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Mass Gatherings Medicine

In case you haven’t heard, the Red Sox won the World Series last week. Yes, my beloved team that “Reversed the Curse” in 2004 defied the odds yet again, going from “Worst to First” to win it all this season. … Continue reading

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Five Days at Memorial

In today’s newsletter I share a “must-read” book — Five Days at Memorial, by Dr. Sheri Fink. It is a book that makes you think very long and very hard about situational ethics. I literally could not put this book … Continue reading

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Improving the Odds — Are You a Donor?

I have been following the case of Sarah Murnaghan, a dying 10-year-old girl who, after a federal judge granted her family’s emergency petition, has become eligible to seek donor lungs from an adult transplant list. In the petition, Sarah’s family … Continue reading

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We Could Surely Use Another C. Everett Koop Right Now

Although he was 96 years old and had a hell of a good run, I was still saddened to learn of the death of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop in February. I was lucky enough to have known Dr. … Continue reading

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Miracle Weight-Loss Plan: Mabel, Mabel Read the Label!

I recently heard about a study that found that people who read and study nutritional food labels weigh, on average, about nine pounds less than people who don’t. Suffice it to say that I have purchased an extra set of … Continue reading

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Busted by “Big Data”

A couple of weeks ago, The New York Times published a really terrific article about how companies like Target use “Big Data” to identify what its customers are likely to want to buy, so the company can customize its marketing … Continue reading

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What’s Your Healthcode?

Quick … what was the zip code of the town you grew up in? I am willing to bet that you can remember. I certainly do — 03036. Just typing it brings back all sorts of memories. I can see … Continue reading

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PSA–Will Evidence Finally Win Out?

We give a lot of lip service to providing patients with evidence about the treatment options available to them so that they may make an “informed decision” in alignment with their beliefs and values. ¬†The key word being the evidence¬†about … Continue reading

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Data Visualization Double Take

You know those times when you glance at something and it hits your brain in a way that causes you to do a double take? Just the other day I actually did a triple take when I stumbled across a … Continue reading

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Guerilla Art Meets Public Health Initiative

I am a complete sucker for stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help out their fellow man. I suppose I like these stories because the ideas people come up with are almost always simple, elegant, accessible and obvious. … Continue reading

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