US Task Force Recommends Anxiety Screening In Kids
US Task Force Recommends Anxiety Screening In Kids

Nearly 80% of chronic mental health conditions emerge in childhood, and when help is eventually sought, it is often years after the problem’s onset.

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Startup Innovation Meets DOJ Regulations
Startup Innovation Meets DOJ Regulations

Marketing in healthcare has always been murky. For healthcare startups, it is downright dangerous, as it is where many Department of Justice investigations begin.

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Medicare Advantage Versus Traditional Medicare
Medicare Advantage Versus Traditional Medicare

A report found most Medicare Advantage plans offer little value over traditional Medicare. We should now question the need for so many clinical measurements in healthcare.

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What Quantum Mechanics Can Teach Healthcare
What Quantum Mechanics Can Teach Healthcare

Observer effect is a bedrock principle in physics. By observing something, we change it. Interestingly, how we feel affects what we observe, implying emotions influence observations.

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Countries with Low Vaccination Rates Show Unusually Negative Attitudes to Vaccines on Twitter
Countries with Low Vaccination Rates Show Unusually Negative Attitudes to Vaccines on Twitter

Globally, 1.15% of tweets related to COVID-19 vaccines mentioned side effects. Sentiments toward vaccines were on average more negative than positive, with nearly two times more negative tweets than positive ones.

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45 Tools and Resources for Student Mental Health
45 Tools and Resources for Student Mental Health

These apps, websites and services are there to help students, young adults and adults overcome challenges with stress, anxiety, substance use disorders and mental health concerns.

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Death by a Thousand Words: The Leak that Ends Roe
Death by a Thousand Words: the Leak that Ends Roe

A draft leak of Justice Alito’s interpretation of abortion references 16th century common law, when abortion was illegal. It changes abortion from a protected right to an illegal act requiring justification.

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The Relationship Between Opioids & Abortion
The Relationship Between Opioids & Abortion

The most controversial healthcare laws simplify complex issues through vague legal terms. Opioids and abortions have similar levels of outrage because their laws are similarly vague.

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When we Define Medicine as a Right

We discuss health policy in terms of rights. Instead, the medical community must challenge the notion that patient behavior can be defined as a right subject to oversight by restrictive laws.

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As Overdoses Soar, More States Decriminalize Fentanyl Testing Strips
As Overdoses Soar, More States Decriminalize Fentanyl Testing Strips

Many public health and addiction experts promote the “harm reduction” tactic to help prevent overdose deaths.

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Psychologists Should Talk Publicly about Their Own Mental Illnesses
Psychologists Should Talk Publicly about Their Own Mental Illnesses

This culture of silence is counter to what psychologists know to be true about battling stigma: that talking openly about mental health can help reduce stigma and encourage others to seek help.

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At US Hospitals, a Drug Mix-Up Is Just a Few Keystrokes Away
At US Hospitals, a Drug Mix-Up Is Just a Few Keystrokes Away

Since Vaught’s arrest in 2019, there have been at least seven other incidents of hospital staffers searching medication cabinets with three or fewer letters and then administering or nearly administering the wrong drug.

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Musk, Twitter, & Healthcare
Musk, Twitter, & Healthcare

Elon Musk purchased Twitter. The political world is now ablaze. But there is another world that should be just as alarmed, that of healthcare, where Musk’s purchase will have a far greater effect.

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The Trump Effect on Healthcare
The Trump Effect on Healthcare

Donald Trump is contagious. He infects susceptible patients with a flair for dramatic individualism. And it seems Trumpism will affect the health of the country and drive future trends in healthcare.

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CDC & DOJ: A Forbidden Love Affair
CDC & DOJ: A Forbidden Love Affair

The CDC and DOJ make for curious bedfellows. They should be different organizations. But now, personal health is public policy and individual health choices are legal mandates, blending the two.

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How Robert Langer Failed Repeatedly But Kept Going
How Robert Langer Failed Repeatedly But Kept Going

His theory was that if you could stop blood vessels maybe that would be a new way to stop cancer. To solve this problem we had to deliver large molecules to the body through tiny particles.

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Ovarian Cancer is Not a Silent Killer
Ovarian Cancer is Not a Silent Killer

Ovarian cancer is the most deadly of gynecologic tumors. Fewer than 40% of those diagnosed with ovarian cancer are cured, and approximately 12,810 people in the U.S. die from the disease every year.

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Staring at an Image of Yourself on Zoom has Serious Consequences for Mental Health
Staring at an Image of Yourself on Zoom has Serious Consequences for Mental Health

In the past few years, people across the world have spent more time on video chat programs like Zoom and FaceTime than ever before. These applications mimic in-person encounters by allowing users to see the people they are communicating with. But unlike in-person communications, these programs often also show users a video of themselves.

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Pandemic Decision-making is Difficult and Exhausting
Pandemic Decision-making is Difficult and Exhausting

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, most people didn’t think through some basic decisions in the same way they might now. In fact, even early in the pandemic you didn’t really need to.

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Selective Outrage in Healthcare, RaDonda Vaught vs. William Husel
Selective Outrage in Healthcare, RaDonda Vaught vs. William Husel

The growing government encroachment in healthcare has led to high-profile criminal cases that otherwise would be administrative concerns. How we react to the inevitable injustice indicates how we empathize in healthcare.

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COVID Innovations, Solutions to Keep a Market Going
COVID Innovations, Solutions to Keep a Market Going

The pandemic might be waning, but the medical innovations continue churning, creating an odd disconnect in healthcare. It highlights the difference in how patients experience healthcare and how the powers that be regulate it.

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How Healthcare Systems Get Their Names – and Why it Matters
How Healthcare Systems Get Their Names - and Why it Matters

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” Shakespeare may have been right about most things, but he was wrong about healthcare, where a name means everything.

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Achoo! Essential Reads for Pollen Season
Achoo! Essential Reads for Pollen Season

As pollen travels, it also triggers allergies in some 25 million Americans. Pollen exposure can cause sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, runny nose and postnasal drip – unwelcome signs of spring for sufferers. This roundup of articles from our archives describes recent findings on protecting pollinators and coping with pollen season.

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When it Comes to the Rarest of Diseases, the Diagnosis is not the Answer
When it Comes to the Rarest of Diseases, the Diagnosis is not the Answer

Moments like this – a long-awaited answer that is met with more bewilderment than relief – are not uncommon in the practice of medical genetics. Most people expect that after a long, frustrating search, finding the underlying diagnosis will provide answers and a path forward. But sometimes, in cases like Sally’s, the answer simply begets more questions.

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The 1 in 10 Physicians With Reservations about Vaccines could be Undermining the Fight Against COVID-19
The 1 in 10 Physicians With Reservations about Vaccines could be Undermining the Fight Against COVID-19

There have been several cases of doctors expressing skepticism about vaccines in the media.

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Patient Perceptions Affect Health Insurance Pricing
Patient Perceptions Affect Health Insurance Pricing

Health insurances set premiums based on assumptions in patient behavior. When that behavior becomes subjective, health insurances should then include patient perceptions in the pricing model.

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An Economic Crisis of Chronic Illnesses
An Economic Crises of Chronic Illnesses

We know medical costs lead to personal debt. Yet we continue adding to the costs, treating patients more and more. We must shift how we address costs – not as debt, but as decreased productivity.

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Why is it Tough to Treat a Cough?
Why is it Tough to Treat a Cough?

Coughs are everywhere this time of the year. They appear to be both harmless yet persistent, which make coughs particularly difficult to treat. But that has not stopped us from trying to find solutions.

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Do You Need a Second Booster Shot?
Do You Need a Second Booster Shot

People ages 50 years and older and certain immunocompromised individuals who are at higher risk for severe disease, hospitalization and death are eligible four months after receiving the initial booster shot.

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Long COVID Leaves Newly Disabled People Facing Old Barriers
Long COVID Leaves Newly Disabled People Facing Old Barriers

Up to one-third of COVID-19 survivors will acquire the condition known as long or long-haul COVID-19.

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How the ‘Test to Treat’ Initiative Aims to Get Ahead of the Next Wave of COVID-19
How the ‘Test to Treat’ Initiative Aims to Get Ahead of the Next Wave of COVID-19

If a person tests positive and treatment is deemed appropriate, oral antiviral therapy can be prescribed on the spot at no cost.

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Repurposing Generic Drugs can Reduce Time and Cost to Develop New Treatments
Repurposing Generic Drugs can Reduce Time and Cost to Develop New Treatments

Most of the time when drugs are repurposed for diseases or conditions they were not originally intended for, it is done deliberately.

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How the CDC and FDA Really Work
How the CDC and FDA Really Work

The CDC recently announced that it is evaluating its current organizational structure. We hope this leads to much needed changes, given how these health departments currently work.

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A Comment on the CDC’s Commentary
A Comment on the CDC's Commentary

For two months, the CDC allowed public comments on its draft revision of the opioid prescribing guidelines. They reveal that the guidelines are defined by what has been left out.

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Clinical Trial Meets Patient Advocacy
Clinical Trials Meets Patient Advocacy

Clinical trials represent the science in healthcare. It is how we obtain new medical information. But to advance our knowledge further, we must now study the art of medicine.

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The cheerful lexicon of the Spanish language may help solve a health mystery called the Hispanic Paradox
The cheerful lexicon of the Spanish language may help solve a health mystery called the Hispanic Paradox

This ability to minimize or exaggerate a situation by simply adding a suffix is one feature of the Spanish language that could contribute to a striking resilience in health that researchers have documented in Hispanic populations in the United States, called the “Hispanic Paradox.”

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Why Black and Hispanic Seniors Are Left With a Less Powerful Flu Vaccine
Why Black and Hispanic Seniors Are Left With a Less Powerful Flu Vaccine

“Since you have an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease in the African American community, it inherently disadvantages this population to give them the standard-dose vaccine,” said Dr. Keith Ferdinand.

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Failure to Include Black Communities in Health Policy Public Engagement Perpetuates Health Disparities
Failure to Include Black Communities in Health Policy Public Engagement Perpetuates Health Disparities

The fact that the communities with the worst health outcomes are also the communities least likely to be meaningfully engaged in health policy decision-making should not be a surprise.

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Do We Really Know What a Million COVID-19 Deaths Mean?
Do We Really Know What a Million COVID-19 Deaths Mean?

For most people, visualizing what a million of anything looks like is an impossible task. The human brain just isn’t built to comprehend such large numbers.

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Tomorrow’s COVID Safety Guidelines Will be Different From Today’s
Tomorrow’s COVID Safety Guidelines Will be Different From Today’s

The constant back and forth of rules can be frustrating, but policy changes aren’t usually a sign of mistakes. Rather, they show that for the most part, policymakers are getting things right over and over again.

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Why the Opioid Epidemic is Poorly Reported
Why the Opioid Epidemic is Poorly Reported

Few medical crises as large as the opioid epidemic have been so poorly reported. We present the results from our internal surveys to explain how such rampant misreporting transpired.

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Lack of Research Over Long COVID
Lack of Research Over Long COVID

COVID-19 is now two years old. Along the way, it transitioned from an acute to a chronic condition. In the process, it lost the attention of the public and health policy experts.

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Healthcare Venture Growth Rarely Becomes Profitable
Healthcare Venture Growth Rarely Becomes Profitable

Growth for successful healthcare startups is defined financially. In reality, growth should be defined by clinical improvements, which is less exponential and more incremental.

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The Human Genome Project Pieced Together Only 92% of the DNA – Now Scientists have Filled in the Remaining 8%
he Human Genome Project Pieced Together Only 92% of the DNA – Now Scientists have Filled in the Remaining 8%

The first end-to-end human genome was officially published on Mar. 31, 2022.

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How Does the COVID-19 Prevention Drug Evusheld Work?
How Does the COVID-19 Prevention Drug Evusheld Work?

Evusheld is the first FDA-authorized drug to prevent COVID-19 in high-risk people who aren’t adequately protected by vaccination alone.

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Alopecia is No Laughing Matter for Millions of Black American Women
Alopecia is No Laughing Matter for Millions of Black American Women

Alopecia is a medical word that refers to hair loss generally. And there are descriptors added which can refer to where the hair loss is occurring, or to the cause of it.

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What is the 411 on the New 988 Hotline?
What is the 411 on the New 988 Hotline?

The 988 Lifeline will connect callers with specialists trained to assist with mental health crises, including psychotic symptoms and substance abuse.

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Even after Lockdowns Eased, Pandemic Depression Persisted Across Social Classes
Even after Lockdowns Eased, Pandemic Depression Persisted Across Social Classes

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we found that more than 1 in 5 U.S. adults reported probable depression in both spring 2020 and spring 2021.

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Mapping Shifts in Healthcare Labor Markets
Mapping Shifts in Healthcare Labor Markets

For how much we discuss staffing shortages and limited access to care, we have a poor sense of the labor market in healthcare, and an even worse sense of the pending post-pandemic trends.

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The Actual Cost of COVID-19
The Actual Cost of COVID-19

In between conspiracy and accounting resides the truth about the financial impact of COVID-19. As a systemic risk, it is difficult to quantify, and easy to falsely attribute any cause to an effect.

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Much Ado About Aduhelm
Much Ado About Aduhelm

The data supporting Aduhelm are scant at best. But that did not stop its manufacturer from releasing additional data, showing how observational studies can be manipulated to reach a preconceived outcome.

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Vaccine Hesitancy is Complicating Physicians’ Obligation to Respect Patient Autonomy
Vaccine Hesitancy is Complicating Physicians’ Obligation to Respect Patient Autonomy

Autonomy is one of the pillars of bioethics, and it is the notion that the patient has the ultimate decision-making power. There is no denying that a patient’s decision-making responsibility is important. After all, patients want the best for themselves, and respecting their decisions is respecting their well-being.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic Offers an Opportunity to Make a Healthy Shift in Body Ideals
The COVID-19 Pandemic Offers an Opportunity to Make a Healthy Shift in Body Ideals

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyday life for many people in both trivial and profound ways, including how they look at themselves.

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What is the New COVID-19 Variant BA.2?
What is the New COVID-19 Variant BA.2

While the origin of BA.2 is still unclear, it has become the dominant strain in many countries, including India, Denmark and South Africa.

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Abortion Pills are Just as Safe to Prescribe Online as After an In-person Exam
Abortion Pills are Just as Safe to Prescribe Online as After an In-person Exam

When medication abortion, or abortion with pills, was introduced to the U.S. in 2000, it offered a more accessible option to end pregnancy.

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Why Pregnant People Should Get Vaccinated For COVID-19
Why Pregnant People Should Get Vaccinated For COVID-19

Pregnancy is often a time of sweet anticipation. But the ongoing pressure to make the right decisions for the health and well-being of both the pregnant person and the unborn child tempers this excitement.

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Four the Love of Vaccines
Four the Love of Vaccines

The FDA recently received requests to approve a second COVID booster. At the same, it is unsealing documents that were used to approve the original vaccine – creating a tale of two datasets.

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Venture Growth is not Healthcare Growth
Venture Growth is not Healthcare Growth

Growth is a curious thing. We know it when we see it, but we find it hard to replicate. This is because growth is subject to different constraints and levers that appear differently for each industry.

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A Fleeting Perception of Data
A Fleeting Perception of Data

Data only tells one part of the story when it comes to understanding health policy. The full story is found in the perceptions that form while reading healthcare articles, when words become beliefs.

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From Healthy Births to Sustainable Management
From Healthy Births to Sustainable Management

Researchers have observed that the offspring of mice and other animals derive health benefits from passing through the vagina.

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Is Omicron Mother Nature’s Variant?
Is Omicron Mother Nature’s Variant?

It spreads efficiently and quickly, it generally causes milder disease than previous variants and it may confer strong protection against other variants such as delta.

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Pollen Season is Getting Longer and More Intense with Climate Change
Pollen Season is Getting Longer and More Intense with Climate Change

Brace yourselves, allergy suffers – new research shows pollen season is going to get a lot longer and more intense with climate change.

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How College Instructors Can Help Students Take Care of Their Mental Health
How College Instructors Can Help Students Take Care of Their Mental Health

In large part because of the pandemic, college leaders have expressed increased concern for the mental health of students.

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How Pet Cancer Data Sheds Light on Human Cancers
How Pet Cancer Data Sheds Light on Human Cancers

Domesticated cats and dogs share approximately 85% of the same DNA as humans. And because both have been intimately associated with people for more than 10,000 years, they have become susceptible to some of the same diseases.

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A Perfect Post-Pandemic Health System
A Perfect Post-Pandemic Health System

The pandemic will influence the future of healthcare in many ways. The most important is the growing influence of individual policy makers over institutions of medicine.

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Healthcare has Too Much Strategy, Too Little Care
Healthcare has Too Much Strategy, Too Little Care

We obsess over clinical efficiency, to where the strategy of healthcare has taken over the art of medicine. But the best strategy is simply detail-oriented patient care.

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Employer Health Plans Must Adjust to a Hybrid Workforce
Employer Health Plans Must Adjust to a Hybrid Workforce

Employer health plans have two goals – keep employees happy and productive. As the workforce changes, the way health plans implement these goals should change as well.

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Many Ukrainians Face a Future of Psychological Wounds
Many Ukrainians Face a Future of Psychological Wounds

“Polina came to our bedroom awakened by the sound of explosions. I didn’t know and still don’t know what to tell her. Her eyes today are full of fear and terror; eyes of all of us.”

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Why Daylight Saving Time is Unhealthy
Why Daylight Saving Time is Unhealthy

Researchers are discovering that “springing ahead” each March is connected with serious negative health effects.

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How mRNA and DNA Vaccines Could Soon Treat Cancers, HIV, Autoimmune Disorders and Genetic Diseases
How mRNA and DNA Vaccines Could Soon Treat Cancers, HIV, Autoimmune Disorders and Genetic Diseases

With an mRNA or DNA vaccine, the goal is to make your body better able to recognize the very specific neoantigens the cancer cell has produced. If your immune system can recognize and see those better, it will attack the cancer cells and eliminate them from the body.

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Dogs can be Trained to Sniff out COVID-19
Dogs can be Trained to Sniff out COVID-19

With up to 300 million scent receptors, dogs are among the best smell detectors in the animal world. The human nose, by comparison, contains only around 6 million scent receptors.

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Even Mild Cases of COVID-19 Can Leave a Mark on the Brain
Even Mild Cases of COVID-19 Can Leave a Mark on the Brain

Researchers have been steadily gathering important insights into the effects of COVID-19 on the body and brain. Two years into the pandemic, these findings are raising concerns about the long-term impacts the coronavirus might have on biological processes such as aging.

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Clarifying the CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines
Clarifying the CDC’s COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

The CDC shortened the isolation from 10 days to five, followed by five days of wearing a mask for those no longer symptomatic.

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The CDC Magically Ended the Pandemic
The CDC Magically Ended the Pandemic

With a flick of the wrist, the CDC unveiled its latest magic trick, effectively ending the pandemic in the hearts and minds of many – not with new data, but through the illusion of interpretation.

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More Telehealth, More Abortion Medications
More Telehealth, More Abortion Medications

We see an increasing number of prescriptions for abortion medications – because of increasing access to abortion providers via telemedicine, which questions the validity of abortion restrictions.

