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Measuring a Hospital’s Quality

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

We all want to be treated in the best hospitals by the best doctors, but this is not possible so long as any difference in quality between them exists. The best hospitals and the best doctors cannot treat everybody. Moreover, it is much harder to tell which hospital and which doctor is the best than […]

Would You Want to Know Your Risk of Having a Heart Attack in the Next Five Years?

Saturday, August 15th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

Being mortal, we are all under sentence of death, but the execution of the sentence is more imminent in some of us than in others. People who suffer from angina, for example, are aware that they could suffer a fatal heart attack at any time; and even if human beings can accommodate themselves to most […]

Study: Cold 17.36 Times More Hazardous to Mankind Than Heat

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

Some climates are better, or at least more agreeable, than others. Furthermore, it is well known that extremes of temperature raise death rates considerably. It has been estimated, for example, that they increase by between 8.9 and 12 percent during heatwaves, and by 12.5 per cent during spells of exceptional cold. The reasons for this […]

Parents, Here’s Your Horrifying Infographic of the Day

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

According to State of Digital, the Internet is dumbing-down our kids:  At the age of just five, more than 50% of American children habitually use a computer or tablet device, while 95% of those aged 12 to 17 years regularly access the internet, spending more time online than their parents or teachers. 80% of American […]

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting a Spa

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

In a gentler age, the very rich would retreat yearly to a special area for refreshment from their arduous lives. One city that they fled to was the town of Spa in Belgium, from which our modern word spa has been taken. Historically, spas, or similar places, like public steam baths, hot springs, and even massages, are […]

Do Sweetened Drinks Cause Type II Diabetes?

Friday, July 31st, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

When I was in my early thirties, I several times visited an island in the Pacific called Nauru. From the medical point of view, it was of the utmost interest because fifty percent of the population has Type II diabetes and it therefore represented the epidemiological shape of things to come. The Nauruans had become […]

There Is Still a Lot Doctors Do Not Know About Pneumonia

Friday, July 24th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

When I was a young doctor working in the countryside I contracted pneumonia. It took me a long time to recognize my main symptom – breathlessness – because I thought that symptoms were what patients, not doctors, had, and that therefore I could not myself have any. I therefore considered my feeling of being unwell […]

How Dangerous Is Synthetic Cannabis?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

Man is a creature that likes to change his mental state, even if it is for the worse. It is the change that he seeks, not the end result; Nirvana for him is a constantly fluctuating or dramatic state of mind. This, for obvious reasons, is particularly so for the bored and dissatisfied. In the […]

This New Drug Could Dramatically Reduce Obesity

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

Novels should have good first lines: “Call me Ishmael”; “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”; “Every happy family is happy in the same way”; “There was no possibility of going for a walk that day”; “It is a truth universally acknowledged… etc.” One does not expect scientific papers to […]

Take It From Me: Fitness Is Easier Than You Think

Sunday, June 28th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

Several months ago I wrote that, after years of being a couch potato, I decided to start working out. The accompanying photo (of me in the gym, for the first time after all these years of inactivity) said it all: Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: that looks horrible. Well, true, but I can guarantee […]

Do You Need Aggressive Cancer Screening After DVT or Pulmonary Embolus?

Friday, June 26th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

I like to have a prejudice overthrown from time to time: it helps to persuade me that my other prejudices are reasonable because I am a reasonable man who is open to the evidence. This is especially the case where the prejudice is one that I do not really care much about. I can give […]

20 Tricks to Help You Beat the Blues

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

How many of us, at one time or another, have felt a little down? Perhaps you’ve been passed over for a promotion, or worse, been part of your company’s downsizing program. Or perhaps a breakup, a lost election, or simply some of life’s daily difficulties have made you feel a bit melancholy. There are a […]

Can Dual Prescriptions for Opioids and Tranquilizers Increase Your Risk of Dying?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

Some patients stick in one’s mind longer than others. I remember, for example, a Welshman with the sing-song intonation of the Welsh who told me on his arrival in hospital that he needed his diazzies [diazepam], and temazzies [temazepam] and his flurazzies [flurazepam] and his lorazzies [lorazepam] and his bromazzies [bromazepam] and his oxazzies [oxazepam]. […]

