Rita Rubin


Are Guns a Health Issue?

April 01, 2014

Confirmation of President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General is suspended as the debate over an answer to this question continues.

Graphic Medicine: Tragic Meets Comic

December 11, 2013

“My mother was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. I made a comic strip about it.” The idea: combine the art with the medicine.

To Many Patients, “Clinical-ese” Might as Well Be Greek

October 22, 2013

When it comes to the prostate, most men in this study couldn’t locate it or identify its function. Translation: patients and physicians don’t speak the same language. Clinicians need to be “bilingual” when they’re talking with patients.

Negotiating Care: A Learned Skill

October 01, 2013

Discussing care decisions and agreeing on how to go forward is a skill that can be learned-by physicians and patients alike.

Emergency Contraception: A Win-Lose Proposition?

September 05, 2013

Emergency contraception is available in drugstore aisles nationwide but the easy access may be at the expense of important family planning education.

Cost-Effective Care: Can We Afford Not to Deliver?

July 27, 2013

The financial impact of health care on patients is not benign.

No Rx for Drug Shortages: What’s a Doc to Do?

June 26, 2013

Expensive sterile injectables seem to get the most attention, but doctors are also scrambling to find plain-Jane pills that cost pennies apiece.