The Dangerous Stranger Lurking in the Dark: Using the AliveCor Device to Identify Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation

The Dangerous Stranger Lurking in the Dark: Using the AliveCor Device to Identify Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation

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August 26, 2014

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Cardiovascular:

One in every 19 deaths is due to atrial fibrillation-related stroke, however, many patients with atrial fibrillation are totally asymptomatic and may not even know they have the arrhythmia at all

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Patient Reactance – What It Is And Why Clinicians Need To Be Aware Of It

Patient Reactance – What It Is And Why Clinicians Need To Be Aware Of It

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August 25, 2014

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Patient experience:

Reactance is how we respond to something that threatens to limit or eliminate our behavioral freedom. I recently experienced reactance in the course of “prepping” for a colonoscopy.

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The Solution to the Autism Puzzle is Getting Tantalizingly Close

The Solution to the Autism Puzzle is Getting Tantalizingly Close

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August 24, 2014

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Cognition & the brain, Metabolism and biochemistry, Michaeli, Neurobiology, Psychology & behavior:

This is the first time that the mechanism behind the mysterious phenomenon of the ASD brain is unveiled and you can bet your bottom dollar the race… Read More ›

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Lisa Suennen - the Venture Valkyrie

Deaths of the Unfit Outnumber Survival of the Fittest

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August 23, 2014

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Entrepreneurs, INDUSTRY:

Lisa Suennes, “The Venture Valkyrie” uses Darwin’s theory of Survival of the Fittest to explain business failures

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Kenny Lin, MD, The Common Sense Family Doctor

The problem of pain

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August 22, 2014

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Pharmacy and pharmaceuticals:

I believe that drug addiction is a disease. So why do I find this patient’s lies (and those from others like him) so hard to forgive? Because they have consequences for people who are truly in pain.

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Swiss Cheese Health Insurance? “Benefits Adequacy” Moves To Front & Center

Swiss Cheese Health Insurance? “Benefits Adequacy” Moves To Front & Center

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August 21, 2014

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INSURANCE:

Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation’s health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

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Cyrcadia:  A Wearable, Social Breast Cancer Screening Bra

Cyrcadia: A Wearable, Social Breast Cancer Screening Bra

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August 21, 2014

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Cancer, Entrepreneurs, Innovation/innovative companies, Salber:

Cyrcadia has developed a complex sensing grid that can sense temperature changes in throughout the tissues of both breasts. And there’s an app to make monthly screening social….really?

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Dr. Jaan Sidorov, host of Disease Management Care Blog

Just What Is “Patient Engagement” in Health Care?

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August 20, 2014

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Patient experience:

It’s unclear if real purpose of achieving patient “engagement” is greater autonomy, relationship-building, making health care more responsive, reducing costs, or improving public health. As a result, it’s a catchphrase has become all things to all people.

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Downey Woodpecker

Birding for Life

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August 20, 2014

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Mental health, Salber, Stress & relaxation:

Trish O’Kane’s lovely opinion piece on birds and birding in the 8/16/14 New York Times, titled “What the Sparrows Told Me,” may change the way you look at birds forever.

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Medical Error Takes a Life:  A Daughter’s Plea for Answers

Medical Error Takes a Life: A Daughter’s Plea for Answers

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August 19, 2014

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ACTIVISM, Medical Error, Patient experience, Patient Safety:

Annette Smith’s father died of a medical error & almost 2 years later she still doesn’t know exactly what happened to him.

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Technology & Innovation

Cyrcadia:  A Wearable, Social Breast Cancer Screening Bra

Cyrcadia: A Wearable, Social Breast Cancer Screening Bra

August 21, 2014 22 comments

Cyrcadia has developed a complex sensing grid that can sense temperature changes in throughout the tissues of both breasts. And there’s an app to make monthly screening social….really?

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Politics & Policy

Gene Steuerle, Host of "The Government We Deserve"

Jim Brady and a BOGGSAT

August 18, 2014 2 comments

Jim Brady, who died on August 4, 2014, will be remembered for many things. Gene Steurle reflects on the implications of Brady’s lesson about decision-making by BOGGSAT (a bunch of guys (and gals) sitting around a table)

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