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The Ins & Outs of Concussion: An Interview With a Sports Medicine Specialist

Oct 18, 2019

Over the past several years, the risk of concussion in sports has received a great deal of attention. While concussion among athletes has always existed, reports of long-term damage to the brains of N...

Why We Need the Lede, in Both Journalism & Medicine

Oct 15, 2019

In journalism, the “lede” is the first part of a news story. A good lede will entice the reader to read more. It contains the key points and gives the general idea of the article. Ledes are also c...

Top 10 harms patients experience in hospitals

Oct 01, 2019

More made-up news about patient harms. Following up on last month’s post on the fallacy of medical error as the third leading cause of death in the US, here is another wrinkle on the topic. A web...

When Less Is More in Medicine

Sep 23, 2019

Recent headlines highlighting findings that carcinogens have infiltrated our generic drug supply are bringing an important issue back into the spotlight: people do not always know what is in their med...

All Along the Watchtower

Sep 18, 2019

The following is the fifth in a new weekly blog series, pulled directly from the Twitter-based stories of Sayed A Tabatabai, MD, who shares touching, heartfelt, interesting details of life on the fron...

Third leading cause of death revisited

Sep 18, 2019

Ever since the publication of the infamous 2016 BMJ opinion piece by Makary claiming medical error should be considered the third leading cause of death in the US, the debate on the true incidence of ...

Strategies for promoting prescription drug access and affordability

Sep 16, 2019

Drug costs continue to be a concern for many patients as they leave our offices with prescriptions in hand, and for good reason. According to a recent survey by RxSaver by RetailMeNot, a digital medic...

5 Effective Ways to Improve Patient-Provider Relationship and Avoid Clinician Burnout

Sep 13, 2019

While most current physicians are happy and mentally healthy – with 59% reporting that they are satisfied with their lives – a significant proportion still tends to experience clinician burnout. T...

Dr. G and the Uncertainty

Sep 11, 2019

The following is the fourth in a new weekly blog series, pulled directly from the Twitter-based stories of Sayed A Tabatabai, MD, who shares touching, heartfelt, interesting details of life on the fro...

5 Signs it’s Time to Look for a New Job

Sep 11, 2019

I’ve spent my entire career in healthcare staffing, including the last 5 years as the president of a locum tenens agency. For me, the most rewarding part is helping people find the right job fit for...

"We Don't Get the Flu Vaccine"

Sep 11, 2019

As a pediatric intensive care physician who also cares for children in a pediatric urgent care setting, I have treated a wide spectrum of acute illnesses, ranging from splinters in fingers to children...

The City of Champions

Sep 06, 2019

The following is the third in a new blog series, pulled directly from the Twitter-based stories of Sayed A Tabatabai, MD, who shares touching, heartfelt, interesting details of life on the front lines...

Should speed eating contests be banned?

Sep 05, 2019

The eating contest season is almost over. As far as I can determine, there was only one deaths this year. A 41-year-old California man died in August while participating in a taco eating contest at a ...

The Challenge With Hospital Price Transparency

Sep 04, 2019

There’s no question, healthcare spending in the United States is out of control. According to a recent Gallup Poll, high cost is the most urgent health problem facing the nation. The current admi...

The Lonely Gardener

Aug 29, 2019

The following is the second in a new blog series, pulled directly from the Twitter-based stories of Sayed A Tabatabai, MD, who shares touching, heartfelt, interesting details of life on the front line...

How Clean Is the Hub?

Aug 29, 2019

The following was originally posted by Jasmine Marcelin, MD, to the University of Nebraska Medical Center Division Infectious Diseases blog.   New UNMC ID publication alert! #ReadUNMCID...

A Dog Named Tesla

Aug 21, 2019

The following is the first in a new blog series, pulled directly from the Twitter-based stories of Sayed A Tabatabai, MD, who shares touching, heartfelt, interesting details of life on the front lines...

A Full-Time Locums Career

Aug 21, 2019

When I first met James, I was a physician just out of training. James had arrived as a locum tenens physician at my permanent job. He was energetic, enthusiastic, and seemed incredibly refreshed. As h...

Next time you eat a club sandwich, think about this

Aug 15, 2019

A 2014 review collected 136 case reports of accidental toothpick ingestion over an 85 year period. While swallowing a toothpick is a rare, the damage is often significant because the long narrow point...

How to Unlock Your Patient’s Potential for Success

Aug 14, 2019

The following is part 2 of a 9-part series on empowering strategies to guide patient healing. Access part 1 here.   I recall a student once saying to me at the beginning of her clinical...

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