Sagarmatha Beckons

At the beginning of last year, I was reading a travel magazine and came across an article for a trek to Everest Base Camp. The pictures of the world’s highest peak and its surrounding landscape were breathtaking and I immediately wanted to experience the trek to the third pole. However, the article also mentioned that… Continue reading Sagarmatha Beckons

Compassion fatigue

As reported in a recent JAMA article, approximately fifty percent of physicians report burnout symptoms such as detachment, emotional exhaustion, and a low sense of accomplishment. Frontline specialties such as Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine were reported to have the highest rates of burnout. Why are so many frontline physicians experiencing burnout? Most physicians… Continue reading Compassion fatigue

Death panels (or living with dignity)

The US population is aging, as by 2030 the number of people in the US over the age of 85 is expected to double to 8.5 million. Furthermore, as the population ages, the number of people with chronic conditions will increase rapidly. These patients often not only suffer from low quality of life but also… Continue reading Death panels (or living with dignity)

Obesity

I recently read an article by David Freedman in the Atlantic titled How Junk Food Can End Obesity. He had an interesting viewpoint that I wanted to share and explore. This year, the American Medical Association voted to classify obesity as a disease.  According to its classification, currently over 78 million adults and 12 million… Continue reading Obesity