Abraham Verghese will be answering your questions at my next live Q&A.

Dr. Verghese, a Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is one of the most accomplished and admired physician educators today. His pieces have appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and one of his recent articles, entitled Culture ...

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Believe it or not, there are such instances.

Peter Ubel tells us of one, in a sad case of end-stage metastatic lung cancer. While observing a patient and his wife arguing about his cigarette use, Dr. Ubel realizes that in this instance, it's quality of life that matters.

So, instead of watching them fight, he encourages them to see the bigger picture: "My duty as a ...

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Physicians are often pressed for time, both in the hospital and the clinic.

And for those who don't speak English, that represents a huge problem. Not only are many cash-strapped hospitals cutting back on interpreter services, those that have them aren't always being utilized.

As surgeon Pauline Chen notes, "Patients who speak English poorly or not at all face longer hospital stays, an increased risk of ...

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New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg recently introduced an initiative to pressure the food industry to cut salt intake by half over the next decade.

Combined with the city's ban on trans-fats and move to post calorie counts in restaurants, this is part of an emerging trend where the government is taking decisive steps to control what we eat. But, in the case of salt - to what end?

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Abraham Verghese is an internal medicine physician at Stanford, and a prominent physician-writer.

Stanford University is utilizing Facebook as a way to ask Dr. Verghese questions. He's one of the most eloquent and introspective doctors working today, so it's a treat to hear him talk about the various issues readers bring up.

Here are the first few videos in the series.

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Would you rather have your kids get measles or autism?

That's the choice that anti-vaccine proponent Jenny McCarthy lays out on the talk show circuit. But in a LA Times column, pediatrician Rahul Parikh comments, "At best, that's a false choice; at worst, it's a sick, horrible wish for her or anybody else's child."

He further observes, rightly, that the anti-vaccine movement has done a much better ...

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With the NBA playoffs now upon us, do basketball players go all out, all the time?

Not necessarily.

Over at Better Health, Nick DeNubile, orthopedic consultant to the Philadelphia 76ers, says that there's "an important distinction between going half-speed and being tentative. If you're tentative "“ in any sport at any time "“ that's when you risk injury."

The key is staying relaxed, and Dr. DeNubile notes ...

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When it comes to disciplinary action, Texas punishes doctors who engage in consensual sex with patients seriously.

Hospitalist Chris Rangel says they're going overboard.

Consider the cited case, where a doctor who had consensual sex was given a harsher penalty than physicians who were negligent and actually harmed patients.

"A sexual relationship, even a consensual one, between a doctor and their patient is certainly improper," writes Dr. ...

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How do you know which doctors are the ones who can appropriately comfort patients during times of suffering?

You don't.

Anesthesiologist Dr. T talks about how medical schools don't really screen which prospective physicians are "cavalry-ready," or not.

"People are either ready, willing, and able to be close to human suffering - to look at a weeping man, woman, or child in the eye, talk ...

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Personal health records have been in the news lately, with the focus on how inaccurate they can be.

Should patients have complete access to medical records at their physician's office or hospital?

Primary care doctor Rob Lamberts offers some thoughts on the subject. There are some parts of the record that patients shouldn't read. "What if someone comes into the office with a child and I have ...

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