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June 30, 2015
As I have described in two earlier posts, here and here, the transplant system in the US suffers from terrible geographic disparities. People needing liver transplants in Northern California wait more than six years on average for an organ to … Continue reading →
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June 24, 2015
The forty million dollar Gulfstream jet landed at Memphis International airport in the early morning hours, its schedule hastily arranged earlier that day from Northern California, where the flight originated. Waiting on the tarmac was Dr. James Eason, head of … Continue reading →
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June 16, 2015
California is in the middle of an historic drought, with the government setting limits on how long people can sing in the shower. Farmers in the state may soon need to cut back on planting or production, as ground water … Continue reading →
The post Encouraging Comparison Shopping for Cataract Surgery appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
May 22, 2015
Medical experts now agree that as a result of aggressive screening programs, we have an epidemic of cancer overdiagnosis in the United States. With mammograms finding tiny cancers and PSA tests discovering unpalpable prostate cancers, we are now unearthing some … Continue reading →
The post The Question Isn’t Whether We Are Overdiagnosing Cancer, But How Much appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
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 →
The post The Best Way To Get Cancer appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
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 →
The post The Hidden Psychology of Antibiotic Prescribing appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
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 →
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