#IAmStigmafree When a disease rapidly spreads to many people, it becomes an epidemic. Sadly, the US has an epidemic of opioid abuse today, and doctors have been part of the problem. According to IMS Health, a healthcare information company, more than 219 million prescriptions for opioids were written in 2014 with sales of $8.85 billion. […]
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SUDHIR R. RAO, MD Case: A 51-year-old woman presented with severe lower-back and leg pain that had been taking a toll on her life since she had fallen down a flight of stairs nearly five years earlier. Despite multiple treatments with NSAIDs, physical therapy and lumbar spine surgery, she continued to report intolerable pain. While...
A growing number of doctors are becoming entrepreneurs – either while keeping their ‘day job’ or moving away from treating patients. Three physicians share their stories – including launching a successful app-based service that fills last-minute vacancies and starting a medical device company – and their advice.
In addition to ensuring that patients are receiving vaccines for infectious diseases like chicken pox and measles, physicians can encourage many more teens and seniors to take advantage of newer vaccines to combat HPV and shingles. Our experts explain.
Today’s healthcare providers are increasingly aware of effective strategies to deal with the special needs of older adults. Specialized emergency departments and surgical screenings for seniors do a better job detecting and treating issues, while physicians are seeking to prevent common keep their patients healthier.
If anyone can take on Baltimore City residents’ many health issues, it’s Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen, MD. When she’s not giving TED talks, you can likely find her encouraging physicians to minimize opiate use, teaching people how to prevent heroin deaths, or seeking new ways to reduce violence.
Learn how physicians can help to tackle the growing addiction rates in the US – from creating a new medical subspecialty to avoiding opioids to treat chronic pain, to recognizing and treating comorbid substance abuse in patients with eating disorders.
JATTU SENESIE, MD When a physician consistently feels unenthusiastic or cynical about practicing medicine, or driven to despair by the administrative burdens of caring for patients, they may be suffering from burnout. A 2012 article published in the Archives of Internal Medicine by T.D. Shanafelt, MD, et al., attempted to measure and report the rate of...
Cancer is center stage for many of us – professionally and personally. Every year, the September/October issue spotlights advances in cancer diagnostic tools and treatments. Each of these issues is a personal one for me. Over the last four years of publishing, I’ve shared with our readers that I lost my mom to AML and […]
As healthcare delivery models become more complex, and reimbursement transitions from fee-for-service to population health-based approaches, strong physician leadership is more essential than ever.