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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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Hospital chief residents named to program aimed at avoiding medical overuse

November 2, 2015 (Boston, MA)—The Lown Institute announced today that 32 teams of chief residents from leading hospitals across the nation have been accepted to its RightCare Educator (RCE) Program, an initiative designed to encourage clinicians to improve patient care by exploring and eliminating the drivers of medical overuse and promoting appropriate care for patients.

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Colorado doctors support RightCare Action Week

October 28, 2015

By Patricia Gabow, MD, MACP, et al

October 18-24 was RightCare Action Week. Like so many other “special weeks,” most people are probably unaware of it. But unlike many such campaigns, this one matters to every family’s wellbeing and safety. RightCare Action Week is a nation-wide activity sponsored by the Lown Institute, whose founder Bernard Lown, a prominent cardiologist, received, along with a fellow Russian physician, the Nobel Peace prize in 1985 for their establishment of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Today, Lown’s organization is aiming at a different threat—the American healthcare system’s paradoxical problem of giving many patients too much medical interventions , while also failing to give many of them the care they really need.

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Pediatric practitioners campaign for antibiotic stewardship

October 26, 2015 (Boston, MA)—Pediatricians, physician assistants and nurses across the country this month have pledged to help eliminate the overuse of antibiotics in children, citing the many harms caused when the medications are prescribed inappropriately. Calling this overuse a threat to public health, the clinicians are devoting extra time educating parents and colleagues about the proper use for antibiotics.

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