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Editorial: Defending Good Science

July 16, 2014

Cholesterol-lowering statins are the best selling drugs in the history of the world, despite recent controversy about whether or not they should be used in healthy people at low risk for heart attacks and strokes. Now there’s a new wrinkle in this argument…

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Lown Institute Makes Fellow Appointments

July 1, 2014 (Boston, MA)–The Lown Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the relationship between the doctor and patient and protecting patients from inappropriate tests and treatments, appointed two senior Fellows for an 18-month term. Brandon Combs, MD, FACP, assistant professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Adam Elshaug, PhD, MPH, associate professor of Health Care Policy at The University of Sydney Medical School, are the first fellow appointments of the Lown Institute.

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Open Letter to the BMJ

June 30, 2014

The following letter was prepared by a group of physicians, scientists, and others in response to the controversy about two recent articles in the BMJ on the use of statins for primary prevention of heart disease.

“The BMJ stands out among the top medical journals of the world as a beacon in the best tradition of science through its willingness to publish articles and studies that question orthodoxy. …”

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A “crisis” in evidence-based medicine (and a roadmap), conflicted surgeons, and a NICE update on Sovaldi

June 27, 2014
RightCare Weekly

Evidence-based medicine “in crisis,” but BMJ authors have a roadmap… Surgeons in physician-owned distributorships profit from device sales… An update on Sovaldi… HAC penalties might be targeting the wrong hospitals… Survival rates don’t mean US health care is better… Trust can overcome defensive medicine… ACOs risk driving up prices for private insurers… Advance directives are important, but doctors need to expect and look for them…

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Lown Institute Appoints Leaders in Health Care to Board

June 17, 2014 (Boston, MA)-The Lown Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the relationship between the doctor and patient and protecting patients from inappropriate tests and treatments, elected three directors to serve on its board. Chairman Nassib Chamoun welcomed Dr. David Bor, Dr. Aretha Delight Davis, and Dr. Michael Fine at a recent Lown Institute board meeting…

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“Victims of friendly fire,” time to “jump in the boat,” & misleading cancer advertising

June 13, 2014
RightCare Weekly

Dr. David Newman, who was featured in last week’s roundup writing on statins, highlights an incredibly important paper by Drs. Harlan Krumholz and Allan Detsky assessing how hospitals can help patients avoid “post-hospital syndrome.” Krumholz has written before about how disruptive hospital care can be for patients – meaning even after they’ve gotten over their illness, sometimes patients need additional time to recover from the stress of a hospital stay. There are ways to avoid the problems patients experience after hospitalizations…

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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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