Saving Lives, Old-School Style

What if there was a simple, old-school style procedure that could save tens of thousands of lives every year? Better yet, what if it could be implemented at minuscule costs (about $3 million to rollout nationwide), and would require very little change in...

A Fatally Flawed Medical Educational Model

This week, many news outlets reported on how residents should be given 5 hours of sleep after working 16 hours straight. Think about that for a moment. In what other job — any job in the world — would it be acceptable to even use the term “after...

Using Aggregate Data to Help Public Health

Public health is different than our personal health. Most people take for granted the role public health agencies play in our lives, but its primary emphasis is tracking disease data across the country in order to prevent a nationwide epidemic or pandemic. Nobody...

How Good Are Doctor Rating Sites?

Ruth Given has written a paper entitled, MD Rating Websites: Current State of the Space and Future Prospects (PDF), that was recently published on THCB. It’s a 39-page informal analysis (with an emphasis placed on informal) that takes a fairly good and...

Placebos & the Doctor-Patient Relationship

As the BMJ noted in its survey of physicians’ use of placebos this past week, the placebo effect is a powerful treatment. Judith Graham’s “Triage” blog examines this phenomenon and reminds us that it’s not the pill that’s causing...

Blogging to Save a Father’s Life

Yesterday, RocketBoom founder Andrew Baron took to the blogosphere to round up support in his efforts to get a rare drug approved for use in treating his father. His father was diagnosed with a very bad form of cancer called multiple myeloma and his dad’s doctor...

Health 2.0 Northeast Meeting Review

I along with e-Patient Dave, Dan Hoch and Danny Sands, attended the second Health 2.0 Northeast meeting in Cambridge, Mass. on Tuesday night (Oct. 7, 2008). It was an initially well-attended event, with up to 150 people who came out to network (old-school style!) and...
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