IVF success story at Malpani Infertility Clinic

Posted on 29. Oct, 2014 by in Anti-Müllerian hormone, Artificial insemination, Facebook, Fertilisation, Follicle-stimulating hormone, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, In vitro fertilisation, Mumbai

Hi to all the couples who want to graduate into parenthood.It can be really traumatizing to not conceive naturally and the first question is why us??I felt equally low and was in denial for quite sometime to accept there is something wrong.Obviously af…

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Up to date in Kansas

Posted on 29. Oct, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Melissa Clarkson, from Kansas, is the relative a patient who suffered serious harm from a series of medical errors, and she writes an occasional blog on her observations.  In this piece, she relates the story of attending a Summit on Quality in Wi…

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The vultures are at work

Posted on 29. Oct, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Two articles in the Boston Globe set forth the view that Gary Gottlieb’s leaving Partners Healthcare System was seen “as a way to ease the pain” of the controversy surrounding the big health system as “regulators grew increasingly hostile toward Partne…

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Health reform: Great for patients, but this doctor lost his job

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by in Health reform, Hospital, Policy, Primary care

As an employed physician specialist working in an underserved community, I am thrilled with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I was initially a skeptic of the program because of the cost to taxpayers, but I have since witnessed first hand the tremendous benefits. People with limited resources and real problems can now get help without […]

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Who comes after Gary? It doesn’t matter.

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Boston is abuzz with speculation as to who will be chosen to succeed Gary Gottlieb as he steps down from the helm of Partners Healthcare System.  WBUR’s Martha Bebinger notes:Several internal candidates are being suggested to succeed Gottlieb i…

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Too many cooks in the kitchen can spoil medical care

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by in Hospital, Physician

There are times when a common cliché may be the best way to describe academic medicine in today’s medical centers.  In fact, I have heard patients and their families complain about this, way too often.  Simply put, there are many occasions when it seems that there are too many cooks in the kitchen. Continue reading […]

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5 ways to increase your EMR efficiency

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by in Health IT, Primary care, Tech

One of the major reasons that health care providers resist implementing an electronic medical record (EMR) system is the belief that using it will decrease provider productivity, reducing the number of patients they can see and therefore reducing practice revenue. Continue reading … Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online […]

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Primary care physicians: 7 tips to treat health anxiety

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by in conditions, Psychiatry

Before the Internet age, people with excessive and irrational worries about their health (we called them “hypochondriacs”) went to their doctors for reassurance. Today these patients still schedule appointment — often with exasperating frequency – with their primary care physicians when they’re concerned about an unusual lump or vague symptom. But most likely they’ll have first consulted […]

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A physician undergoes hip surgery: 10 observations from bedside

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by in Hospital, Orthopedics, Physician

It finally happened. After years of sitting at John’s bedside through multiple serious bike crashes, I had one of my own. I’ve had plenty of time to build up a ridiculous amount of smugness about why he crashes and I don’t. “John is reckless; Staci is cautious. John rides like an airplane engine on a […]

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Is math discovered or invented? TED-Ed video

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by in Ted Talks

Would mathematics exist if people didn’t? Did we create mathematical concepts to help us understand the world around us, or is math the native language of the universe itself? Jeff Dekofsky traces some famous arguments in this ancient and hotly debated…

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Ebola: We suffer from unrealistic expectations

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by in Infectious disease, Physician

Oft expectation fails, and most oft there. Where most it promises. – Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well It may seem a strange thing to say, but I believe the U.S. suffers from unrealistic expectations. We expect government, health, and hospital officials to get things right the first time around. This is unrealistic. People, and […]

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 28, 2014

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by in Diabetes, endocrinology, heart, Neurology, News

From MedPage Today: Genes Confirm LDL Causes Aortic Stenosis. High LDL cholesterol appears to cause aortic stenosis, even though lipid-lowering trials in established valve disease haven’t worked. Genetic Tests Dominate Thyroid Meeting. The competition for top genetic test for indeterminate thyroid nodules continues at this year’s American Thyroid Association meeting. Two Diabetes Bills Before Congress. The […]

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Magnetic forces

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in Uncategorized

A blog post I wrote in 2012 about the quality assertions of the Magnet recognition program developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center raised the hackles of some close friends and colleagues.  My point, back then, was this: So, here’s t…

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Can you afford not to do IVF ?

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Assisted reproductive technology, In vitro fertilisation, Infertility, ivf, John Greenleaf Whittier, New York City, United States

A common concern  which lots of infertile couples have is whether they can afford to do IVF or not.Everyone knows that IVF treatment can be expensive  ! IVF doesn’t have a 100% pregnancy rate, which means patients may need 2 to 3 cycles befor…

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Ebola and the psychology of contagious disease

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in Infectious disease, Physician

A month ago I published a post predicting that paramedics, emergency nurses, and emergency physicians would be exposed to patients with Ebola and have difficulty picking out these patients from the many other patients who present to the ED with similar symptoms. In light of the events in Dallas, Texas, this seems prophetic, but it is really […]

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What can be said about the Generation Y physician?

