A Medical Career, at a Cost: Infertility

Physicians are raising awareness of the reproductive toll that work stress, long hours, sleep deprivation and years of training can exact.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #doctors, #egg-donation-and-freezing, #in-vitro-fertilization, #jama-surgery-journal, #medical-schools, #minnesota, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #surgery-and-surgeons, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Joseph I. Kramer, the ‘Country Doctor’ of Avenue D, Dies at 96

Shunning the New Jersey suburbs in 1969, he set up a pay-what-you-can practice on the blighted Lower East Side and for three decades was a hero to the poor.

#deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #kramer-joseph-i, #lower-east-side-manhattan-ny

Judge’s order requiring hospital to give COVID patient ivermectin called “unethical”

Judge’s order requiring hospital to give COVID patient ivermectin called “unethical”

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A county judge in Ohio has ordered a hospital in Cincinnati to administer ivermectin to an intensive care patient, a move raises questions about the role of the courts in the medical system.

“It is absurd that this order was issued,” Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, told Ars. “If I were these doctors, I simply wouldn’t do it.”

The order was spurred by a lawsuit filed by Julie Smith, whose 51-year-old husband, Jeffrey, is being treated in West Chester Hospital for COVID-19. The lawsuit was first reported by the Ohio Capital Journal. Jeffrey has been in the hospital since July 15, and as his condition declined, his wife Julie began investigating alternative treatments.

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#covid-19, #doctors, #hospital, #ivermectin, #lawsuit, #medical-ethics, #policy, #science

The Black Mortality Gap, and a Document Written in 1910

Some clues on why health care fails Black Americans can be found in the Flexner Report.

#american-medical-assn, #black-people, #discrimination, #doctors, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medical-schools, #medicine-and-health, #preventive-medicine, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation

A Doctor’s Tour de France, One ‘Medical Desert’ at a Time

Newly graduated from medical school, Martial Jardel set off on a five-month road trip to help out in areas of France suffering from a shortage of physicians.

#brittany-france, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #france, #jardel-martial, #normandy-france, #road-trips, #rural-areas

Calls Grow to Discipline Doctors Spreading Virus Misinformation

A tiny number of doctors have had an outsize influence in spreading false information about Covid-19 and vaccines.

#american-medical-assn, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daniel-stock, #doctors, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federation-of-state-medical-boards, #mercola-joseph-m-1954, #mikovits-judy-a, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #vaccination-and-immunization, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

In a TV Script, I Can Rewrite My Patients’ Fates

Medical dramas can provide both escape and education.

#doctors, #hospitals, #television

The Rationing of a Last-Resort Covid Treatment

While ventilator shortages have been largely averted in the U.S., this lifesaving therapy is scarce. How to choose which critically ill patients get it?

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-ecmo, #hospitals, #houston-tex, #medical-devices, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Alcohol Abuse Is on the Rise. Here’s Why Doctors Fail to Treat It.

People with alcohol use disorder are often seen in clinics and hospitals, but medical professionals too often ignore the condition.

#addiction-psychology, #alcohol-abuse, #alcoholic-beverages, #alcoholics-anonymous, #anxiety-and-stress, #blood-pressure, #deaths-fatalities, #depression-mental, #doctors, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #mental-health-and-disorders, #national-institute-on-alcohol-abuse-and-alcoholism, #telemedicine, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

Doctors and Nurses Are the Key to the Final Vaccine Push

Health providers are the most trusted source for Covid-19 vaccine information. 

#doctors, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #vaccination-and-immunization

Mother of 10 Becomes One of Few Hasidic Female Doctors

An ultra-Orthodox mother navigated strict cultural norms to become one of the few Hasidic female doctors in the country.

#colleges-and-universities, #content-type-personal-profile, #doctors, #hasidism, #jews-and-judaism, #medical-schools, #monsey-ny, #orthodox-judaism, #touro-college, #women-and-girls

Her Sister Died of a Brain Tumor. Now She Was Having Similar Symptoms.

Humanity has planted flags on the moon, yet a moonshot for brain cancer has yet to be realized.

#brain-cancer, #cancer, #doctors, #surgery-and-surgeons, #tumors

Health Care Workers Deserve Fashion, Too

After masks, medical scrubs get the designer treatment. It’s the next big market no one expected.

