Monthly Archives: November 2015

THE FOUR IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR UP FRONT:

One thing patients can do is ask four simple questions when doctors are proposing an intervention, whether an X-ray, genetic test or surgery. First, what difference will it make? Will the test results change our approach to treatment? Second, how … Continue reading

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COMPLEX POLYPHARMACY IN THE ELDERLY:

This is not the only recent finding that suggests that more care can produce worse health outcomes. A study from Israel of elderly patients with multiple health problems but still living in the community tried discontinuing medicines to see if … Continue reading

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Are Good Doctors Bad for Your Health? Ezekiel J. Emanuel New York Times NOV. 21, 2015

Get me the best cardiologist” is our natural response to any heart problem. Unfortunately, it is probably wrong. Surprisingly, the right question is almost its exact opposite: At which hospital are all the famous, senior cardiologists away? One of the … Continue reading

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CRISPR: A TOOL FOR GENETIC ENGINEERING THAT CHANGES THE GAME- BIG TIME.

JENNIFER KAHN Bacteria were thought to have only a rudimentary immune system, which simply attacked anything unfamiliar on sight. But researchers speculated that Crispr, which stored fragments of virus DNA in serial compartments, might actually be part of a human-style … Continue reading

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WELCOME TO THE CLOUD HOSPITAL, WHERE BIG DATA TAKES ON MYSTERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS; Fast Company

MEDICAL RESEARCHERS ARE POOLING THEIR DATA TO FIND DIAGNOSES AND CURES FOR PATIENTS WITH EXTREMELY RARE AND SOMETIMES UNDISCOVERED DISEASES. BY SEAN CAPTAIN You probably haven’t heard of a disease called arterial calcification due to deficiency of the CD73 enzyme, … Continue reading

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