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FDA spotlights unapproved use of drugs, medical devices

By Jen Christensen CNN November 14, 2016 (CNN) – Many rules regulate the way pharmaceutical companies tell you, doctors and insurance companies about their products. Drug and medical device makers, insurance companies, lawyers and patients packed a room for two full days of public hearings at the Food and Drug Administration’s campus in Silver Spring, […]

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Improving health care with the simple act of listening

by Vikas Saini STAT October 17, 2016 (STAT) – Ten years ago, a woman with a heart murmur who experienced a bout of dizziness saw me for a second opinion. Another cardiologist had told her she needed open heart surgery to replace a valve in her heart. The idea of surgery terrified her, in part because […]

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Q&A: ‘We have to involve patients in decisionmaking’

by Modern Healthcare June 4, 2016 The Lown Institute is named after 95-year-old Dr. Bernard Lown, who helped develop the first widely used cardiac defibrillator in the 1950s and founded International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The institute in Brookline, Mass., champions his idea that […]

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Administrative costs are killing U.S. healthcare

by Ryan Gamlin Medical Economics May 21, 2016   The United States faces an unenviable paradox: the healthcare sector is an important source of job growth and economic output, but healthcare costs—now comprising nearly one fifth of economic output—are dramatically higher than those in other developed nations, and continue to rise. Ryan GamlinWarren Buffet summed […]

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