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How doctor’s die

Although this Saturday Evening Post article comparing how physicians and patients prefer end of life treatment is from 2013, it is interesting throughout. Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He had a surgeon explore the area, and the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. This […]

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Atul Gawande on AI

Tyler Cowen has one of his “Conversations” with Atul Gawande.  The interview is interesting throughout.  Below is an excerpt from their discussion on artificial intelligence. TYLER COWEN: …How far are we from having an AI that is capable of actually doing diagnosis to people? That is, they might speak into a Skype connection, something like Watson would […]

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How do patients and physicians make good treatment decisions?

The answer seems to be just find the “best” treatment.  In theory this sounds easy, but in practice it is difficult.  What does best mean?  What if one treatment has better outcomes on average but is riskier?  What if one treatment is more effective than another but requires injections rather than pills?  What if patients have […]

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Physician Prescribing Recommendations for Themselves and for Patients

In one of my recent publications, I show that patient and physician risk preferences differ.  Patients are willing to take take treatments with more both upside and downside risk, whereas physician prescribe treatments large based on which one provides the most efficacy to the average patient. One question that remains is how do patients and physician preferences over treatments […]

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The end of “the pill”?

For years, sexually active women and men that have wanted to avoid pregnancy have used a variety of contraceptives.  From pills to condoms, there are a lot of options out there.  Now add one more to the list, and its not what you might think. Natural Cycles is an app that helps people identify the time […]

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End of Life decisions

Netflix has a very interesting documentary on end of life decisions.  Do you put your loved one on a ventilator, extend their life, but perhaps increase their suffering?  Or do you let nature take its course, but potentially lose time you could have with your loved one.  These are not easy decisions and one that the documentary […]

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Drugs from the sea

My daughter recently went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.  Not only did she enjoy seeing all the marine life, but she learned that the oceans also help humans in many ways.  For instance, many pharmaceutical firms are looking to the ocean to see if there are compounds created by sea plants, […]

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Chocolate Bar

A truly amazing and uplifting story from Kind World from WBUR about a boy with Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1b, his friend and the Chocolate Bar Book. LANTZ: Dylan is 10 years old now. But this story starts when the boys were in first grade. Dylan’s mom Debra Siegel was driving her son home from […]

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Developing new antibiotics is vital

Antibiotics are one of the greatest inventions.  They rank in ABC News’s top 10 health advances of all time.  However, bacteria are not static.  They can change and mutate to become anti-biotic resistant.  In this constant battle against disease, new antibiotics are needed. Harvard’s Mega-Plate Petri Dish experiment shows in vivid detail why the development of […]

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Does adherence information affect physician decisions?

According to a recent study of patients with hypertension, the answer is yes. The study by Kronish et al. (2016) used a cluster randomized trial design made up of 24 providers and 100 patients.  Half of the providers were randomized to receive received a report summarizing electronically measured patient adherence to their blood pressure regimen as well as and recommended clinical to […]

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