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I'm a Former Surgeon General and I Couldn't Believe My $10k Medical Bill

Everyone must be able to access necessary care without fear of financial ruin

May 17, 2024
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20 Years of Same-Sex Marriage Has Been a Boon to Health

We should all celebrate strides in healthcare

May 17, 2024
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The Online World Is a Double-Edged Sword for Youth Mental Health

Here's how to support young patients and their parents

May 14, 2024
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Farm-to-Hospital Meals Can Help Protect Patients and the Climate

Every health system should partner with local, high-quality farms

May 12, 2024
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New School Meal Standards: An Encouraging Step Towards Healthier Kids

The momentum coming from the federal government is promising

May 10, 2024
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Ending Oncology's Toxic Relationship With High Chemotherapy Doses

Optimizing doses can improve patient outcomes and lower costs

May 10, 2024
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Fraudulent Practices Abound in Post-Accident Healthcare

These costs often fall unfairly on patients and insurance providers

May 9, 2024
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The Green Elephant in Medical School Classrooms

Climate change should be weaved into the very fabric of health education

May 8, 2024
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Unmasking the 'Lost' Mental Health Generation

Many adults have been retrospectively diagnosed with autism, ADHD, and bipolar disorder

May 7, 2024
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I Didn't Truly Understand Opioid Addiction Until It Killed My Son

Despite being a doctor, I learned too late that substance use disorder is a treatable disease

May 7, 2024
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The Plight of the Late-Boomer Physician

Does anyone besides me feel like we got the short end of the financial stick?

May 6, 2024
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We Screen Postpartum Women for Depression. But What About PTSD?

We're not asking all of the right questions

May 5, 2024
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What If States Paid People to Stop Using Drugs and Smoking?

This underutilized strategy has proven effective

May 4, 2024
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A Look Inside the Exorbitant Costs of Applying to Residency

The expense creates a barrier to equity and excellence

May 2, 2024
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