The search is over

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Ah, I’ve finally figured out where change happens.Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Early Trial Promising for Ebola Vaccine

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Infections, News,

Injections appear safe, but one expert is betting on a different approach

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Steer Clear of Cold Meds for Babies, FDA Advises

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Infections, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Pulmonology, News,

Drugs carry serious risks, and most infants, toddlers recover with rest and extra care

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Some People May Be Pre-Wired to Be Bilingual

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Neurology, Pediatrics, Radiology, News,

Learning of second language also seems to boost brain, study says

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Too Few Americans Undergo Dementia Screening

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Neurology, Geriatrics, Preventive Medicine, News,

More than half of people with the condition never had a thinking/memory test, study found

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Harm From Baseball Concussions May Linger, Study Finds

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Neurology, Sports Medicine, Emergency Medicine, News,

Batting skills often worse than normal after players return to sport

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Don’t Let High Altitude Ruin Your Holiday Trip

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Sports Medicine, Preventive Medicine, News,

Stay hydrated and give yourself time to acclimate, expert advises

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U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Drops to New Low: CDC

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Infections, Pediatrics, Dependence, Preventive Medicine, News,

But certain groups, such as those below poverty level, are lighting up more

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EPA Issues Tougher Rules on Ozone Emissions

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Oncology, Pulmonology, Asthma, Preventive Medicine, News,

Health experts praised the new limits, but industry advocates said they aren’t needed

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Spotting Hearing Problems in Infancy May Boost Reading Skills in Deaf Teens

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Family Medicine, ENT, Pediatrics, News,

Researchers found gap between screened, unscreened doubled as deaf children got older

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Your Dog Really Is Listening to You

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Family Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Research, News,

Study finds canines process speech in a human-like way

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Wellness programs are not doing well–or good.

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by in Uncategorized

A new article at the Health Affairs Blog by Al Lewis, Vik Khanna, and Shana Montrose evicerates many of the claims of wellness programs offered in the health care marketplace.  Here’s how it starts:During the last decade, workplace wellness progra…

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Who let this through at HBR?

Posted on 25. Nov, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Harvard Business Review online often has interesting and thoughtful pieces, but this one is so self-serving as to make me gag–and wonder about the editorial policies that allowed its publication. The title seems innoucous enough–”Teaching Hospit…

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Intensive training on line

Posted on 25. Nov, 2014 by in Uncategorized

I learned today of an impressive on-line educational tool produced by folks at Alfred Health in Melbourne.  It is Intensive, an educational website for doctors and other health professionals training in and practicing intensive care medicine.This …

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Danish get a pasting

Posted on 25. Nov, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Gary Schwitzer reports on the proliferation of robotic surgery in Denmark, in a publicly financed health care system.  He quotes Frederik Joelving, a Danish journalist:“What’s interesting is that even though our healthcare system is publicly …

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Doublespeak

Posted on 25. Nov, 2014 by in Uncategorized

This is from a letter an insurance company sent to one of my patients about having an MRI:So, let’s translate this:1. It’s okay with us if you have an MRI.2. We may pay for it. Then again, we may not. We won’t decide until AFTER you actually have it do…

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Obese Employees Miss More Work, Study Finds

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Family Medicine, Nutrition, Preventive Medicine, News,

Additional missed days cost U.S. economy more than $8 billion a year, researchers report

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More Advanced Emergency Care May Be Worse for Cardiac Arrest Victims: Study

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Cardiology, Family Medicine, Nursing, Emergency Medicine, News,

Good CPR, getting to hospital fast resulted in better outcomes than using sophisticated methods

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Kids’ Bag Lunches Not Meeting Nutrition Guidelines: Study

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Nutrition, News,

Second study found that providing classroom breakfast didn’t improve grades, though longer-term studies are needed

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Most Seniors Could Use Statins Under New Guidelines

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Cardiology, Pharmacy, Geriatrics, News,

Many eligible for cholesterol-lowering drugs based on age alone, study finds

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Young Guys in Large Vehicles Most Likely to Survive Crash

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Preventive Medicine, News,

Study found that in head-on collisions, lowest death rate was seen among those aged 15-24

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Childhood Obesity Brings Host of Health Problems, Researchers Report

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Cardiology, Pediatrics, Hepatology, Nutrition, News,

High blood pressure, liver problems and heart disease risk upped in heavy kids

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Adult-Sized ATVs Deadly for Kids, Report Shows

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, News,

Study highlights risks associated with all-terrain vehicles

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Primecuts – This Week In The Journals

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in PrimeCuts

By Chio Yokose, MD

Peer Reviewed

As temperatures took a noticeable dip earlier this week in New York City, prompting many of us to begrudgingly pull out our heavy down coats and boots from our closets, no place was hit harder than Buffalo, NY. Although no stranger to snow in this part of the country, even lifelong residents of Buffalo were shocked to wake up to a wall of white on Wednesday morning as a lake-effect storm, which rapidly developed over Lake Erie late Tuesday…

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Rx for Better Health Care: Kindness and Compassion

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Family Medicine, Nursing, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, News,

Data suggests that gentler, thoughtful approach helps boost patient outcomes, experts say

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Researchers Find Stem Cells That Help Nails Regenerate

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Family Medicine, Research, News,

Normal function helps with growth, but if nail is damaged, cells focus on repair

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Jogging May Help Seniors Walk Better

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, News,

Study found that the high-aerobic activity of running helped people walk more efficiently

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Where is Cardiology in 2014? An AHA Review

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in AF ablation, Atrial fibrillation, COI, corporate influence, Doctoring, General Cardiology, Health care, Health Care "Reform", Healthy Living, inflammation, Social Media/Writing/Blogging

Last week, I attended the American Heart Association (AHA) 2014 Scientific Sessions in Chicago. I was there as both a learner and physician-writer for theHeart.org. Here are a few paragraphs on the meeting. The main purpose of this post is to introduce the five editorials I wrote. The links to the posts are at the […]

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Pursuit of excellence at Alfred Health

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Uncategorized

I had a chance in advance of some presentations I’ll be making this week at Alfred Health to view a number of the clinical process improvements at The Alfred, the system’s tertiary referral teaching hospital, based in Melbourne.  The organization …

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Sunday morning, 3:48 a.m.

Posted on 24. Nov, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Dr. Grumpy: “This is Dr. Grumpy, returning a page.”Mrs. Wokemeup: “Hi, I’m a patient of Dr. Cortex. He has me on Ataxizon 500mg twice a day. Anyway, for the last week I’ve had a lot of balance problems. He did labs on Thursday, and said my Ataxizon lev…

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