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Pandemic Misinformation is Epidemic Misinformation
Pandemic Misinformation is Epidemic Misinformation

Misinformation abounds in healthcare, as we saw during the pandemic. This is not a problem in healthcare, but a feature of it, forming naturally out of the way we try to understand it.

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Surprise – Your Kids May be Nervous about Ditching the Mask
Surprise – Your Kids May be Nervous about Ditching the Mask

Most, but not all, experts agree that these changes are appropriate at this point in the pandemic. Many people, weary of the pandemic and its restrictions, gratefully welcome this step, but relief isn’t universal.

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How a Nondescript Box has been Saving Lives during the Pandemic
How a Nondescript Box has been Saving Lives during the Pandemic

Portable air filters are an option for augmenting ventilation systems, but they typically cost hundreds of dollars, which puts them out of range for schools and other public spaces that face budget constraints.

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What You Eat Can Reprogram Your Genes
What You Eat Can Reprogram Your Genes

People typically think of food as calories, energy and sustenance. However, the latest evidence suggests that food also “talks” to our genome.

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Can Delta-8 THC Provide Some of the Benefits of Pot?
Can Delta-8 THC Provide Some of the Benefits of Pot?

Delta-8 THC is a hemp-derived compound that’s closely related to delta-9 THC – what’s commonly called THC and is the psychoactive component of cannabis that’s responsible for the high that users feel.

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Can Churches be Protectors of Public Health?
Can Church be protectors of public health

Over the past two years of living with COVID-19, many churches have had to think in new ways.

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The Curious Case of Dr. Xiulu Ruan
The Curious Case of Dr. Xiulu Ruan 2022.03.01

Dr. Ruan holds the world record for the most board certifications of any physician. But today he finds himself before the Supreme Court to discuss whether opioids that he had prescribed in good faith can be considered a criminal act.

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When Behavior Becomes a Disease
When Behavior Becomes a Disease 2022.03.01

Obesity is notoriously difficult to treat. We introduce food logs and recommend diet and exercise, with varying results. Instead, we should focus on the perceptions people have with the foods they eat, as that may be the real disease.

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The Chronic Disease of Debt
The Chronic Disease of Debt 2022.03.01

Medical debt in the United States has reached pandemic proportions. It is now the largest source of debt in the country. We cannot solve it by expanding insurance coverage for clinical services. The problem is more fundamental.

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How Long Does Protective Immunity Against COVID-19 Last After Infection or Vaccination?
How Long Does Protective Immunity Against COVID-19 Last After Infection or Vaccination?

Researchers are beginning to better understand how existing immunity protects against reinfection and the prevention of severe COVID-19 that can lead to hospitalization and death.

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Ninety Percent of Drugs Fail Clinical Trials
Ninety Percent of Drugs Fail Clinical Trials

It takes 10 to 15 years and around $1 billion to develop a successful drug. Despite these investments in time and money, most drug candidates in clinical trials fail.

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Some Cancers are Preventable with a Vaccine
Some Cancers are Preventable with a Vaccine

These viruses don’t cause cancer until long after they infect a person. Rather, the viruses teach the cells how to escape cell death.

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Not Everyone is Male or Female
Not Everyone is Male or Female

Although the medical establishment is now recognizing that sex is not binary, society as a whole has been slow to embrace the concept.

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In Research Studies and in Real Life, Placebos have a Powerful Healing Effect on the Body and Mind
Could the placebo effect tell us something new about the power of our minds and how our bodies are able to heal?

Could the placebo effect tell us something new about the power of our minds and how our bodies are able to heal?

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One in Four Americans are Covered by Medicaid or CHIP
One in Four Americans are Covered by Medicaid or CHIP

As of July 2021, a total of 83.6 million Americans were insured through either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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The War on Drugs is a War on Right Thinking
The War on Drugs is a War on Right Thinking

The way we think creates the conclusions we make. Unfortunately, faulty logic has led to failed drug policy. It is time we correct the way we think about addiction and individual rights, so we can create sensible drug policies.

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When COVID-19 Policy becomes Biology
When COVID-19 Policy becomes Biology

COVID-19 challenged our fundamental assumptions on science and values, showing us how often we are wrong without realizing it. The lesson traumatized us, but also provided an opportunity to shift how we think about the two together.

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A Clinical Touch of Text
A Clinical Touch of Text

Clinical studies have a way of reaching conclusions that do not reflect individual patient experiences. One such study concludes that text messaging is not cost effective, though it is more notable for the lack of patient engagement.

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Calling the Coronavirus the ‘Chinese Virus’ Matters
Calling the corona virus the chinese virus matters

No one wants their geographic region to be associated with a deadly disease. Unfortunately, this has happened in the past with diseases such as “German measles,” “Spanish flu” and “Asiatic cholera.”

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After the FDA Issued Warnings About Antidepressants, Youth Suicides Rose and Mental Health Care Dropped
After the FDA Issued Warnings About Antidepressants, Youth Suicides Rose and Mental Health Care Dropped

We have found that FDA drug warnings can sometimes prevent life-threatening adverse effects, but that unintended consequences are common.

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Does Scaring People Work When It Comes To Health Messaging?
Does Scaring People Work When It Comes To Health Messaging

A communication researcher explains how it has gone wrong during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we can do about it.

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Trust Comes When You Admit What You Do Not Know – Lessons From Child Development Research
Trust Comes When You Admit What You Do Not Know – Lessons From Child Development Research

During the pandemic, public health officials have seemed to operate on this assumption – that confidence conveys is necessary for trust.

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In Countries More Biased Against Women, Higher COVID-19 Death Rates for Men Might Not Tell an Accurate Story
In countries more biased against women, higher COVID-19 death rates for men might not tell an accurate story

Many social factors put women at a higher risk of infection during a pandemic, since women usually assume the role of primary caregiver.

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Why Try to Kill the Physician
Why Try to Kill the Physician 2022.02.15

New models of health try to standardize patient care. In the process, they simplify clinical decision-making. But there is a limit to this, beyond which it is no longer healthcare.

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The Art in the Science of Virtual Care
The Art in the Science of Virtual Care 2022.02.15

For virtual models of care to become sustainable, they must prioritize the patient experience – not only in the clinical services offered, but in the emotions evoked.

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A Comment on Opioids for the CDC
A Comment on Opioids for the CDC 2022.02.15

The CDC released new guidelines for prescribing opioids, offering solace to many patients. But what is not included in the report may be more important.

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The Risk of Concussion Lurks at the Super Bowl
The Risk of Concussion Lurks at the Super Bowl

Over the past two decades, researchers have gained a great deal of insight into the risks surrounding concussions – some of which has led to sweeping policy changes.

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To Restore Patient Trust, Restructure Insurances
To Restore Patient Trust, Restructure Insurances

We have seen a rise in high deductible insurance policies, much to the chagrin of patients. Insurers should now acknowledge that deductibles destroy trust and restructure their policies.

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Health Equity Does Not Mean What We Think
Health Equity Does Not Mean What We Think

Health equity calls for equal patient outcomes. While laudable, it is not what most consider fair. If health equity means fairness in healthcare, then we must redefine the concept of equity.

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Vaccine Hesitancy Proves Preventive Care Has Failed
Vaccine Hesitancy Proves Preventive Care Has Failed

We believe we can only treat a disease after it appears, like cause and effect, thinking which leads to vaccine hesitancy. For preventive medicine to take hold, we must change how we think.

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Healthcare Journalists are Suffering
Healthcare Journalists are Suffering

The pandemic has pushed healthcare to the brink. Healthcare journalists struggle to make sense of it, finding themselves isolated, trapped by their words, and the target of public scorn.

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When Ease-of-use is the Endpoint
When Ease-of-use is the Endpoint

Healthcare struggles with thinking fast. We like snap decisions when treating diseases. But in the process, we have forgotten that healthcare requires both fast and slow thinking.

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Care Gaps Predict Telemedicine Trends
Care Gaps Predict Telemedicine Trends

We like to predict the future of telemedicine. But these predictions are often speculative. The most likely trends in telemedicine will be defined by how we address care gaps.

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Why Decision Makers Make Wrong Decisions
Why Decision Makers Make Wrong Decisions

In recent weeks, the CDC has struggled with policy reversals and communication errors. Yet its leaders continue to project confidence when they should instead acknowledge uncertainty.

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Healthcare Dies in the Supreme Court
Healthcare Dies in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ruled against vaccine mandates for large employers. It was an expected ruling that fell along partisan lines. But the lack of judicial rigor sets a concerning precedent.

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When Health Media Becomes Healthcare
When Health Media Becomes Healthcare

Media outlets have become the primary source of healthcare information, replacing traditional clinical journals. But the difference between the two will affect patient care.

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How to Introduce the Fourth Booster
How to Introduce the Fourth Booster

It is only a matter of time before we hear of the fourth COVID booster. The timing will correspond with the waning of Omicron sometime in Spring. We reveal the patterns beneath the messaging.

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We Have More, but Fewer COVID-19 Treatments
We Have More, but Fewer COVID-19 Treatments

The FDA has authorized multiple COVID treatments, but they remain limited for the foreseeable future due to the belief that more available treatments will reduce vaccinations.

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Is Climate Change a Healthcare Issue?
Is Climate Change a Healthcare Issue?

Climate change is a healthcare issue. But it affects healthcare at large more than it does individual patients. Therefore, we must obtain systemic data to understand its full impact.

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Normalizing Healthcare Policy Polarizations
Normalizing Healthcare Policy Polarizations

Public health is a field that thrives on compromise. Yet we have polarized and distorted it into something different. By normalizing this, we made public health about power and control, not healthcare.

