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E-mail can screen college students for depression

by Kristina Fiore

E-mail may be a simple and cheap way to screen college students for depression, but it’s not likely to motivate them to seek treatment, researchers said.

A commonly-used depression screening tool sent in e-mail blasts to students at four colleges put the prevalence of major depressive disorder at 14.5%, Irene Shyu, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues reported at a poster session at the American Psychiatric …

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How online patient communities make money from patient data

Websites that encourage patients to share their experiences are growing in popularity.

But how reliable are they, and for those that are profit-driven, how do they make their money?

A recent story in the New York Times attempts to answer those questions.

There are plenty of benefits that these sites offer, like providing patients with a virtual support group of sorts. That’s something that most find tremendously helpful and is missing …

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My CNN column on how empowered patients can help doctors

Welcome readers from CNN.com!

“E-patients are an essential part of the health care team, and play an increasingly influential role in the shared decision making process with their physicians.”

That’s what I wrote in a CNN.com column published this morning, entitled, Will the doctor answer your e-mail?

However, doctors aren’t given the tools or the time to properly engage empowered patients, despite …

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Patients who are dying and their awareness of death

by Brad Stuart, MD

Rob Pardi’s comments in Pallimed affected me deeply. His honesty, integrity, and willingness to share were so impressive that I feel reluctant to take issue with anything he had to say. Yet today I find myself somewhat in conflict with his message.

Rob’s wife, a palliative care doctor, died of cancer recently and her story, published in the New York Times made it sound as if …

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Questions patients should be asking their doctors

An excerpt from Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

by Sagar Nigwekar, MD and James Sutton, RPA-C

Tips for Talking to Your Doctor

Entering a doctor’s office can be like entering a different world. There are often “rules” and “protocols” that the doctor, nurses, and staff follow that you may not be familiar with. This book offers some very helpful questions for you to have an intelligent conversation with …

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Why prescription drugs are not taken by patients

How many patients actually take the prescription drugs that their doctors prescribe them?

Less than you think.

Pauline Chen, in a recent New York Times’ column, discusses the worrisome issue of medication noncompliance.

And the numbers are stark. According to the data, “as many as half of all patients did not follow their doctors’ advice when it came to medications,” and, “more than 20 percent of first-time patient prescriptions were never …

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Patient relationships with their doctors over time

by Sandeep Grewal, MD

We as doctors and patients as well as medicine as a whole have evolved over time. What used to be a simple conversation of between a doctor and a patient has turned into a melee of medical issues, legal issues, insurance and financial issues and not to mention the complicated ICD 9 and CPT code system.

Conversation between a doctor and patient in 1960s:

Patient: Sir, I am …

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Chronic migraines changed this patient’s life

by Diana E. Lee

When I start to think about all the things I want to do, I end up feeling like my life is on hold, waiting for some miracle to come along and make me better. There was a time when I believed I would get better. Now I’m not so sure.

I was just getting started in my career in 2003 when my migraines exploded from periodic to chronic. …

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Children with DNR orders and the liability risk for schools

by Crystal Phend

When children with complex chronic diseases have do-not-attempt-resuscitation orders in place, schools should honor them, the American Academy of Pediatrics urged.

More children with diseases that may involve sudden and potentially fatal attacks are attending school due to legal and societal trends over the past decade, according to a statement in the May issue of Pediatrics.

While these requests are honored in hospitals and nursing homes, schools may find it …

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Before quitting medicine, consider the children

There’s little doubt that many doctors are frustrated, with some compelled to leave medicine altogether.

And with the myriad of obstacles intruding on the doctor-patient relationship, combined with the factors contributing to burnout, that’s certainly an understandable stance.

So, why do so many continue the uphill climb to practice the best medicine they can?

Emergency physician Edwin Leap gives his explanation, in a poignant column from Emergency Medicine News:

We may rail against …

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