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A pledge of allegiance to antibiotic stewardship

October 6, 2015

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

While antibiotics play a significant role in treating bacterial infections and in preventing and minimizing the spread of disease, they are often prescribed unnecessarily. Such misuse can lead to avoidable side effects like antibiotic resistance, let alone increased healthcare costs.

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What’s the difference between a hedge fund and a hospital?

September 30, 2015

By Shannon Brownlee, MSc

On the front page of the New York Times there’s a story about hedge funds being even worse managers of delinquent mortgages than banks, which have off-loaded many of their remaining mortgages. Banks are prevented from behaving badly by stiff penalties when they fail to try to restructure loans, but not so the hedge funds.

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Thank you, Martin Shkreli

September 29, 2015

By Shannon Brownlee, MSc

If you thought overdiagnosis is a problem with existing cancer screening tests (think mammography, thyroid ultrasound, and the PSA test), now there’s CancerIntercept ™ Detect. This is a blood test that is mailed directly to consumers, who mail back a sample to the company, which then tests the blood for genetic biomarkers associated with 10 different types of cancer. Think of it as a whole body CT scan, without the expensive scanner! What could be better?

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Katie Grimm, MD: RightCare Action Week Captain in Buffalo

September 17, 2015

By Margie Coloian

“The work I do must be grounded in the understanding that I’m treating the person with a disease, not the disease alone,” says Katie Grimm, MD. “I truly believe we are losing the ‘person’ in current disease management systems.”

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