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in Education, Hospital, Mobile health, Residency

Tech-savvy.  Attention-craving.  Lazy, good-for-nothings. These are a few of the many traits that have been commonly bestowed upon those born around the last two decades of the 20th century.  Commonly known as Generation Y, this demographical cohort of 20- to 30-somethings has certainly sparked mixed reviews from its Gen X and Baby Boomer elders. Continue reading […]

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How social media can help physicians find new patients

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in Video

What is social media’s ROI for doctors? I created this 90-second video for my CHEST 2014 keynote that tells the story of two of social media’s returns on investment: defining an online reputation and finding new patients. Enjoy. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find […]

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Ebola in the United States: Don’t forget the lessons we learned

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in conditions, Infectious disease, Medical school

Although I never disclosed this in my medical school interviews for fear of being just another cliche (“Hollywood sparks interest in medicine story”), I decided to become a doctor in 1997 at the age of 11 when I first saw the movie, Outbreak. For years and years, this was my favorite movie. The scene where they […]

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Ebola in the digital age: How doctors can confront it

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in Facebook, Infectious disease, Social media, Twitter

With the recent attention given to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the cases diagnosed in the United States, one of the main ways in which the public is being informed is through social media. Every single day on Facebook, I see at least one story posted about the Ebola epidemic and its potential […]

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Lessons learned from LGBT Communities and the ACA

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in Health reform, Policy

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created an unprecedented opportunity to improve the well-being and economic security of millions of Americans, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. Notably, health care reform has the potential to reduce and eliminate LGBT health disparities by improving access to quality, affordable health insurance coverage […]

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Ebola causes a crisis of commitment in physicians

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in Infectious disease, Physician, Residency

What happens when your faith, commitment and professional integrity collide with great personal risk? This is what I imagine is happening across the country to physicians, nurses and other health care workers as we all face the Ebola tragedy. Sure, people dying in far away Africa bring an ache to our hearts. Admiration for those […]

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MiM Mail: Advice for a MiM-to-be

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in MiM mailbag

Dear MiMs,I have to start by saying that I love that this exists, and I truly appreciate every post on here. I’m a senior in college currently in the process of applying to medical schools all over the country. I have a loving, wonderfully supportive …

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Top stories in health and medicine, October 27, 2014

Posted on 27. Oct, 2014 by in Infectious disease, Nephrology, News, Psychiatry

From MedPage Today: Nurse Beats Ebola. Fourteen days after she felt her first symptoms, Nina Pham, RN, has conquered Ebola. ‘Bad’ Fats Down but Not Out of Diets. Trans and saturated fat consumption have dropped, but not far enough to meet recommended levels for heart health, and omega-3s have plateaued too low. Can Comics Help Treat […]

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Public health and personal health in India

Posted on 26. Oct, 2014 by in Health care provider, Health system, HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, Information Therapy, Mumbai, Narendra Modi

The PM, Narendra Modi, inaugurated the  brand new Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. He said,  When our country is compared to other countries, the health care system in our country shames us,” Modi said. He added, “Instead o…

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Dog WIN!

Posted on 26. Oct, 2014 by in Uncategorized

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Who rounds 2.4 up to 3? Who reports 14 as 29?

Posted on 26. Oct, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Martha Coakley either will or will not be Governor-elect on November 10, but she will still be the incumbent Attorney General when the Court takes up arguments that day on her proposed deal with Partners Healthcare System.Much has been said about the s…

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Governors Mandate Ebola Quarantine

Posted on 26. Oct, 2014 by in Medical Quality

Who says that bipartisanship is dead?  Just recently, Governors Cuomo and Christie – a Democrat and a Republican – were shoulder to shoulder as they announced a new and improved Ebola policy to protect their voters,  I mean citizens.&nbsp…

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Christmakuh is coming

Posted on 25. Oct, 2014 by in Uncategorized

So, if any of you guys have horrifying gift ideas you’d like to submit for this year’s catalog, please send them in!

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Medical decisions — tradeoffs, emotions, preferences and experts

Posted on 24. Oct, 2014 by in Doctoring, Knowledge, Medical decision making

Maybe you wonder why a cardiologist writes about vaccines and mammography. It is because I have grown intensely interested in the medical decision. As a doctor in a preference-sensitive field, electrophysiology, how do I help patients understand and choose the best path–of which there are many. This seems like a simple task, but with humans, […]

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Top medicine articles for October 2014

Posted on 24. Oct, 2014 by in Health News of the Day

A collection of some interesting medical articles published recently:Hand-grip strength is an amazingly good predictor of future rates of mortality and morbidity, or sickness http://buff.ly/1BK759H — Hand grip strength should be considered as a vital …

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