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No Flowers on the Psych Ward

Administration looks at everything as a possible weapon of self or mass destruction. But we need windows and nature.

The Midnight Evacuation of NYU Medical Center

Getting 200 sick people out of a dark, silent, 18-story hospital

How Transparency Can Empower Patients and Fix Health Care

Who's watching the health care professionals? A Johns Hopkins surgeon calls for a major paradigm shift.

How Unsettling Is It That Doctors Wear Scrubs to Whole Foods?

Doctor Hamblin's Emporium of Medicinal Wonderments: In an ongoing series, the curious men and women of The Atlantic bombard me with their physiological curiosities.

A Mayo Model: The Collaborative Future of Medicine

As the Mayo Clinic moves to offer remote electronic expert consultation for doctors nationwide, they continue to set the standard for health networks expanding and consolidating resources in this precarious time for health care.

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If Symptoms Persist, Text Your Doctor

90% of Americans have never emailed or texted with their doctor. Shouldn't they? | James Hamblin


Kind Neighbors Are Scarce, but Important Wonderlane/Flickr

Kind Neighbors Are Scarce, but Important

Can a disregard for the power of community living help explain America's health problems?

Where Bikes Are Everywhere for Everyone angela n./Flickr

Where Bikes Are Everywhere for Everyone

How a bikeshare system made active commuting the most convenient way to get around Washington, D.C.

Keeping Patients Out of Hospitals: A Private-Sector Approach to Health Reform Lee Celano/Reuters

Keeping Patients Out of Hospitals: A Private-Sector Approach to Health Reform

Hospitalization alone costs $3,000 to $4,000 per day.

Colorado's Plan to Become the Healthiest State Larry Downing/Reuters

Colorado's Plan to Become the Healthiest State

Governor John Hickenlooper discusses a cultural shift toward green, active living.

The Brain Injury Data Project: One Soldier's Story

The Brain Injury Data Project: One Soldier's Story

Data from more than 10,000 brain injury patients -- including hundreds of variables and outcomes -- is constantly being tracked.

Study: 'Teach Children That It Is Dangerous to Eat Dirt or Soil' Robert S. Donovan/Flickr

Study: 'Teach Children That It Is Dangerous to Eat Dirt or Soil'

In one U.K. community, 3.7 billion parasites are released daily via dog poop.

To Love Medicine Again, Physicians Need to Delegate JD Hancock/Flickr

To Love Medicine Again, Physicians Need to Delegate

How one physician developed a system to deliver better quality care to more patients

Study: Patients Who Are Confident About Their Care Save Everyone Money david55king/Flickr

Study: Patients Who Are Confident About Their Care Save Everyone Money

Systems that help patients actively participate in their health care can see significant cost reductions.

In Online Patient Communities, How Much Sharing Is Too Much? viralbus/Flickr

In Online Patient Communities, How Much Sharing Is Too Much?

Done right, social networks can empower patients and democratize health information. But some say they need more protection.

Study: Vegetarians Have Much Healthier Hearts Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Study: Vegetarians Have Much Healthier Hearts

The risk of heart disease is reduced by a third in non-meat-eaters

The Lovely Hill: Where People Live Longer and Happier garryknight/flickr

The Lovely Hill: Where People Live Longer and Happier

In one idyllic community in southern California, Adventists live 4 to 7 years longer -- and more healthily and happily -- than the rest of the country. A look at their diet, lifestyle, and philosophy

The Makings of an Asthma Epidemic in St. Louis Reuters

The Makings of an Asthma Epidemic in St. Louis

Weak smoking regulations atop an environment of poverty and pollution, in a city where childhood asthma rates are three times the national average.

Our Unhealthy Fear of Vacant Land Damir Sagoli / Reuters

Our Unhealthy Fear of Vacant Land

Abandoned buildings and broken windows are bad for our bodies, because they're bad for our minds.

Where Great Art Transcends Disability Judith Scott/Creative Growth

Where Great Art Transcends Disability

How Judith Scott became the first artist with Down Syndrome to have her work featured in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Study: Facebook Builds Better Communities Than Twitter Mike Segar / Reuters

Study: Facebook Builds Better Communities Than Twitter

Information spreads so quickly throughout the very social network because it values complex interpersonal ties

Jackie Joyner-Kersee on Improving Communities From Within Mike Blake/Reuters

Jackie Joyner-Kersee on Improving Communities From Within

The Olympic medalist went back home to East St. Louis. Now, she wants the next generation to do the same.

A Social Network for People With Prediabetes timlewisnm/Flickr

A Social Network for People With Prediabetes

A Silicon Valley start-up launched an online diabetes prevention program yesterday, of the sort that has data to support its efficacy and cost-effectiveness.

How Home Food Delivery for the Elderly Strengthens Communities Wickerfurniture/Flickr

How Home Food Delivery for the Elderly Strengthens Communities

Reducing the demand for costly nursing home living can come down to a hot meal.

Where ER Doctors Work Entirely Via Webcam cliff1066â„¢/Flickr

Where ER Doctors Work Entirely Via Webcam

In South Dakota, long-distance doctoring is bringing health care to rural communities.

A Practical Approach to Military PTSD Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

A Practical Approach to Military PTSD

It is time to commit to programs that will serve our troops with the same fidelity with which they have served us.

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