Although popular wisdom suggests that if you prevent disease before it strikes, people will be better off and costs will be down, this turns out to be only half true. People indeed are better off, have an improved quality of life, but health care costs are not reduced. Among the premises underlying the establishment of… Read more »
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In collaboration with the Infection Prevention and Emergency Management Clinical Preparedness departments, analysts at the Krasnoff Quality Management Institute developed a unique biosurveillance system to monitor the 2017-2018 influenza season. The biosurveillance tool is particularly useful because it reports data on a 24 hour delay. (Information from New York State is on a 10 day… Read more »
Most people know that the reason to get a flu shot every year is because one year’s vaccination does not necessarily protect against the next year’s flu virus. That’s because the flu virus is terrifically clever. Viruses want to live. And to live they need to replicate themselves. Replication requires that the virus take over… Read more »
Most of us have heard that a diet high in salt is not healthy. Particularly for people who have high blood pressure (hypertension), physicians recommend reducing salt. Hypertension is a risk factor for stroke, heart attack and kidney failure. There is data showing that reducing salt leads to decreases in rates of hypertension and death… Read more »
It’s not just young drug addicts who are dying of opiate use. A surprising number of people who would never describe themselves as drug dependent in fact are so. A surprising number of older people are addicted to opioids and the medical establishment may be implicated in the reasons why. A recent study in JAMA,… Read more »
Hearing that your mood can affect your health is not new news. It has long been recognized that one’s emotional, psychological, and mental state can have an impact on your physical well-being. Laughing has been found to lower blood pressure. Laughing, according to one study, “is associated with a substantially reduced risk of heart attack… Read more »
When a patient wants to leave the hospital and the hospital says they shouldn’t, what’s a patient or family member to do? When patients leave against medical advice (AMA) staff is not happy. The physicians’ recommendations are ignored (and who likes to be defied?) and to avoid legal entanglements patients are pressured to sign a… Read more »
Hospital quality metrics, which are available to the public (https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare), are used to rank and rate hospitals on various measures. These metrics are meaningful to patients, because they can use the published data to compare hospitals and physicians on their outcomes for specific procedures and services, and are meaningful to health organizations because the better… Read more »
More than 10 percent of the world’s population is obese, and the rate has been rising for the past 30 years. Obesity leads to millions of premature deaths and widespread health problems. The problem is global, including regions with food shortages, such as Africa. The New England Journal of Medicine recently (June 12, 2017) reported… Read more »
Can Behavioral Economics Improve Health Care? Many researchers think that it can, and are putting their money into attempts to understand how patients and physicians make health care decisions and what techniques can be used to influence those decisions for the better. For example, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invested $2.5 million to test out… Read more »
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