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Missed signs: a doctor’s reflection on depression [PODCAST]

Subscribe to The Podcast by KevinMD. Catch up on old episodes! In this episode, interventional physiatrist Francisco M. Torres shares a poignant story about missing the signs of depression in a patient. He reflects on the challenges of limited time with patients in modern health care and the importance of truly listening to patients and Read more…...

Teen substance use rebounds after pandemic

Among high school seniors using marijuana, the pandemic forced the largest one-year decline in use over the past 48 years. Marijuana use fell from 35.2 percent in 2020 to 30.5 percent during 2021. In 2022, it remained pretty much unchanged at 30.7 percent. Alcohol drinking among high school seniors fell from 55.3 percent of seniors Read more… Teen...

Why taking risks is worth it: a doctor’s journey from uncertainty to opportunity

There were no smartphones when I was a medical resident in the late 80s in Puerto Rico. During my last year, while waiting for a lecturer to arrive, I grabbed a medical journal from the conference room table to kill some time. I flipped through the pages, skimming the titles of the articles and looking Read more… Why taking risks is worth it: a doctor’s...

Why every doctor should have a side gig

Why is it that physicians are seeking alternative avenues to boost their income? It may seem counterintuitive for busy clinical doctors to pursue a side gig, why? In a post-pandemic era, physicians are plagued by colossal debt and increasing rates of burnout. More than 100,000 physicians have left the profession since the start of the Read more… Why...

The DNA of entrepreneurs: How your genes could determine your business success

Creating something new, taking calculated risks, and effectively allocating resources are all aspects of entrepreneurship. Both environmental and genetic variables play a role in this intricate process. This article will examine how a person’s propensity to become an entrepreneur is influenced by genetic and environmental factors that drive entrepreneurship....

Navigating the emotional impact of a medical malpractice lawsuit [PODCAST]

Subscribe to The Podcast by KevinMD. Catch up on old episodes! In this episode, we explore the emotional impact of medical malpractice lawsuits on physicians and how they can navigate the process. Attorney Christine Zharova shares her insights on how these lawsuits can affect relationships with colleagues, staff, family, friends, and the self. She emphasizes...

Canada has a universal health care system. But does it really?

Maybe one day, our universal health care system represented the values of Canadians, but certainly not anymore. American friends, you may know us for our drinking age and “free health care.” Still, unfortunately, our health care system no longer embodies the principles of equality, respect, politeness, safety, and peace that we hold dear. You may Read...

Pediatric mental health is a growing epidemic. Here’s how Illinois is leading the way to solve that. 

One of my friends in middle school was known for her uncanny ability to brighten up any space she walked into. But when we hit high school, she had become more withdrawn and dejected, and her self-esteem plummeted. She was clearly struggling, but at the time, I didn’t know what the signs of depression were Read more… Pediatric mental health is a growing...

3 shocking health care statistics for 2023

As the New Year begins, a trio of health care statistics cast an intense and unflattering light on a nation in crisis. These figures, all of them unimaginable just a generation ago, set the stage for a financial reckoning in 2023 and beyond. Shocking stat #1: the number of Americans on Medicaid Without looking it Read more… 3 shocking health care...

Women should be allowed to exercise autonomy with regard to their bodies and their medical care

When I walked into the ultrasound room, I immediately noticed the patient’s red-rimmed eyes and cloud of mussed-up brown hair. My eyes tracked the defeated curve of her back and its stark contrast to the sterile environment of the obstetrics and gynecology exam room, with its muted grey and blue tones. A forty-year-old woman, she Read more… Women...

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