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What’s the difference between a hedge fund and a hospital?

September 30, 2015

By Shannon Brownlee, MSc

On the front page of the New York Times there’s a story about hedge funds being even worse managers of delinquent mortgages than banks, which have off-loaded many of their remaining mortgages. Banks are prevented from behaving badly by stiff penalties when they fail to try to restructure loans, but not so the hedge funds.

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Thank you, Martin Shkreli

September 29, 2015

By Shannon Brownlee, MSc

If you thought overdiagnosis is a problem with existing cancer screening tests (think mammography, thyroid ultrasound, and the PSA test), now there’s CancerIntercept ™ Detect. This is a blood test that is mailed directly to consumers, who mail back a sample to the company, which then tests the blood for genetic biomarkers associated with 10 different types of cancer. Think of it as a whole body CT scan, without the expensive scanner! What could be better?

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Thousands to take a stand demonstrating a better U.S. health care system

September 18, 2015 (Boston, MA)—Doctors, nurses and patients are uniting October 18-24 to discuss the flaws in the nation’s healthcare system and demonstrate how individuals can take action to improve healthcare delivery in the United States. RightCare Action Week (RCAW), is organized by the RightCare Alliance*, an initiative of the Lown Institute.

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Katie Grimm, MD: RightCare Action Week Captain in Buffalo

September 17, 2015

By Margie Coloian

“The work I do must be grounded in the understanding that I’m treating the person with a disease, not the disease alone,” says Katie Grimm, MD. “I truly believe we are losing the ‘person’ in current disease management systems.”

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