Monthly Archives: April 2009

Health Care Reform: Finally, Some Discussion of the Real Issues

In light of all the distraction recently generated by discussions of health care IT (and even, cue the smoke machines, Health 2.0), I was very pleased to find Senator Tom Coburn, MD, and Regina Herzlinger’s piece in the Huffington Post. … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform… Where’s the dialogue? #hcreform

By 2009, Massachusetts enacted almost $800 million in new taxes to fund, among other things, the third year of health care reform. Now, the state government, desperate for revenue, is considering setting the prices of health insurance and essentially taking … Continue reading

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Swine flu: Twitter’s power to misinform

I think it’s only a matter of time before that the next generation of cyber-terrorists – those who are smart about social media, are familiar with modern information flows, and are knowledgeable about human networks – take advantage of the … Continue reading

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Fighting Deadly Flu, Mexico Shuts Schools

Most of Mexico’s dead were young, healthy adults, and none were over 60 or under 3 years old, the World Health Organization said. That alarms health officials because seasonal flus cause most of their deaths among infants and bedridden elderly … Continue reading

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*Nintendinitis*

To say that Wii injuries are an epidemic would be an overstatement, but they are proliferating along with the popular video-game system. Interviews with orthopedists and sports medicine physicians revealed few serious injuries, but rather a phenomenon more closely resembling … Continue reading

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“10 Reasons Doctors Get Burned Out “

The piece lays out a number of troubling statistics, putting burnout rates among surgeons at 30% to 38%. Younger surgeons and female surgeons were at especially high risk. The authors list some causes of burnout among surgeons and other physicians: … Continue reading

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Risks vs. Benefits: Get the Evidence or Fire Your Doctor

Demand the facts and make informed decisions. Your life depends on it. via huffingtonpost.com Interesting article by Ron Zeiger who is a practicing doc and part of the Google health team. Informed consent is an important part of the physician-patient … Continue reading

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