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When is Medical Treatment Overtreatment? Maine Doctors Take New Look

November 26, 2014
By Patty Wight

Medical treatment can cure illnesses and save lives. But too much treatment can cause harm, even death.

The Lown Institute in Boston estimates that between 10 and 30 percent of medical treatment in this country is unnecessary and racks up between $2 billion and $800 billion in extra costs. In Maine, some health care providers are changing their approach to ensure that they give patients what they call “right” treatment.

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Does personal resilience create more efficient clinicians?

November 15, 2014
By Christine Phelan Kueter

With a $7,350 grant from the Boston-based Lown Institute, U.Va. School of Nursing 3rd year student Jane Muir will implement a resilience program for nursing and medical students with the goal of enhancing compassion, clinical abilities and efficiency.

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What the CDC Got Wrong About Ebola

October 19, 2014
By Shannon Brownlee, MSc

Anybody who has been following the travails of our dysfunctional health-care system can find plenty of reasons to criticize American hospitals. Many are grossly inefficient and tragically unsafe. They’re quick to deliver unnecessary procedures, so long as they’re profitable, and slow to implement less lucrative procedures, like making sure patients understand what they must do to care for themselves once they are discharged. And most of them, whether they’re for- or non-profit, charge increasingly outrageous prices.

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Project Louise: What To Do About Cholesterol?

October 16, 2014
by Louise Kennedy

One of my original goals for this project was: “Lower my cholesterol and triglycerides.” I’ve been doing some serious thinking about that lately, along with a bit of research, and I’d like to share the results with you.

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New Thinking About Treating Cancer

September 18, 2014

“Advances in research are leading doctors to rethink how to treat cancer—and in some cases of early detection, whether to treat it at all. [The Diane Rehm Show] explores new ideas in the approach to cancer treatment.”

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Shannon Brownlee: CVS clinics hurt America’s health care

September 17, 2014
By Shannon Brownlee, MSc

You know there’s a lot of money to be made in health care when a company voluntarily gives up peddling cigarettes — a $2-billion product line — to better market itself as a health-care-focused company. This month, all 7,700 CVS drugstores removed tobacco products from their shelves, and the company announced it was changing its name to CVS Health. Like Walmart and several other retailers, CVS is hoping to cash in on “retail medicine.”

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