Health News Review
  • Feb 27 2012

    PCORI National Patient & Stakeholder Dialogue

    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is holding a meeting in Washington today to get feedback on its draft National Priorities for Research and Initial Research Agenda (pdf file). Background on PCORI – if you’re not up on it – from their website: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) was created to conduct research to [...]

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  • Jan 31 2012

    Noteworthy new books by Eric Topol and Otis Brawley/Paul Goldberg

    Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, excerpts his new book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care on the website of Scientific American. “problems confront anyone trying to navigate all the medical procedures, operations, prescription medications, vitamins, supplements, herbs, alternative treatments, over-the-counter products, and [...]

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  • Jan 11 2012

    Health policy fear-mongering fraud on radio call-in show – how often does this occur on American airwaves?

    In more than 7 years of blogging about health care messages affecting the public dialogue, I don’t think I’ve ever written before about radio call-in programs.  But this one hit pretty close to home. Nothing makes me more upset than people fear-mongering and lying about health care to suit their own interests. I don’t listen [...]

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  • Jan 4 2012

    Editorials cite “crazy medicine, unsustainable public policy” with new radiation treatments

    We should not overlook the Journal of Clinical Oncology editorial (opens as pdf file) that accompanied the robotic prostatectomy side effects paper about which we’ve already blogged. That editorial – by 3 authors from the University of California San Francisco cancer center – reminds readers that the costs of robotic prostatectomy (on average, they say, [...]

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  • Dec 22 2011

    Unwrapping early presents, wrapping up ’11 Health Wonk Review series

    A sleigh led by a dog. Hey, the red-nosed reindeer had nothing on this mutt.  Like Rudolph’s maiden voyage with the fat man, this is the Watchdog’s first time hosting the Wonk Review.  So buckle up for a wild ride.     Man, there’s a lot in Santa’s bag:  unbundling the bundle in the jungle, [...]

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  • Dec 12 2011

    A physician and a journalist react to NIH prostate cancer active surveillance conference

    Here are two perspectives on last week’s NIH State-of-the-Science Conference: Role of Active Surveillance in the Management of Men With Localized Prostate Cancer. The first is from one of our medical editors, Richard M. Hoffman, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Staff Physician at the [...]

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  • Dec 5 2011

    Institute of Medicine publication cites work of

    I’m very pleased that – and our associated blog – were mentioned in an Institute of Medicine book, “Patients Charting the  Course: Citizen Engagement in the Learning Health System.“  The book is a summary of a workshop by IOM’s Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care.  Its description: “As past, current, or future patients, [...]

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  • Jun 8 2011

    Small town, small hospital example of how robotic surgery is promoted

    Lest anyone think that the recent studies showing how marketing is driving up the use of robotic prostatectomy (see yesterday’s post, “Ads & news (often resembling ads) fuel growing use of robotic prostatectomy“) is just academic hypothesis, let me roll out what promoters often do – an anecdote. After yesterday’s post, a physician (who wished [...]

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  • May 27 2011

    “Shocking chasm between Medicare coverage and clinical evidence”

    That’s a phrase used by Rita F. Redberg, MD, University of California San Francisco cardiologist and the editor of Archives of Internal Medicine, in her New York Times opinion piece, “Squandering Medicare’s Money.” Excerpt: Medicare spends a fortune each year on procedures that have no proven benefit and should not be covered. Examples abound: • [...]

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  • May 20 2011

    Cynical humor on medical homes & accountable care organizations

    It’s been a long week. Time to end with some humor on two hot-button health care terms. We are confident you will be amused, if not better informed, after watching these: