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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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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“I’m going to die on November 1st, 2014”

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Brittany, age 30, is newly married. And dying. She had a decision to make, and chose to end her life this week.
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Brain cells associated with smell are helping paraplegics walk

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Darek Fidyka may appreciate his nose more than many other people.  Not because of how it makes him look, or how it allows him to smell the fragrance of flowers, but because it’s ...
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How contagious is Ebola really?

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Now that the US has its first Ebola case, let’s look at how contagious Ebola really is.
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CDC: 1/3 of gay, bisexual men with HIV don’t even know it

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The CDC report also found that half of gay and bisexual men with HIV in the US go untreated.
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