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Doctors discuss obesity with patients

Discussing Obesity with Patients

Being overweight has become an epidemic, with 711 million overweight worldwide. Obesity – having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above – has more than doubled since 1980, and according to the World…

Patients with diabetes

Diabetes Around the World

In 2012, about 9 percent of the U.S. population had diabetes, and about 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, There are major costs associated with the condition in the U.S.: average medical expenditure…

When hospitals run out of beds

What Happens When Hospitals Run Out of Beds

The optimal occupancy rate for a hospital is 85 percent, but in many hospitals around the world the occupancy rate is actually significantly higher. When the rate remains high for prolonged periods of time, it…

Doctors' lounge

Where have all the Doctors’ Lounges gone?

With physician burnout receiving more and more attention lately, some hospitals and offices are trying to focus on improving the wellness and morale of the physicians in their employ by embracing the Doctors’ Lounge. A haven where…

Physician suicide

What ails your doctor, ails you

It is a difficult and little-known truth that doctors are about twice as likely to commit suicide as members of the general public – according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, physicians have the…

HIV Testing Day

Getting to Zero: Are You Part of the Solution?

If you knew of a newly developed prevention method that offered your patients 90% protection from a potentially fatal and incurable viral infection, would you offer it to them?  HIV experts are more optimistic than…

US Doctors weigh in on the American Health Care Act

Physicians on the Sermo social network are not strangers to discussing healthcare policy – they’ve collectively evaluated parental leave policies, the presidential candidates’ perspectives on the ACA, regulating drug prices, how to curb the opioid…

Child of a physician

Open Letter to the Child of a Doctor

~ By Valerie A. Jones, MD (of obdoctormom.com) It was the end of my 3rd year in ob-gyn residency. I was 39 weeks pregnant with you and doing a hysterectomy, my gravid abdomen being utilized…