#carewear-inc, #doctors, #dress-codes, #fashion-and-apparel, #figs-inc, #natori-josie, #nursing-and-nurses, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #scrubs, #uniforms, #your-feed-fashion

What the Covid Rookies Saw

As coronavirus tore through New York, a group of medical students graduated early to help the hospitals under siege and found courage they didn’t know they had.

#bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #elder-care, #grief-emotion, #hospitals, #manhattan-nyc, #medical-schools, #montefiore-medical-center, #mount-sinai-medical-center

Medical Journals Reluctant to Take on Racism, Critics Say

An editor’s departure at JAMA is bringing calls for a sharper focus on racism and its consequences.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #american-medical-assn, #apologies, #discrimination, #doctors, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #medicine-and-health, #minorities, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #podcasts, #race-and-ethnicity, #your-feed-science

Editor of JAMA to Step Down Following Racist Incident

Dr. Howard Bauchner will leave his post after a colleague suggested “taking racism out of the conversation” on a journal podcast.

#academic-and-scientific-journals, #american-medical-assn, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bauchner-howard, #doctors, #jama-journal-of-american-medical-assn, #journal-of-the-american-medical-assn, #livingston-edward-h, #race-and-ethnicity, #your-feed-science

‘On That Edge of Fear’: One Woman’s Struggle With Sickle Cell Pain

Cures for a disease that mostly afflicts Black people seem near, but may come too late for Lisa Craig, who lives with an agony like knives stabbing her bones.

#addiction-psychology, #black-people, #blood, #chronic-condition-health, #doctors, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain, #pain-relieving-drugs, #race-and-ethnicity, #sickle-cell-anemia, #vanderbilt-university-medical-center

‘Delayed Prescribing’ May Help Cut Down on Antibiotic Use

Most respiratory illnesses don’t require antibiotics, which can have harmful side effects.

#antibiotics, #doctors, #drug-resistance-microbial, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #infections, #otitis, #respiratory-diseases

These Sisters With Sickle Cell Had Devastating — and Preventable — Strokes

Kyra and Kami never got a simple test that could have protected them. Their story exemplifies the failure to care for people with the disease, most of whom are Black.

#black-people, #children-and-childhood, #doctors, #genetics-and-heredity, #national-institutes-of-health, #preventive-medicine, #race-and-ethnicity, #sickle-cell-anemia, #stroke, #tests-medical, #transfusions, #ultrasonic-imaging-and-sonograms

Asian Women Doctors Endure Harsh Treatment

Even risking our lives during a pandemic doesn’t protect us from racism and sexism.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #race-and-ethnicity, #women-and-girls

What Can and Can’t Be Learned From a Doctor in China Who Pioneered Masks

Dr. Wu Lien-Teh helped change the course of a plague epidemic in the early 20th century and promoted the use of masks as a public health tool.

#china, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #epidemics, #malaysia, #masks, #plague, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #wu-lien-teh, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School

The university accused 17 students of cheating on remote exams, raising questions about data mining and sowing mistrust on campus.

#cheating, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dartmouth-college, #dartmouth-medical-school, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #doctors, #e-learning, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #geisel-school-of-medicine, #medical-schools, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #science-and-technology, #software, #tests-and-examinations

Operating Rooms Go Under the Knife

Hospitals are bringing together surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses with architects, engineers and administrative staff to rethink the modern operating room.

#architecture, #building-construction, #doctors, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #surgery-and-surgeons

Manisha Jadhav, Key Administrator at Mumbai Hospital, Dies at 51

Dr. Jadhav took action when the pandemic hit last year, mustering personal protection equipment, food and transportation for the staff.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #hospitals, #jadhav-manisha-1969-2021, #mumbai-india

Psychiatry Confronts Its Racist Past, and Tries to Make Amends

Critics say the field has a long way to go — from the lack of Black psychiatrists to the way it treats African-Americans.

#american-psychiatric-assn, #black-people, #discrimination, #doctors, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #race-and-ethnicity, #slavery-historical, #tweedy-damon-s-1974

India Blames Covid-19 Variant for its Pandemic Crisis

Doctors, the public and the media point to anecdotal evidence of infections even among the vaccinated. Scientists say the data is too thin and cite other reasons behind the country’s second wave.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #doctors, #hospitals, #india, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization

Doctors Harness the Power of Human Connections

Social medicine programs, which often encourage patients to engage with other people, can help address dementia, isolation and more.

#alzheimers-disease, #dementia, #doctors, #elderly, #loneliness, #parkinsons-disease, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

National Poetry Month: Coping With the Covid-19 Pandemic

“This crisis affects more or less everyone, and poetry can help us process difficult feelings like loss, sadness, anger, lack of hope.”

