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Alzheimer's in Cell Culture?

While we're talking about cell culture, there's some potentially significant news in Alzheimer's. The Tanzi lab at Mass General is reporting in Nature that they've been able to grow 3D neuronal cultures that actually reproduce the plaque-and-tangle symptoms of Alzheimer's. Show More Summary

Why your doctor won’t refill prescriptions over the phone

Giving prescription refills is not quite as fun as it used to be. Years ago, we doctors would whip out our prescription pads — often sooner than we should have — and we’d scribble some coded language that pharmacists were trained to decipher. I’m surprised there were not more errors owing to doctors’ horrendous penmanship. […]

Diabetes Progress

There have recently been some welcome developments in diabetes therapy, both Type I and Type II. For the latter, there's an interesting report of a metabolic uncoupling therapy in Nature Medicine. Weirdly, it uses a known tapeworm medication, niclosamide (specifically, the ethanolamine salt). Show More Summary

VA • DoD • PHS • Federal Pricing and Contracts for Bio/Pharma Companies

VA • DoD • PHS • Federal Pricing and Contracts for Bio/Pharmaceutical CompaniesDecember 9-10, 2014Philadelphia, Contracting with the Big Four Federal Programs can be very complex. Pricing models and processes for...Show More Summary

Facebook should stay out of health care. Here’s why.

The Internet was recently atwitter (see what I did there) about the major health care story of Ebola in the United States. However, there was also a interesting rumor announced at the end of last week, to which people should really be paying attention. As reported by Reuters, Facebook is taking aim at health care, your health […]

Health insurance companies sometimes put money over care

U.S. Finds Many Failures in Medicare Health Plans In more than half of all audits, “beneficiaries and providers did not receive an adequate or accurate rationale for the denial” of coverage when insurers refused to provide or pay for care. ? When making decisions, insurers often failed to consider clinical information provided by doctors and […]

Top stories in health and medicine, October 13, 2014

From MedPage Today: Cashing in on Ebola. What was your reaction when you first realized that Ebola was killing thousands of people in Africa and would probably come ashore in America at some point? Sympathy? Worry? Scientific curiosity? An urge to hop the first plane to Monrovia? Ebola: Body Fluids Carry the Risk. The mantra of […]

IBM Watson Takes Next Step

Last week, I wrote about how stakeholders of medicine could and should prepare for IBM Watson’s use in medical decision making to get the most out of it. I highlighted the importance of investing in natural language processing. And what do they announce this week? First a global expansion and then that they create a natural […]

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 13th October, 2014.

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...Show More Summary

How To Get Rid of Back Pain

How To Get Rid of Back Pain: Every Remedy For Every Walk of Life For us humans, living life practically comes with the guarantee of back pain. If you’re one of the lucky ones, back pain isn’t much more than a rarity or minor nuisance. Show More Summary

Quality starts with diagnosis

The recent Ebola death in Dallas highlights the point that many have made recently. The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine seeks to place diagnostic error and accuracy at the forefront of medical quality. Bob Wachter’s wonderful editorial in USA Today – What Ebola error in Dallas shows: Column highlights the problem and some causes […]

The Health Benefits of Jogging

The Health Benefits of Jogging: Why It’s a Great Way to Get in Shape There are many health benefits of jogging, and it’s reasonably easy to do, costs you almost nothing, and you don’t need any equipment other than a comfortable pair of shoes. Show More Summary

Why do doctors still use pagers?

I was on call last night. Don’t get me wrong, this is not as bad as it sounds. With over 20 partners sharing evening call, and residents getting the calls first, we do not have it bad at all. And certainly nothing like my obstetrician friends, who seem to go in every time they are […]

Don’t call me a “prescriber”

Please don’t call call me a “prescriber.” Yes, I know it’s easier to say “prescriber” than “psychiatric nurse practitioner or psychiatrist.” The word “prescriber,” however, puts severe limits on what I can do and how I can help. You may believe that, because I have a license to prescribe medications, that’s all I choose to do. In […]

The choice between motherhood and medicine

As the birth of our first child loomed on the horizon, I couldn’t help but worry.  As a first time mother and a pediatrician, I found the uncertainly coupled with too much knowledge of all manner of possible problems particularly unsettling. In addition to worrying about my baby’s health, I grew increasingly concerned about how I would […]

Why health insurance is the best business to be in

Insurance is without a doubt the best business on earth. Every month, insurance companies from many industries collect premiums from thousands of clients, relying on the statistical likelihood the companies themselves will collect more than they pay out. If the company has a poor year, they raise the premiums for the next year. It is […]

Outpatient anesthesia in elderly patients: What to watch for

A guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to More than 75 percent of operations in the U.S. occur in an outpatient setting. Outpatient, or ambulatory care, can take place in a number of different...Show More Summary

Hepatic emergencies

A podcast and show notes from FOAM was linked here at EM Basic. A few points and questions of interest raised in the post:Do abnormal coags preclude paracentesis?It's controversial and ultimately boils down to an assessment of benefit versus risk. Show More Summary

A physician’s EMR wish list

In their current form, most (if not all) EHRs kind of stink. I don’t speak from direct experience, as I’ve held off buying and implementing a system to date. But I’ve never heard any of my colleagues say they love — or even really like — their EHRs, and I’ve asked many. The most ardent […]

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