notorious and now discredited research on autism and vaccines in 1998 triggered a surge of worry about vaccine safety. Since then, questions about a purported connection between autism and vaccines have been asked and definitively answered: There is no link. But there are other factors linked to the development of autism that have ...

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american society of anesthesiologistsA guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. During the course of our careers as physicians, we have cared for or are aware of an elderly patient in the intensive care unit or ward who has exhibited delirium, or an acute confused state. This is particularly common after surgery and anesthesia. While simply being ...

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