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Are Health Care Costs a ‘Crime?’

A special guest editorial cowritten by Despina Walsworth, MD, FACOG, Assistant Program Director at Oakwood Hospital Medical Center in Dearborn, Michigan, and Assistant Clinical Professor at Wayne State University, and Section Chief, Gynecologic Surgery, at John D Dingell Veterans Administration Hospital in Detroit We should be outraged, concerned, even frightened about the rampant rise of […]

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Running to Heal

On Saturday, January 7, 2012, 43-year-old Sherry Arnold left her home in the town of Sidney, Montana (population 5,191) at 6:30 a.m. for her morning run. About a mile away, she was assaulted and killed. As I learned more about Arnold, I was struck by how much she was an “everywoman” among women runners. She

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Want the Best in Cancer Care? Cut Cancer Treatment Costs

When should doctors stop prescribing chemotherapy for people with cancer who aren’t responding to treatment? With health-care expenditures skyrocketing, how can cancer specialists provide the best cancer care to the greatest number of people? Is it ethical to devote hundreds of thousands of dollars to cancer treatments that might help someone live another week? A

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Children’s vaccines – tapping into the fears

In a piece published October 13 on Salon, pediatrician Rahul Parikh takes on Robert Sears, fellow pediatrician and author of The Vaccine Book.  Parikh’s piece is one of the most important articles to show up in the discussion childhood immunizations. Parikh confronts “Dr. Bob” directly in an e-mail exchange, revealing huge gaps in the logic that underlies Sears’ criticism of conventional vaccine schedules — and huge gaps in the scientific literacy of those who believe him.

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Mandatory Flu Vaccine for Health-Care Workers? It’s About Time

I’m not sure about the statistics in the U.K., but in the United States, only about 40 percent of health-care personnel get vaccinated against the flu each year. When health-care workers skip their flu vaccines, they are jeopardizing their patients’ well being – who are likely to be at risk of complications – including death – from a flu infection.

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Breast Cancer Screening: Why Less Might Be More

When the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine mammograms for women 40 to 49 years of age in its revised guidelines for breast cancer screening in November 2009, clinicians and patients alike squirmed with discomfort, and advocacy groups like The American Cancer Society dug in their heels to reject the recommendations. That’s because USPSTF basically said that less might be more when it comes to screening for breast cancer.

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Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Arthritis Pain? Don’t Waste Your Money

Taking glucosamine and/or chondroitin for arthritis pain? You’re probably wasting your money. That’s the rather disappointing – although not unexpected – conclusion reached by a team of European investigators who carefully analyzed clinical trials of glucosamine and/or chondroitin and osteoarthritis in the hip or knee. Their results were published September 16 in the British Medical Journal.

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