This month marks the second anniversary of the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Port au Prince, killing more than a quarter million, injuring over 350,000, and leaving an estimated one million without shelter.
"Health Care Reform" by Jonathan Gruber, HP Newquist, and Jonathan Schreiber is an attempt to distill the 1,900-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama in 2010 into a common-sensical, easy to understand book in graphic-novel form less than a tenth of the length. Informative, it's also a lot of fun.
Arriving home late last night after a week volunteering at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port au Prince, Haiti, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is hard not to appreciate just how fortunate most of us are in this country.
Last April I received a very strange postcard at work. In large yellow letters set off against a black background were the words "Rule #2: No killing anyone under the age of eighteen." Considering that I am a pediatrician at a large children's hospital, the postcard elicited more than a few raised eyebrows.
School's just around the corner, and millions of parents are already starting to worry about getting their kids back on schedule so that somehow, some way, they will be able to wake them up and get them out the door so that they can make it to school on time.
I was interviewed by the Boston Globe today on optimizing sleep in young children. Sleep disturbances in children are so common, after all, and although an estimated 30% of kids have problems with their sleep, less than one quarter are ever seen by a medical professional because of them.
Even before going to Haiti last year, I had read many of Paul Farmer’s books on his work in that country and others, in which he describes among other issues how the lack of understanding of a patient's cultural and societal milieu will often result in failure to provide good medical care, no matter how good the intentions
After coming on staff as a pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 1999, Randy Christensen was given the opportunity to fulfill the dream he’d had since medical school of providing homeless teens with the basic medical care they so desperately needed.
While cutting health care expenses is a worthy goal, doing so requires forethought and attention paid to unintended consequences which may in fact increase them. The Massachusetts State Budget Proposal for 2012 is a classic example of how not to do this.
The New York Times reported this evening on a new investigative report published in the British Medical Journal, which found that Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the author of the first study purporting to link autism with the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine, had falsified data about the children in question.
Eczema is a very common disorder in children, and affects 10-20% of children. It is also known to cause sleep disturbances, mainly difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep. Parents of children with eczema have identified the associated sleep disturbances as being second only to itch in having the most negative effect on quality of life
It has been 6 days since Paul Waggoner from Massachusetts was imprisoned in a Haitian penitentiary pending a magistrate's investigation of charges that he was involved in turning a dead baby into a zombie (!!!) and kidnapping him last February.
This, despite the fact that at last week's hearing the death certificate of the child was produced.