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Thursday Oct 19, 2017

Viral Response to #MeToo Shines Light on Need for Change

In light of the #MeToo phenomenon, we asked our new physician bloggers to share their perspectives on the pervasive nature of sexual harassment and assault in our society.


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Posted at 04:30PM Oct 19, 2017 by Kimberly Becher, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Oct 16, 2017

Do Disease-of-the-Month Campaigns Lead to Overscreening?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., questions whether disease-of-the-month campaigns might contribute to overscreening and overdiagnosis.


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Posted at 05:00PM Oct 16, 2017 by Natasha Bhuyan, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Oct 09, 2017

But I Already DID Refer You to an 'American' Doctor

More than one-fourth of U.S. physicians were born in other countries. Kimberly Becher, M.D., examines the difficulty of getting some white patients to accept referrals to minority subspecialists.


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Posted at 02:15PM Oct 09, 2017 by Kimberly Becher, M.D. | Comments [0]

Friday Sep 29, 2017

Up in Smoke: Western Fires Pose Public Health Hazard

Melissa Hemphill, M.D., writes that the wildfires scorching the Pacific Northwest are a public health hazard, and the threat is getting worse each year.


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Posted at 04:16PM Sep 29, 2017 by Melissa Hemphill, M.D. | Comments [0]

Monday Sep 25, 2017

How a Bill Becomes a Wall

Through words and drawings, Anita Ravi, M.D., illustrates how the Graham-Cassidy bill currently under consideration in the Senate could make health care worse.


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Posted at 04:46PM Sep 25, 2017 by Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017

Telemedicine Advances Outpace Common Sense Regulations

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes that her clinic has implemented a novel way to use telemedicine. But for many physicians, barriers remain.


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Posted at 04:45PM Sep 19, 2017 by Natasha Bhuyan, M.D. | Comments [0]

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017

What Should We Tell Parents About Concussions, Contact Sports?

Despite an abundance of research regarding head injuries, counseling parents and young athletes about the risks of contact sports is complicated.


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Posted at 11:29AM Sep 13, 2017 by Peter Rippey, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017

Halting Health Studies Harms Patients, Hinders Physicians

The Trump administration recently halted a study on the health consequences of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. It wasn't because the process had been deemed safe.


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Posted at 03:15PM Sep 05, 2017 by Kimberly Becher, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday Aug 29, 2017

Health Care Debates Don't Have to Be Heated

Politicians discussing health care policy could take a lesson from a couple of family physicians who recently debated the merits of the direct primary care model without resorting to insults.


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Posted at 06:05PM Aug 29, 2017 by Ryan Neuhofel | Comments [0]

Monday Aug 21, 2017

How Do I Deal With a Racist Patient?

With racism a frequent topic in the news recently, we asked our new physician bloggers how racism has affected them in health care settings.


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Posted at 05:58PM Aug 21, 2017 by Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S. | Comments [0]

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