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AMA Studies Show Continued Cost Burden of Medical Liability System Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00

On 1.24.18, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a new series of trend reports in its Policy Research Perspective series illustrating the price Americans pay for the nation's broken medical liability system on...and finds that getting sued is virtually a matter of when, not if, for physicians.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 10:31
Big Pharma Greets Hundreds Of Ex-Federal Workers At The 'Revolving Door' Print E-mail
Written by Sydney Lupkin, KHN   
Friday, 26 January 2018 18:26

Alex Azar's job hop from drugmaker Eli Lilly to the Trump administration reflects ever-deepening ties between the pharmaceutical industry and the federal government. A Kaiser Health News analysis shows that hundreds of people have glided through the "revolving door" that connects the drug industry to Capitol Hill and to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 18:57
Pneumonia is a Disease. Is High Cholesterol or Osteoporosis? Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 22 January 2018 18:51

"So much of what we do today in medicine falls in the gray zone between treating disease and manipulating risk," A Country Doctor Writes on 1.20.18. "In many cases, we have ended up with disease-like names, and drug based treatments, for these risk factors. In reality, many other things besides drugs can modify these risks, but our "scientific" paradigm mostly recognizes double blinded trials of medications and undervalues other approaches."

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 January 2018 19:03
Donald Trump's incredible genes Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Begley, STAT   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 00:00

Unless someone swipes one of President Trump's used forks from the Mar-a-Lago dining room and sends it to 23andMe for DNA analysis, the world will simply have to guess what the White House physician meant when he told reporters on Tuesday that Trump "has incredible genes, I just assume." Incredible genes may seem like hand-waving, but there's no question some genetic variants protect against heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and other killers. And Trump chose his parents well: His father died of pneumonia at 93 after developing Alzheimer's disease but apparently avoiding cancer and heart disease. His mother lived to 88; her cause of death was not reported, but her only known ailment was osteoporosis.
His genetic inheritance might explain how Trump can get by with only four or five hours of sleep, which supposedly raises the risk of hypertension, and yet have blood pressure of 122/74 without anti-hypertensive medication.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 18:51
Viral Video: University of Maryland hospital under fire for patient dumping Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00
Andrea McDaniels and Meredith Cohn bring us disturbing news, in a Baltimore Sun article dated 1.11.18, reporting that "The University of Maryland Medical Center's top executive apologized to a patient who was discharged and found on the street wearing only a thin hospital gown and socks outside its midtown facility, calling it an isolated incident."
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 February 2018 19:38
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