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 ...


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 ...


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. ...


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 ...


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 ...


Walgreens made some headlines with their program to give free acute care services to those who are unemployed.

Before you think that they're doing this out of the goodness of their hearts,

Patients who have trouble understanding, or acting upon, the information as it relates to their health are more than twice as likely to die.

So writes Pauline Chen in recent column, where she writes about how patients need to take a more active role understanding their health. It's indeed a big problem, especially given the trend towards a more patient-centered orientation for medical care.

But, that ...


An inspiring post supporting the use of evidence-based medicine.

Often times, what's deemed common-sense and based on ideology is proved wrong by the evidence. And it's up to both patients and doctors to accept the findings of studies that disproves previously accepted dogma.

Physician David Newman gives us his best Jack Nicholson impression in driving that point home: "The critical question that looms ...


Susan H.: Cura te ipsum

The following is a reader take by Susan H.

To solve the current healthcare crisis
And obviate unconscionable insurance prices
We should all get requisite medical degrees,
And minister alone,
To our own maladies.

This may present a quandary
To the Juris Doc., M.D.;
What will the legal remedy be
For a literal personal injury?

The majority of patients on Medicare have several medical issues to contend with.

For instance, according to this piece in the NY Times, "Two-thirds of people over age 65, and almost three-quarters of people over 80, have multiple chronic health conditions, and 68 percent of Medicare spending goes to people who have five or more chronic diseases."

And, often times, these patients are seeing anywhere from five ...


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