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The Silent, Terrible Toll of Sexual Harassment in Medical Schools

It is hard for any physician to advance as a medical researcher. Competition for research funding is fierce; the rigors of publishing in prestigious medical journals are gargantuan. And women pursuing such careers face even bigger challenges, with many having … Continue reading

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America Is Number…5 Out Of 5?

Here’s a picture from @RAdamsDudleyMD, one that, sadly, is consistent with many previous studies. The US doesn’t measure up in giving people access to medical care.

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Did You Know That Obamacare Causes Diabetes? Here’s Why It Happens And Why It’s A Good Thing

Obamacare is a big, messy law with so many moving parts, it is often hard to tell how well it’s working. People debate whether it is killing jobs or creating them; they argue about whether it is lowering medical expenses … Continue reading

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The High Price of Free Lunch

Once again: correlation does not equal causation. And it is possible that companies give lunches to physicians who are already inclined to prescribe their products, or who are already high prescribers. But why should we leave any of this up … Continue reading

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Rare Diseases Are Becoming Too Common. Sound Impossible? Here’s Why It’s Not

It is hard to make money treating rare diseases. There simply aren’t enough customers to generate many profits. That’s why the U.S. government passed the Orphan Drug Act in 1983, a law which created a series of incentives to encourage … Continue reading

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Good and Bad News about Physician Pay

I’ve got some good news for all of you: there’s no racial disparity in pay among female physicians. African-American physicians in the United States make just as much money as Caucasian women. Unfortunately, this good news is largely a result … Continue reading

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Americans Love Their Healthcare But Hate Their Healthcare System — Here’s Why

There’s lots to love about American healthcare. We have some of the best clinicians in the world, as evidenced by the huge number of people who come to the U.S. from other countries when they are sick. Yet the American … Continue reading

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Don’t Blame Obamacare for High Insurance Costs

Many people have warned us that Obamacare will drive up the cost of healthcare insurance, but recent evidence suggests that the problem is bigger than that. According to the Commonwealth Fund, healthcare insurance costs are rising even more quickly outside … Continue reading

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Out Of Control Healthcare Spending

Wondering where all your spare cash is going lately? Probably to healthcare:  

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Do You Overeat? Blame Childhood Stress

Lots of us eat when we are stressed. But did you know that even when we are not currently under stress, the amount of food we eat might be influenced by the stress we experienced as children? That’s the conclusion … Continue reading

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