Friday, October 8, 2010
Along with the expected fanfare accompanying the opening of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India this weekend there was a generous serving of controversy. While there are many good reasons for skeptics to raise concerns, this post will briefly consider three: Public health, dengue fever, and malaria.
Bluntly stated, health equals wealth. More specifically, greater inequalities in national distribution of wealth are correlated with worse measures of population health. Rapid economic gains in India have not been shared by all; one telling statistics is that the personal wealth of the richest 49 Indians accounts for a whopping 31% of India's entire gross domestic product, according to the newspaper Financial Express.
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Race (still) Matters: Innovation needed to tackle health disparities - Ano Lobb
Assistant Professor Heather Hoffman and colleagues from George Washington University's School of Public Health performed a retrospective analysis of 983 women who underwent breast cancer examinations at six hospitals in Washington D.C. They measured diagnostic delay, the span of time between the detection of a breast abnormality and a definitive diagnosis, for women who were white, African American, or Hispanic, stratified by whether they were insured or not.
Post continues: http://www.justmeans.com/Race-still-Matters-Innovation-needed-tackle-health-disparities/33735.html
Is questionable medical information technology putting patients at risk? - Ano Lobb
Technology, however, is not a panacea. A striking example is the increasing usage of computer-aided detection (CAD) for both screening and detection mammography. Rather than depending on the seasoned eyes of radiologists, CAD uses a computer program to analyze radiographic images.
Post continues: http://www.justmeans.com/Is-questionable-medical-information-technology-putting-patients-at-risk/33641.html
The Evolution of Primary Care: Part 4 - Sam Wertheimer
One of the targets of change in the evolution of primary care is the 15-minute visit. This is because many find visits this short do not allow enough time to provide comprehensive health care.
Post continues: http://www.justmeans.com/-Evolution-of-Primary-Care-Part-4/33128.html
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