Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
Mark Thoma, MD, is a physician who did his residency in internal medicine. Mark has a long history of social activism, and was an early technogeek, and science junkie, after evolving through his nerd phase. Favorite quote: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science... is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny.'” - Isaac Asimov

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Remote control contraceptives? Yup.

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A new implantable contraceptive for women can last a whopping 16 years, and even has remote control.
AIDS-HIV activist dispenses awareness information near Yoyogi Park, popular with teens and young adults on Sept. 18, 2009 in Tokyo. 20-30 year-olds have the highest rate of HIV in Japan. cdrin / Shutterstock.com

A pill a day to prevent HIV? Could it be “that” easy?

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The World Health Organization is recommending that all “men who have sex with men” take an AIDS prevention drug.
(Good guy) protesters outside the Supreme Court, and across from the US Congress, for the oral arguments on the gay rights cases involving DOMA and Proposition 8 in March, 2013. © John Aravosis 2013

Yet another study finds gays make great parents

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A new Australian study finds that kids in same-sex families are developing normally and are in good health.
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New program dramatically increases HIV screening and detection

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Instituting this plan caused an impressive increase in the number of patients screened, and detected as HIV+.
HIV virus attacking cell. 3D render, via Shutterstock.

Iowa State researcher indicted for faking “promising” AIDS vaccine studies

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Dr. Dong-Pyou faked his “promising” HIV/AIDS research in order to get even more federal grant money.
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Anti-vaccine mom says “the devil” causes disease

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An update on anti-vaccine “truthers” who falsely claim that vaccines cause more harm than good.
If it's green, it's gotta be good for you. (Supplement via Shutterstock)

We need to have a chat about nutritional “supplements”

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I went through the supplement aisle of a store recently, and as an MD I was shocked by what I found.
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Don’t forget preventive maintenance on your own body

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Here are a number of regular health screenings you should be getting. And check with your doctor (and insurance).
Hyder, Alaska. Population: 87. (Via Shutterstock)

The challenge of providing health care in Alaska

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How do you provide quality health care when the nearest emergency room is 35 miles away, or unreachable by land?
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MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) update

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Apparently MERS can be transmitted from camels, and there’s good news about possible treatments.
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