Technology Comes For The Humble Stethoscope.
Two hundred years ago, a Frenchman invented a tube with which he could listen to heart and lung sounds. This was the first stethoscope. Heart disease is one of the major causes of death throughout the world. Often the abnormalities … Read More
Sepsis and Diet.
Sepsis is one of the leading killers in the United States. 1.7 million Americans get sepsis each year. Fully one-third of all patients who die in hospital have sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s response to overwhelming infection. For most of … Read More
The Surgical “Black Box” Revisited.
A little over four years ago, I wrote about a Canadian surgeon who had developed a “black box” to monitor events in the operating room and warn surgeons and nurses if they were deviating from best practices. The goal was … Read More
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Drug Costs Continue To Soar.
I have often written about the fact that drug prices in the United States are a disgrace. See here and here. We pay more for the same drugs than anyone else in the world. A recent article in the New … Read More
Malpractice Myths Don’t Match The Facts.
Last week I wrote about a study which examined over 20 years of reports to the National Practitioners Data Bank about payments made on behalf of doctors to resolve medical malpractice claims. I discussed the study findings about the most … Read More
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The Problem With Drug Prices.
There was a good story in the Washington Post earlier this week discussing some of the reasons for our high drug prices. So why are prices so high? Why doesn’t our vaunted free market system drive them lower through competition? While … Read More
Secret Conflicts of Interest
By now I am sure it is common knowledge that doctors are often paid by drug companies and by the manufacturers of medical devices. There is a strong correlation between the amount of a company’s drugs a doctor prescribes and … Read More
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Good News for Type 1 Diabetics!
Last week I wrote about one of the problems facing Type 1 diabetics: the ever increasing cost of the insulin they need to stay alive. Today, I am writing about some good news that may reduce the need for insulin. … Read More