shutterstock_99659051 Medicine is plagued by a form of prejudice called “specialism.” (Yes, I just made up that word, but it fits.) In medical school we were united; we were all in the same boat; we were a team making our way through the gauntlet together. And then it came time to choose a specialty. A satirical article by “Lord Lockwell” circulated on social ...

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shutterstock_210431020 Here are ten ways that Internet diagnosing interferes with your health care. 1. Dr. Google doesn’t know you. Can’t see you, can’t hear your story, can’t smell you, and can’t touch you. It doesn’t have intuition or gut feelings about you. 2. The Internet breeds cyberchondria in some and false reassurance in others. The more complex the problem, the more likely your self-diagnosis ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. ACP Prefers Cervical Cytology Over DNA Screens for Young Women. The American College of Physicians (ACP) said Pap smears should be the mainstay of cervical cancer screening in normal-risk women younger than 30, with molecular testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) reserved for older patients only.
  2. FDA Wants Data ...

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141231-hillary-clinton-mn-2130_14257f8a4ebbc2bf8806b492060dd415 Time magazine published this article about why Hillary Clinton is the perfect age to run for president. The author, Dr. Holland who is a psychiatrist, chose not to focus on Ms. Clinton’s vast political experience or her education but rather on Ms. Clinton’s menopausal status. Yes, you read that right, when it comes to qualifications for president of the United States menopause trumps a ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 38-year-old woman is evaluated during a follow-up visit. She has a history of well-controlled hypertension and type 1 diabetes mellitus. She is at 16 weeks' gestation with her first pregnancy. Prior to conception she was taking lisinopril, which was discontinued in anticipation of the pregnancy, and labetalol was initiated. Other medications ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Kids from Military Families Less Likely to be Fully Immunized. Young children in military families were less likely to be up to date with their vaccinations than other U.S. children, according to National Immunization Survey data (NIS) from 2007 to 2012.
  2. Delay Threatened for SGR Repeal. Conservative objections over ...

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Medicine is an area of study that is bursting with countless gut-wrenching ethical debates. Throughout our medical training, even in some medical school interviews, we are asked and tested on how we would personally navigate the delicate tightrope of right and wrong. Trying to maintain equilibrium between our personal beliefs and those that are best for our patients can often be difficult. On one side of our acrobatic act, we are ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Methotrexate Helps Save Large Joints in RA. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who received concomitant methotrexate with their tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor were less likely to need a large joint replacement than if they were on anti-TNF treatment alone.
  2. More U.S. Teens Opt for Birth Control With IUDs, ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Nicotine Replacement in Pregnancy: How Risky? The absolute risk of major congenital anomalies was similar among infants born to smokers and those born to women on nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), but respiratory problems were worse in the latter group.
  2. AS Activity Tied to Future Risk for Heart Disease. Early ...

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shutterstock_245938756 Lifetime has an unscripted series, Born in the Wild, which documents couples’ decisions to forgo birth in a hospital and instead give birth in nature on their own terms without assistance:

In this new series, families take one step beyond home birth and make the powerful choice to experience childbirth in the great outdoors. No inductions, no epidurals ... just expectant mothers facing ...

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