#bishop-elizabeth, #books-and-literature, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #gorman-amanda, #jamison-kay-redfield, #millay-edna-st-vincent, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

My Family’s Global Vaccine Journey

We were spread across three continents, at the mercy of vaccine geopolitics. Which of us would be inoculated last?

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #families-and-family-life, #hong-kong, #hospitals, #malawi, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #shortages, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

Nemam Ghafouri, Doctor Who Aided Yazidis in Iraq, Dies at 52

Dr. Ghafouri helped survivors of an ISIS genocide and reunited formerly enslaved women with children taken from them. She died of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #ghafouri-nemam-1968-2021, #humanitarian-aid, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls, #yazidi-religious-sect

Doctors Accuse UnitedHealthcare of Stifling Competition

A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.”

#anesthesia-and-anesthetics, #colorado, #doctors, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #unitedhealth-group-inc, #us-anesthesia-partners-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

Doctors Sue UnitedHealthcare

A multistate group of anesthesiologists filed cases in Texas and Colorado, accusing the insurance giant of squeezing them like a “boa constrictor.”

#anesthesia-and-anesthetics, #colorado, #doctors, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #unitedhealth-group-inc, #us-anesthesia-partners-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

Italy Pushes Back as Health Care Workers Shun Covid Vaccines

Prime Minister Mario Draghi issued a decree requiring that workers in health care facilities be vaccinated, a move that will test the legal limits of his government’s efforts to stem coronavirus outbreaks.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #draghi-mario, #hospitals, #italy, #nursing-and-nurses, #privacy, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Michael Bennett, Small-Town Doctor Who Pushed for Masks, Dies at 52

His death leaves only one family physician in Greenfield, Mo. He died of complications of Covid-19.

#bennett-michael-1969-2021, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #missouri

How to Vaccinate Homebound Seniors? Take the Shots to Them.

Millions of older Americans, chronically ill and trapped at home, pose a big challenge to inoculation efforts. Doctors are on it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #elder-care, #long-island-ny, #northwell-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Doctors Are Investigated After Posting Organ Photos Online as ‘Price Is Right’ Game

The medical residents, who are employed by Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., asked people on Instagram to guess how much a surgically removed organ weighed.

#doctors, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #grand-rapids-mich, #michigan, #social-media

Health Care Workers on the Frontline Face a Year of Risk, Fear and Loss

For many nurses and doctors, medicine was an inherited calling and one that bound couples. Then the virus threatened the ones they love.

#careers-and-professions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #doctors, #grief-emotion, #hospitals, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nursing-and-nurses, #your-feed-healthcare

Ohio Medical Board Reopens 91 Sexual Assault Cases Involving Doctors

The review was prompted by an investigation into how Richard H. Strauss, a former team doctor at Ohio State who was implicated in at least 177 sex-abuse cases, had gone undetected for so long.

#colleges-and-universities, #dewine-mike, #doctors, #ohio, #ohio-state-university, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #strauss-richard-h-1938-2005, #tests-and-examinations

Abortion Is Now Legal in Argentina, but Opponents Are Making It Hard to Get

Anti-abortion activists are suing to block a new law allowing the procedure, and many doctors in conservative areas have declared themselves conscientious objectors.

#abortion, #argentina, #conscientious-objectors, #doctors, #law-and-legislation, #rural-areas, #women-and-girls

How to Get Really Rich!

Getting into the right job is the key.

#a-republic-of-equals-a-manifesto-for-a-just-society-book, #doctors, #income, #inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wages-and-salaries

Learning to Listen to Patients’ Stories

Narrative medicine programs teach doctors and other caregivers “sensitive interviewing skills” and the art of “radical listening” to improve patient care.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #telemedicine

‘All Creatures Great and Small’: Who Was the Real James Herriot?

The British author and veterinarian didn’t always let the facts get in the way of a good story. It caused some occasional friction.

#all-creatures-great-and-small-tv-program, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #doctors, #great-britain, #herriot-james, #james-herriot-the-life-of-a-country-vet-book, #ralph-nicholas-1990, #television, #the-real-james-herriot-a-memoir-of-my-father-book, #veterinary-medicine

‘I Am Worth It’: Why Thousands of Doctors in America Can’t Get a Job

Medical schools are producing more graduates, but residency programs haven’t kept up, leaving thousands of young doctors “chronically unmatched” and deep in debt.