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The Start of Decentralized Healthcare
The Start of Decentralized Healthcare

The push to decentralize healthcare will be defined by a shift in power from hospitals to payer networks. The shift will be driven by cost control, which will lead to further control of patient behavior.

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Risk Mitigating with Healthcare Venture Capital
Risk Mitigating with Healthcare Venture Capital

Healthcare venture capital has enjoyed unprecedented growth. A trend that will continue as healthcare embraces new reimbursement models – because venture capital risk mitigates against reimbursement risks.

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Healthcare in 2022 Will Be Subjective
Healthcare in 2022 Will Be Subjective

Clinical research is the heart of clinical medicine. It defines what we know. More importantly, it defines how we think. If we want to find solutions for problems like healthcare inequity, then we need to think subjectively.

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Healthcare in 2022 Will Be Irrational
Healthcare in 2022 Will Be Irrational

We consider progress in healthcare as a march towards efficiency. But efficiency is limited by patient behavior, which can be irrational. To strive towards healthcare efficiency, we must first understand patient irrationality.

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Healthcare in 2022 Will Be Complex
Healthcare in 2022 Will Be Complex

Healthcare is complex. We like simple. So we try to make healthcare simple, which has worked for now, but not for much longer. Soon, complex datasets will give rise to errors in interpreting and applying data to individual patients.

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Vaccine Mandates Strike at the Heart of Patient Autonomy
Vaccine Mandates Strike at Heart of Patient Autonomy 2021.12.14

Much has been said about the resistance to vaccine mandates. But beneath the rhetoric is the core issue – the growth of healthcare has come at the cost of patient autonomy, to where now many feel they have lost control of their health.

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The App is Now Your Doctor
The App Is Now Your Doctor 2021.12.14

Healthcare innovators assume patients trust healthcare technology. But trust in technology wanes when patients lose autonomy. So instead of trust, innovators should focus on autonomy when developing new healthcare technologies.

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Harm Reduction Means Patient Education
Harm Reduction Means Patient Education 2021.12.14

The government can right many wrongs by focusing on harm reduction policies to combat the rising number of deaths by drug overdose. But harm reduction is more than providing access. It is a combination of access and education.

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Abortion is a Right, but Roe is Wrong
Abortion is a Right, But Roe is Wrong 2021.12.7

Abortion is defined as a right to privacy in Roe v. Wade. The ruling protects a fundamental right but it also leads to bizarre abortion restrictions. It is time we redefine the right to abortion not as privacy, but of equal protection.

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The Omicron Narrative
The Omicron Narrative 2021.12.7

The new variant is upon us and the narrative has been set, repeating many of the familiar reactions we have come to recognize during the pandemic. We should now look at the narrative itself as the source of pandemic fear and misinformation.

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Where to Receive COVID-19 Treatment
Where to Receive COVID-19 Treatment 2021.12.7

As much as we discuss the drugs used to treat COVID-19, few know where to receive them should they develop symptomatic COVID-19 infections. This is a problem of information. It demonstrates a disconnect between broad policy and individual care.

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Is Europe a Leading Indicator for COVID-19?
Is Europe a Leading Indicator for COVID-19?

As we enter the second pandemic winter, we look for signs indicating whether COVID-19 will worsen. Europe has typically served as this indicator. But much has changed over the course of the pandemic, including Europe’s role as a leading indicator.

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Exceptions to Common Sense Law
Exceptions to Common Sense Law

The courts recently ruled vaccine mandates as unconstitutional and against public interests. But by emphasizing economic interests over public health concerns, the courts set a grave precedent that may, ironically, hurt America’s long term economic outlook.

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Of Thoughts and Language
Of Thoughts and Language

The push for healthcare equity has profoundly changed the way we view healthcare, including how we speak in medical settings. Though the most important benefit in structuring healthcare language comes not in how we speak, but in how we think.

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Financial Toxicity
Financial Toxicity

Mr. S did everything he could to beat his cancer. In the end, it was not the cancer but the cost of treating his cancer that determined his fate.

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The Hospital’s Eyes
The Hospital's Eyes

Paul the hospital janitor may appear lowly in the eyes of those who pass him by. However, he keenly observes all that transpires around him.

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An Evening’s Kiss
An Evening's Kiss

Sarah and Evan are on a date and decide to go for a walk. But to find true love, they must overcome medical conditions that leave them both self-conscious.

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Irony of Measuring Physician Burnout

Physician burnout is finally receiving the recognition it deserves. And in our world of quantitative medicine, we seek to measure and monitor it. But by quantifying it, we fail to understand the true nature of physician burnout.

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Peer Reviewed by Social Media
Peer Reviewed by Social Media

Clinical research and social media have a bizarre relationship, a complex interdependence that we have yet to fully understand. The more the two interact, the more the two influence each other, impacting all of healthcare.

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A Matter of Good Faith
A Matter of Good Faith

The Supreme Court has agreed to clarify the question of good faith as it pertains to physician prescribing behavior. In responding to this question, the court has an opportunity to address more fundamental issues of medical jurisprudence.

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Pandemic Policy Reversals were Predicted
Pandemic Policy Reversals were Predicted 2021.11.09

The pandemic has been characterized by poorly conceived policies and their inevitable reversals – with subsequent public outrage. However, these reversals should have been anticipated by policy makers, as they were predicted years ago.

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Medical Data vs. Medical Necessity
Medical Data vs. Medical Necessity 2021.11.09

This far into the pandemic, most have become aware of data’s influence in deriving policy. But using data to make decisions is less an exact science and more a value judgment, subject to the inherent biases of those making decisions.

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American Individualism, Healthcare Externalities
American Individualism, Healthcare Externalities

Individualism has been the defining feature of American culture. Yet, as we enter into a post-pandemic world in which healthcare assumes an ever-growing role, we may need to redefine individualism to include healthcare externalities.

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Journalists Decide When COVID-19 Ends
Journalists Decide When COVID-19 Ends

The public’s fascination with COVID-19 began with the attention journalists gave to it. But now that public interest in the pandemic is waning, journalists will write fewer articles about it, ending the pandemic by ending media attention.

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Direct to Consumer Chronic Care Management
Direct to Consumer Chronic Care Management

Trends in healthcare market forces have predicted new startup business models, including the early success of direct to consumer models of care. But sustained success in these models will not come from market forces but from patient trust.

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Of Policies and Uncertainties
Of Policies and Uncertainties

The US Preventive Services Task Force recently changed its guidance on aspirin as a preventative medication, a major policy shift. But for providers, the uncertainty in applying the policy will define actual change in patient care.

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America’s Medical Civil War

The Affordable Care Act has redefined federalism in America by creating new mechanisms for the state and nation to provide healthcare. But those same mechanisms can be weapons of war for future civil strife.

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When Data Becomes Due Process

Prosecutors often use patient data to investigate physicians. But patient data is biased, lacking the robustness required of evidence. And by using data as due process, prosecutors deny physicians their rights.

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COVID Vaccines for Kids

COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for children ages 5-11, a decision most had already anticipated. But lost in the predictability of the policies is critical analysis of data justifying the decisions.

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America United International, Protecting Individuals Against Judicial Misconduct

Dr. Zena Crenshaw-Logal has taken what she learned as an advocate for judicial reform to launch America United International.

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The Media Has Failed Healthcare

The rise in healthcare journalism has led to a rise in biased healthcare articles – with many articles written through inherent biases that are reiterated in subsequent articles.

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First Principles of Healthcare

First principles thinking attempts to break down complex concepts into its fundamental parts. When we apply this thinking to healthcare, we find it to be chaotic and dialectic.

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Moderna, a Modern Medical Company

Moderna’s decision to restrict the licensing rights of its vaccine came as a surprise to many. But for those who understand the modern healthcare system, the decision was expected.

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The DEA’s Long Game

The DEA recently issued a public health alert, warning of counterfeit pills. A seemingly odd alert given the DEA’s restrictions on prescription opioids, until you understand its purpose.

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Vaccine or Treatment

The public perceives the pandemic through binary thinking, as though playing a zero sum game. But healthcare is not binary. And to overcome this mindset, we should change the rules of the game.

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Abortion’s Precedent

America’s regulation of abortion sets a concerning precedent for all of healthcare. As we expand healthcare coverage, we must caution against excessive regulations of other medical conditions.

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What ‘Doing Research’ Really Means

A phrase we hear frequently of late, often among prominent personalities with little to no formal scientific training. We decode what they mean.

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Mixing and Matching Vaccines

The CDC might reverse course again, this time on mixing vaccine formularies. We review the science and politics underlying the decision.

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Modern Day Fertility Crisis

A recent report erroneously attributes decreasing fertility rates to personal choice among women, conflating economic trends with personal decisions.

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Crafting a Vaccine Marketing Campaign

We see many newly minted vaccine campaigns motivating those eligible to get vaccinated. We analyze why these campaigns will fail.

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Healthcare Equity in Medical Education

The AAMC launched an initiative encouraging medical schools to study healthcare equity – a laudable goal, but one that can go wrong.

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End of Year Healthcare IPO Bubble

Many highly valued healthcare startups are struggling as public companies, leading many to believe a healthcare bubble is on the horizon.

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Card Stacking COVID-19 Boosters

The FDA approved a booster dose for COVID-19 vaccines. A sensible decision, but we are concerned at how they derived it.

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Curious Case of Rising Death Rates

A report by NBER reveals stark disparities in American mortality, which may redefine how we see healthcare.

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Art of the Startup

The perceptions of healthcare entrepreneurship differ from its realities. This is why many healthcare startups fail.

