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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]

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]

Monday Aug 14, 2017

I Had to 'Unlearn' Medicine to Treat Vulnerable Patients

New physician Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., relates in words and spare drawings why some of the advice she was taught to give doesn't apply to the patients she is expected to help.

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Posted at 04:32PM Aug 14, 2017 by Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P. | Comments [0]

Monday Jul 31, 2017

FPs Can Influence Rape Culture by Talking About Consent

Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O., writes that as doctors for both victims and perpetrators of rape, family physicians are uniquely positioned to influence rape culture.

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Posted at 03:51PM Jul 31, 2017 by Natalie Hinchcliffe, D.O. | Comments [0]

Thursday Jun 08, 2017

Crackdown on Undocumented Immigrants Poses Broad Health Risks

Increased enforcement of immigration laws is affecting the health of undocumented immigrants and may have unintended consequences for others, too.

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Posted at 01:44PM Jun 08, 2017 by Luis Garcia, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday May 30, 2017

I Referred My Patients to Subspecialists; So Why Did They See NPs?

Barriers abound when rural patients are referred to subspecialty care. Kimberly Becher, M.D., says a new trend is making it even more challenging. 

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Posted at 11:24AM May 30, 2017 by Kimberly Becher, M.D. | Comments [0]

Tuesday May 16, 2017

Disease Outbreak Shows What -- and Why -- We Can Learn From Mistakes

When physicians failed to follow the principles of evidence-based medicine, it exacerbated a pertussis outbreak in Kentucky. Gerry Tolbert, M.D., writes that doctors must learn from such mistakes.

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Posted at 10:29AM May 16, 2017 by Gerry Tolbert, M.D. | Comments [0]

Thursday Apr 20, 2017

Speaking Same Language Doesn't Guarantee Being on Same Page

Differences in dialects mean that even when physicians and patients share a common language, barriers to clear communication may still exist.

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Posted at 01:36PM Apr 20, 2017 by Luis Garcia, M.D. | Comments [0]

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