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Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:55pm
If you are alive and connected to any media source, no doubt you have seen or heard reports about a “new” virus that is infecting children by the hundreds.  Parents and others are worried. Will this infect my child, and how sick will he or she be from it? The first thing I need to say is that there...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:44pm
  Look at this! Today, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report announced the results of 22 years of following the teen birthrate. As you can see from the above graph, originally published on their site, there has been a considerable decline in the overall birthrate to teen mothers, which has now...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 07/12/2014 - 4:42pm
No matter the day, no matter the season, Americans seem fascinated with the parts of our culture that are not seemingly consistent with what we like to think of as “The American Way.” Each time I check statistics for this blog, I see that the one blog post of mine that consistently ranks in the...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sun, 06/29/2014 - 4:05pm
Another thing about July… I spoke in my last post about the importance of July 1, in medical systems, as new interns start their road to becoming independent physicians and surgeons. However, July has another important meaning:   July is FRESH-SQUEEZED MIRACLES  month I would love to see you head...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:53pm
July is known mostly for the loud and colorful celebration we call  Independence Day; yet those of us intimately involved as medical educators know that the most important day in July is the first day of the month.   Why? Because that is when the newly minted physicians (M.D.’s and D.O.’s) begin...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:23pm
I recently wrote a column for one of the Carilion Clinic magazines. I have a slightly longer version that I would like to share with the readers of this blog, in case you didn't catch it. And I would love to see your comments at the end. Children’s hospitals are special places. They are full of...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 3:37pm
A few days ago, I wrote a post about the ordeal and complexities faced by the family of Jahi McMath, and the issues of brain death in a pediatric patient. While this scenario is playing out in California, there is another drama playing out in a hospital in Texas, where a dead pregnant woman is...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 9:10pm
I fully intended my first blog post of the year to be upbeat and full of promise for the new year. However, I am so disturbed by the events taking place in Oakland, CA, and the confusion over the situation that I felt compelled to write about death today, when my first "to do" of the new year...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Sat, 10/19/2013 - 8:10pm
We are always looking for efficiency, aren't we? Trying to go faster, get more done in less time, take fewer steps to accomplish a task. Right? It has been drummed into our heads since we were little. We must be more efficient. Well, I am not so sure that is always the case. A couple of examples...
Submitted by Alice Ackerman M.D. on Tue, 10/08/2013 - 11:28am
Of course she does He may be a nose picker or nail biter, or she may be a smoker or over-eater, but that's not exactly what I mean Do you think your doctor is able to change practice habits just because evidence shows that those habits are bad for the patient or society? That is the topic of a...