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Doctors and patients need to be ‘evidence-literate’

An interview with John Ioannidis, MD

February 9, 2016

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

Dr. Ioannidis, professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, is a keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Lown Institute Conference, April 15-17 at the JW Marriott Hotel Chicago.

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‘Medicine and public health are not silos’

February 2, 2016

By Margie Coloian, MSJ

When pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD met with senior government officials weeks ago demanding action after she uncovered that water from the Flint River was poisoning children with lead, she gave them a deadline for alerting the public. That deadline was not met, and she held a press conference where she works, Hurley Medical Center, a large teaching hospital boasting a level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Flanked by hospital officials, who were clearly supportive, she told an anxious media and public of the health conditions that were affecting young patients and others, caused by water that was previously known to have corroded auto parts being washed at the nearby GM factory.

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‘How many of you expect to die?’ Joanne Lynn on the importance of honesty and agency in care for elders

January 6, 2016

By Kim DiGioia, MSPH

I first met Joanne Lynn, MD, Director of Altarum’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness at a conference a few years ago. Already aware of her impressive body of work and recently floored by her impassioned participation in a panel at the conference, I approached her to ask the secret to rallying audiences around a cause. Her response? “I usually ask them ‘How many of you expect to die?’”

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