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Free Webinar 4/28/15: The State of Patient, Resident and Family Experience: A Review of Global Efforts Across the Continuum of Care

Free Webinar 4/28/15: The State of Patient, Resident and Family Experience: A Review of Global Efforts Across the Continuum of Care

Details of free webinar 4/28/15

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Excessive Medical Treatment?

Excessive Medical Treatment?

Upon reading Tara Parker-Pope‘s article, “Too Much Medical Treatment,” I was moved to compare and contrast my experience at San Francisco Kaiser Medical Center for the same issue: a moderately-severe sprained ankle that occurred on a Sunday. I checked in to the Emergency Room and was  immediately placed in an examining room. A nurse-practitioner...

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A Good News Day!

A Good News Day!

I love to post good news! And today the Centers for Disease Control released great news. “Death rates from all cancers combined for men, women, and children continued to decline in the United States between 2004 and 2008, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2008.” We must...

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Giving Back to the Community…

Giving Back to the Community…

Next week I will resume Monday afternoon piano concerts at The Heritage, a life care community situated in the Marina, one of San Francisco’s most beautiful neighborhoods. When I was very young, my parents emphasized the importance of putting one’s talents and abilities to use for the benefit of the community. In the process...

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Tuberculosis rates in U.S. at all-time low!

Good news! The CDC reported that TB is at its lowest rate ever in the U.S. since data has been recorded in 1953. This reflects the achievability of eradicating one of the worst scourges of mankind. The news is not all rosy, however. Analysis of TB occurrence reflects disparities within certain racial/ethnic populations within...

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Radiology Tests for Low Back Pain Usually Unnecessary

The American College of Physicians has now published its opinion regarding diagnostic radiology tests after reviewing the results of six studies. The opinion couldn’t be more blunt: “Routine radiology tests have no benefit for musculoskeletal low back pain. Six good studies that compared routine radiology tests with no testing for patients with musculoskeletal low back pain...

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Some good news!

Further to using our critical reading skills: Painful lymph node dissection in certain breast cancer patients is not significantly critical to their survival, with several caveats.  The New York Times posted the short version of this story.  More thorough discussion is here.

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Does your doctor recognize fatigue?

Most don’t.  Fatigue is a symptom for almost all illnesses, and a disease in itself as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Left untreated, it leads to additional stress and increased likelihood of injury.  There is another resource, though: Palliative care specialists DO address exhaustion as the debilitating experience it is, and there are methods to ameliorate...

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Alzheimer’s Test Clears Pre-FDA Approval

A FDA advisory panel unanimously endorsed the first Alzheimer’s diagnostic for a living patient.  MRI scans can detect the plaque within the brain which is a hallmark of the disease.  Currently the only way to determine the existence of the plaque is by autopsy. The information from the MRI, coupled with an individual’s cognitive issues,...

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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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