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For Malpractice Reform, Focus on Medicine First (Not Law)


Congressional Republicans have recently revived efforts to overhaul malpractice laws, including capping certain kinds of suits at $250,000. A perennial argument of supporters of such measures is that many claims are frivolous, clogging the court system and driving up health care costs for everyone. 589 more words

Smoking and Alcoholism

This post is based largely on the book “Willpower:  Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength” by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney.  Just like dieting, quitting smoking requires your maximum willpower.  360 more words

Human Memory: Theory And Data

With Rise in Childhood Obesity, Corresponding Increase in Type 2 Diabetes Seen in Young Americans

For years, health experts have bemoaned the rise of childhood obesity in the United States. About 17% of kids and teens in the U.S. are now considered obese, a figure that has more than tripled since the 1970s, … 173 more words


Marathons are bad even for people who aren't running them

It’s no surprise that marathons, at 26.2 miles (42 km) long, are taxing on the body. Even the most conditioned runners finish races with similar body chemistry… 501 more words

Ethics study: Inconsistent state laws may complicate medical decision-making

A patchwork of state laws creates a labyrinth that can make it confusing to navigate incapacitated patients’ medical wishes. Without clear national standards, the problem may worsen as the nation’s 75 million baby boomers continue to age, … 841 more words


Be careful what you listen to: 'Canon in D' causes cancer

BALTIMORE—A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that people who listen to bad music are three times as likely as people with good musical tastes to develop certain types of cancer.  445 more words