Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Friday Links

Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy. College Degree: No Class Time Required. Innovative Office Space. The opposite of too big to fail? The Super Bowl as a video game. Gold in them thar diapers. Deers vs. Horses.

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Does Health Insurance Matter?

In this case, the answer is yes: “[Dr. David] Dupree said she sought medical help on June 4, just days after her 65th birthday, when she would qualify for Medicare, the U.S. healthcare program for seniors. ‘The reason she didn’t go earlier was because she had no insurance,’ he said. By now, she weighed more […]

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Friday Links

The relationship between drug quality and market price. Do hospital mergers increase bypass surgery rates? Do college degrees matter? NEJM: 20% uninsured by 2020? Buy a restaurant for $100? Number of FDA warning letters issued in 2011.

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Tuesday Links

Can ecstasy beat cancer? Smugling drugs into Mexico. Spotlight on… Julie Taymor. Bacteria stops dengue fever. Source of cholera?

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Friday’s Fun Links

Caregiving robots. Obesity Epidemic (not what you think) A State where marijuana is almost legal but caffeinated beer is not. Old people are ruining America. 3 HR = 2 facials?

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Mid-Week Links

Is comparative effectiveness really coming to Medicare?  When is OK not to follow the guidelines? Happy smokers vs. unhappy smokers in France. Are GPs living the good life in France? Will Groupon collapse? Cigarette Rx?

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Health Reform in the UK

Health Reform in the U.S. means more government involvement in health care.  More public insurance (expanding Medicaid), more government intervention in the insurance market (health exchanges), and government being a driving force for innovation (the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation). In the UK on the other hand, “Health Reform” means more privatization, not less.  As […]

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Wednesday Afternoon Links

Japanese toilets and electricity shortages. California’s priorities: higher education of prisons? Progress on ACOs in Medicare. 1:273. Quality vs. convenience.

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Japan’s Nuclear Fallout: The Health Impact

The before-and-after pictures of the tsunami in Japan are heart-wrenching.  And things look to be getting worse.  From the New York Times: “With hydrogen gas bubbling up from chemical reactions set off by the hot fuel rods, the storage pond produced a fire and powerful explosion on Tuesday morning that blew a 26-foot-wide hole in […]

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The Release of a Nobel Prize Winner

The BBC reports that Nobel Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi has been released from house arrest. Ms. Suu Kyi has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years. The country Burma (also known as Myanmar), has been ruled as a military dictatorship for the past twenty years.  The military suspended the Burmese constitution in September […]

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