KHN: Without proper monitoring, #contaminated #medicine makes patients sicker

By Sydney Lupkin, Kaiser Health News Photos by Heidi de Marco ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed, when a doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, was given months … Continue reading KHN: Without proper monitoring, #contaminated #medicine makes patients sicker

KHN: Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors

by Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News When Liz Tidyman’s elderly parents moved across the country to be closer to their children and grandchildren years ago, they carried their medical records with them in a couple of brown cardboard folders tied with string. Two days after their arrival, Tidyman’s father fell, which hadn’t happened before, and … Continue reading KHN: Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors

How many #marijuana puns can you fit in a lead? Find out as #Massachusetts opens its first recreational #pot shops.

Hey bud. It’s a green day in Massachusetts. Not to be blunt, but it's a stone-cold fact –  marijuana /weed/ kush/grass goes on sale legally at two stores today. Medical marijuana has been on sale for a more than a year. Now, leaf peepers can score over the counter. Recreational operations  with names like Commonwealth … Continue reading How many #marijuana puns can you fit in a lead? Find out as #Massachusetts opens its first recreational #pot shops.

Harvard Business Review on sexual harassment in health care

From HBR,  which has a three story pay-wall: Many factors make an organization prone to sexual harassment: a hierarchicalstructure, a male-dominated environment, and a climate that tolerates transgressions — particularly when they are committed by those with power. Medicinehas all three of these elements. And academic medicine, compared to other scientific fields, has the highest incidence of gender and … Continue reading Harvard Business Review on sexual harassment in health care

KHN: Dialysis Giant DaVita Defends Itself In Court And At The Polls

This company has numerous local outlets, and this story includes a comment from HBS prof.   Samantha Young It’s been a year of playing defense for DaVita Inc., one of the country’s largest dialysis providers. A federal jury in Colorado this summer awarded $383.5 million to the families of three of its dialysis patients in wrongful … Continue reading KHN: Dialysis Giant DaVita Defends Itself In Court And At The Polls

From MIT’s Undark: More and More, New Drugs Clear the FDA With ‘Accelerated Approval’

Increasing reliance on this and other means of moving drugs quickly to market have many critics worried, given that drugmakers benefit most. September 10, 2018 by Abigail Fagan & Mark Kaufman On June 28, 2011, ten police cars descended upon the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration. Scores of protesters carrying loudspeakers and donning … Continue reading From MIT’s Undark: More and More, New Drugs Clear the FDA With ‘Accelerated Approval’

#Gawande at Harvard: It’s not about a good #death. It’s about having a good #life along the way. @Ariadnelabs

Surgeon Atul Gawande's sat down with Harvard Divinity School Dean David N. Hempton last week to talk about writing, health care and mortality. He said he is not someone who came naturally to writing. He grew up in a home with academic journals, not  novels, as reading material. But a friend asked him to write … Continue reading #Gawande at Harvard: It’s not about a good #death. It’s about having a good #life along the way. @Ariadnelabs

Talk: Can we predict and #prevent #suicide?

Students are rolling back into town, and many of them will already be stressed out. Some will try suicide; some will succeed. As the CDC reported this summer, suicide rates are rising. Can suicide be prevented? A top researcher asking that question will be in town Thursday. It's a bit of a hoof and in … Continue reading Talk: Can we predict and #prevent #suicide?

From Boston — #Sepsis, #ethics and how to waste $5 billion in health dollars.

Not at the same time. Two Boston items. SEPSIS Public Citizen argues that a clinical trial of a new approach to sepsis is unethical. One of the lead investigators is at BIDMC. From NPR: A consumer advocacy organization is asking federal health officials Tuesday to halt a large medical study being conducted at major universities … Continue reading From Boston — #Sepsis, #ethics and how to waste $5 billion in health dollars.

Having a hard time navigating health care policy changes? Panelists at @nejmcatalyst roundtable offer some help

NEJM's Catalyst has posted video and text from an roundtable on navigating health care policy, this part about  about SOD - social determinants of health. Don Berwick of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement says the Kaiser Permanente approach is "thrilling...the models are surfacing." Panel discussion with @donberwick @MelindaBBuntin Patrick Conway, Raymond Vara & @edprewitt touches … Continue reading Having a hard time navigating health care policy changes? Panelists at @nejmcatalyst roundtable offer some help