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Evolution of the Hippocratic Oath and Medical Ethics

The oath that physicians take has changed a lot since the original 5th century BC Hippocratic Oath. What do these changes say about medical ethics today?
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The Value of Transparency in Payer-Provider Relationships

Doctors, patients, and insurers can all benefit from improved transparency in payer-provider relationships in areas ranging from costs to care management.
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A Tale of Cost & Care: Blood on the Sidewalk

A family doctor ponders the conundrum of cost & care in the U.S. healthcare system after she stumbles upon a young woman covered in blood.
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People Should Prove They Have Earned the Right to Have a Gun

The El Paso and Dayton mass murders: It is not about violent video games or even mental health., it IS about the easy access to guns. Learning from Japan.
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Step Therapy: Why Fail First for Everyone is Not a Good Idea

Physicians may endorse step therapy for medical reasons but when it is used solely to save the system money, it can harm people with chronic illnesses.
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Why I was Ashamed to be an American

.A special exhibit in Mexico City's famed Museum of Tolerance displayed U.S. intolerance of Mexican immigrants, It made me feel ashamed of being American.
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Three Key Recommendations to Improve HIPAA Compliance

The majority of organizations undergoing HIPAA audits fail to pass. Here are 3 key recommendations to improve your understanding of HIPAA compliance.
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Climate Change: The Fuse is Lit, It’s Time to Act

The climate change fuse is lit. We must act now, or we may not be able to prevent the worst health consequences of climate change.
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Tips To Improve Oral Health In The U.S.

As the political debates about health insurance rages on, the issue of how to improve oral health in the U.S. is largely ignored.
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Most Americans Do Know Something About Science After All

Scientific knowledge is mostly alive and well in America with a majority (~70%) of Americans scoring a medium or high level of knowledge on the Pew survey.
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Your Money or Your Life? The High Cost of Life-Saving Drugs

The high cost of life-saving drugs: There's something profoundly wrong with charging whatever the traffic will bear when the alternative is certain death.
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What You Need to Know About the EPA’s Proposed Rule on Asbestos

The EPA's proposed rule on asbestos may make it possible for new uses of asbestos to escape assessment exposing more Americans to this known carcinogen.

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