Susan Fredriksen: “It took me about two months to fully recuperate, but it was worth it. When I decided to donate my kidney, it wasn’t much of a decision-making process, but more like a tap on the shoulder.”

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Artificial intelligence is one of those tech terms that seems to inevitably conjure up images (and jokes) of computer overlords running sci-fi dystopias — or, more recently, robots taking over human jobs

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Pediatricians sometimes find ourselves holding small children down and treating them against their will. When cleaning the wax out of a toddler’s ear, for example, to see if there’s an infection, we don’t ask the child’s opinion

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Dhruv Khullar, “Despite tremendous advances in health care, most medicine still occurs in a gray zone: There aren’t right or wrong answers, but rather a continuum of risks and benefits”

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Getting Over the Hurdles

June 10, 2016

To Partner with Patients in Decision-Making. Our Peter Young reflects on challenges and opportunities after hearing D. Watkins’ keynote at the Partnering with Patients in Decision-Making Conference

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Little Kate Summersgill certainly didn’t look like a child with Down syndrome — no telltale flat facial features. Devon and Mike Summersgill had believed baby Kate was certain to be born with the disorder because of a blood test recommended during her pregnancy. Even after the birth, when their baby looked fine, their genetic counselor, Laura Limone, insisted that the result of the test was not a mistake

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How Much Time Have I Got, Doc?

February 24, 2016

Predicting how long a patient will survive is critically important for them and their families to guide future planning, yet notoriously difficult for doctors to predict accurately. While many patients request this information, others do not wish to know, or are incapable of knowing due to disease progression

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Researchers found that only 29% of completed clinical trials led by investigators at major US academic centers were published within two years of completion and only 13% reported results on the largest clinical trial registry, ClinicalTrials.gov

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