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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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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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It Can't Hurt to Look!

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Over-testing people with diabetes.

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Special Needs

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Special permits for prostitution...

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Elephants and Cancer

Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Do larger animals with more cells get more cancer?

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American Wants to Die at Home

Sun, 17 Jan 2016 06:35:00 -0800

But, is this always the best idea?

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Compassion in Medicine

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 06:35:00 -0800

How can we increase compassion?

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Tragedy of the Commons

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 06:35:00 -0800

Giving up something now to benefit others later.

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Gifts Are Not Expected

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 06:35:00 -0800

Going overboard creates awkward situations.

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What Constitutes a "Ground-breaking New Drug?"

Sun, 20 Dec 2015 06:35:00 -0800

It's time for us to have some hard discussions about the meaning and cost of extending life.

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Mandatory Reporting of Teen Sex

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 06:35:00 -0800

What could possibly be the purpose?

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Performance Enhancing Drugs Are No Longer Just for Athletes

Sun, 06 Dec 2015 06:35:00 -0800

Would you want your doctor to take drugs to improve their performance?

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Hospital Refunds to Improve Care

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 06:35:00 -0800

Will the loss of money improve healthcare?

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Those Pesky Pharmaceutical Advertisements

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 06:35:00 -0800

A new, and surprising, call to ban the adverts.

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Biased Dietary Guidelines

Sun, 15 Nov 2015 06:35:00 -0800

What we need is transparency in the process.

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Disease Mongering: A Public Forum

Sun, 08 Nov 2015 06:35:00 -0800

A live discussion to engage and enlighten.

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Refugees in Germany

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 06:35:00 -0800

Medical care is just one issue.

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It's Time for Your Flu Shot

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:35:00 -0700

But we're not getting quite what's promised.

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