#alabama, #assn-of-american-medical-colleges, #barbados, #doctors, #education, #foreign-students-in-us, #hospitals, #medical-schools, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Bernard Lown, Inventive Heart Doctor and Antiwar Activist, Dies at 99

He created the first effective heart defibrillator and co-founded a physicians group that campaigned against nuclear war, earning a Nobel Peace Prize.

#deaths-obituaries, #defibrillators, #doctors, #harvard-university, #heart, #implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-icd, #international-physicians-for-the-prevention-of-nuclear-war, #lown-bernard, #nobel-prizes, #nuclear-weapons

How a Neurosurgeon (and Netflix Star) Spends His Sundays

“I exhaust myself mentally during the week,” said Dr. David Langer, whose down time includes reading and walks in Central Park.

#content-type-personal-profile, #doctors, #documentary-films-and-programs, #langer-david-1963, #lenox-hill-tv-program, #lenox-hill-hospital, #netflix-inc, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny

Primary Care Doctors Feel Left Out of Vaccine Rollout

In the rush to immunize people against Covid, federal and state health officials have overlooked the role of doctors, physicians say.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #shortages, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

Health Care Workers Hit Hard by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Vaccines may be on the way, but many on the front-lines are burned out. Has the government done enough to help alleviate their stress?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #doctors, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #shortages, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

A Parallel Pandemic Hits Health Care Workers: Trauma and Exhaustion

Vaccines may be on the way, but many on the front-lines are burned out. Has the government done enough to help alleviate their stress?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #doctors, #hospitals, #labor-and-jobs, #medicine-and-health, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #shortages, #united-states, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Bot MD, an AI-based chatbot for doctors, raises $5 million for expansion into more Asian markets

Time is critical for healthcare providers, especially in the middle of the pandemic. Singapore-based Bot MD helps save time with an AI-based chatbot that lets doctors look up important information from their smartphones, instead of needing to call a hospital operator or access its intranet. The startup announced today it has raised a $5 million Series A led by Monk’s Hill Venture.

Other backers include SeaX, XA Network and SG Innovate, and angel investors Yoh-Chie Lu, Jean-Luc Butel and Steve Blank. Bot MD was also part of Y Combinator’s summer 2018 batch.

The funding will be used to expand in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, and to add new features in response to demand from hospitals and healthcare organizations during COVID-19. Bot MD’s AI assistant currently supports English, with plans to release Bahasa Indonesian and Spanish later this year. It is currently used by about 13,000 doctors at organizations including Changi General Hospital,  National University Health System, National University Cancer Institute of Singapore, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, Parkway Radiology and the National Kidney Transplant Institute.

Co-founder and chief executive officer Dorothea Koh told TechCrunch that Bot MD integrates hospital information usually stored in multiple systems and makes it easier to access.

A smartphone with Bot MDs medical AI assistant for doctors displayed on it

Image Credits: Bot MD

Without Bot MD, doctors may need to dial a hospital operator to find which staffers are on call and get their contact information. If they want drug information, that means another call to the pharmacy. If they need to see updated guidelines and clinical protocols, that often entails finding a computer that is connected to the hospital’s intranet.

“A lot of what Bot MD does is to integrate the content that they need into a single interface that is searchable 24/7,” said Koh.

For example, during COVID-19, Bot MD introduced a new feature that takes healthcare providers to a form pre-filled with their information when they type “record temperature” into the chatbot. Many were accessing their organization’s intranet twice a day to log their temperature and Koh said being able to use the form through Bot MD has significantly improved compliance.

The time it takes to onboard Bot MD varies depending on the information systems and amount of content it needs to integrate, but Koh said its proprietary natural language processing chat engine makes training its AI relatively quick. For example, Changi General Hospital, a recent client, was onboarded in less than ten days.

Bot MD plans to add new clinical apps to its platform, including ones for electronic medical records (EMR), billing and scheduling integrations, clinical alerts and chronic disease monitoring.

#bot-md, #chatbot, #doctors, #health, #healthcare, #hospitals, #monks-hill-venture, #recent-funding, #singapore, #southeast-asia, #startups, #tc

What It’s Like to Give the Covid Vaccine

A doctor couple is working to get disadvantaged communities “their fair shot at getting the shot.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #felix-peralta-ingrid, #jackson-heights-queens-ny, #new-york-city, #peralta-victor-1957, #somos-healthcare-providers-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization