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Patient Privacy Threatened By End of Legal Decency

Jun 03 2018 - 18:06

When lawyers and marketing firms can directly target patients, via their mobile phones, while in the ER, the time is yesterday to preserve once presumed protected health information.

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20% of Young-Adult Deaths Opioid Related, Study Finds

Jun 01 2018 - 16:06

Reviewing statistics relating to all deaths in the United States during a recent 16-year period, researchers determined that fatalities of young adults from opioid abuse have increased nearly 300 percent over that time.

They also found that in 2016, the last year studied, 20 percent of all deaths in this age group were opioid related.  

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European Cardiologists Offer To Treat Strokes. Is That Good?

Jun 01 2018 - 06:06

Both Dr. Wells and I often write, as clinicians, about the changing landscape in healthcare, bemoaning how administrators or technologies break the patient-physician relationship. But sometimes there is a self-inflicted wound when physicians for a variety of reasons move away from caring for patients to providing procedures. A presentation at the recent European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions is, unfortunately, a perfect example. (The inclusion of intervention in their title is the first clue that we may have a problem)

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Wanna Get The Opioid Mess All Wrong? Ask Keith Humphreys

May 31 2018 - 20:05

Keith Humphreys, a psychologist, writes about opioids for the Washington Post. But he has an unusual take on the matter. Does Humphreys know what he's talking about? Let's see. 

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Reductionism Gone Awry

May 31 2018 - 10:05

Sometimes a study leaves you gobstruck – and not in a good way. A current article in Circulation: Heart Failure looks at how dietary protein intake impacts the risk of heart failure. Basically, this is a study of 2441 Finnish men age 42 to 60 studied over a mean period of 22 years looking at the incidence of heart failure based on the amount of protein in their diet. Their finding

“In middle-aged men, higher protein intake was marginally associated with increased risk of HF (heart failure).”

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To Predict ‘Next Wave of Drug Abuse,’ FDA Listens To The Internet And Follows The Pills

May 31 2018 - 03:05

Can the FDA's tactics to impact the current opioid problem also predict its successor?

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NFL's Medical Chief: Playing for KC, and Now Also an MD

May 30 2018 - 15:05

This week, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an NFL offensive lineman, graduated from McGill University’s medical school while an active player for the Kansas City Chiefs. In football's modern era, if not the NFL's entire history, his fascinating accomplishment – the first active player to hold a medical degree – appears to be unprecedented.

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With Consumer Privacy Center Stage, Why Aren’t We Talking About Health Data?

May 30 2018 - 14:05

With the proposed consumer privacy initiative in California a reaction to internet data abuse, it is time, even overdue, to discuss the murky territory once presumed protected health information has entered.

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With Glyphosate, Science Claws Out A Victory In France, While Ramazinni Loses More Credibility In Belgium

May 30 2018 - 11:05

In 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron held fast with his environmental allies against science and declared they would ban the herbicide glyphosate despite the overwhelming consensus on its safety and necessity.

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A Guide To Television Drug Advertising

May 30 2018 - 07:05

The ubiquitous television advertising about prescription drugs is highly structured by the FDA and helps to explain why the speaker is talking so fast at the end of the advertisement. 

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