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How To Be A Successful Patient: Young Doctors Offer Some Advice (Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:00:58 +0000)

I am proud to be a part of the American Resident Project, an initiative that promotes the writing of medical students, residents, and new physicians as they explore ideas for transforming American health care delivery.  I recently had the opportunity to interview three of the writing fellows about how to help patients take control of

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The Fight Against Water Fluoridation Continues (Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000)

By Stuart Cooper, Campaign Manager, Fluoride Action Network The fluoride-free movement has continued to grow throughout the world at a staggering pace. We have had more than 400 communities around the world end existing fluoridation programs or reject new efforts to fluoridate either by council vote or citizen referendum since 1990. In 2014 alone, we’ve

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Global Obesity Now Worse Than Smoking (Wed, 03 Dec 2014 06:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola More than 2.1 billion people, or close to 30 percent of the global population, are overweight or obese. This is more than double the number of adults and children who are undernourished.1 Further, according to a report by The McKinsey Global Institute, the global cost of obesity is now $2 trillion annually,

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Why Don’t Doctors Round With Nurses Anymore? (Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:00:53 +0000)

Whenever possible I make a point of rounding on patients with their nurses present. I rely on nurses to be my eyes and ears when I’m not at the bedside. I need their input to confirm patient self-reports of everything from bowel and bladder habits to pain control, not to mention catching early warning signs

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7 Best Foods You Can Eat (Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola If you want to increase your energy, boost your mood, lose weight, and lower your risk of chronic disease, there’s no doubt that tending to your diet should be a priority. But figuring out what to eat to be healthy may seem overwhelming. There is no one-size-fits-all diet for everyone. Your age,

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Popular Weight Loss App Ineffective In Achieving Weight Loss (Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:01:45 +0000)

A Cost Effective Fitness Band In a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that overweight and obese patients who used a popular smart phone app (MyFitnessPal) did not lose significant weight after a 6 month trial period. The randomized controlled trial is the first of its kind to demonstrate that

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The Dangers of Eating Late at Night (Sat, 15 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Do you eat dinner late at night and go to bed less than three hours later? Do you also suffer from unexplained post-nasal drip, cough, and difficulty swallowing? These could be signs of acid reflux, which, unbeknownst to many, can occur without the telltale signs of heartburn and indigestion. Further, if you

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How Not To Interrupt Patients But Also Get The Information You Need In A Timely Manner (Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:00:04 +0000)

Much has been made about physicians’ tendencies to interrupt patients. Studies have shown that patients are permitted 12-18 seconds of talk time before they are redirected (or interrupted) by their doctor. This leads to patients feeling that the physician didn’t listen or didn’t care. I believe that there is a way to solve the problem

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Medical Errors Reduced By 30% When Doctors Required To Speak To One Another At Shift Change (Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:21:48 +0000)

I have spent many blog hours bemoaning the inadequate communication going on in hospitals today. Thanks to authors of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, I have more objective data for my ranting. A prospective intervention study conducted at 9 academic children’s hospitals (and involving 10,740 patients over 18 months)

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Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia Confirmed (Thu, 06 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000)

By Dr. Mercola Vitamin D has been shown to improve a number of brain disorders, including dementia and its most severe form, Alzheimer’s disease,1 the latter of which now affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans.2 The latest mortality statistics places Alzheimer’s in the top three killer diseases in the US, right behind heart disease and

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