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Bacteriophages: A Ray of Hope in the Fight against Antibacterial Resistance?

September 29, 2015 by Varsha Jain

Resistance to antibiotics is currently one of the world’s most pressing issues related to public health. Almost all classes of common and potentially deadly bacteria have become strong and less responsive to antibiotic treatments over the years. In India, some cases of infections resistant even to last-resort antibiotics such as colistin...[read more]

Heroes Behind the Counter & In Other Places

September 28, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

  The Marvelettes in 1963Patients are cool.   I did a colonoscopy on a hospitalized man who was saddled with the ravages of obesity, diabetes, sleep apnea and respiratory disease.  My partner had performed the initial consultation, and it was my task to bring light into a dark place by performing a colonoscopy....[read more]

A Transitional Transformation

September 24, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

It took me a long time to admit to others and myself that I was a cancer patient. But after that, it took an even longer time to see myself as anything else. I’m trying to transition back into normality.Just a couple years back, I was enjoying the prime life: attending college, living on my own, paying my own bills for the first time,...[read more]

Breast cancer while uninsured: One woman’s story

September 22, 2015 by Jeanne Pinder

Summary: “I must admit that I chose to be uninsured,” C. wrote to me. “My work does not provide health insurance and I looked into during the fall of 2014, excited to have real health care options. I am 33 years old, and could comfortably afford an insurance that was $160 per month. I punched in my info and...[read more]


When enough is enough: how much we really spend with Medicare

September 17, 2015 by Tatiana Sorokina

How many of us thought what could have happened if our parent got an aggressive disease for which treatment is scarce and very expensive? Would we still pull out a wallet and pay $28k for their treatment? I don't think so, but this is how much a 28 day supply of Hepatitis C (dominant disease among baby boomers) treatment costs.[read more]

If Only I Knew – September Is Gynecologic Cancer Month

September 17, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

Ten years ago I didn’t know very much about the color teal or ovarian cancer. I did go for an annual Pap Test but that was the extent of my knowledge of gynecologic cancers. Since my sister had been diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42, I knew much more about pink and breast cancer.Then I was diagnosed with stage III ovarian...[read more]

Longevity, life expectancy, premature mortality: Are they lions and tigers and bears?

September 16, 2015 by Marya Zilberberg

Before I set up the context for this post, I am going to throw this out to you. Think of putting rocks on a scale to achieve the weight of, let's say, 1,000 lb. And let's say that you are required to use rocks of similar size. You have a bunch of bricks -- these are your biggest "rocks," and you have a bunch of pebbles like the ones I...[read more]

"Lifesaving": I don't think it means what you think it means

September 16, 2015 by Marya Zilberberg

Transparency, I think that is what pissed me off so much. Or rather the opaqueness. Got me to post again, though, right? Well, don't get used to it.            The message was clear: We are heroes, we are giving you lifesaving nuggets of information. And Gina Kolata swallowed it,...[read more]

My New Adventure in the World of CLL

September 10, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

My adventure in the world of CLL started in February 2013, when during a routine physical, my physician noted that my white counts were “elevated.” Having a rather offbeat sense of humor, he was certain that his blood analyzer was faulty, and a second blood test would most definitely prove that. Well, the exact same numbers came up, and...[read more]


Healthcare Technology and the DocResponse Revolution - Meet Your New Best Friend in Healthcare

September 9, 2015 by Danyell Jones

I recently discovered DocResponse, a phenomenal online symptom checker that has recently been recognized by Harvard Medical School and The British Medical Journal as the most accurate symptom checker available on today's market. Not only are the individual applications of this astounding (never google your symptoms again!), but DocResponse has the potential for broad based utilization in the healthcare delivery market helping organizations maximize resources, more effectively provide patient care and save money.[read more]


Revisiting Sick Building Syndrome

September 9, 2015 by Jenna Cyprus

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a term that’s increased in popularity since its introduction in the 1970s. It’s essentially a term used to describe the phenomenon in which the occupants of a specific building begin to notice acute health and wellness problems that have no specific cause. The term is generally used when the only correlation to a specific illness is the building in which each of the subjects spend a large amount of time.[read more]


A Look at How the Human Brain Recovers After Traumatic Injury

September 8, 2015 by Jenna Cyprus

The human brain is a remarkable organism. Not only does it have the capacity to innovate, create, and control, but it also has the incredible ability to recover from injury. While thousands of people who suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year never make a full recovery, many are able to regain some semblance of their former lives. When you think about it, that’s an incredible testament to just how quickly science has advanced and how resilient the human brain is.[read more]