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Misinformation: Bad Medicine for Any Disease

I rather doubt ignorance is genuine bliss. It’s just a holding pattern; the proverbial calm that anticipates a storm. While the arc of the moral universe is long and bends toward justice, the arc of understanding is long and bends toward truth. It finds us all, eventually. The most ignorant are simply the last to get the memo. Ignorance is delay.

9 months

Dieting in Neverland

The signature feature of Neverland, a hot commodity these days, is not, of course, the Hook. It’s not the crocodile, either, nor even Tinkerbell, pixie dust, or Peter. The signature feature is the one great law of the land: you can never grow up. But one needn’t go nearly so far as Neverland to honor that statute; just sign up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in America.

10 months

The Future of Sick Care Work

Employers, employees, educators, workforce development professionals and policy makers are trying to figure out the future of work and how to adjust. Megatrends such as digitization, the rise of automation, and shifting demographics are altering the way we work, and the way companies relate to workers, including sick care workers. The 4th industrial revolution is raging and we are scrambling to find the right strategy to win it. Just doing everything faster won't work.

10 months

Digital Health: Stop Frying Doctors

A recent survey showed that doctors are burning out in big numbers, but that some specialties are worse than others. The survey asked about the prevalence of burnout factors and how they affect physicians’ lives. Overall, 42 percent of respondents were burned out—down from 51 percent last year—and 15 percent admitted to experiencing either clinical or colloquial forms of depression.

10 months

The Myth of Patient Consumerism

The newest mantra in sick care is patient empowerment to make them effective consumers of care. The underlying assumption seems to be that by giving them the information they need, patients will make sick care decisions, and even health care decisions, that are not only in their own best interests, but, in so doing, in the interests of the society at large. Doctors are being asked to do the same thing. Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to serve three or four masters. The problem is that asking patients to shop for care does not work.

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10 Reasons Why Medical Societies Should Offer Bioentrepreneurship Education

Doctors are questioning the value proposition of national, state and local medical societies. In addition, their membership base has shifted from independent physicians in private practice to employed physicians working for fewer and fewer consolidated integrated delivery networks with more and more market and employer power.

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Seeking Science at the Sweet Spot- Past Denial, Dismissal, Delusion, and Despotism

Paul Simon told us some time ago that we lived in an age of miracle and wonder. The rest of his lyrics for The Boy in the Bubble, however, made it clear he did not mean the kind bestowed upon us by supernatural forces. He meant the kind we devised ourselves. He meant technology, and he was right- for better or for worse.