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Archive for October, 2012

The Cancer Community Discovers Family Medicine, Sort Of

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October 28, 2012

A study about quality of life for patients with terminal cancer was reported by Medscape News. I won’t repeat the whole article here, but let me let you in on a few of their insights. Said the director of a Center of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, “Physicians who claim that there...
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The Essentially Useless Annual Checkup

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October 21, 2012

We now have even more proof that the annual physical, health check, health maintenance visit, or whatever else you want to call it, is essentially useless. The Cochrane Collaboration recently published a review of the topic. They performed a meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials of annual checkups of 180,000 adults...
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How Exorbitant Health Insurance Costs Hurt Families Today

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October 17, 2012

I had a technical glitch with my blog site. I hope it’s all fixed now. I just read the most amazing article on the effect of health insurance costs on family income 😉 These two brilliant researchers started with cost data from the managed care era — the last time healthcare...
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Telling Stories of the Harms of Over-Testing and Over-Treating

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October 7, 2012

It is so hard to push back against the influence of GIMeC, because people often make up their minds about reality based on stories of other people.  How many times have you seen this story on the TV news, magazines, or TV dramas? A person had some sort of pain or...
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