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15 years of blogging – a retrospective

May 19th, 2002 I wrote my first blog post.  Blogging had just become an interesting method for expressing opinions. Early in my blogging career I compared blogging to standing on a soap box in Hyde Park.  Bloggers had (and have) the freedom to express opinions.  Readers have the opportunity to comment, ignore or just read. […]

Compression of disability should be everyones health goal

What are you doing to maintain vigor as long as feasible?  Fries wrote a classic article in the NEJM – Aging, Natural Death and the Compression of Morbidity. Fries argues that chronic disease is our foe – avoiding chronic disease allows us to wait longer until we develop morbidity.  The ideal situation is excellent health […]

Puma Biotech Shares Are Roaring On An FDA Review. Here’s What Could Still Go Wrong

Puma's having a great day, with its stock up 35%. Is it time to pounce? Take a look at what could go wrong at the company's FDA hearing on Wednesday, first.

When science ceases to be value-neutral, science ceases to be science

Recently, the Harvard Chan School of Public Health reported on the effect of surgical checklists in South Carolina. The press release was titled, “South Carolina hospitals see major drop in post-surgical deaths with nation’s first proven statewide Surgical Safety Checklist Program.” The Health News Review, for which I review, grades coverage of research in the […]

How are we supposed to deal with death?

December 2012, three days before Christmas. It started as an ordinary day, but soon it would become the turning point of my career. As I entered my office, I noticed a different energy in the room. The receptionist looked at me and said, “Doc, one of your patients died last night.” As a psychiatrist, I […]

Live Free or Die: A Look at New Hampshire’s Medical Technology Sector

There’s a lot of reasons you should consider visiting New Hampshire. The 9th state in the Union is picturesque and quintessential New England in its natural beauty and architecture. Lakes, mountains, and a tiny 18-mile coastline dot the state, making it a recreation lover’s paradise. And if retail therapy is more your thing, New Hampshire […]

Nitrite Sensor to Help Asthmatics Detect Onset of Airway Inflammation

The presence of relatively high concentrations of nitrite (NO2?) in exhaled breath may be indicative of the presence of inflammatory processes within the airways, and so measuring it may be an effective way of performing early detection of the onset of the symptoms of asthma and other respiratory conditions. Devices that are able to measure […]

Suppose It’s an Obligation and Not a Right?

By THE DARK GODDESS OF REPLEVIN Suppose we frame the current health insurance debate in a different way? It is about insurance. “Health insurance”=/=”health care,” although the former should lead to the latter. Rather than arguing whether American individuals have a right to health care (beyond what you can already find in EMTALA, and please

Physicians are low-hanging fruit. Here’s why.

When my children were growing up, I advised them, “Don’t choose any profession in which your worth is determined by knowing a body of information or using algorithmic thinking. If you do that, you’re toast.” ”Toast” because monopolies on information have been supplanted by the internet, and algorithmic thinking replaced by computers and artificial intelligence. […]

Amgen’s Bone Drug Disappointment Shows Limits Of Genetics In Drug Discovery

Romosozumab for osteoporosis was supposed to be an example of how genetic research can lead to better drugs. Instead, it may increase patients risk of heart attacks -- and may never make it to market.

5 ways to tell if a practice has integrity

I stood in line behind a physician, slightly balding and in a long, starched lab coat at the coffee shop in our hospital. As he paid and took his coffee, I noticed that he smiled and called the clerk by name, “Thank you, Terri.” He went on about his day, and I was left to […]

Lemonaid Health Raises $11M for $15 On-Demand Virtual Doctor Visits

Lemonaid Health, a San Francisco, CA-based telehealth startups has raised $11 million in Series A funding led by Novartis Venture Fund and Hikma Ventures and joined by Quest Diagnostics, Correlation Ventures, Adaptive Healthcare Fund,...Show More Summary

Join me at the World Congress Pharma4 Event

World Congress Pharma4July 24-25, 2017 | PhiladelphiaPlease join me at the World Congress Pharma4 event on July 24 and 25 in Philadelphia. I am pleased to be the keynote speaker for this innovative event that brings together multiple stakeholders across the channel. Show More Summary

I want to help him, but I need to know more about him

I pause in front of the door. On the other side, you all wait. A spouse, sons and daughters, sometimes with their own small children in tow. Today, it’s your husband and father you have come for. Yesterday it was someone else’s mother. You have come from near and far, across the street and the […]

Bariatric surgery reduces the risk of atrial fibrillation

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Interview with Harshal Shah, Head of Oncology Drug Delivery at Cambridge Consultants

Thanks to the ongoing advancements in standards of care and gradual improvements in more targeted therapeutics, some argue that cancer is slowly turning into a chronic disease, and with it bringing about a host of new challenges for oncology care. These challenges are also opening up a variety of new opportunities for technical innovations that […]

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 22nd May, 2017.

Here are a few I have come across the last week or so.Note: Each link is followed by a title and a 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 or subscription payment.General CommentReally a quiet week with most action in the private sector. Show More Summary

KLAS: 5 Crucial Factors to Consider When Choosing A Health IT Consulting Firm

Editor’s Note: Warren Whitford is the Market Research & Sales Director at KLAS Research. His areas of research focus at KLAS include healthcare management consulting, HIT consulting and value-based care transformation.  Many providers...Show More Summary

Maintainance of Conflict of Interest?

By WESTBY FISHER, MD In the May 2nd issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the American Medical Association (AMA) discusses the subject of physician conflicts of interest in medicine. This puts them at an interesting juncture when the editor-in-Chief and executive editor of JAMA failed to disclose their relationship with the

Mindfulness is the key to physician burnout

Mindfulness has gained a lot of awareness and attention over the last few years as the medical community has set out to find strategies for prevention of physicians burnout. What has been coined “mindfulness-based stress reduction” or “mindfulness” is a principle proven long before medical researchers decided to reduce it to treatment strategy to promote […]

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