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When I meet strangers and they ask what I do for a living, the conversation tends to go something like this: I tell them I’m a physician. They ask what type. I say that I am a general internist, but I focus mainly on addiction…addiction to prescription opioids (painkillers) and heroin. Invariably, people will say Read More

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The field of medicine is littered with eponyms that celebrate physicians who first described syndromes, signs, surgical procedures and anatomic structures. Though we use these eponyms every day, we rarely take the time to consider the lives of the people behind the names. Recently, while evaluating a five-year-old named Ben, I was forced to stop Read More

Doctor writing prescription

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their first-ever Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain on March 15, 2016. The guideline offers much-needed guidance for primary care providers about when and how to start opioid analgesics, and steps to reduce the risks of opioids―including addiction and overdose―while treating their patients’ pain. The Read More

Doctor Explaining Consent Form To Senior Patient

In a recent post in this space, I wrote about the iCOMPARE research study that is comparing the effects of increasing medical residents’ consecutive duty hours with observing the currently prescribed limits on their shifts. According to the study protocol, the primary hypothesis of the research addresses the safety of patients: that mortality under the Read More

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Reading a March 30, 2016 article in the New York Times, “The Quiet Research That Led to a Resounding Success in Diabetes Prevention,” transported me back in time and place to an interview I did at the Fox News TV studio in New York City in August 2001. At the time, I served as the Read More

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Editors' Note: The following blog post first appeared on Forbes.com. In his seventh and last State of the Union address on January 12th, President Barack Obama announced a “moonshot” with the goal of making “America the country that cures cancer once and for all.” The “moonshot” program is to be led by Vice President Joe Read More