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America’s Abortion Obsession

The United States has a long history of restricting abortions, using the pretense of medicine to enact laws that moralize a medical procedure.

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Why Healthcare Laws are Restrictive

Healthcare laws restrict specific aspects of healthcare behavior. But in restricting, they reduce complex behavior into simplified restrictions.

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Israeli Data, American Policy

Israel has become an international leader in COVID-19 research. But we should question whether we can apply Israeli data into American policy.

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Afghan Shock on Healthcare

The war on drugs has become an international battle, with foreign policy affecting healthcare domestically. The recent events in Afghanistan show how closely they link.

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Influenza and COVID-19

Fall has yet to arrive, but already we hear warnings of a combined viral outbreak of influenza and COVID, despite the data. We parse through the conjecture to discern the facts.

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Co-opting Price Transparency

Originally designed to empower patients, price transparency has transformed into a legal liability, becoming a documentation burden for healthcare institutions.

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Why Scientists Lie

There is a fine line between a lie and trying to simplify complex scientific topics. A subtle difference that forms a divide between what scientists say and what the public hears.

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Of Approvals and Mandates

A COVID-19 vaccine received full FDA approval, prompting calls for vaccine mandates. But when patients act as consumers, regulatory approval hardly affects the decision to get vaccinated.

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Data & Individuals

Healthcare is immersed in data, which now define all aspects of clinical care. But data do not define the individual, just like symptoms of a disease do not define the patient.

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Science, Politics & Ethics of Boosters

We recently approved booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine, raising many issues across different fronts, all defined by one core premise.

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Does COVID-19 Mutate Rapidly?

The pandemic lingers on, defined by the viral variants of COVID-19. We explore the mutation patterns to determine whether the end is near.

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Physician Advocacy Rings Hollow

Physician leaders call for advocacy, galvanizing the medical community to take up public health issues. But these calls appear hollow, more bluster than action.

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Are Politicians Beholden to ‘Do No Harm’?

Political rhetoric on public health policy is now affecting individual patient decisions. Should politicians be held liable for the clinical consequences?

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Empowering Police Clinically

Law enforcement often makes rapid decisions in high pressure situations – not unlike physicians. Perhaps law enforcement should train more like clinicians.

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The Healthcare Jungle

Corporate medicine has changed the once autonomous physician profession into a traditional labor workforce, eliminating the art of medicine.

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Trumpism, Post-Pandemic

Individualism has long defined America, but over the country’s history, it has appeared differently – the current version being both cynical and destructive.

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America’s Failing Healthcare

America’s healthcare system has yet again underperformed when compared with other nations, revealing systemic shortcomings that can be fixed with a shift in perception.

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The Despair Epidemic

We define the current mental health crisis through outcomes like mortality. But to truly address and fix this crisis, we must change how we perceive mental health.

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Influence of VC on Healthcare R&D

Venture capital has made its presence known in healthcare. What remains to be seen is how venture capital will affect traditional research and development in healthcare.

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Perceptions Over Outcomes

COVID-19 showed that outcomes cannot represent the full scope of patient behavior. More than outcomes, the perceptions patients hold determine the true intent behind their actions.

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When Uncertainty is the Data

Once again, the CDC has revised its stance on masks, prompting a barrage of compliments and critiques. But the announcement was prompted not by data, rather by its absence.

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Predicting COVID-19’s Fall Upswing

The alarm bells have rung, and the alarmists have spoken. COVID-19 is in resurgence. But to predict what this means – an aberration or a real trend – we should study the uncertainty.

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Modeling Patient Irrationality

Healthcare insurance models forecast behavior by assuming patients are rational and make decisions optimally – two persisting errors, proving the models to be outdated.

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Of Medicine and Law

Two unique fields, each distinct on its own, yet inextricably linked through a set of words – rights and liberty – such that the interpretation of the words defines the relationship.

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Revising the Opioid Guidelines

Nuance, a word often cited in discussions regarding the CDC opioid prescribing guidelines. But in citing nuance, they really mean complex – revealing an unresolved disconnect between thought and action.

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Paths of Understanding

The CDC has defined the process through which it will revise the opioid prescribing guidelines. One that includes public commentary as well as in-depth private conversations, creating different paths of understanding.

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Transparency by Proxy

The committee working with the committee revising the CDC opioid prescribing guidelines met in a public assembly, highlighting a contrast in transparency among those providing recommendations, and those doing the revisions.

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Pfizer’s Moral Hazard

Pfizer recently announced the possibility of a third dose, a booster dose, for the COVID-19 vaccine. An announcement met with uncertainty – from policy experts to the general public – exposing a potential moral hazard for Pfizer.

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Abundance of Ignorance

Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink – a famous line from a famous poem contrasting the abundance of water with its quality. An analogy apt for healthcare in which we find an abundance of data, but little understanding of it.

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Rural Healthcare

Rural health is all the rage these days, with opportunities abound for a previously neglected patient population. But as healthcare pivots towards the rural, it will realize a key distinction that defines this population.

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Freedom of Misinformation

Freedom means many things to many people. Above all, the freedom to disagree. But when disagreements occur not just between opinions, but between facts, the freedom of information we so proudly protect dissolves into a freedom of misinformation.

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COVID-19 Delta Surges

The final days of the pandemic may feel like a prolonged good-bye, but for regions facing local surges in viral incidence, the pandemic is anything but a distant memory. And like all memories, prone to simplifications, like most pandemic narratives.

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Rise of Physician Advocates

Patient advocacy permeates all aspects of healthcare, including regulatory processes. But lacking in the newfound emphasis on patient input is the role of physicians in the patient experience, leading to a lack of physicians in regulatory processes.

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Post-Pandemic Opioid Litigation

As Mark Twain said, history does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes. As the current wave of opioid litigation is eerily similar to what we have seen before – but with one critical difference – which may make all the difference.

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Healthcare Hybridization

Healthcare never advances along a simple course, it is always a convoluted mix of what is predicted and unanticipated – a hybrid. And to predict healthcare, we should focus less on what might happen, and more on how such hybrids form.

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Healthcare Consumerism

Population health has never been more in demand, with hospitals unveiling many new care models. But rather than the care offered, the perception of patient decision-making is more important – seeing patients as consumers.

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A Medical Decision, Made Legally

With the CDC’s abrupt decision to lift all mask mandates, businesses were left to decide whether to maintain the mandates. A decision most chose to uphold, a decision made legally in the face of medical uncertainty.

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What is Data, Really?

The FDA recently approved a drug touted to treat Alzheimer’s Disease. A decision decried by policy experts as data supporting the drug focused less on symptoms of the disease, and more on imaging studies of patients with the disease.

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Trust and Distrust

Vaccine hesitancy is pervasive among patients, even among those who opt to receive it. Yet physicians continue to denounce the hesitancy as unfounded distrust. Instead, we must acknowledge the distrust, to foster trust in the vaccine.

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Of Systems and Attributions

Of all the issues plaguing healthcare, none is more pressing than our inability to see healthcare as a complex system. As a result, we attribute fault to individuals for problems that are fundamentally systemic.

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Healthcare is Irrational

One Medical acquired Iora Health, a surprising integration of two vastly different companies that does not make sense at first glance, until we identify the driver of value creation in healthcare.

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Medical Devices & Patient Advocacy

If perception is reality, then the changing perception of post-pandemic healthcare has ushered in a new reality for the medical device industry. One in which patient advocacy is as essential as therapeutic efficiency.

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Disparity Masquerading As Equity

There is much talk about healthcare equity, and the importance of access in healthcare. But access means different things to different patients, and what is believed to be equity is often a disparity.

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The Fault In Our Letters

The WHO has introduced nomenclature redefining COVID-19 variants to prevent prejudices formed during the pandemic. But a close examination reveals this prejudice to be systemic throughout healthcare.

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Vaccine Diplomacy

The great game is now upon us, with the United States entering the fray of international vaccine diplomacy, doling vaccines to countries in need and to countries of geopolitical importance.

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The Pandemic Can Solve Healthcare’s Problems

To find meaning in suffering is to transcend it. Something we can do in healthcare now that the pandemic seems mostly behind us. But to find such meaning, we must address foundational issues facing healthcare, issues that may not have caused the pandemic, but were exposed by it.

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Brave New World

America is the land of optimism, with an undeniable taste for dystopian futures. One which pits technological advancements in medicine against personal liberties. A belief more pervasive and systemic than we think, extending well beyond the conspiratorial fringes of society.

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Medium is the Message

Today Dr. Deborah Birx is known for many things. But earlier she was known as the country’s leading voice for AIDS, and other stigmatizing infectious diseases. We follow her voice through the pandemic, deciphering how her words affected what we believed then, and what we believe now.

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Healthcare is Woke

Healthcare is now fully engaged in many of the social justice issues grappling the country. A move generally seen to be positive, essential in addressing many of the existing healthcare inequities. But the increasing politicization of healthcare may be more of a mix bag than we realize.

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CDC About Face

The CDC issued a recent revision to the mask mandate, lifting many of the preexisting requirements. A move met with a range of different reactions, revealing a growing trend of Federalism in healthcare, in which local and state governments now exercise a distinct level of autonomy.

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Databases for Healthcare Uncertainty

Data drives healthcare, whether it is individual decisions or broader health policies. But data only tells us what we know, or presume to know. Studying the uncertainty around data, in much the same way we study data, would reveal gaps in our knowledge, helping to better understand the data itself.

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Healthcare Data as Healthcare Inequity

We can now see how post-pandemic healthcare will look. Data platforms will grow in sophistication alongside a growing distrust in data, perpetuating a disparity – a dichotomy of data – forming a new type of healthcare inequity.

