Chief Medical Editor's Message

Monday, December 15, 2014
Being an expert in dermatology treatment may be having one more trick to get patients to use the medication more faithfully.  
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
We should be cautious when coming to judgments about things we observe
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Every situation has to be framed, and choosing those frames wisely can help us optimize everything from how patients respond to medical advice to the effectiveness of incentive structures.  
Friday, September 19, 2014
People yearn to be needed, wanted and loved.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Thoughts on indoor tanning and recent legislation.  
Monday, July 21, 2014
Methotrexate (MTX) levels can be dangerously increased by concomitant administration of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMZ; Septra, Bactrim). My colleague Scott Davis and I analyzed representative data on US outpatient practices to see how often MTX and TMP-SMZ were prescribed at the same visit (a combination colorfully termed “Kevorkian Therapy” by Mark Lebwohl, MD). We found the combination reported many times in the data set. Shocking to us was that pediatricians were responsible for many of the visits at which the combination was prescribed.
Friday, June 20, 2014
I love watching TV shows about space aliens.  There’s something about the subject of space aliens that is very entertaining, and the settings are often fertile for discussions of morality. Of course I know that space aliens don’t exist, certainly none that we will ever meet. These shows are fantasy, often allegorical and engaging. There are also a lot of TV shows that depict bad doctors.