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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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Overdiagnosed babies, NNTs, and the war on statin science

June 6, 2014
RightCare Weekly

Earlier this week, Aaron E. Carroll of The Incidental Economist wrote at The Upshot on how definitions of disease have broadened, leading more and more people to be diagnosed with conditions that don’t necessarily cause real problems. The article is an important example of the broader concept of overdiagnosis…

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RightCare Weekly

May 22, 2014

A USA Today story published this week explores the issue of prescription drug misuse among seniors. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration, an estimated 132,000 seniors are misusing or dependent on prescription pain relievers…

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The Cruel Paradox of Underuse

May 13, 2014

This blog, the third in a series about our March 18 forum, Healing Health Care: Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misuse, focuses on the “cruel paradox” that while we are spending more and more on health care…

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RightCare Weekly

May 15, 2014

The top story this week: An article published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine estimates that over twenty-five percent of Medicare patients receive at least one unnecessary medical test or procedure each year…

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RightCare Weekly

May 8, 2014

Welcome to the RightCare Weekly, a newsletter that will help you stay on top of all the important news in the ongoing quest to move the US health care system toward the right care. We’ll bring you the most important stories, news articles, and opinion pieces of the week, along with our…

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First, Do No Harm

May 7, 2014

This blog is the second in a series to highlight some of the issues raised in the recent forum,Healing Health Care: Curing the System of Overuse, Underuse and Misuse. The forum, hosted by Universal Health Care Foundation and our parent organization CHART…

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