Blog Posts (7)
February 22, 2013
Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
In a National Public Radio story on February 15, economist Dean Baker shared his idea that physicians should be looked at like any other commodity if we want to bring the cost of health care delivery down.…
February 21, 2013
Ellen Fox, M.D.
The idea of evaluating ethics quality in health care is not new—but until now, it has proven to be easier said than done.…
February 4, 2013
An article in today's American Medical News reviews what types of patients are more lawsuit prone. And it offers some strategies for addressing legally risky patients.
One risk factor identified is: "If people beg for a procedure or...
February 3, 2013
When your doctor urges you to do something said to benefit your health, do you obey? If not, why not? This blog thread is about how my visitors feel about following orders from those who might be considered as "authority figures in medicine". What foll...
January 18, 2013
Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
In the Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes said that in the state of nature, life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” While Hobbes was describing a world without a government, he might as well have been describing the state of health in the United States in 2013.…
January 1, 2013
[HarvardScience By: Jessica Maki] Generic medications currently account for more than 70 percent of prescriptions dispensed. However, although generic drugs are clinically bioequivalent to the brand-name version, they often differ in their physi...
December 21, 2012
Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.
One of the biggest stories in the news as this year ends is that of the U.S.…
May 16, 2013 2:58 pm
In research dubbed “remarkable” by an accompanying editorialist, US doctors describe how current users of marijuana appear to have better blood glucose control than never or former users.
May 13, 2013 4:30 pm
According to a new study of Medicaid recipients in Oregon, increased health-care spending has only a limited impact on improving people’s health.
May 10, 2013 1:25 pm
The health system in the United States is in many ways so risible that it comes across as droll even when a dour German-born economist describes it.
April 29, 2013 2:25 pm
The rise of superbugs, along with increased pressure from the government and insurers, is driving hospitals to try all sorts of new approaches to stop their spread:
April 19, 2013 2:45 pm
The Bipartisan Policy Center released a list of 50 recommendations Thursday that would cut the federal deficit by almost $560 billion over the next decade, $300 billion of which would come from Medicare.
April 9, 2013 4:20 pm
Almost every system has its strengths and weaknesses. And right now, almost every one of them is in pursuit of the elusive Triple Aim.
April 8, 2013 3:13 pm
The national organization that accredits hospitals warned on Monday that the constant beeping of alarms on patient monitors desensitizes caregivers, causing them to ignore or even disable the sounds that signal patients may be in danger.
March 29, 2013 1:09 pm
U.S. regulators are looking into how radio frequencies emitted by cellphones and other wireless devices affect people amid lingering concerns about the risks of cellphone radiation.
March 14, 2013 1:19 pm
Department of Veterans Affairs officials purposely manipulate or hide data that would support the claims of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan to prevent paying costly benefits, a former VA researcher told a House subcommittee Wednesday.
February 19, 2013 12:44 pm
Perched by a computer monitor wedged between shelves of cough drops and the pharmacy in a bustling Walmart, Mohamed Khader taps out answers to questions such as how often he eats vegetables, whether anyone in his family has diabetes and his age.
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