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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3D-printed pills are a thing, and could make treatment easier

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3D-printed pills could allow doctors to set customized dosages, reducing the risk of side effects.
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Non-steroidals carry increased risk for heart attacks, strokes and death

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The FDA has issued new warnings against a battery of anti-inflammatory drugs.
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We’re a step closer toward curing a disease caused by brain-eating amoebas

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Brain eating amoebas are a small but serious problem. Now we’re a step closer to a cure.
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You probably don’t use sunscreen, and you should

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Americans are bad at using sunscreen, which puts them at risk for skin cancer.
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Study: Most marijuana edibles have mislabeled potency

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An alarmingly low percentage of edible marijuana contains the advertised amount of THC.
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The Veterans Administration needs more doctors

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Problems with the VA’s medical system are exacerbated when they can’t hire enough people.
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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.
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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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