Why the AHCA would have been bad for children — and an unavoidable truth moving forward

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Last week the Republicans’ proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, failed to get the support it needed and was taken off the table.

This is good news for children.

Despite all the problems with health insurance generally and the ACA specifically, things are going pretty well for …

Long-term use of opioids may depend on the doctor who prescribes them

You may have heard of the phrase “primum non nocere” — the Latin phrase that doctors are supposed to follow that instructs them to “first, do no harm.” Doctors also have an important ethical obligation to alleviate pain. But what happens when these two mandates collide? That, unfortunately, is the case with opioid pain relievers: …

Does family medicine training lead to high-value care?

The American Academy of Family Physicians this month celebrated the results of the 2017 Match, which saw a record 3,237 medical students and graduates fill first-year positions in family medicine residency programs. Although there is ample evidence that providing primary care improves population health, it is less clear how residency training specialty or location …

Vitamin C and Sepsis: Resist the Urge to be Duped.

My Facebook feed has been buzzing with news of a breakthrough in the treatment of sepsis–a deadly condition caused by bacterial infection.

Do not be fooled. Please. Resist the urge to be duped.

A recent study published in the prestigious journal Chest concluded that a combination of high-dose vitamin C, anti-inflammatory corticosteroids and thiamine given …

Eating better: 3 keys to healthy grocery shopping

With the New Year a few months behind us now, hectic schedules and daily distractions have gotten in the way of our most well intended resolutions. If you are still looking to work on being healthier this year, eating healthier is a good option that may be easier than it seems.

As Hippocrates (the “father” …

#No2AHCA and positive trends in prostate cancer screening

Without a doubt, today’s biggest health policy story is the anticipated House of Representatives’ vote on the American Health Care Act, the first step toward fulfilling President Trump’s campaign promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. I outlined my position on the AHCA in detail in my latest Medscape commentary; for those …

5 habits that foster weight loss

Let’s face it: the hardest part about losing weight isn’t about knowing what to eat. You’ve heard it a thousand times: eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein. The real challenge is changing your habits to make those healthy choices part of your everyday routine without feeling too deprived.

Dr. George L. …

Home remedies that may be worth a try

Harvard Medical School embraces evidence-based medicine — treatments that have been shown to be effective through high-quality studies called randomized controlled clinical trials. So it’s always a little surprising when a Harvard doctor proposes a home remedy, as Dr. James P. Ioli did in an interview about toenail fungus. Dr. Ioli, who is chief of …

Divergent Views of Healthcare Reform

I want to point you to a rebuttal of my last post on healthcare reform.

Dr. Rocky Bilhartz is a thoughtful cardiologist and an excellent writer.

In a blog post titled Divergent Visions, he offers a completely different view of right care. Go read it. So what if you don’t agree.

Christopher Hitchens said …

Teen drug use is down: Better parenting, or more smartphones?

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Fewer teens are using drugs.

That’s the news from the Monitoring the Future study, which has been surveying more than 40,000 eighth, 10th and 12th graders about their drug use for more than four decades. While marijuana use has been steady, use of all other illicit drugs (including prescription …