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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The latest Ebola treatments, from plasma to ZMapp

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Vaccine trials have begun in the US for one vaccine, while doctors are also using plasma from a recent patient.
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Should doctors “have” to treat Ebola patients?

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Should doctors be forced to treat Ebola patients? Or should they have the right to refuse?
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The GOP’s Ebola death panels

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The Republican party just gutted President Obama’s request to study experimental Ebola treatments.
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Miniaturization in medicine-arrhythmia detection

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Implantable and wireless, a new miniature device can measure heart rhythm, and communicate with a doctor’s office.
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Severe viral illness infecting children, spreading through several states

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Outbreaks have been reported in MO, KS, IL, KY, IA, CO, OH, OK, NC, and GA.
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A new non-narcotic, non-inflammatory method to treat pain

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A lot of people go to their doctors because of chronic pain. A new discovery may help.
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Time to get your flu shot

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It’s nearing time to get your flu shot. And don’t forget, it takes a few weeks for the vaccine to take effect.
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American Heart Association raises concerns about e-cigarettes

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Among the points raised is that the content of ecig cartridges is largely unknown.
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The latest on the African Ebola outbreak

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has declared an Ebola outbreak. The government says that as many as 13 patients may have died from the disease, including a doctor and a few nurses. ...
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How health insurance companies still cheat customers under Obamacare

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Those crafty insurance companies have come up with new ways to get rid of undesirable customers.
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