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Wed, Jun 14 4:34am · Economies of scale: volume in health care

The concept is simple, if you perform the same procedure over and over; day in and day out, you tend to do it better, quicker, and safer than your counterpart who has only done it a few times, or infrequently. It’s referred to in other lines of work as [...]

Wed, Jun 7 8:00am · Multiple chronic conditions may be worse than previously suspected, especially for stroke patients

Are you tired of hearing about “chronic conditions” that affect every aspect of your health as well as your longevity? These difficult-to-manage diseases—some brought on by natural causes, others influenced by our behavior— interfere with our ability to enjoy life, and so we must address them. For example, coronary [...]

Mon, Apr 10 1:14pm · Choosing Wisely—At odds with Diagnostic Accuracy?

Primary Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease where your body attacks its self.  This happens because some of the white blood cells and several proteins made by these and other cells attack on normal functioning salivary glands (i.e. those in your mouth—leading to cavities, ulcers, and tooth [...]

Thu, Mar 23 12:33pm · Changes in Medical Education: Shifting Doctors' Attitudes in Medicine

Medical school training and admissions are going through many changes.  The medical school entrance exam (Medical College Admission Test or MCAT) is one of the notable changes.   For many years, the test focused on objective knowledge based on general chemistry and stoichiometry, organic chemistry. The test [...]

Tue, Mar 7 1:29pm · New Treatment-Sequencing Based on Biomarker Elevation in Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of death in men and women and is projected to increase to the second leading cause of death by 2020 if there are not significant treatment advances made. Our current understanding of pancreatic cancer suggests that it is a systemic disease in [...]

Fri, Mar 3 1:40am · A Head Start for HPV Vaccine: Better Series Completion

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), with about 14 million new cases each year. Surprisingly, this STD is largely asymptomatic but can carry quite a punch.  HPV affects both men and women and can [...]

Tue, Feb 21 8:00am · New ray of light for those who struggle with weight loss: low-level laser therapy

The struggle to lose weight is complex and full of challenges. For those who have struggled with their weight, finding hope and solutions can be difficult despite understanding the detrimental health consequences. There is no question that losing weight is challenging.  As a result, procedures exist that aim [...]

Dec 27, 2016 · Using the Discovery-Translation-Application cycle to enhance recovery after surgery

Seventeen years is the average amount of time it takes for research to reach the patient bedside.  But this is not always the case, as a team of clinician researchers in gynecological surgery are showing. “It shouldn’t take 17 years for new discoveries to reach patients,” says [...]

Dec 20, 2016 · New breast cancer treatment increases chances women can save their breasts

A very close family friend was just recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Even before all of her tests results came back she said, “Take both of my breasts, I don’t care.”  When someone you know or love is diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s terrifying.  All too commonly, our minds [...]

Dec 15, 2016 · What is stopping patients from enrolling in clinical trials?

Clinical trials are the mechanism through which new and promising therapies for safe, effective cancer treatment ultimately become available.  Not only do trials help identify new or best-practice therapeutic treatment options, but the act of participating in a trial has been shown to actually improve survival. One [...]
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