| Jan 3, 2014
Since its inception more than a century ago, modern medical education has undergone a series of quiet revolutions, stretching and scaling to accommodate advances in biomedical science. Yet this comprehensive expansion in one critical area masks a relative...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Mindfulness meditation can help ease anxiety, depression and pain, but scientists found little evidence that meditation helped other conditions including substance abuse or sleep and attention problems.
The scientists, reporting Monday in the Journal of...
| Jan 5, 2014
Re "Taking a pledge to stay safe," Column, Jan. 1
The vast majority of patients in emergency rooms seek care appropriately. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 92% of all emergency patients need treatment in two to 24...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 1:12 PM
Looking for ways to save money in 2014? Here's some advice from doctors: Stop buying vitamins.
Time after time, studies have shown that vitamin and mineral supplements don’t prevent disease or death. And yet consumers keep buying them, lament...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Shopping for doctors is never easy. This year, the state's new health exchange seems to be making it tougher than ever.
Ask Ron Harris of West Hollywood. At age 62, he is looking to use Covered California to get a policy that lets him keep a handful...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 2:11 PM
You may have heard recently that seven out of 10 California doctors were "boycotting" the state's Affordable Care Act exchange, known as Covered California.
At least, you've heard it if you've been following right-wing news sources such as Fox News,...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 5:20 PM
Are you among the more than 70 million American adults who should be discussing the possibility of statin therapy with a physician to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke? For many, the answer may come as a surprise.
Getting that answer is...
| Nov 24, 2013
I'm a stomach doc. I've seen thousands of patients, inside and out, for 25 years. I've done research, I've taught, I've been an administrator. And as the years rolled by, I've watched the healthcare industry begin to undo healthcare itself. It's complex,...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 6:05 PM
Checking up on a doctor is becoming a major snag for Obamacare shoppers in California.
Three weeks into open enrollment, the state's insurance exchange, Covered California, has pulled its online directory of medical providers after acknowledging there...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 11:51 AM
More possible cases of the use of krokodil, the flesh-eating drug popular in Russia and Eastern Europe as a cheaper alternative to heroin, have surfaced in the U.S., this time in a Chicago suburb, health officials said.
Dr. Abhin Singla, an internist ...
| Oct 10, 2013
The dull whir of the computer running in the background seemed to have gotten louder as the patient fell quiet. She was a young woman, a primary-care patient of mine, seeking a referral to yet another gastroenterologist. Her abdominal pain had already...