MDedge Perspectives

 
 

  • Do Lipid Labs Need to Be Fasting? Experts discuss whether patients need to fast before having their lipids tested.
  • Polio in 2022: Some Concerns but Vaccine Still Works Christopher J. Harrison, MD, discusses the resurgence of polio and the vaccines.
  • Losing and Preserving Dignity "We push to reduce backlogs, offer same-time virtual care, work to reduce costs. We've driven medicine to the efficient and left little of the dignity it seems," observes Jeffrey Benabio, MD, MBA.
  • Me, My Spouse, and COVID In a 'Families in Psychiatry' column, Dr Alison Heru describes how the COVID-19 lockdown was handled in her house, and discusses various studies that examined family functioning during the pandemic.
  • Schizophrenia, Postmodernism: A Philosophical Treatment Exercise Hard Talk columnists note that patients with schizophrenia 'deserve to have their thoughts addressed in a therapeutic framework' -- and that philosophy provides psychiatry with tools on how to do so.
  • No Such Thing as an Easy Fix Neurologist Allan Block notes that although it's common for people to look for shortcuts, there's no easy fix when it comes to research — and life in general.
  • Talking to Teens Duy Nguyen, MD, discusses his experience in speaking to and relating to teenagers as a high school teacher and clinician.
  • Natural Fertility: When Less Can Be More Experts discuss the pros and cons of natural fertility.
  • Advice to My Younger Self Dr Allan Block ponders what he would say to his younger self two and a half decades after the start of his career as a neurologist.
  • Royal Family Affliction or Not, Porphyria Is Treatable "If patients know they have the diagnosis, and they do the right things and avoid alcohol and risky drugs, most people will have few acute attacks."
  • Where a Child Eats Breakfast Is Important William G. Wilkoff, MD, discusses why the location of a child's first meal of the day matters.
  • Switching On the Doctor 'Circuit' Neurologist Allan Block notes that once it's been turned on, clinicians can't really turn off their doctor "circuit," automatically analyzing gait patterns, arm swings, etc, in the people who go by.
  • Is Gender Dysphoria Contagious? William G. Wilkoff, MD, discusses whether gender dysphoria is a condition that can be passed on from person to person.
  • Muscling Through the Data on Statins and Myalgia Neurologist Allan Block notes that while some patients taking statins do get muscle cramps, a recent meta-analysis suggested these symptoms were unrelated to the drug in 9 out of 10 cases.
  • Bias and Other Barriers to HSCT Access Bias, defined as a prejudice in favor of or against a specific treatment on the part of physicians and patients, has not been carefully studied in the realm of cellular therapies.
  • Kicking the Can Neurologist Allan Block notes that politicians currently favor a strategy of "kicking the can down the road" when it comes to Medicare concerns. "But we're running out of road to kick it down," he says.
  • Guidelines on GLP1RAs and Glucose Monitors Irl B. Hirsch, MD, reviews new guidelines for glucose monitors and inhibitors.
  • TikTok’s Impact on Adolescent Mental Health Oversharing about personal strategies may lead to misconceived advice for TikTok viewers, and watching these TikTok videos can have negative mental health effects, say authors Sammi Wong and Jaclyn Chua.
  • Reliably Solving Complex Problems Kevin T. Powell, MD, reflects on what characteristics might restore the public's trust in medical scientists and researchers.
  • Sexual Function in Transfeminine Patients After Vaginoplasty K Ashley Brandt, DO, discusses the importance of sexual function for transfeminine patients receiving surgeries like vaginoplasties.