No matter which presidential candidate you voted for or which political party you belong to, we women should stand together unified and proud in knowing that for the first time, a woman is going to Washington, DC, to serve as the vice president of our great nation. It is truly a historic moment for all American women and makes the possibility of a woman as president of the United States one ...

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"We are social beings. Evolution has taught us that in order to survive, we must work together. Community trust (trusting your fellow citizen) is a very effective way to build community resilience when hardships strike. Studies have been done in the wake of natural disasters and have shown that social infrastructure and connections have equal, if not more, impact on the ...

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First of all, congratulations on making it this far in your journey towards becoming a physician. It truly is a privilege to be in the position of a third-year medical student because unlike the previous two years, we are now able to address the needs of actual patients, and in many cases, their family members and caregivers, whether they be emotional, mental, physical, or socioeconomic. I admit that it sounds trite ...

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I had planned to take care of my dad at the end of his life. In 2009, Dad retired at 75 because of Parkinson's disease. Over the next couple of years, he lived in his own home. My younger brother Mark, who lived nearby, faced the first difficult milestones brought on by Dad's declining health. Mark was the one to tell Dad that he could no longer drive. And after Dad ...

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Back pain is one of the most common reasons people see their physician and one of the most common causes of missed days at work. Approximately 60% to 80% of adults experience low back pain during their lives, and for 10% of them, the pain lasts for more than three months. And although nearly 500,000 Americans have surgery for back pain each year, in most cases, ...

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“I’ve been left out here to die ever since my legs were cut off,” he said joylessly. He was a gruff, elderly man, sharp as a tack, bundled in tattered blankets. His below-knee amputations were tucked away in his cramped wheelchair. This man had been street homeless for many years, his primary residence being a dangerous park. He was often attacked, robbed, or pushed out of his wheelchair onto his face, ...

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"Why real estate? By having a 'why' you want something, it’ll help keep you motivated to pursue your goals when setbacks and mistakes occur. For our family, we wanted passive income streams. Passive income gives you options. I love options. It doesn’t matter if you want to work forever, retire early, or change careers, multiple income sources can make it happen. Our passive income is not ...

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When I was a high school student, my calculus teacher stood eager to use her new electronic board.  She admitted to doing derivatives for fun on the weekends. I admired the way she looked at a complex math problem and solved it with ease. Even more notable was her ability to motivate uninterested high school students to understand and excel in calculus. We were often more interested in homecoming outfits, ...

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Millions worldwide have had COVID-19. The largest obstacle to reining in this virus's spread is that the range of symptoms is unpredictable, from minimal to severe respiratory compromise with diffuse lung damage and death. As COVID-19 initially marched across China and Italy, scientists honed in on factors, such as old age, hypertension, diabetes, and coronary artery disease, which placed specific populations at higher risk. Unfortunately, one risk factor has proven to ...

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An excerpt from Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare. On a sunny Tuesday in March 2015, the steps of Capitol Hill were draped in white as nurse practitioners from across the United States descended on the nation’s capital. Their ...

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For the winner of any election, the moment of victory brings joy, applause, laughter, relief, and often champagne. Losing the presidency, however, is felt like a crushing defeat. The hours of travel, giving speeches, campaigning, fundraising, stress, and sleepless nights are all for naught. The feeling of defeat is experienced by the candidate and their support staff, family, and the millions of people who believed in them and thought they would ...

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"Like 9/11, we have a new reference point touching everyone on the planet: life before COVID-19 and life after. Regardless if you get it or don’t, the unknowns and secondary consequences are scary. Life before COVID was scary, too, minus the urgency. Before COVID, we sensed the weight of living on a sick planet. We felt powerless to change the tide of ...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost everyone, whether directly, through the loss of loved ones, or its impact on job security. Business has slowed down in many sectors and has been put into a standstill. It became clear that things we thought were imperative to our lives and functionality as human beings were "non-essential," and we have somehow managed to survive without them for this long.

There have been ...

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I smiled as I waddled to the recovery room for the sixth time that day.  Before maternity leave, my final case was completed; I left with my patients in trustworthy hands, and the loose ends tied up.  As I walked to my car, I never imagined the circumstances I would return to 12 weeks later and now six months ago. I have never subscribed to clichés, but as I sat in ...

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How are two-career households with children — let alone single-parent households — going to manage with daycare centers and schools closed, perhaps for a long time to come? What damage will this do to career progression and earning potential if one parent must cut back on work? Will childcare demands inevitably delay or derail partnership or academic promotion? When I was a young mother — my two youngest children are only ...

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I have worked part-time as an applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapist for the last few years. The job isn't complicated, and where I am, one doesn't need a specifically tailored education or license to practice under supervision. An ABA's clients are diagnosed with autism, and the therapist works to reduce the client's maladaptive behaviors and increase their comfort with everyday routines, social interactions, and independent living, all while taking data ...

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"The inflammatory response elicited by the novel coronavirus can do great damage to the essential function of lungs. People with underlying lung disease are more vulnerable to this coronavirus, including people with asthma, emphysema, lung fibrosis, and even people with high exposure to air pollution. Smoking and vaping are perfectly preventable forms of high-intensity air pollution. We strongly urge city, county, ...

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You may be familiar with the words stoicism and have an idea about what it means to be stoic (there’s actually a lot of confusion and misconceptions out there about exactly what they mean). Let’s take a step back for a moment before we dive in any further. Stoicism is an ancient Greco-Roman philosophy founded by a gentleman called Zeno around 400 BC in Athens after he had suffered a ...

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As I've written before, I have to confess I've never been a huge fan of pathways and protocols. They often struck me as rigid and insensitive to the nuances of differences between patients. There are also times when they are just absurd when physicians, especially mid-level providers, implement them when analysis of the clinical situation clearly shows them to be inappropriate. I suppose part of me ...

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I remember reading a post recently on a Facebook physician group that involved a cardiologist who asked for help on how to manage her finances after a divorce. The pertinent aspects of this situation involves the physician being left with essentially nothing in retirement savings. She is mid-career with children and wants an option to reduce her schedule eventually to spend time with her children during the weeks she has custody. ...

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