Yearly Archives: 2013

The top online health services for consumers | VentureBeat | Health | by Christina Farr

Interesting line-up of online medical shopping/info sites. Some might offer some relief from/price-conscious alternatives to emergency room visits. Perhaps good news for U.S. patients facing gigantic out-of-pocket expenses for not-sure-what value-add, a worldwide market for digital medical tourism for low-complexity medical care is emerging (see for instance, here https://ring.md/) On the other hand, I don’t see how these digital med-tech sites can replace (i.e., provide relief for the increasingly felt absence of ) expertise-through-experience based doctoring, with true, trust-based, long-term doctor-patient rapport. The top online … Continue reading

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The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder – NYTimes.com

Surprisingly critical, thoroughly researched piece by Alan Schwarz. See also recent posts here (on opening the gigantic Asian market to Western psychotropics), here (on Allen Roses critique of drug efficacy), here (on the DSM V’s focus on, well, drug treatment), here on Allen Frances’ DSM V cost predictions, here (on other types of Western toxic waste profitably deposited in the anything-goes Chinese market), my own alternative views on medical-psychiatric diagnosis and care here and here. Health Log In Register Now Help The Selling of Attention … Continue reading

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A surprisingly uncritical piece on Big Pharma’s unfettered hold on China’s health care

Not that medications do not have a place in the treatment armamentarium, but what about proper, expertise-based diagnosis first? What about the undisclosed conflicts of interest rampant in Chinese hospitals? Informed consent? Both an outsized version of the situation in the West, but without any discussion or awareness of the problem.  News US World Sports Comment Culture Business Money Environment Science Travel Tech Media Life & style Data News World news China starts to turn to drugs as awareness of depression spreads Antidepressant market booming … Continue reading

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Why hospitals will soon sequence the genes of every single patient | VentureBeat | Big Data | by Romain Nervil

Why hospitals will soon sequence the genes of every single patient Great, timely post courtesy of VentureBeat.com   via Why hospitals will soon sequence the genes of every single patient | VentureBeat | Big Data | by Romain Nervil.

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MRI technique shows how energy drinks alter heart function

MRI technique shows how energy drinks alter heart function >> Long-term effects? While Dörner and colleagues concluded that energy drinks have a short-term effect on cardiac contractility, they do not know exactly how or if this greater contractility affects daily activities or athletic performance. Also unknown is the degree to which consumption may lead to an adverse cardiac event, such as a heart attack or arrhythmia. “We cannot say if there is a risk for people with known heart disease, but that is a good … Continue reading

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Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations : Nature Neuroscience

Nature Neuroscience  Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations Brian G Dias & Kerry J Ressler Affiliations Contributions Corresponding authors Nature Neuroscience (2013) doi:10.1038/nn.3594 Received 21 September 2013 Accepted 01 November 2013 Published online 01 December 2013 Article tools Citation Reprints Rights & permissions Article metrics Abstract Abstract• References• Author information• Supplementary information Using olfactory molecular specificity, we examined the inheritance of parental traumatic exposure, a phenomenon that has been frequently observed, but not understood. We subjected F0 mice to odor … Continue reading

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Medicare currently reimburses physicians the equivalent of about 1/3 of the annual cost of cable TV for the typical patient with multiple medical problems. Is this a case of being truly too expensive for a $650 Billion per year Medicare program that pays physicians to care for complex elderly medical patients far less than what most Americans pay for cable TV? Seriously?

Love that blog. Medicare currently reimburses physicians the equivalent of about 1/3 of the annual cost of cable TV for the typical patient with multiple medical problems. Is this a case of being truly too expensive for a $650 Billion per year Medicare program that pays physicians to care for complex elderly medical patients far less than what most Americans pay for cable TV? Seriously? via » Long Office Wait Times: Don’t Blame the Patients.

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» Long Office Wait Times: Don’t Blame the Patients

Only in this wacky system of ours is something as critical as health care expected to be squeezed into a 10-15 minute office visit. via » Long Office Wait Times: Don’t Blame the Patients.

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» Why Are Screening Colonoscopies So Expensive?

» Why Are Screening Colonoscopies So Expensive?. Interesting blog post with some hard truths about U.S. medical care. Excerpt: >> Americans have a preoccupation with technology and procedures in health care instead of consultation and collaboration with their health care providers. It is because of this that the US health care system pays it’s doctors far more to perform procedures then it does for them to be doctors. A typical gastroenterologist gets reimbursed about $150 to $250 to see a new patient and to perform … Continue reading

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Exercise’s Psychological & Physical Effects on Health, Disorders, & Quality of Life

Meta-Analyses: Exercise’s Psychological & Physical Effects on Health, Disorders, & Quality of Life. Another gem from Dr. Ken Pope’s web site.    

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A senior executive with Britain’s biggest drugs company has admitted that most prescription medicines do not work on most people who take them. Science – News – The Independent

I just had the great pleasure of meeting Allen Roses. The 2003 article quoted is a reminder of “plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose”. Glaxo chief: Our drugs do not work on most patients – Science – News – The Independent.    

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DSM-5 focuses on drugs, not talk therapy

DSM-5 focuses on drugs, not talk therapy A well-written and thoughtful op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer by a social worker and psychotherapist. Please also re-read my post on expanding illness definitions.

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