How can we get more doctors using better data?
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Analyzing electronic data from many doctors' experiences with many patients, we can move ever closer to answering the age-old question: what is truly best for each patient?
The relationship between poetry and doctoring has a strong pedigree, but it has all but dissipated. Here's why we need it back.
Learning to cope.
A disease which can mimic the slow march of old age is especially cruel and challenging for those in the prime of life.
Safeway pharmacist Ronak Amin is shown at his work station at the store in Wheaton, Maryland, February 13 2015.
Pharmacists are trained to do far more than dispensing medicine, but outdated policies keep them from taking on a greater role in patient care.
Just thinking about death triggers odd behaviour, shows research.
It's a myth that hair and nails continue to grow after you die. What else have science discovered about death?
By definition, a rare disease isn't always easy to spot but there are ways to make it easier to do.
Novel drugs that reduce the spread of cancer in mice could pave the way for changing the way we fight tumours.
Diabetes medications can have real benefits but there are still some nagging unknowns about their effects.
Oliver Sacks died of cancer this past week.
Sacks was able to communicate the fascinating workings of the brain in ways that evoked understanding and compassion.
Ineffective care exposes patients to complications and side-effects and waste precious health care resources.
To avoid ineffective treatments, we need a new way to identify and reduce questionable care. A new Grattan Institute report shows how to do it.
According to some surveys, more than 90% of owners view their pets as members of the family.
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In the past, owners were quick to put their pets down. Now, with many viewing pets as family members, are they waiting too long?
The gift of time makes patients happy.
Much of the fear of cancer arises from a lack of control, so I'm at my happiest when a patient with a new diagnosis comes in bewildered and shaken and leaves my office feeling a modicum of control.
If you need doctors to work in the country, you need a selection system that picks people with those values and commitments.
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Three features of a medical school help predict where medical students will eventually work as doctors: selection, the curriculum, and the professionalism of the newly-qualified doctors.
‘Clean up the U-bend and bish, bash, bosh.’
After a top Scottish medic recently claimed that medicine was too highly rated among the professions, here's the case for the status quo.
Australian troops in France in the first world war – and one of Australia’s women medics, possibly Dr Laura Foster.
More than 20 Australian women doctors defied official discouragement and served as surgeons and medical officers in the first world war.
Blurred lines? Meddling with the NHS is an accident waiting to happen.
The NHS might be an election battleground but the system is a world standard, and should not be meddled with for political or economic ends.
Helen Macdonald, winner of the 2014 Costa Book of the Year.
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Food can prevent certain medicines being absorbed into the bloodstream.
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The smoke from burning emu bush was used by Indigenous healers for a number of different rituals.
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A surgeon performing a lithotomy on a patient, c. 1747.
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