There’s no doubt that technology is changing the face of medicine. Today, surgeons can perform minimally-invasive procedures with the assistance of a robot or replace missing limbs with bionic ones. Radiologists can read imaging studies from halfway around the world. There are specialists providing remote services to patients with strokes, women with high-risk pregnancies, and critically ill neonates. Mental health professionals are now able to offer life-changing care to patients ...

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“She is not yours to grieve.” That statement, from another physician, hours after Ava died and as pent up tears rolled down my face, left me embarrassed and ashamed. The message: She was my patient, not my child. Never mind the amount of time and tenderness I had poured into her care during the month she spent in the pediatric ICU. I had no right to mourn her death. I am a doctor. As ...

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While I recognize that I have a better chance of contracting dengue fever in my suburban city than there is of you actually reading this, I will try anyways. Here it goes. My name is Megan. I am a family medicine doctor practicing in Northern California, and I love my job.  I'm nothing fancy. I don't spend my day in the OR. I don't spend my day in the emergency room ...

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There has been on average one mass shooting (involving at least 4 people) for every day this year. In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting -- the most recent widely-covered mass shooting, America has reopened the debate over gun control, pitting a bereaved public beckoning for gun reform against strict Constitutionalists. Yet, in this polarizing debate filled with a seemingly binomial future, there are other options: Namely ...

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Dead babies aren’t something anybody likes to talk about. But while it may be an uncomfortable topic, it’s also an important one -- because there are things we can do to make it happen less frequently. The loss of an infant is something parents never really get over, and something that no parent should have to experience. Here’s a look at the most common causes of infant mortality and some things you ...

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I love being a pediatrician; there's nothing I would rather do. But sometimes I get frustrated by things that parents do -- or don't do. I'm not talking about things like being late (hey, I run late, it would be unfair to complain), or getting upset with the staff about waiting (hey, I'm going as fast as I can and what if it were your kid who needed more time?), or ...

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Walter was far older than his chronological age.  A mere thirteen years, he kept company with a much older crew.  Doctors, nurses, and CNAs were his constant companions.  The other kids on his floor were either too sick to interact, or came and left within a matter of days.  But not Walter.  His heart was too weak to allow his departure, but too strong to be first in line for ...

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Recently, during a typical day as a developmental pediatrician, I walked down the hall to schedule an ophthalmology appointment for a toddler. As I spoke with the secretary, I saw a thin “new patient” chart on her desk for another patient. I recognized the name at once and was immediately transported back 25 years ago, to when I was a fellow in training at the center and learned a very ...

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I walk into the exam room on a Friday afternoon to find a 16-year-old female who is coming in to see me for a sport physical. On paper, everything looks great: Her vital signs are on point, she’s a straight A student, vaccines are up to date, she eats healthy and exercises regularly, Mom and Dad are still happily married and she’s not dating an abusive senior who is pressuring her into ...

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Yet again, the topic of breastfeeding has been discussed in the mainstream media and -- not surprisingly -- was depicted in a less-than-factual way. It seems every few weeks these stories surface, and usually it’s a mom who’s been shamed for nursing in public. It happens so often I have almost stopped paying attention because they are so equally infuriating and repetitive. This time, however, it was the ...

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