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Second Opinion

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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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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A chance meeting

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 06:35:00 -0800

A social dance between doctor and patient

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Bigger is not better

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:35:00 -0800

Bigger now even starts with bigger baby bottles.

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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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A forgotten population with a life threatening disease

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 06:35:00 -0800

In poor countries with dry climates kidney disease is killing thousands and we have no idea why.

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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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Losers when we reduce free access to birth control

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 06:35:00 -0700

Birth control is one of the greatest advances in health in the past 100 years..

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Making your wishes known

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:35:00 -0700

We never know what tomorrow will bring so why not take care of this while it's on your mind?

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Advances in health

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 06:35:00 -0700

The technology is easy, it changing people's behaviors that is really hard.

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Confusing language

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 06:35:00 -0700

The misinterpretation of language can lead to inappropriate expectations and overuse of technology.

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Dentistry: the odd man out

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:35:00 -0700

We need to think of the mouth the same way we do other parts of the body.

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The 'white coat ceremony'

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 06:35:00 -0700

Is the white coat really the symbol we want?

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The impact of time on kindness

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 06:35:00 -0700

While our intentions are good time is a deal breaker.

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Cutting the CDC budget

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:35:00 -0700

Should we have the right to know what attitudes the new CDC director holds?

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Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:35:00 -0700

The body’s reaction to an emotional trigger.

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Learning from others

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 06:35:00 -0700

If we listen there is lots we can learn from those around us.

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Do we need more doctors?

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 06:35:00 -0700

A tough question, but perhaps it's the wrong question to ask.

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Our judgmental side

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:35:00 -0700

It can change – but only with effort and will.

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

Complaints are far more than they seem.

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Right care is good care

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 06:35:00 -0800

Why do we overuse care that offers no benefit?

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The basis of stigma

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

What can we learn about how to be more inclusive?

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Vitamins and supplements

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:35:00 -0800

Why do more than half of Americans take these products?


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Lying in medicine, Part 2

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 06:35:00 -0800

Patients deceive their doctors…but doctors also deceive their patients.

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Science in the service of industry

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Guess who funded a study showing that sugar isn't harmful?

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Happy birthday, stethoscope

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 06:35:00 -0800

It's been a great 200 year run -- but the tool is nearing irrelevance...

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Phone Addiction

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 06:35:00 -0800

The data is getting strong that extensive phone use can be extremely harmful.

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Sales people in the operating room

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:35:00 -0700

What is the relationship between the surgeon and sales reps?

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Old Habits Die Hard

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 06:35:00 -0700

…which lead to lots of unnecessary tests.

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To Operate or Not?

Sun, 03 Jul 2016 06:35:00 -0700

Even for the surgeon, this isn’t an easy decision.

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Difficult Choices at 30,000 Feet

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:35:00 -0700

Weighing benefits of one patient against another...

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Bias in Medicine

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 06:35:00 -0700

Access to therapy appointments differs by race and class.

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Being Held as a Medical Hostage

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 06:35:00 -0700

After a motor vehicle accident it's the last thing you'd expect.

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Declining Teen Birth Rates

Sun, 08 May 2016 06:35:00 -0700

Women are making good choices about reproductive health.

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Doctors' Right to Choose

Sun, 01 May 2016 06:35:00 -0700

If doctors choose, patients loose.

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The Violent Brain

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 06:35:00 -0700

Is it the seed or the soil?

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A Medical Who Done It

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 06:35:00 -0700

How did a group of people ended up with cow tuberculosis?

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Gender in Elite Sports

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 06:35:00 -0700

What defines a female athlete other than lower pay?

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Physical Pain Linked to Economic Pain

Sun, 27 Mar 2016 06:35:00 -0700

America's pain epidemic has its roots in social determinants.

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The Heavy Cost of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 06:35:00 -0700

It's no longer just drugs but now genetic testing.

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The Role of Government in Health

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Do we really want to raise the age when an adult can purchase cigarettes?

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Futility and Doctors in Training

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:35:00 -0800

The impact of moral distress can be long lasting.

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A Never Ending Fight over Doctors' Work Hours

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 06:35:00 -0800

A new study does not come close to providing any resolution.

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