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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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Is that surgery really necessary? Ensuring the Medical Necessity of Care

July 30, 2014

Prescribing unnecessary medical tests, procedures, hospitalizations and surgeries has become an epidemic worldwide. The rates of caesarian sections, for instance, vary widely. While globally the C section rate in public hospitals is 10 percent, it reaches an alarming 98 percent in Brazil’s private hospitals, and 40 percent in private hospitals worldwide…

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Warning: Apple HealthKit risks driving up medical costs

June 6, 2014
By: Sharon Machlis

The Lown Institute, founded by Nobel Laureate Dr. Bernard Lown, works to curb medical overtreatments. And they make some convincing arguments about overtreatment in general. In short: With uncertainty in medicine, there are loads incentives in the American medical system for a doctor to…

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The Cruel Paradox of Underuse

May 13, 2014

This blog, the third in a series about our March 18 forum, Healing Health Care: Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misuse, focuses on the “cruel paradox” that while we are spending more and more on health care…

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