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US government’s WWII mobilization on penicillin is a road map to fighting the coronavirus (USA Today)
Published Mar 31, 2020Featured Image For US government’s WWII mobilization on penicillin is a road map to fighting the coronavirus (USA Today)
On March 14, 1942, an American soldier with bacteria coursing through his bloodstream was treated with penicillin, a new wonder drug that saved his life. That single treatment exhausted half the nation’s supply of the drug. Two years later, as U.S. troops prepared to launch the D-Day invasion, America had more than 2 million doses of the drugready […]
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Here’s Why Good Food & Nutrition Is Essential For Health
Published Mar 20, 2020Featured Image For Here’s Why Good Food & Nutrition Is Essential For Health
The patient’s health was suffering because he couldn’t afford one of the cheapest, most effective medicines in the marketplace. He was coming back and forth to the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center for his care. His physician, an internal medicine trainee at the University of Michigan, tried everything in her power to help the […]
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There’s Still Only One Effective Treatment For Obesity, And It’s Life-Saving
Published Mar 16, 2020Featured Image For There’s Still Only One Effective Treatment For Obesity, And It’s Life-Saving
Obesity kills. It leads to diseases like diabetes that, in turn, increase the risk of fatal cardiovascular diseases such as strokes and heart attacks. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a treatment that forestalled all this misery and mortality? Unfortunately, many treatments don’t work well, either to combat obesity or to hold off its consequences. […]
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What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet
Published Mar 11, 2020Featured Image For What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet
Ketones are a family of chemicals made by your liver, usually out of the body’s fat, to provide energy when you need it. Right now, you’ve almost certainly got some ketones circulating in your blood. If you fast for the better part of a day, the level of ketones in your blood will rise, as […]
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Why Tall People Feel So Intimidating. A Surprising Explanation.
Published Mar 05, 2020Featured Image For Why Tall People Feel So Intimidating. A Surprising Explanation.
Admit it: you can often tell a lot about a person’s personality from their facial expressions. Someone who glowers at you, forehead contracted in a glare, is probably trying to be intimidating. But what if that person isn’t glaring at you? What if they are simply so tall that, with their head tilted down to […]
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Reducing End-Of-Life Costs. It’s Not A Futile Pursuit.
Published Mar 02, 2020Featured Image For Reducing End-Of-Life Costs. It’s Not A Futile Pursuit.
In my most recent post, I describe several psychologic and economic phenomena impeding our ability to rein in the cost of end-of-life care. In brief, people with nothing to lose, who don’t trust doctors recommending they receive hospice care, and who face few economic consequences for receiving expensive care – they aren’t likely to put the […]
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The Cost Of Dying In The US Is Exorbitant. Behavioral Economics Explains Why.
Published Feb 25, 2020Featured Image For The Cost Of Dying In The US Is Exorbitant. Behavioral Economics Explains Why.
Six-year old Kimmy Merrill fell into an abandoned well outside of Oswega, Pennsylvania, her cries unnoticed in the remote countryside until her mother Susan wandered within earshot of the well. Unable to save Kimmy even with the help of local firefighters, Susan pleaded for rescue workers to dig a hole parallel to the well. Desperate […]
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Medicare Pays More Money To Doctors Taking Care Of Rich Patients. Here’s Why.
Published Feb 07, 2020Featured Image For Medicare Pays More Money To Doctors Taking Care Of Rich Patients. Here’s Why.
It has always been financially rewarding for doctors to take care of rich patients. People with more money…well, they have more money to spend on healthcare. But shouldn’t this more money/higher payment relationship go away in Medicare? It doesn’t, and some recent payment reforms may be making matters worse. (To read the rest of the […]
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What Higher Ed Can Learn From Health Care
Published Feb 03, 2020Featured Image For What Higher Ed Can Learn From Health Care
Check out my recent interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education about the rising costs of education and healthcare: For decades, higher education has come under public scrutiny for rising costs. But there is at least one other sector that seems to feel even more heat from policy makers and ire from the public. That […]
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