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The Importance of Hi-Res Clinical Data

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) remain the trusted standard for assessing an experimental medicine’s safety and efficacy in pharmaceutical development.

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Diet Is a Vital Sign

In medicine, vital signs measure what is truly vital to health. The formal definitions vary but all point in the same general direction: key indicators of health and physical condition, related to essential body functions. The most standard and time-honored list includes body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate. 

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Ultra-Processed Food Makes Us Fat: Forewarned, But Not Forearmed

Ultraprocessed foods make us overeat, and get fat. Who knew? Well, the food industry almost certainly knew- and in principle, we knew that they knew. We were told. We were told fairly recently, and emphatically. But we were told before, too- nearly 15 years ago.

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What Does It Take to Launch a Rocket Into Space?

We've been staring at the stars for as long as there have been human beings on this planet, but it wasn't until the 1960s when we finally managed to get there. What does it take to bring thousands of pounds of a rocket, plus its payload, into orbit? Let's take a closer look at how rockets work and what it takes to launch one successfully.

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The Road to Doctor and Patient Behavior Change

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Biopharma, techmed, sickcare employers, bioentrepreneurs, payors, policy makers, investors and other stakeholders are desperately trying to get doctors and patients to change their behavior. The techniques du jour are technology, big data, robotics, analytics, AI, machine learning, automated digital marketing and behavioral economic techniques. Whether the desired outcomes are changing toxic behaviors, altering workflow, adopting new technologies, buying more product, spending less money, being less wasteful or offering a better experience, efforts will be judged as failures unless they result in behaviors that, ultimately, improve quality, are less costly, improve timely access and improve the patient and sick care provider experience with the result being transforming sick care to health care.

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Digital CME Challenges

The world of digital advertising is changing as the battle for the hearts and minds of customers rages on. According to one recent report, making connections with the new digital consumer is getting a lot more challenging.

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An ER Doctor’s Simple First-Step Solutions to Save Healthcare in America

I recently sat on a healthcare panel at Trinity University as part of the Centene REACH symposium. It’s always eye-opening to hear clinicians and non-clinicians passionately debate as to what is wrong with health care. Pretty much it was what you would expect. Everybody pointing at everybody else and a few misguided solutions. Seems like there is a lot of this going on lately. I walked away feeling a bit dejected because it is clear that in a room full of executives and health care policy makers in matching blue blazers, red ties, and sensible pantsuits, there is a huge dearth of understanding when it comes to human behavior, and it is human behavior that drives health care costs. Perhaps that’s what happens when the majority of people in charge don’t actually sit in ERs, or work in clinics, or provide mental health counselling to homeless schizophrenics, or have to tell someone they have cancer and that they should get their things in order. You can’t develop that worldview by just sitting in a committee.