Blog Posts (6)
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.…
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.…
August 25, 2016 8:00 am
Hundreds of pharmaceutical and medical device companies continue to pay doctors as promotional speakers and advisers after they’ve been disciplined for serious misconduct, according to an analysis by ProPublica.
August 18, 2016 8:00 am
The fight against the Zika virus has a new weapon: the genetically engineered mosquito. It’s recently been approved by federal regulators and may soon be available in parts of the U.S. that are confronting the virus, like Puerto Rico and Miami.
August 15, 2016 8:00 am
The cardiovascular health of U.S. children is strikingly dismal, so says a new statement from the American Heart Association. Specifically, less than 1 percent of American children meet the organization’s definition of ideal cardiovascular health, according to statement author Dr. Julia Steinberger, a professor in pediatrics and director of pediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
March 17, 2016 8:33 am
In an effort to curb America’s deadly opioid crisis, federal health officials are urging doctors to largely avoid prescribing highly addictive painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin when treating patients for chronic pain.
March 16, 2016 1:33 pm
What happens to medical care when the patient is a jerk? Dutch researchers asked the question in two new studies, and the answer should make grumps think the better of their bad behavior: “Disruptive” patients may get worse care from physicians.
March 8, 2016 12:51 pm
U.S. workers without paid sick leave are more likely to keep going to work when they’re sick and to forgo medical care for themselves and their families, compared to workers who do get paid for sick days, according to a new study.
May 13, 2015 3:37 pm
A 2008 ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has ended up being particularly costly for people with asthma. The inhaler switch “had minimal or no environmental benefits, but great benefits to pharmaceutical companies,” Redberg told Reuters Health by phone.
April 20, 2015 4:28 pm
Two new studies looking at whether electronic cigarettes help smokers to quit their deadly habit have found that while some of them can, it depends on the type and how often it is used.
April 14, 2015 2:14 pm
Large-scale health data breaches reported by doctors and health plans have been rising steadily, a new report shows.
February 12, 2015 4:30 pm
Seniors admitted to the hospital intensive care unit (ICU) were more likely to die or sharply decline soon after their release depending on how well they functioned beforehand, according to a new study.
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