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A Letter to the Attorney General

We pen a letter requesting a civil rights investigation into violations of private liberties among those disenfranchised by a healthcare system in which the fear of prosecution defines the quality of patient care.

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What’s in a Number?

We present a story about two federal agents analyzing prescription data and trying to make sense of what they see – to determine if what they see is criminal. But differing perceptions lead to different interpretations of the data.

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What the Indian COVID-19 Crisis Teaches Us – About Ourselves

The country has united in support of India. A unity nowhere to be found during our own COVID-19 crisis, revealing a critical contradiction in America that defines our society, and our ability to address healthcare inequity.

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Medical Error vs. Personal Liberty

Any upgrade can be justified through the pretense of healing. It is a matter of perspective. Just like medical errors can be reinterpreted to be infringing upon one’s personal liberties. It is a matter of legal interpretation.

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Law of Patient Experience

Most healthcare laws claim to be logical, but healthcare is more experience than logic. Healthcare laws should then be defined by the patient experience – as it is experienced – not through implicitly assumed patient behavior.

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Pattern or Practice, Patient or Suspect

We request a pattern-or-practice investigation studying how law enforcement differentiates patients with dependencies from suspects with criminal intent.

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Healthcare Natural Rights

We call upon civil rights organizations and champions of civil liberties to codify healthcare natural rights for the modern era of complex healthcare.

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Substantive Due Process in Healthcare

We ask the federal courts to update and expand upon the definition of substantive due process as it pertains to healthcare rights.

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Prospecting for Vaccine Complications

Recently the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was placed on hold. We studied data to compare the risk of blood clots with the risk of vaccine availability. But instead of data, we should study our perceptions, particularly our perception of low probability events.

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Common Law & Common Sense

We have healthcare laws that we do not follow. We have healthcare policies that we actively flout. The disparity between healthcare law & policy, and patient behavior warrants an examination of our common law origins to understand how to fix these disparities.

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Financial Determinants of Health

Patient behavior follows the path of least resistance, as patients are more compliant when they face fewer hurdles in their care. Something codified recently into formal policy when the American Diabetes Association emphasized the ability to pay in the treatment of diabetes.

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A Doctor Takes the Stand

Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd, and the whole world is watching. In the midst of the legal proceedings, a physician took the stand and epitomized the principles of medical jurisprudence for the world to see.

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Patterns of Association

Expert and novice. Physician and patient. The presumed dichotomy between those deemed experts or knowledgeable, compared to those deemed novices or lacking in knowledge is more perception than reality – as what truly separates the two are patterns of association.

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Ode to Civics

In honor of National Poetry Month, we share a prose-poem dedicated to a region of America that has been decimated first by the opioid epidemic and now by the COVID-19 pandemic, reminding ourselves that what makes us great is the ability to be good to one another.

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Gain of Function in Wuhan

The World Health Organization released its initial report on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic – and in the process, released a Pandora’s box of speculation. While we may never know the true origins of the virus, we speculate on the most likely cause, which may stem from the most probable type of mutation.

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COVID’s K-Shaped Recovery

While most project an optimistic outlook for economic recovery post-pandemic, we find it to be fundamentally disjointed, revealing structural economic changes. These changes are defined by a new trend of healthcare consumerism, in which public health risk dominates basic economic decision-making.

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Healthcare Innovation is Evolutionary

The pandemic may have put an end to many things, but it only accelerated early stage funding into healthcare startups. While the exorbitant increase in funding may appear promising, it does not define success. Rather than the funding, adapting to changes in the regulatory landscape defines success for startups.

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Mens Rea & Dr. Gokal

A Houston physician finds himself facing the ire of the law after he administered vaccines to acquaintances not scheduled to receive it. But do his actions truly constitute a crime? We explore the common law origins of the modern concept of crime, and determine whether it is possible to prove criminal intent in this case.

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The Importance of Credibility

Rule of law demands equal treatment under the law. Yet when physicians are accused of crimes, rule of law often descends into mob rule. As both prosecutors and defendants fight in the court of public opinion to influence the outcome in the court of law, prioritizing the tyranny of majority over the morality of law.

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When Economy Becomes Biology

Under the new COVID-19 relief package, the federal government provides long overdue support for those suffering in the midst of a pandemic, while expanding healthcare to unprecedented levels. Though beneficial in the short term, the long term effects of expansion may prove counterintuitive and worsen patient care.

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What Happened to COVID-19 Testing?

In recent weeks COVID-19 testing has reduced significantly, which many attribute to the rise in vaccinations. But positivity rates are measured by testing for COVID-19, and if we decrease the number of tests performed, then we diminish our ability to trace positivity rates, delaying a response against a fourth wave.

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Patient Cyber Narratives

Healthcare will become more decentralized and populist post-pandemic. With patients relying upon digital and internet-based tools to seek medical care and to learn about their medical conditions. As patients experience healthcare differently, the basic patient narrative will change as well, becoming more internet-driven.

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Taxing Healthcare Behavior

If we have learned anything from the pandemic, it is that healthcare is linked to all aspects of society, and that our individual actions have overarching, collective consequences. Should we then impose a tax upon those who behave in medically harmful ways, given that those individual actions affect us all?

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The Pandemic May End Soon – That’s the Problem

With the pandemic ending, we are beginning to predict the future of healthcare and society. But the future never follows a rational, predictable trajectory. It advances in unique, unpredictable ways – often at the cost of society’s most vulnerable.

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Pandemic’s Ecological Fallacy

The pandemic ushered in clinical studies that have changed healthcare policy. But the pace of publications also led to studies with questionable evidence and notable retractions, warranting a review of how we apply broad data to individual decision-making.

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War Elephants of Healthcare

The original battle tanks of antiquity, war elephants were famed for the terror they inflicted on the battlefield. And equally famed for falling apart once faced with uncertainty. Not unlike many of the perceived truths we take for granted in healthcare.

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Anatomy of a DEA Investigation

As the opioid epidemic rages on, DEA agents and local law enforcement intensify their efforts to curtail the diversion of prescription medications. But how are they going about their investigations of healthcare providers?

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Medical Devices are for the Startups

Most new medical devices are designed and developed by startups, only to be acquired by larger medical device corporations when the new device is ready for sales. A tried and true approach to innovation that is ripe for disruption.

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Nonlinear Healthcare Models

For most businesses, the relationship between revenue and cost is defined in a straightforward unit economic model. In healthcare, this model is anything but straightforward, as the more accurately we define healthcare, the more complicated it becomes.

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When Reddit Comes For Healthcare

We all know the impact Reddit has on the financial world. But how will Reddit’s impact appear in the medical world? There are many factors that predict how a similar movement across Reddit’s healthcare platforms would look.

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There’s a Vaccine For That

The COVIDization of healthcare will usher in new trends in healthcare, the most promising of which is the widespread use of vaccines to treat a range of medical conditions, advancing the trend towards customized treatment.

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Rise of the Medical Licensing Boards

Mostly used to oversee licensing and disciplinary issues, each state’s board holds a unique relationship with the state’s attorney general’s office, and can provide medical context for healthcare legal policies.

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A New Approach to the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic is defined through statistics, which has influenced our approach to resolving it – with little success. We should now change our approach and look at the epidemic as a sequence of decisions.

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The Pandemic is a Perception

Healthcare data has proven to be of little value to both policy makers and to the public. Instead of data, we should monitor subjective metrics like fear and resiliency to predict the course of the pandemic.

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Healthcare is a System

An obvious statement that most would agree with. Yet few understand systemic thinking in healthcare, which requires an understanding of the complex patterns of behavior that define interactions in healthcare.

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COVID-19’s ‘Miracle’ Drugs

Another day, another miracle drug. Or so it seems. As seemingly every day we hear about new drugs touted as the next miracle, only to be shelved after a few weeks. We explore this trend, and examine the popularity of the drugs used to treat COVID-19 patients.

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Vaccines Versus Variants

The latest pandemic narrative pits the newly discovered, highly infectious COVID-19 variants against the efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible. But this conflates two largely disparate aspects of the pandemic, and skews our perceptions of future successes.

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Prospect Theory in Healthcare

Healthcare is irrational and patients behave irrationally. Yet we continue to develop healthcare models assuming that patients are rational. Behavioral economists have already devised models to adjust for irrationality, which healthcare needs to incorporate.

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Echo Chambers in Healthcare

Our senses are our world. So what we perceive is what we believe. With the perceptions gleaned during a patient encounter determining the healthcare beliefs we hold. We analyze how perceptions form to see how they diverge in healthcare.

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Familiarity Biases

History may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme. And the tendency to seek the familiar out of the new creates a familiarity bias. That when applied to healthcare leaves us flat-footed when addressing new problems, diseases, and trends.

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Obesity is Complicated

Obesity is a complex medical condition treated through both behavioral changes and medical intervention. But to truly help patients cope with the disease, we have to understand how patients perceive their relationship with food.

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COVID-19’s Honor System

The vaccine roll-out has been predictably unpredictable, with chaos now the norm. With all the uncertainty around when many will receive the vaccine, the system has largely come to depend upon people responding honestly about their eligibility.

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J&J COVID-19 Go-To-Market Strategy

Market entry may be a sprint, but market dominance is a marathon. And those who end up winning the market are those who best understand the market. J&J may not have the best vaccine, but they have the best understanding of the market.

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Persistent Racial Biases

The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves. In the subtle, implicit biases we continue to carry across many healthcare interactions. What may initially appear as a slight shift in perception, once repeated, soon magnifies into significant disparities.

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Did The Pandemic Improve After Inauguration?

If perception is reality, then does the perception that the pandemic will improve under Biden create the reality that the pandemic is now under control? We examine what changed with the new administration to determine what is real and what is perception.

