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An examination of medical ethics and the practioners who define them. Dr. Michael Wilkes is a Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean for Medical Education at UC Davis. He takes on the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries and raises the issues that

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Sex trafficking

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 06:35:00 -0700

A group of people being missed by health professionals.

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Early teenage drinking

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 06:35:00 -0700

An early start to any type of substance abuse can often be a warning sign.

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The health of the world's adolescents

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:35:00 -0700

Intervening to improve the health of this vulnerable population will have big payoffs as they transition to becoming tomorrow’s adults.

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Working when sick

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:35:00 -0800

Perhaps it is time for a change in the culture of medicine – if not for doctors then for the sake of patients.

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Paying doctors to keep costs low

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 06:35:00 -0800

Paying doctors to change their behavior works, but it often has unintended consequences.

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Just because we do the surgery doesn't mean it works

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 06:35:00 -0800

Despite being used thousands of times a year for decades, an innovative study shows shoulder surgery is not effective.

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Karla's trip home

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 06:35:00 -0800

A medical student goes home to care for a sick family member.

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Influenza: 2018

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:35:00 -0800

We certainly could do much better with our approach to the flu.

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New national recommendations for blood pressure control

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:35:00 -0800

These new recommendations are overly aggressive and difficult to recommend to people who have no other risk factors for heart disease or stroke.

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Medical conditions resulting in unsafe driving

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 06:35:00 -0800

Doctors have a conflicted role as patient advocate and as a steward of the public's well-being.

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Regret in medicine

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:35:00 -0800

Regret over actions we could have/should have/would have done -- can be painful.

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Hospital vampires

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 06:35:00 -0800

When we draw too much blood in the hospital there is a real cost.

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