Does Social Media Impact Physician Learning?

The post on Michelle Lin’s Academic Life in Emergency Medicine blog offered a perspective from Salim Rezaie, MD, on how to interpret the subtleties of a particular ECG reading in the emergency department. Within a day, the post had drawn comments by 2 prominent educators in emergency car diology (Amal Mattu, MD, professor at the Read more about Does Social Media Impact Physician Learning?[…]

Do we make bad healthcare decisions?

The super-confident, doctor-as-god types do not always perform well. One study of radiologists, for example, reveals that those who perform poorly on diagnostic tests are also those most confident in their diagnostic prowess. People are loath to challenge experts. In a 2009 experiment carried out at Emory University, a group of adults was asked to Read more about Do we make bad healthcare decisions?[…]

Are we subjecting ourselves to too many procedures

Is more truly better. As patients demand more tests to try to get to the bottom of their ailments and as physicians acquiesce and  even push it on them who gains and who suffers? It is in this context that we should truly ask ourselves this very important question. While on the surface it does Read more about Are we subjecting ourselves to too many procedures[…]

How many patients are looking for new doctors?

A third of survey respondents say they would change doctors if they could save money under an insurance plan with a different physician network. In a survey of 713 consumers by HealthPocket, if they would be willing to change physicians if it meant saving money on insurance premiums, 34% thought that keeping out-of-pocket insurance costs Read more about How many patients are looking for new doctors?[…]

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

Exercise science is a fine and intellectually fascinating thing. But sometimes you just want someone to lay out guidelines for how to put the newest fitness research into practice.

An article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal does just that. In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.

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Sharing your Stories Allows you to Learn More about Your Illness and Gain a New Perspective

At some point in your life or perhaps even now, you’re bound to be afflicted with an illness, whether it be terminal or something transient. You can find ways to avoid it or to postpone it, but whatever you do, it’s bound to happen eventually. And if it does, that doesn’t mean the world has Read more about Sharing your Stories Allows you to Learn More about Your Illness and Gain a New Perspective[…]

Health Insurance Facts – 2012 CommonWealth Fund Survey

The major insurance coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or commonly allude to as “Obamacare”) go into effect in January 2014, providing new insurance options for people without health coverage. The 2012 Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey (published April of 2013) reports  increased health insurance coverage of young adults as a result Read more about Health Insurance Facts – 2012 CommonWealth Fund Survey[…]