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Healthcare Is A (Positive) Right

The pandemic has shown that public health and individual rights have an uneasy relationship. But this does not have to be so. We evaluate the concept of rights to determine the optimal relationship between the two.

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Healthcare Trends

Financial traders will tell you that market trends are more powerful than any one trading strategy. Similarly in healthcare, we find broad healthcare trends to be more impactful than any one clinical behavior for a patient’s overall health.

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The Future of Healthcare Law

COVID-19 has changed much about healthcare. Its greatest change may come in how we structure and interpret healthcare law. We study the history of healthcare law to better understand the future of healthcare laws that balance individual rights with public health.

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Intellectual Burdens In Healthcare

Liberty is the foundation of American culture. But liberty in healthcare often handicaps patients who are less educated about their health. Creating a paradox in which added liberties produce intellectual burdens among those most vulnerable.

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Eliminating the X Factor

The Department of Health and Human Services has eliminated the X-waiver requirement for physicians who prescribe opioid addiction medicine. We study the Government’s role during the vaping epidemic to understand the likely consequences of this decision.

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How Healthcare Gets Extreme

Healthcare is a balance, weighing different causes and effects, like an internal opportunity cost. But when the law simplifies the complexity of medicine, a disparity forms between healthcare and law creating extreme legal interpretations devoid of clinical context. A pattern we may see in the upcoming pandemic litigation.

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The Vaccine Is Not The Savior We Believe – But That Is Okay

The vaccine has arrived and the roll-out has begun, with many of the high-risk already vaccinated. But we should remain cautious, for what will bring an end to the pandemic is not the vaccine, but consistently maintaining the social distancing parameters, despite the perception that the worst is over.

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Can India Do The Impossible?

Within days India will begin one of the largest vaccine roll-outs in the world. Despite the enormous challenges that lie ahead, there are many reasons to believe India can pull it off. And if successful, India may prove to be an ideal case study for other nations to emulate.

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Special Report: Amicus Curiae Brief (USA v. Walmart Inc.)

Healthcare litigation surrounding the opioid epidemic has led to a slew of high-profile legal cases – with implications extending throughout healthcare. Yet regulatory policies arising from these cases run contrary to principles of good patient care – creating more harm than good. Out of concern for patients unduly affected, we wrote an amicus curiae brief for the latest civil action taken against Walmart by the Department of Justice.

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Experiencing COVID-19 Firsthand

While most of the world was relaxing over the holidays, we at Daily Remedy were struggling with COVID-19. And we soon learned that reporting on COVID-19 is far different than experiencing the disease firsthand.

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Has COVID-19 Made Us Smarter?

Living through a pandemic has undoubtedly made us more aware of our health and healthcare policy. But as we struggle to find meaning through it all, we must ask – has the experience made us more intelligent as patients?

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The Vaccine is Here

The vaccine is here – and everything seems to be going wrong. We discuss some of the obstacles encountered and identify the root cause underlying the mistakes that transpired and the inevitable mistakes to come in the future.

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COVID-19’s Mental Constraints

The pandemic has proven how complex the relationship between healthcare policy and economics can be. However, the mental constraints may be more impactful than the economic constraints. And to study the full impact of COVID-19, we should develop new ways to study COVID-19’s mental constraints.

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Mindfulness in Medical Decisions

Healthcare is a series of decisions, one after another. But most decisions are made reflexively, reiterating familiar patterns of thought. Being mindful of each decision optimizes overall decision-making, knowing when to rely on reflex judgments and when to deliberate further.

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Water, Water Everywhere

The editors write a heartfelt note thanking the readers for their support of the healthcare content and for their participation in the monthly surveys.

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Do the Previously Infected Need a Vaccine?

The vaccine roll-out is well on its way, and already the early rifts are starting to form. But the ensuing ethical debates have yet to manifest. Among them is the question of whether those previously infected need to take the vaccine. A question many remain silent on for now – which will change once the vaccines become available.

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Telemedicine and Trust

Telemedicine may be the future of healthcare. Exactly how that future will manifest varies widely. But predicting the future based upon the present will lead to incorrect predictions. So rather than follow the technology, we follow the patterns of trust among patients and the public to predict the future of telemedicine.

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Microfinance in Modern Healthcare

Microfinance has changed the world for good, helping millions support their healthcare costs. But the future of modern healthcare depends less on the financial aspects of microfinance, and more on the sense of commitment and community – the non-financial aspects – to improve patient outcomes.

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When Will COVID-19 Functionally End?

The year 2020 is finally coming to an end, but the end of the pandemic seems nowhere in sight. While COVID-19 may never be truly eliminated, we might be able to control the virus well enough to return to normalcy at some point in 2021 – assuming certain variables fall in our favor.

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When Healthcare Law and Ethics Conflict

Most assume law to be a reflection of the ethics within a society. But in healthcare, law and ethics are often conflicting, putting healthcare providers in difficult situations, compromising patient care to follow the law. But is a law really a law if it violates the ethics of patient care?

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The Pace of Healthcare

All things move at their own pace. A statement more likely to be made by a philosopher than by a healthcare policy expert. But healthcare works best when it works at a specific pace, with the optimal cadence maximizing progress while minimizing risk, both real and perceived, expected and unforeseen.

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Vaccine True Efficacy

The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of consumerism principles throughout healthcare. But not everybody is adopting these principles uniformly. And the differences may affect vaccine distribution and adoption, prolonging the pandemic. But a start-up based approach of introducing the vaccine may help discover these differences earlier and improve long term adoption.

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COVID-19 & The Future of Online News

The recent lockdowns and ongoing restrictions have brought about an increased interest in health and science news online. But a closer analysis underlying the increased readership reveals unique behaviors and trust preferences among those reading such articles – behaviors and preferences that may go on to predict the future of news consumption online.

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Quantum Healthcare

Quantum mechanics has been applied to many fields of science, including biology, leading to recent breakthroughs among longstanding problems within the field. Applying these principles in healthcare can similarly lead to profound shifts in how we approach healthcare and improve upon many problems seen in clinical practice – including our inability to handle conflicting patient information.

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Marketing Virality

A hospital executive struggles to balance the accurate reporting of viral incidence rates with the business needs of his hospital – and soon finds himself balancing the ethics of medicine with the ethics of healthcare marketing.

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Great Expectations

Bob the pharmacist prides himself on his dedication to his patients, and his commitment to his job. But when he feels corporate pressure to measure and document every task done, he begins to lose his sense of pride.

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Patient Schematics

For many physicians, their patients come to symbolize many things. For this particular physician, the patients appear as different symbols – with each symbol representing a special relationship with each patient.

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A Vaccine Mandate By Any Other Name

A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. And a vaccine mandate by any other name would be just as resisted. As we come closer to a publicly available vaccine, we come closer to the inevitable collision between the public perception of the vaccine, and the government efforts to increase participation in taking the vaccine. While the government has promised not to impose mandates in the traditional sense, there are signs that the government will try to influence public participation by offering financial incentives. We caution against this, and hope the government works to increase participation by building confidence instead – starting by surveying the public and quantifying confidence across different communities through a vaccine confidence index.

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Improving Healthcare By Minimizing Substitution Costs

Healthcare is set to change in novel, unprecedented ways in the years to come. But how we envision these changes is as important as what we seek to change – particularly when it comes to socializing healthcare under a one-payer model. Whether competition is good or bad for patients is not the issue. Rather, we should frame the debate around aspects of competition that are good for patients, by studying the substitution costs patients incur in their local healthcare markets. Optimizing the substitution costs per patient will define competitive behaviors that are beneficial for patients, and define the optimal mix of payers and providers within each local healthcare market.

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Waiting

A mesmerizing short story about a family reminiscing over a loved one as they wait patiently, and at times impatiently, in the surgical waiting room. We follow three family members – Betty, Leroy, and Melody – as they each cope with the angst of waiting while their beloved Jonathan undergoes a life altering surgery.

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Can Walmart Help Solve the Opioid Epidemic?

To stave off a pending criminal investigation, Walmart has filed civil action against the Department of Justice requesting clarification on the interpretation of the Controlled Substance Act. A law notorious for its lax interpretations that seems to change in every legal proceeding. But in seeking clarification, this case has the potential to establish a consistent framework for jurisprudence that – if developed properly – can find a balance between individual patient rights and the common good.

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Modeling the Dissemination of Opioid Settlement Funds

Legal settlements are known for quantifying medical burdens through static economic models, a problem the federal government acknowledges underrepresents the full scope of medical harm to individual patients. We propose a unique model that disseminates funds to patients based upon the relative burdens the epidemic has inflicted in each community. A model that represents the full, but disproportional extent of harm among communities across the country.

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Healthcare Has A ‘Clear & Present Danger’ Problem

State medical licensing boards have become more proactive than ever in overseeing physician behavior and enforcing punishments. But the legal tactics often used are based upon antiquated, misapplied statutes that have been overused to the point of being superfluous. This is most apparent in the ‘clear and present’ phrase used in nearly every punitive measure against physicians. But where did this phrase come from? And what are the consequences of its overuse – and certain abuse – on physicians?

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Implicit Healthcare Nudges

Nudges have recently grown in popularity within healthcare as the field continues to integrate principles of behavioral economics. But nudges have proven to be inconsistently effective, and at times even a nuisance, limiting the overall effectiveness of nudges to date – even leading some to discredit the value of nudges in healthcare altogether. But nudges do indeed hold value, though the value of the nudges resides in how the nudges are constructed – as effectively designed nudges target implicit behaviors instead of the explicit prompts that we have traditionally seen.

