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May 11, 2015
by J.S. Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.
In his recent book, “The View From Here: On Affirmation, Attachment and the Limits of Regret,” philosopher R.…
April 3, 2015
What would you like first: the good news or the bad news? Let me start with the bad. Life expectancy among patients in the U.S. with thyroid cancer lags behind that in Korea. In fact, the vast majority of patients … Continue reading →
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March 31, 2015
It is well accepted among health economics wonks that the lion’s share of pharmaceutical company profits come when these companies hold exclusive rights to their products. Once their blockbuster pills go “generic,” competitors enter the marketplace and profits plummet. Consider … Continue reading →
The post Millions To Be Made On…Generic Drugs? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
March 30, 2015
Experts in decision psychology and behavioral economics have conclusively shown that humans, those silly creatures, are not always rational decision makers. They let unconscious forces influence their thinking, and not always for the better. But of course, doctors aren’t human. … Continue reading →
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March 25, 2015
Here is a podcast I participated in, put out by folks at GWU. A quickish interview on the challenge of getting doctors to stop doing things they ought to stop doing. You can also listen to it on iTunes, or … Continue reading →
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March 24, 2015
In the old days, blockbuster drugs were moderately expensive pills taken by hundreds of thousands of patients. Think blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes pills. But today, many blockbusters are designed to target much less common diseases, illnesses like multiple sclerosis … Continue reading →
The post The High Price of Affordable Medicine appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
March 5, 2015
A quick quiz before we start today’s lesson. What do we call a tree that grows from acorns? What do we call a funny story? What sound does a frog make? What is another word for a cape? What do … Continue reading →
The post Are Patients Harmed When Physicians Explain Things Too Simply? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
March 3, 2015
She didn’t talk like a stroke victim. “I…I…I…k…kkk…can…can…can’t…t…t…t…talk.” She struggled with her words, struggling on early syllables, only to then spurt out full and correct words. “N…N…N…No.” Recognizing this unusual speech pattern, the neurologist Allan Ropper, author of Reaching Down … Continue reading →
The post The Lost Art Of Not Ordering A CAT Scan appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
February 19, 2015
I joined two other, much smarter, colleagues in calling for the use of behavioral economics and decision psychology to improve the design of the websites people use to purchase health insurance in the U.S. That article came out today in … Continue reading →
The post Healthcare.gov 3.0–Improving the Design of the Obamacare Exchanges appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
February 17, 2015
In a recent Health Affairs article, David Asch and I wrote about how hard it can be to stop screening aggressively for things like breast and prostate cancer even when the evidence suggests we are doing more harm than good. … Continue reading →
The post When It Comes to Cancer Screening, Are We All Nuts? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
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