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How Clinical Guidelines Can Fail Both Doctors and Patients

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Any confusion over the recent news of cholesterol guidelines in the U.S. is perfectly understandable. On the one hand, the guidelines suggest that nearly half the population should use statins to stave off heart attacks and strokes. On the other, use of the drugs is not with potential side effects and, to many, will offer [...]

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For Diabetics, Healthy Habits Trump Medicine

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Against the backdrop of a government shutdown precipitated by healthcare issues and the rollout of the insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act, a conference called Diabetes + Innovation 2013 took place in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The gathering, organized by The Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School, focused on prevention and [...]

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The Health Insurance Shell Game

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The insurance industry had a rocky start a century ago. It was clear that there were untoward events that could befall any of us with catastrophic results, from the incineration of a home to the loss of the ability to maintain gainful employment from injury or death. Insurance offers a mechanism to share this risk. [...]

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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

Glaxo Decision Precedes Obamacare Rollout

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Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline’s announcement on December 16 that it will cease paying doctors to promote its products took the medical community by surprise, but the plan appears to have been in the works for some time. Employing doctors to promote brand-name drugs at conferences has been an industry standard for decades, and many researchers and [...]

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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

President Touts “Obamacare” Benefits, Return of $504 Million to Consumers This Summer

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In an effort to rally support for healthcare reforms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Barack Obama spoke today about how one requirement of his flagship law is already putting money back in Americans’ wallets.  “It hasn’t been reported on a lot,” he said, “but that’s what happened. Under a part of ACA already [...]

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