John Geyman: “Even as we marvel at the latest advances in medical technology in this country, a dire and unacceptable consequence of these changes is already in plain sight — the loss of the patient as person in the process of our fragmented and dysfunctional health care “system.””

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Shopping Around For Surgery

February 7, 2012

Companies try to make health-care costs transparent

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Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Quality will lead an effort with the Applied Physics Laboratory, Whiting School of Engineering & Berman Institute of Bioethics to design, implement & deploy an integrated set of interventions to reduce medical errors in ICUs

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The deputy director of the World Anti Doping Laboratory in Cologne says that painkillers fulfil all the requirements of a doping substance. He found that athletes in many fields are taking large quantities of these drugs both in and out of competition

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Humana, paid Chandler Regional $57k for the bill. The hospital has asked Marcie Edmonds for the balance of $25k. It’s unclear whether Chandler will agree to drop the entire balance, but the hospital apologized to Edmonds for any distress caused by the treatment cost.

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Social media proved to be one powerful tool for a mother dying of breast cancer and desperate to get a drug that has yet to be approved by the FDA. Darlene Gant, 46, posted on YouTube as an attempt to plead with the FDA to allow her to use pertuzumab under compassionate use

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It is commonly accepting that doping in sports should be strictly prohibited. But Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu disagrees. In an interview on the eve of the London Olympics, he explains why bans are unrealistic and demands an open market for doping

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A new generation of bionics which can connect wirelessly with the nervous system and feel are under development. Animal tests have already been conducted in which devices are implanted directly into the nerve to process and transmit signals wirelessly to an external device

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