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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American medical organizations agree: It’s time for modest gun restrictions

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Gun safety is a public health issue.
Scanning electron micrograph of the HIV-1 virus, colored green, budding from cultured lymphocyte, via Creative Commons

Possible new HIV therapies, and the potential for a cure

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Combining new techniques with existing treatments could, potentially, rid the virus from the body.
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The reasons for sneezin’ this allergy season

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Have you been to the drug store yet?
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Scientists are testing lots of different medical uses for marijuana

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From epilepsy to cancer, ongoing research is yielding promising signs in using marijuana in medical treatments.
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Anti-herpes drug to treat HIV?

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If proven effective, the drug would also be cheaper than current HIV treatments.
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Euthanasia

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With the recent publicity concerning the physician assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard, maybe it’s time to take a look at euthanasia in more detail. I’m going to use this post ...
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Sitting can be deadly, even if you exercise regularly

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People who are sedentary at work or home are more likely to develop certain diseases, or even die.
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Progress on finding a gay gene

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A new study has just been published that has some evidence that may support the gay “gene” (or “genes”) concept.
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The facts about cardiac arrest and resuscitation (CPR)

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Watch this video and see how easy it is to learn hands-only CPR.
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New research on keeping you safer from stroke

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Women who ate the most potassium were 12 percent less likely to suffer stroke.
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New antibiotic-free method to treat infections

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A new antibiotic-free method to treat infections may help doctors overcome drug-resistant bacteria.
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Medical confidentiality, Ebola, and the media

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While the law requires doctors to protect a patient’s name, it does not apply to reporters. Perhaps it should.
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Prevent HIV with just four pills?

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A new clinical trial of the drug Truvada suggests you might be able to prevent HIV infection with only 4 pills.
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