Tag: Doctors

How Common Mental Shortcuts Can Cause Major Physician Errors

It’s tempting to believe that physicians are logical, meticulous thinkers who perfectly weigh the pros and cons of treatment options, acting as unbiased surrogates for their patients. In reality, this is often far from the case. Bias, which takes many forms, affects how doctors think and the treatment decisions they make. Racial biases in treatment […]

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Her Dream of Becoming a Doctor Turned into a Nightmare, and a Movie

“I just wanted to study and be a doctor and have a clinic. That was my dream.” — Dr. Amani Ballour, the first and only woman to manage a hospital in rebel-held Syria Dr. Amani Ballour’s first ever patient was a 12-year-old boy who had been shot in the head. She was 24 at the […]

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The Marketing of Stimulants for Children With A.D.H.D.

Whenever I write about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — whether I’m writing generally about the struggles facing these children and their families or dealing more specifically with medications — I know that some readers will write in to say that A.D.H.D. is not a real disorder. They say that the rising numbers of children taking […]

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What South Dakota Doesn’t Get About Transgender Children

Early in my medical training, I read a landmark case study about a 12-year-old boy who wrote a suicide note to his mother saying he would rather die than go through puberty. I later met teenagers who tightly bound their chests — knowing that it could result in fractured ribs — because the emotional pain […]

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CPR, by Default

A few months ago, an ambulance brought a woman in her 90s to the emergency department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Her metastatic breast cancer had entered its final stages, and she had begun home hospice care. Yet a family member who had discovered her unresponsive that morning had called 911. The paramedics […]

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Doctors on TikTok Try to Go Viral

For decades, sex education in the classroom could be pretty cringey. For some adolescents, it meant a pitch for abstinence; others watched their teachers put condoms on bananas and attempt sketches of fallopian tubes that looked more like modern art. On TikTok, sex ed is being flipped on its head. Teenagers who load the app […]

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Some Kid on TikTok Spread a Hoax About World Health Crises for Clout

“This is from Patient Zero, the one that we treated yesterday… I haven’t opened it yet, but I’m going to get it out on some paper and show you guys,” said a man in a white coat in a viral Tiktok. “But… that doesn’t look right to me. Something’s not good about that blood.” The […]

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If you want to protect yourself from the flu, you may want to try this natural remedy

With the flu running rampant, people are turning to alternative forms of medicine, including elderberry syrup. It has been known to boost immune systems and fight the bug. Elderberry syrup is made of elderberries, sugar and pectin. Lisa Tuebel said that elderberry syrup is a staple in her household during cold and flu season. She […]

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