Harvard bestows top faculty honor on humanitarian leader, scholar: Paul Farmer appointed University Professor

A well-deserved honor for Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners In Health, who began his work in Haiti more than 20 years ago.  Mountains Upon Mountains tells his story up through 2002.

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Beth Israel erred in 3 spinal operations — Vertebrae mix-ups spur new procedures (Boston Globe)

Remind your surgeon to count your vertebrae and mark it before surgery.  You don’t want to be one of the errors. And, please, remember to get that second opinion — preferably from a different organization.

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Top Spine Surgeons Reap Royalties, Medicare Bounty – WSJ

In fact, many spine surgeries aren't needed.

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Planning Your Healthcare Needs in Advance Does Not Constitute a “Death Panel.”

How ironic that a process which will give you more choice and control is construed as life-threatening by certain fear-mongering entities with an agenda.  It takes time to learn about your future options within various scenarios in which you may find yourself, and your trusted primary care doctor now will finally be compensated for...

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Yet Again Music Demonstrates its Power for Healing…

The skills involved in listening to music, and reading music notation, are directly applicable to the training of medical students as they study cardiac rhythms and patterns.  The Lancet elaborates:

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The Respite Movement is helping with home health care.

"The mission of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs in the United States; to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and to serve as a strong voice for respite in all forums."

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As healthcare consumers, your active involvement in medical care maximizes your successful healing.

‎”Patient involvement in their health care is likely to reduce errors, adverse events, and nonadherence to treatment. Emphasis is being increasingly placed on developing partnerships between patients, physicians, and other health professionals. This may also reduce the economic burden of chronic disease and enhance healing and illness management.” Physician Communication: Barriers to Achieving Shared...

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