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Professors are better at teaching the cut-and-dried academic science—physics and chemistry, theoretical models, and diagnosis/treatment decision trees—than the messy but critical subjective parts of medicine: When is it worth subjecting a patient to additional testing or treatment? What would motivate a particular patient to eat broccoli instead of bacon cheeseburgers?
Welcome to 2012 and a new list of New Year’s resolutions — a list that likely includes some variation on adopting a healthier lifestyle. Thanks to the acceleration of technology, fulfilling your resolutions this time around may be easier than it was in 2011.
Agnes Binagwahois the Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda and recipient of an honorary PhD in sciences from Dartmouth University for her lifetime achievement in treating and preventing AIDS.
We have an opportunity to lay the foundation for an AIDS-free generation, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared on Nov. 8. Unfortunately, we’re trying to dig that foundation with a spoon when we have a shovel at our disposal.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Nov. 14 it will hear a case that challenges certain aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Regardless of the law’s pros and cons, some of the government’s most significant, positive changes to health care exist outside of it.
These changes are enabling more disruptive innovations – the types of innovations that could radically improve cost, quality and access in health care.
“So, if I was to advise all of the babies around the world today,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the fourth Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), “I wish them interesting lives.”
Even before the recession, business gurus talked about “lean” operations, “trimming the fat,” and creating the type of “nimble” corporations capable of taking on their overseas competitors. What if this was more than just clever wordplay? Can we actually jump-start the U.S. economy by asking our nation’s workers to slim down?