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Legal Fluency v. Patient Rights

Beneath all the headline grabbing criminal cases, lawsuits, and settlements that epitomize healthcare litigation lies a more fundamental legal battle – the legal fluency arising from aggregated, templated legal arguments versus the disenfranchised patient with unique, individualized medical needs. A battle that will define the lasting implications of healthcare litigation – determining whether the legal strategies used to win court cases truly reflect the patients represented in the cases.

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Defining Medically Appropriate

A term often used, but poorly defined – yet subject readily to manipulative, self-serving interpretations. Generally assumed to be behavior consistent with accepted standards of medical practice, medically appropriate is the reference standard that we all agree to – in principle – yet when we apply it in practice we find widely disparate meanings. We attempt to understand the term from the evolving history of government responses to observe how changing dynamics over time can predict changing interpretations of the term in the future.

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Trumpism Lives on in Healthcare

The elections may be over, and the current administration is likely on its way out, but the core ideals of Trumpism will live on, influencing the events of 2021 – particularly the healthcare policies of 2021. But now that Trumpism is no longer the political belief holding power, how will those beliefs impact a cohesive COVID-19 response? French historian Alexis de Tocqueville warned Americans about the ‘tyranny of the majority’, providing eerily prescient insights that can help to understand the evolution of Trumpism, and accordingly, help to prepare a unified approach to COVID-19.

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Success In The Age of COVID-19

Hope springs eternal as we transition into a new administration with a new, and hopefully more scientific approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. With promises of new interventions, mandates, and vaccines, we have every reason to feel confident in the upcoming administration’s success. But what is success in the age of COVID-19? What constitutes objective success when the parameters are fundamentally subjective? We believe success is a ratio of subjective metrics referenced against one another, providing an objective frame of reference across different populations.

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Gaming Therapy

DEA Agents Martin and Jennings find themselves in the middle of another physician investigation, analyzing data to determine what they can charge this latest physician with. But Jennings soon comes to realize that healthcare has particular attributes that make it more complicated, and quite different, from the traditional drug deals he was trained to analyze. Attributes that define cooperation and non-cooperation through the decision-making between patient and physician. Attributes, that when studied closely, redefine criminality in the clinical setting.

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A Framework For Medical Jurisprudence

Underlying all the political rancor of late is a pending matter that will have monumental implications on healthcare. The Supreme Court is set to rule on the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. But what determines Constitutionality for a field of legal interpretation, medical jurisprudence, that has been neglected for decades? How will the Justices analyze healthcare law when no recently developed frameworks exist through which we can analyze such laws?

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The Heuristics In Our Medical Decisions

The study of medical decision-making is woefully underdeveloped relative to other fields of decision-making, such as quantitative finance and criminal sociology. But to better study trends in healthcare behavior, we must extrapolate behaviors seen in other disciplines to glean potential similarities – and improve our understanding of healthcare behavior. How do day trading skills relate to vaping mortality? How do the false attributions along the crime curve relate to prescribing patterns?

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Trust Is Inherent To Healthcare

Trust is an essential aspect of healthcare – and without trust, healthcare breaks down into a series of facts, data points, and guidelines. But as legislators and policy makers weigh the future of healthcare, they should keenly note that healthcare cannot be adjudicated without trust – and to separate trust from healthcare would be to violate the natural rights of those practicing the art of medicine.

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There Is A Doctor On The Ballot

To celebrate Election Day, Daily Remedy unveils a short story about a physician entering the world of politics. Dr. Kapoor, a bright, young physician, decides to leave a promising career as a physician to enter politics in his native Iowa. While campaigning, he encounters a senior political journalist who seems baffled and then incredulous that a young physician would turn away a career of clinical medicine for a life of politics.

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Narratives – The Future of Healthcare

In today’s healthcare, technology and data reign supreme. But as we move forward, first through and then beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we will realize that the future of healthcare is defined by patient narratives. Narratives built upon implicit patient biases that determine everyday decisions. And over the course of time, the narrative the patient tells navigates the course of behavior – and when taken in aggregate, navigates the future of healthcare.

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Predicting the Election by Anticipating Voter Behavior

The election is only days away and the uncertainty has never been greater. Politics has never been as polarizing and a major COVID-19 upsurge has never seemed as imminent. Pundits across the political spectrum have postulated how all these factors will influence the overall election. But we predict the election will hinge less on the political dynamics, and more on individual heuristics, or thought patterns that influence behavior. We believe COVID-19 will influence Democratic voter behavior disproportionately more than Republican voter behavior – making a Trump victory far more likely than the polls would indicate.

NOTE: Daily Remedy takes pride in its journalistic integrity and political objectivity. We do not endorse any candidate nor any political party, and all perspectives are derived from internal research and data analysis.

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Virtue In Healthcare

Healthcare is founded on the principles of virtue. In the Oath of Hippocrates, healthcare is defined as an art to be practiced with dedication and love – attributes all physicians aspire to attain. More modern interpretations of healthcare attempt to define the role of virtue in patient care through straightforward guidelines and statutes. But we should see virtue as a complex characteristic rather than a simple metric.

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Perception & Corruption – Healthcare in Today’s Prisons

One of the hallmarks of modern healthcare is the emphasis on documentation. But anything that is emphasized is inevitably over-emphasized – and the accentuated importance placed upon documentation has distorted healthcare to the point that it has become defined by documentation. No where is this more evident than in federal prisons across the country – where healthcare is less about health and more about careful documentation.

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Impending Militarization of COVID-19

The COVID-19 vaccine is now only weeks away from being available. But having a vaccine ready and having access are two different things, as the administration and distribution of the vaccine will be overseen by the military – through a program called Operation Warp Speed, a collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services. But is the American public ready for the impending militarization of COVID-19 in the coming months?

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Undue Burdens of Healthcare Law

Healthcare laws attempt to adjudicate complex patient behaviors into standardized statutes. But in simplifying fundamentally complex concepts into standards, we inevitably find errors of approximation – that manifest as undue burdens upon select patient populations.

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Complexity Will Define the Future of Healthcare

We live in an increasingly complex world – defined by the principles of complexity which emphasize interactions and feedback loops within a constantly changing system. Principles that have revolutionized most industries across the world, but curiously has not entered into the world of healthcare. But those who can master complexity in healthcare will determine its future.

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The Psychology of Time

Time is never time alone, it always has an accompanying perception. And the changing perception of COVID-19, as we trudge our way through, has created a growing disconnect between what we know we need to do, and what we want to do. A disconnect that will define the timeline of COVID-19 for months to come.

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

Predictions, projections, and misleading conclusions seem to define COVID-19 policies. But as we continue to pursue solutions that can hopefully temper the pandemic, we need be aware of the law of unintended consequences – which may end up defining the lasting legacy of the government’s response to the pandemic.

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The Story of Pain

In the quantified world of healthcare, we continue to rely upon numbers and data to diagnose and treat patients. And we have applied a similar approach to our study of pain. But pain is fundamentally subjective, both logical and illogical, both rational and irrational. And to truly understand pain, we must study how pain has been perceived throughout history – and follow along the story of pain.

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A Framework to Understand Uncertainty in Healthcare

Today healthcare is seen as more a science than an art, but the progenitors of healthcare saw it as both a science and an art, in equal terms. The science of healthcare refines what we know, but the art of healthcare elucidates what we do not know. And what we do not know, what is uncertain, is far more impactful in healthcare than what we do know.

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When Science Speaks, Who Is The Speaker?

When science speaks, who is the speaker? Can science maintain the objectivity and credibility needed to impact patient behavior if it finds itself mired in the middle of political rhetoric?

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Quality In Healthcare – A Relationship, Not A Metric

In healthcare, we often conflate the validity of a process with the success of its outcome. And in today’s world of quality driven healthcare, conflating quality as an outcome instead of a process leads to a fundamental degradation of quality in healthcare. That is because quality is a relationship, not an individual behavior.

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A Patient Named Candide

A satirical tale inspired by the novella, Candide by the French philosopher Voltaire, reimagines Candide as a patient in today’s healthcare system.

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Fractals May Be The Missing Piece To COVID-19 Projections

Uncertainty and complexity have been the two most prominent features of COVID-19, confounding those who seek to understand and predict its behavior. But fractals, geometric patterns built upon infinitely complex mathematical models, can improve our current understanding of the dissemination patterns that define the behavior of COVID-19.

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Crime & Deterrence – The Constitutional Crisis of the Opioid Epidemic

As the opioid epidemic continues to affect lives across the country, law enforcement steps up their efforts to curtail the devastation. But they may have stepped too far and encroached upon the civil liberties of healthcare providers prompting a Constitutional crisis.

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Healthcare is a Game of Incomplete Dominance

Healthcare should be studied within the framework of the economic discipline, Game Theory, in which different perspectives or decisions have differing benefits to patients, but with no one perspective or decision being the absolute best.

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Healthcare Is Dialectic

Healthcare is defined by strongly held views that quickly develop and come into conflict with opposing views that form just as quickly. Recognizing how such interpretations form, and the underlying pattern of thought, may help to develop potential solutions.

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The BOP In The Age of Corona

A gritty tale of life inside a federal prison as inmates face and attempt to understand COVID-19 risks.

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Observer Bias Defines How We Look At Ourselves

Observer bias defines the reality we create and the narratives we tell, which may impact how we see the future.

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The Perception of COVID-19 Can Impact The Presidential Election

Perception can be greater than reality, but can the perception of COVID-19 impact the reality of the election results this coming November?

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Abortion Laws Are Fundamentally Unconstitutional

Abortion laws should be restructured to be less restrictive in nature and more affirmative – as per our founding father, James Madison.

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Imagination in Healthcare

Is imagination in healthcare important to you?

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A Moment of Duality

A medical short story inspired by the late, great WEB DuBois.

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