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  • When is Compassion Not Compassionate?
    March 15, 2018 | Comments

    In 1986 the first drug was approved for the treatment of a then invariably fatal illness, now known as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. This approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) occurred just 25 months after the first human clinical trials of the drug zidovudine (also known as AZT) were initiated, one […]

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  • Risks and Rewards of Transparency
    February 22, 2018 | Comments

    Among virtues that seem incontrovertible, transparency ranks high nowadays. Everyone wants everyone else to be more transparent. In healthcare, we increasingly demand that regulatory agencies like the FDA, drug companies, and medical centers reveal their inner workings. Healthcare providers and the authors of medical research studies must disclose all sources of potential conflicts of interest, […]

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  • Should You Google Your Symptoms?
    January 4, 2018 | Comments

    Is googling symptoms a great idea or a terrible idea? It’s pretty easy to quickly see what’s wrong with this approach. Many people know firsthand that this can lead to a heightened state of anxiety and even lead to unnecessary trips to the doctor, which may in turn lead to unnecessary diagnostic tests and in […]

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  • How to Get Doctors to Stop Providing Unnecessary Care
    December 21, 2017 | Comments

    When Jack was an intern in pediatrics at what is now the New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, a new machine was installed. The doctors called it the “EMEE” machine, because it was manufactured by the EMI Company. Everyone wanted to get an EMI scan of the brain of his or her patient suspected of […]

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  • Who’s to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic
    December 14, 2017 | Comments

    Who’s to blame for our current, horrifying opioid epidemic? A recent article in The New Yorker placed the blame squarely on the Sackler family that owns the drug company that makes the prescription opioid OxyContin. A group of healthcare leaders blamed the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) for questions on a hospital survey […]

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