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Composite Material Replicates Brain Tissue’s Grey and White Matter to Study Neurons in 3D

Neurons of the brain are notoriously difficult to study in a laboratory environment because neurons grow and connect to other neurons in a complex 3D environment. Scientists at the Tissue Engineering Resource Center at Tufts University...Show More Summary

“Nike +Runlogic” Tracks Your Inner Angst to Improve Your Fitness (VIDEO)

If you’ve been staying current with Medgadget, you’ve probably noticed that we like to review fitness trackers. They’re convenient, fairly stylish, and offer a lot of useful information about your daily activity. However, they pretty much all consist of an accelerometer with sophisticated software to process the data. Show More Summary

Are American doctors paid too much or too little?

A version of column was published in USA Today on July 2, 2014. There are some who think that I’m overpaid as a physician, and that my salary fuels rising health costs.  I can understand their point: A May 2014 survey released by the Medical Group Management Association found that internal medicine doctors like myself have a […]

Sandcastle Worm Inspires New Glue for Fetal Surgery

Worms seem like unlikely candidates to inspire anything, let alone new medical tools. However, it seems the humble sandcastle worm is in danger of becoming a regular feature here at Medgadget. This is because the sandcastle worm possesses a unique...Show More Summary

Molybdenum Disulfide Sheets Help Realize Nanopore DNA Sequencing (VIDEO)

While new techniques have lowered the cost and sped up the process of DNA sequencing over the last few decades, there’s still a good ways to go until every patient will be able to have their genes scanned for disease sequences. One promising...Show More Summary

Meaningful Use Makes Lower Adverse Drug Rates A Reality

When the Health Information Technology for Economic and Digital Health (HITECH) Act was passed in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, hopes were high that widespread use of electronic health records (EHRs) would reduce the rate of adverse drug events in hospitals. Show More Summary

Reducing health care costs is a team effort

There are several different scenarios that I can think of in the past four years of pharmacy school that exhibit the high cost of prescription health care.  Prescription medications are constantly becoming more expensive.  Patients are unaware of their prescription benefits and how prescription insurance works.  It leads to a lot of frustration for pharmacies […]

To the ABIM: What Real Life-long Learning Should Look Like

5 days agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

He left a little early to stop by the cath lab to see his patient before her procedure.  Cordial "Hello's" and "Good mornings" and "Any last questions?" were mentioned before she signed her consent.  The team was working feverishly to...Show More Summary

FDA's "Off-Label Risk Reduction" Approach to Reprint Distribution is "Misguided," Says Sidney Wolfe

In June, the FDA issued a THIRD draft guidance document regarding reprint distribution by pharmaceutic companies. This new guidance describes FDA’s recommendations for distributing reprints that convey "new risk information" for approved drugs (read "FDA Issues More Guidance Regarding Distribution of Reprints. Show More Summary

A relationship between a surgeon and an intensivist

Not too long after setting up shop in this town, I shared a tough case with one of my favorite intensivists. (By way of diversion, I’ll add there were only two of them at the time, and they were both my favorites. Practical and canny, surgical-patient-wise, they were a pleasure to work with. Over the years we […]

Health Centers Are Leading Efforts to Incorporate Patient Work Information into Electronic Health Records

Community health centers are the largest providers of health care to underserved individuals in the United States and in many communities are at the forefront of health IT innovation. Health centers have long worked to improve the quality...Show More Summary

Interpreting the evidence is the fly in the ointment

Several days ago I questioned the term “evidence-based” and implied semantic drift. A regular commenter provided this wonderful link to support my hypothesis – What statins tell us about the mess in evidence based medicine The problem is actually a straightforward one. Rarely does the evidence provide a clear answer to our question. We can […]

Incomprehensible Drug Prices? Think Again.

There's a post by Peter Bach, of the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, that's been getting a lot of attention the last few days. It's called "Unpronounceable Drugs, Incomprehensible Prices", and you know what it says. No, really, you do, even if you haven't seen it. Show More Summary

Weekly Roundup 8.15.14

It is hard to believe that I see on Facebook many of my friends who are parents  talking about their kids headed back to school this week.  Back to school?  Back to school? Why when I was a lad, which … Continue reading ?

How perception of the patient transformed in a single visit

Have you ever had a situation where your perception of some event or entity changed dramatically in an instant? I specifically remember an instance of this happening to me while working as a junior medical student in a family practice clinic. Continue reading... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your […]

The inappropriate conflation of medical stewardship and distributive justice

This piece from a few months ago in the Southern Medical Journal challenges the group think of today's policy makers. It's a must read. It makes he point that the clinician's responsibility is to the individual patient, not the medical commons. Show More Summary

The Wall Street Journal Covers Our Generic Inflation Analysis

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal's Pharmalot blog covered our generic drug price inflation analysis. See How Much? Some Generic Drug Prices Are Skyrocketing: Analysis. The article includes some additional quotes from yours truly, along with comments from Actavis and the GPhA. Show More Summary

CMS Launches Road to 10 Webcast Series

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new webcast introducing the “Road to 10” tool. The webcast is available through link, or through the “Road to 10? link on the CMS website. This initial webcast covers the history of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the benefits of ICD-10. This is the first in […]

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