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Weekly Overseas Health IT Links - 24th January, 2015.

Here are a few I have come across last week. Note: Each link is followed by a title and few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration...Show More Summary

The anti-vaxxers really anger and befuddle me

The press loves to criticize the deep South. We in Alabama have many health problems. But we are number 3 in the country for vaccinations! I do not have personal experience with the anti-vaxxers. My colleagues in other states tell me that many of these fools are well-educated. Obviously they are anti-science. I believe that […]

Relax the rules for approving medical devices

How informed are doctors? The answer is not obvious. Doctors know enormous amounts of data and have years of clinical experience. Many have solid science backgrounds and some conduct research keeping them at the top of their field.  Most rely on published studies to make their decisions on which products to use. Continue reading... […]

It’s time to end workplace wellness programs

There will are lots of things I hope improve in our health care system in 2015, but I’ll just mention one wish today. My wish is that the worthless wellness programs that have sprung up all over corporate America will fade away. I have criticized these programs in the past, but more ammo has come […]

Care Pathways and Their Kin

5 days agoIndustries / Medical : Dr. Wes

Transitions of Care in Heart Failure, Circulation Heart Failure, January 2015 Living in Washington DC Brochure (Getting 50% of Liquor - Courtesy Harringtonandselves.com) (Choosing a Medical Specialty - Courtesy Surgical Sciences blog) -Wes

This is exactly why surgeons are so fragile. All of them.

You are human and fallible. – Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre Alas, the frailty is to blame, not me — for such as we are made of, such we be … – William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night Sha-doo-bee, Shattered … – Mick Jagger, “Shattered”, The Rolling Stones, Some Girls (1978) The image of the surgeon is synonymous with strength. Surgeons are stereotypically charismatic, […]

GSK Cuts Back in China (?)

Here's a report that GSK is cutting back severely in China - 1,000 workers during the first part of this year. Caixin.com seems to be first out with this story; others are quoting them. They refer to "sources close to the company", apparently employees who have already had word of the cutbacks. Show More Summary

#WWBR Week of January 19, 2015

Start-Ups Are Helping Consumers Make Better Health Care Purchases Sachin Jain for Harvard Business Review “Sachin Jain’s analysis of the trend of consumer-directed health is spot on. While giving more control to consumers is an undeniably important issue, the specifics … Read more ›

Professionalism: A commitment to lifelong learning aimed at the care of the patient

I am a doctor today because of Dr. J.W. Epstein, my pediatrician in Cleveland in the 1950s. An immigrant from the Nazi terror in Europe (it was family lore that he had escaped the Holocaust), he had trained in Vienna and spoke English with a Germanic accent. His house calls are etched permanently in my […]

Weekly Roundup 1.23.15

It seems 2015 is moving even faster than 2014 as we prepare for the last week of January even though it feels as if the holidays were only last week. It has been that time of year for reflection, looking … Continue reading ?

Watch 2 magicians destroy the anti-vaccine movement in 90 seconds

Measles in Disneyland should be a wake-up call for the anti-vaccine movement.  Will it? Magicians Penn and Teller do their part and show us why anti-vaccination is nonsense. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.

Elizabeth Warren's "Pharma Swear Jar" Idea

Elizabeth Warren has come out with a proposal for what she's calling a "pharmaceutical swear jar". Once a drug company had been fined, this bill would earmark a percentage of their profits over a multiyear period for use in NIH funding. Show More Summary

3 amazing medical advances that haven’t caught on

The life cycle of a medical advance usually goes something like this: from discovery at the research bench and replication of findings to translational research and clinical trials, to implementation. The bottleneck can be at any one of these stages, and often it is in the discovery one; we just haven’t yet found the thing […]

My diagnosis project week 2

Of course, my project is biased and not very scientific, but here is my observation from the second attending rotation. We had 9 new patients and 7 had diagnostic questions as a key portion of their admission. We could discount two of the patients because they had clear lower extremity infections. But they had the […]

The ECG in stress cardiomyopathy versus acute coronary syndrome

I've blogged this topic a couple of times before. Though the two conditions are superficially similar clinically and electrocardiographically they are completely different pathologically. It makes sense that there would be distinctions evident on close examination. Show More Summary

Wither the physician? The future of primary care.

You may not be ready to admit it even to yourself, but you know it’s changing. Permanently. Some say it’s for the better. Others say it’s for the worse. Most don’t really care much one way or the other. After all, health care has been evolving and changing over thousands of years, and the experts […]

Transparency is Good in Theory, But Not in Practice

I attended SMi's Social Media in the Pharmaceutical Industry conference this week and, as usual whenever I attend these conferences in the UK, I meet some very interesting people and get a new perspective on important issues that usually are not discussed in the U.S. Take ethics, for example. Show More Summary

Top stories in health and medicine, January 23, 2015

From MedPage Today: Eating Fish While Pregnant — Worth a New Look? In babies of women who consumed a lot of fish while pregnant, the benefits of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the fish outweighed the potential adverse effects of mercury exposure. With RA Remission, Try Cutting TNF Dose. A substantial proportion of patients in remission […]

Running Tips For Geeks: Wearable Devices and Smartphone Apps

It’s really hard to find motivation to go out for a run or to do exercises every single day. I struggle with that, just like you. I only go out for a run if I can measure data, I’m a geek. Here are the wearable devices and smartphone apps that help me find the motivation […]

The USA Seems To Be Having Some Difficulties Moving Ahead With Meaningful Use. Not Good News!

This appeared a little while ago.Little To Show For $26 Billion Health IT InvestmentBy Christine KernThe electronic sharing of information (health information exchange) plays a critical role in improving the cost, quality, and patient experience of healthcare. Show More Summary

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