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5 CDC Social Media Activities That Influenced Online Conversations About Ebola

August 27, 2014 by Amy Rowland

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Concerns about Ebola quickly lit up social media as people reacted to the news that Ebola patients were coming to U.S. soil from Liberia within three days of each other. The following five CDC tactics on social media formed part of a broader risk communication plan.[read more]

Massive Data Breach: Time for Sports Analogies?

August 26, 2014 by David Harlow

In reading an account of the recent attack on Community Health Systems that netted the bad guys 4.5 million patient records, I was struck by the notion put across in the article that all we have to do is work harder to patch vulnerabilities, that with a better defense we can win the game against a skilled quarterback.[read more]

5 Things CIOs Should Do in Light of the Recent Patient Records Theft

August 22, 2014 by Morgan Brown

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Community Health Systems, which manages 206 hospitals in 29 states, reported this week that they were victims of Chinese hackers who infiltrated and stole more than 4.5 million patient records. The hackers made out with names, addresses and social security numbers for patients across the network during attacks in April and June.[read more]

Physicians Lose Right of Free Speech

August 20, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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A Federal Appeals Court recently decided in a Florida case that physicians could be sanctioned if they asked patients if they owned firearms if it was not medically necessary to do so. Entering this information into the medical record could also result professional discipline.[read more]

Robin Williams’s Death: A Message About Depression

August 15, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Robin Williams (Photo: USA Today)

The death of a celebrity draws tremendous attention to an issue. In Robin Williams’ case, it’s depression and suicide. These are real and so unfortunate. But if we confront this in our own lives and families maybe, in a strange way, Robin Williams will have given us one last gift.[read more]

Consumer Reports Lets Us Down with Attack on Zohydro ER

August 14, 2014 by David E Williams

Readers like me trust Consumer Reports to provide objective, unbiased recommendations on products and services. That’s why I’m so in their recent story railing against Zohyrdo ER and acetaminophen – yet fails to mention that Zohydro ER is the only extended release version of hydrocodone that DOESN'T contain acetaminophen.[read more]

GM Recalls Are Bad, But Medical Device Recalls Are Worse

August 12, 2014 by Casey Quinlan

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Imagine needing, and getting, a hysterectomy, only to discover that the surgical procedure itself turned you into an advanced stage cancer patient? That's exactly what's been going on since power morcellators became common in laparoscopic uterine surgery to remove fibroids.[read more]

Ebola in America: Measured Concern, Not Panic

August 7, 2014 by Thomas Pane

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The 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa has been making headlines around the world. One American – Dr. Kent Brantly – is in a special containment unit at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, and another is soon to follow. Here’s why we should not be overly worried about this development.[read more]

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What's Google Doing with Healthcare Blogs?

July 22, 2014 by Paul Tunnah

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Has Google got something against smaller blogging sites? The conspiracy theorists might surmise here that Google is favoring listings towards those sites that spend the most money with them, but I like to take a more optimistic approach towards the situation.[read more]

How to Communicate with Patients When Words Won't Work

July 14, 2014 by Joan Justice

What if you were a patient with a serious illness, alone in a hospital and you couldn’t communicate verbally with the medical staff? The feeling of loneliness and isolation on top of the emotional burden of being hospitalized with a serious illness would certainly be overwhelming.[read more]

Drug Risks Outweigh Benefits for Some Type 2 Diabetes Patients

July 2, 2014 by Liz Seegert

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For patients with type 2 diabetes – especially those over age 50 – the negative impact of side effects like weight gain and burdens like frequent insulin shots trumps the benefits of drugs, says a new study by the University of Michigan Health System, the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and University College London.[read more]

Conversation About Veterans Administration’s Woes Has Not Yet Hit the Right Note

The Veterans Administration’s (VA) recent efforts to handle a huge influx of medical cases of former soldiers has quickly reached “scandal” proportions in Washington, D.C. and received widespread national media attention. But the conversation about how to resolve the VA’s problems has not yet hit the right notes.[read more]