#WhataDoctorLooksLike

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Almost 40 years ago, during my internal medicine clerkship at the University of Pennsylvania, I walked into a patient’s room, introduced... Read more

Following Philly's lead, soda taxes approved in four more cities

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Voters in San Francisco and three other cities overwhelmingly approved by-the-ounce soda taxes, upgrading Philadelphia's status overnight from... Read more

Your handy-dandy presidential public health voter's guide

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So here we are. A day we’ll all remember at the end of a campaign we’d soon like to forget. In hours this will all be over. Seriously! Just... Read more

Could undocumented immigrants help Obamacare?

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The spirit of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” is to achieve some semblance of universal health insurance coverage... Read more

Of ghosts and bones and vitamin D (on Halloween, before the election)

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It’s a perfect time for a spooky tale of specters and midnights and skeletons. Well, how about a spooky story about a ghost haunted by... Read more

For transgender kids, preventing trauma of going through the wrong puberty

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As the mother of a 12-year-old transgender boy, Alisa Bowman wants people to understand that going through puberty for the sex they do not... Read more

Marketers see a gold mine in private health data

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The recent revelation of what may be the biggest digital data heist in the history of the Internet – the accounts of about 500 million... Read more

What could Clinton's pneumonia mean for the public's health?

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The uproar over Hillary Clinton’s recent development of pneumonia at times seems taken straight out of the 19th century, when William... Read more