15 Things You Can Do to Raise Healthy Kids

Friday, June 19th, 2015 - by Arlene Becker Zarmi

Multiple studies show a positive correlation between parental body image and diet and those of their children. Parents are one of the main influences on whether a child will have a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle. Children are masters of mimicry — “monkey see, monkey do” is absolutely the rule with kids and parents. So if […]

Are They Kids or Employees? Are We Parents, or Just the Boss?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Consequence Chart for Moms and Kids via @BusyMomsHelper #Parenting http://t.co/UYnfAwINI6 pic.twitter.com/1cfE4oLMUL — 5minutesformom (@5minutesformom) June 13, 2015 The other day I came across a “Consequence Chart” when surfing parenting Tweets. It’s a simple list detailing consequences for various actions taken and it’s meant to hang in a common area of the home as a contractual […]

9 Ways Your Marriage Changes When a Baby Is on the Way

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Everything about our life together changed the minute we learned we were pregnant. The obvious changes were welcome ones. Loads of much-needed gifts, the rearranging of rooms, the changing of jobs so I could be the work-from-home mom I always wanted to be. Those weren’t the issue. It was all the seemingly mundane unexpected changes […]

Should You Demand Fresh Blood for Your Next Transfusion?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

As everyone knows, fresh human blood rejuvenated Dracula no end: stored blood simply would not do for him. Blood has long been a fluid endowed with mystic significance. Only comparatively recently in human history have people donated it to strangers with anything like a good grace. I once worked in a remote country, much given […]

Why I Want to Parent Like Steve Jobs

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

One of the first discussions we had as new parents involved how we were going to introduce technology to our child. For my husband, a computer geek and career engineer, the immediate desire was to get his kid pushing buttons fast. Suddenly he was ready to change cell providers just to get a more rugged […]

36 Things All Moms Should Do Before Giving Birth – Part 2

Friday, June 12th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

From Part 1: Our grandmothers were blessed with a simple trip to the doctor and a confirmation 10 days later with a polite, “See you in nine months.” Today we’re slammed with monthly, bi-monthly and eventually weekly doctor or midwife appointments, several rounds of bloodwork and ultrasounds, and let’s not forget the bevy of paranoia-inducing […]

36 Things All Moms Should Do Before Giving Birth — Part 1

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

My own pregnancy roller coaster went a little bit like this: The test is positive! Hooray, we’re pregnant! Can’t we get this kid delivered overnight?! Oh. My. God, we have so much to do! And less than 9 months to do it in!  Our grandmothers were blessed with a simple trip to the doctor and […]

Should Unvaccinated Children Be Forced to Stay Home From School?

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

It so happened that I was preparing an introduction to an anthology of the writings of Edmund Burke when I read an article in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine with the title “Social Distancing and the Unvaccinated.” One of Burke’s main contentions, at least according to me, is that politics are, […]

How This Bad Parenting Technique Can Turn Kids into Alcoholics

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Parents today have a bevy of scientifically proven parenting methods to choose from when it comes to raising their children. Magazines don’t just talk about putting them to bed on time or making sure they eat their vegetables. Now, it’s all about how you do it that matters. Are you going to attach and hug […]

Anti-GMO Hysteria: Doing to Food What the Green Movement Does to Energy

Monday, June 1st, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Yes, Mr. Fox. Your meme does make me think. I imagine that most people from “hundred (sic) of years ago” would call you crazy for suggesting their life, literally scratched out of the earth, proves somehow preferable to modern civilization. As author and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress Alex Epstein suggests in a […]

Comedy Gurus Turn American Morals into a Big, Fat Joke

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

A Gallup poll released this week indicates that Americans are making the great exodus towards secularism on a number of key social issues including gay “relations,” sex and children outside of marriage, and divorce. Shortly after the stats were released, Megan Garber proffered insightful commentary at The Atlantic as to why comedians are the reigning […]