Years after research contradicts common practices, patients continue to demand them and doctors continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatment

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Neither truck drivers nor bankers would put up with a system like the one that influences medical residents’ schedules

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Listen Now: Our Travis Rieder joins host, Sheilah Kast to discuss his travails with prescription opioid use and withdrawal, and implications for ways in which doctors ought to respond to the problem

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Our Travis Rieder discusses challenges with our healthcare system and prescription opioids based on his personal experiences

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Doctors Must Do More

January 10, 2017

After his harrowing opioid experience, Hopkins bioethicist Travis Rieder says doctors must do more to help patients through withdrawal

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— and for earlier treatment. Pediatrician Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy uses a stethoscope and otoscope, of course. But running a clinic for transgender youth means her pediatric medical supplies also include a selection of silicone penises and chest-flattening binders

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“We’re in a state of never-ending emergency within an emergency,” says Hazem Rihawi, a lead NGO coordinator on the Turkish-Syrian border, who liaises between aid organizations and tries to identify where medical supplies are most needed. “We don’t have the resources for sophisticated surgery and treatment, so we’re pushing for [doctors] to use what you have.”

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As some of the most vulnerable people in Aleppo were moved from a former old-people’s home near the city’s front line on Wednesday, a Red Cross doctor involved in their evacuation sent the BBC this letter

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