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Monday, December 9, 2013

Enhanced Medical Care for an Annual Fee

"creating a science-fiction metropolis in which only the best-off remain, living the longest and healthiest lives..." Enhanced Medical Care for an Annual Fee - NYTimes.com: 'via Blog this'

Also of interest:

EDITORIAL-When Bishops Direct Medical Care
A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Michigan woman highlights the conflict between religious mandates and a hospital’s duty.
Exercise as Potent Medicine-"results consistently showed that drugs and exercise produced the same results"

F.D.A. Questions Safety of Antibacterial Soaps

The agency said it was taking the step after some data suggested problems like bacterial resistance and hormonal effects.

Glaxo Says It Will Stop Paying Doctors to Promote Drugs By KATIE THOMAS 

The announcement, an apparent first for a major drug company, would end a common practice that is criticized for posing a conflict of interest.

Should We Toss Our Vitamin Pills? By RONI CARYN RABIN 

Remember how good we thought they were supposed to be for us? Well, not really, some doctors say, with one medical journal editorial arguing that they were a waste of money.

Three Biological Parents and a Baby By KAREN WEINTRAUB

Progress in fertilization techniques intended to avoid birth defects has rekindled a debate on genetics. Mixing the DNA of two women in a single baby can’t be ethical, one critic says.

By SUSANNAH MEADOWSA Disability, and a Mother’s Embrace

In her memoir, an Upper West Side intellectual whose son has Down syndrome attempts to set people straight: it is a disability, not a tragedy.

What Price Love? By JOYCE WADLER

Aids like the little blue pills are so expensive – and coverage so limited — that calculations must be made.

No, There Won’t Be a Doctor Shortage By SCOTT GOTTLIEB and EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL

There are good reasons to be skeptical of predictions of doctor shortages in 10 years.

Are Today’s New Surgeons Unprepared?



Can asking patients to consider costs actually help make affordable, high-quality health care more available?

Friday, December 6, 2013