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‘Cowboys,’ chemicals, and babies

December 15, 2015

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

Just when you think you’ve heard all there is on medical overuse, an article explodes on the front page of the New York Times last week chronicling the story of an 18-month old who had been prescribed an antipsychotic medication after he became violent. As if that one incident wasn’t bad enough, we learn that drugs like these given to babies aren’t all that uncommon. Last year there were 20,000 prescriptions for antipsychotics written for American children, ages 2—and younger. While these drugs are normally prescribed for adults, no published research exists regarding their effectiveness or potential harms in children so young.

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Craig Venter’s Latest Excellent Adventure: Caveat Emptor

November 5, 2015

By Vikas Saini, MD

Last month, Craig Venter’s venture, Human Longevity, through a news release, launched Health Nucleus, “a platform that uses whole genome sequence analysis, advanced clinical imaging and innovative machine learning—combined with a comprehensive curation of personal health history—to deliver the most complete picture of individual health.”

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Natalia Roldan, MD: Making patient preferences primary

November 5, 2015

By: Kim DiGioia, MSPH

“We don’t get to focus on things that mean the most to the patient or help us get to know them better,” laments Natalia Rodan, MD, chief medical resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital. So she decided to do something to about it.

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