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Beautiful Minds

Profiling Serial Creators

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Every single day, all across the globe, extraordinarily creative and talented students sit in our classrooms bored out of their minds. These budding innovators may differ drastically in what particular domain captivates their attention, whether it’s science and engineering, architecture and design, arts, music and entertainment, business and finance, law, or health care. Nevertheless, as Richard Florida [...]

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Compound Eye

In which Matt Shipman interviews me about the science photography business

If you’d like the backstory on how I became a professional insect photographer, SciLog‘s Matt Shipman is running a recent interview. I also give opinions, completely free-of-charge: CB: You’ve been a vocal champion for science artists, calling for greater awareness of artists’ legal rights, the need for users to give artists attribution for their work, [...]

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Doing Good Science

Health care provider and patient/client: situations in which fulfilling your ethical duties might not be a no-brainer.

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Thanks in no small part to the invitation of the fantastic Doctor Zen, I was honored this past week to be a participant in the PACE 3rd Annual Biomedical Ethics Conference. The conference brought together an eclectic mix of people who care about bioethics: nurses, counselors, physicians, physicians’ assistants, lawyers, philosophers, scientists, students, professors, and [...]

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Guest Blog

Annals of the Malaria War: Legions of Health Workers Launch an Attack

When I stepped into the schoolhouse, I instinctively tucked my camera back inside its case. Health workers had taken over its one room for the day, and a ritualistic exchange of greetings gave way to tense silence. The health workers were upset. They refused to hand out malaria medicines as dozens of children and mothers [...]

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Guest Blog

Can Obama Sell the Nation on Health Care Reform?

As a journalist and a health advocate, I have a professional interest in health care reform. But as the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act this week, I had a personal interest as well. Last fall, after three decades as a salaried employee with health benefits, I became a self-employed consultant with none. And [...]

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Observations

Expanded Medicaid in Oregon Brought More, Not Fewer, ER Visits for Nonemergencies

More bad news for Obamacare and its proponents. A new study from Oregon shows that better access to health care increased—rather than decreased—both the number of folks crowding emergency rooms and the subset of those who sought care for conditions that clearly were not emergencies. Many health experts who supported the Affordable Care Act had [...]

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Observations

Health Insurance Exchanges Open: Here’s What You Need to Know

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October 1 will be the first day millions of Americans will be able to start shopping for individual health insurance coverage in the new state-level exchanges. But polls are telling us what we already know: most people are confused by the new offerings. All of this comes despite millions of dollars spent by states and [...]

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Observations

How to Revive the Promise of Better Health Care through IT

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Four years ago the Obama administration offered up $19 billion in stimulus funds to help get health care IT (including electronic health records, or EHRs) in the pink—or at least in the black. Better information technology throughout the health care system would save money, improve care and bring the health care industry into the 21st [...]

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Observations

Common Antibiotic Not Helpful for Cough and Respiratory Infection

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When I was growing up in the 1980s and ’90s with two younger brothers, the antibiotic amoxicillin was a frequent guest in our house. Strep throat, sinus infections, sore throats, coughs; we all remember that thick, pink, bubble gum-flavored liquid perhaps a little too well. But this popular drug, like many antibiotics, is overprescribed—often given [...]

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Observations

Could Medicaid Benefits Get Pushed off the Fiscal Cliff?

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Medicaid provides benefits to more than 60 million Americans, including millions of children, who might not otherwise be able to afford medical care. This sizable government program has been sheltered from large federal cuts but is now vulnerable because of the ongoing talks in Washington to close the budget gap and avoid the fiscal cliff. [...]

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Observations

Real-Time Genetics Could Squash “Superbug” Outbreaks before They Spread

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Genetic sequences of drug-resistant bacteria have helped scientists better understand how these dastardly infections evolve—and elude treatment. But these superbugs are still claiming lives of many who acquire them in hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. And recent outbreaks of these hard-to-treat infections can spread easily in healthcare settings. Researchers might soon be able to track [...]

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Observations

Medical Technology Donations Often Fail to Help

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In the U.S. it can be difficult to avoid getting an MRI, laboratory analysis or at least an X-ray in any given year. But in poor areas, medical technologies—from expensive screening machines to simple devices—are often as rare as specialists who know how to work them. So, in an effort to improve health the world [...]

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Observations

Free Birth Control, Reproductive Services for Women Starting August 1

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Since last August, I’ve been counting down the days until my 30th birthday this Wednesday. You see, I’ve got money coming my way—not just in the form of birthday checks from my grandmother and aunts—but an even larger chunk of change, spread out over the entire year. Starting August 1, I, along with millions of [...]

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Observations

Care to Wager on the Supreme Court’s ACA Ruling?

Some people can’t wait for the U.S. Supreme Court announcement of its ruling on the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act (aka health care reform law), so they are betting on the outcome. Intrade, a popular online trading exchange, provides a platform for people to wager on whether or not future events will happen. More than [...]

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Observations

Patients Get More Unnecessary Scans from Doctors Who Own Equipment

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More and more physicians are investing in their own imaging equipment. But when a doctor stands to make money on each MRI he or she orders, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that they might be inclined to order too many scans. Patients with back problems whose orthopedic surgeons referred them for [...]

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