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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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Doctors take to the streets to learn from patients

by Felice J. Freyer Boston Globe October 24, 2015 Hae Kyung Chung encountered a surprising sight on Boston Common the other day: two guys in white coats, holding notepads, regaling passersby. “We’re collecting stories about health care,” Dr. Aaron Stupple called out to each person walking the diagonal path to the State House. Chung stopped. The […]

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Are You Getting the Health Care You Deserve?

by Frank Lalli Parade Magazine October 30th, 2015 The next time you’re leaving the doctor’s office, ask yourself whom you want to thank for your visit. The receptionist who treated you kindly? The nurse who took a little extra time? The doctor who patiently answered question after question? Or none of the above? “If you […]

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Pharmaphobes, pharmascolds and conflict denialists

by Roger Collier Canadian Medical Association Journal November 17, 2015 Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum expected some backlash. She knew the subject she was writing about was controversial. Heck, the topic itself contains the word “conflict.” And yet, despite this, she was still surprised by the flood of angry responses to her articles. “I’ve written things before and […]

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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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