Medicine

Recently, we published an article More Bad News for Single Payer Health System detailing the reasons for a disastrous report from the National Health Service (NHS) about poor quality of care for the sickest patients. Then, news came out from NHS England that the number of people waiting for routine surgery hit more than 4 million.
I take you behind-the-scenes as a judge for the Miss America's Outstanding Teen scholarship competition. 
With the overload of information — bad, good and worse — from all media mediums, at all times, public confidence in it on the whole is plummeting. That's according to a new report identifying that only 37 percent of the public trusts evidence from medical research. Compare that to 65 percent who prefer experiences of friends and family to guide them.
Since I believe laughter is often the best medicine, I didn’t have to look very far to find funny movie scenes that also delivered meaningful medical lessons.
New titles like “clinician,” “advanced practitioner” or “provider” are masking a stark reality. People will be able to practice medicine without ever attending medical school, performing rigorous residencies or be comprehensively and extensively trained as physicians. It's a frightening – and very real – trend.
When greed trumps science, we all lose. Three women suffered severe vision loss after treatment at the same private "stem cell clinic." Here we address what went so very wrong – and how it can be avoided.
Obamacare was always about health coverage, not health care. Here's why this matters.
We let Dr. Wells loose on the mean streets of New York City to see if people can guess her profession.  Learn why here.
Americans tried living with an unregulated marketplace in the last century. Even medical licensure was undone under Jacksonian democracy. But the tide began to turn early in this century: A response to abuses in the patent-medicine industry was the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, which required ingredient disclosure on product labels and thus eliminated secret-formula "remedies." In 1910 Medical Education in the United States and Canada now more popularly known as the Flexner report was published. It cited many diploma mills and paved the way for new medical-school standards. Major reforms in medical education followed, medical licensure was re-established, and eclecticism* and homeopathy practically disappeared.