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January 16, 2017

Does Having Too Much Money Make Us Stupid?

As a science, economics does not always succeed at predicting how humans behave. The discipline assumes a level of rationality, and an ability to process complex information, that far exceeds human capacity. But as a standard for how people ought to behave, … Continue reading

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January 13, 2017

Fordham University’s Dr. Celia B. Fisher on Bystander Apathy

  Since the election of Donald Trump in November, there has been a 35 percent increase in hate crimes across New York City, according to Straus News.  Throughout the presidential campaign, reported NYPD statistics of the city’s hate crime count has doubled in a year with 43 incidents in the 27 days following the election. The … More Fordham University’s Dr. Celia B. Fisher on Bystander Apathy
January 10, 2017

How Much Does Health Insurance Cost?

Want to buy health insurance for your family? Last year, that would have cost you almost $18,000. In 1999, the cost would have been closer to $6,000. Here’s a table showing the steady rise in prices: Surprised at the $18,000 … Continue reading

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January 9, 2017

Using Behavioral Economics to Design Smarter Physician Incentives

Last year, I joined Zeke Emanuel and some other great people in publishing an article on how to use the insights of behavioral economics to nudge physicians towards providing high-value care. Here is a link to that article. To give … Continue reading

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January 6, 2017

Are Your Healthcare Prices Outrageous? Here’s What Happens When Prices Come Out Of The Dark

They both had shoulder pain, persistent despite weeks of physical therapy. Both received MRI examinations at reputable radiology facilities, looking for things like rotator cuff tears, labral disruptions and other anatomical abnormalities. What was different was the price they paid … Continue reading

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January 4, 2017

Ethics, Undocumented Immigrants and the Issue of Integration: Making a Better Life for Everyone in New York City

STUDENT VOICES By: Yohan Garcia This essay is in response to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs video clip “Nisha Agarwal: IDNYC & the Undocumented Community.”   According to a study conducted by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), an estimated 643,000 undocumented immigrants live within the five boroughs of New York City. Advocates of the New … More Ethics, Undocumented Immigrants and the Issue of Integration: Making a Better Life for Everyone in New York City
January 3, 2017

ICYMI: The Best of Reflective MedEd 2016

We are taking this opportunity to showcase a few excellent posts from the year gone by.  We invite you to check out these highly popular essays. Mary Boyle, MD, “The Invitation”: A poem and reflection about a patient as teacher https://reflectivemeded.org/2016/04/25/the-invitation/     Guadelupe Garcia McCall, “Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl”: A poem about romance, illness, and […]
January 3, 2017

The History of Tobacco Control — In One Picture

Came across this cool graphic, showing the rise and fall of U.S. cigarette consumption. The picture also shows when various policy levers were pulled, and how those levers track to consumption. WARNING: No proof of cause and effect. But still … Continue reading

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December 30, 2016

Chew on This: Willpower Predicts How Quickly You Respond to the Taste of Food

Taste versus health: That’s a trade-off we are often faced with when deciding what to eat. Some foods are bad for our health but happen to taste quite good. All of us have limited willpower, and when we are exhausted … Continue reading

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December 23, 2016

How to Keep Santa from Making Our Kids Fat –Three Ways to Reduce Childhood Obesity

The holidays are upon us. It’s a time to celebrate with loved ones, maybe even enjoy a well-earned vacation. But it is also a time that many of us gain weight, with children developing eating habits that could set them … Continue reading

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