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Obesity, and the Limits of Imagination

The issue (January 16, 2018) of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) was devoted to the topic of obesity. On the one hand, we may be thankful this intractable public health scourge is receiving the high level attention it deserves. On the other, we may lament the need for such attention in 2018, so many years and decades into a problem we created, and which we have known all along how to address and prevent if ever we mustered the will.

10 days

What is a Digital Therapeutic?

While definitions vary, digital health products usually refer to information and communications technologies used to send, receive or exchange medical information. Typical examples include telemedicine, mobile apps and predictive analytics.

11 days

Treating Insomnia Without​ Medication

Do your worries keep you awake at night? Restorative sleep is so important for our health yet is often sabotaged by anxiety. If you are a "sleep worrier" you may benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (abbreviated CBTi). CBT for insomnia is a targeted insomnia treatment that can have long-term benefit and doesn't require taking medication.

12 days

Ode to Olive Oil

As lovingly and lavishly revealed in her own photo-essay on the topic, my wife and I are recently back from co-hosting an Oldways sponsored culinary travel adventure through Sicily. We ate, we drank, we toured, we made friends, we saw the dual beauties of nature and ancient civilization, and then- inevitably- we ate and drank some more!

13 days

The Roots of Pain

I was privileged this week to speak at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society. It was especially gratifying to address a group of clinicians and researchers committed to one of the most laudable causes in all of health care: the relief of pain, and the alleviation of human suffering. Maybe they lose by a nose to those saving the rain forests, but it’s a close call.

15 days

The New Medicaid Business Model

Medical care, whether it is sick care or prevention and wellness care, is in desperate need of new business models. Most physician entrepreneurs have a hard time describing a business model, let alone creating new ones. They are not alone.

15 days

Muddled Guidance at Menopause

By definition, a muddle is an untidy or disorganized collection. The verb denotes propagating confusion by bringing some topic into just such a state. I regret to say that, accordingly, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is poised to muddle the management of symptoms, and chronic disease risk at menopause.