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The Medical News Site That Saw the Coronavirus Coming Months Ago - The New York Times
By Marc Tracy
March 30, 2020
“We’re not seeing stories first because we’re smarter, faster or more savvy,” ...“It’s just because this is the world we’ve been plugged into the whole time. We were built for this.”.........Stat was started by the financier John W. Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and the Liverpool Football Club. Before determining that Boston should have a site to cover the industries of its many hospitals, research labs and biotech start-ups, Mr. Henry bought The Boston Globe from The New York Times Company for $70 million in 2013.........“This realization John had was that we need to tell the story of what’s happening in life sciences, and that story needs to come from Boston,”....  belief was that there was a demand for a news outlet dedicated to health and medicine.....With articles written in a straightforward style, Stat is meant for a general audience. But it wants to win over specialists, too — readers like William Hanage, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, who praised the site’s coverage as “accessible” yet “still rigorous.”
“There is no single place on the internet that I would go to better update myself on the diversity of views that are out and circulating,”.......Ms. Branswell’s reporting on the coronavirus had made her “a godlike figure to people who are infectious-disease epidemiologists.”.......In October, Helen Branswell profiled the World Health Organization’s head of health emergencies, Mike Ryan. “We’re not ready,” Dr. Ryan told her. “If we can’t stop Ebola, what hope do we have of stopping … Disease X?”....She also spends time on Twitter, where she serves up reliable information from experts in the field.
“Helen used Twitter the exact same way with Ebola, with Zika, with SARS,” Mr. Ukman said. “She’s really, really good at communicating information about an infectious disease.”

Disease X, incidentally, is the holding name for a “black swan” — an unknown pathogen that could glide in from nowhere to trigger panic. Preparedness is not all about facing down familiar foes. It is also about being ready for adversaries that have not yet shown their hand. [JCK: expand our imaginations. The next catastrophe may take an unprecedented form----Simon Kuper]
ahead_of_the_curve  biotech  Boston  COVID-19  digital_media  healthcare  hospitals  industry_expertise  investigative_journalism  journalism  life_sciences  medical  medical_communication  news  newsletters  newspapers  niches  paywalls  science  Sharon_Begley  specialization  start_ups  storytelling  subscriptions  viruses  websites 
5 days ago by jerryking
Opinion | How Artificial Intelligence Can Save Your Life
June 24, 2019 | The New York Times | By David Brooks.
Opinion Columnist

In his book “Deep Medicine,” which is about how A.I. is changing medicine across all fields, Eric Topol describes a study in which a learning algorithm was given medical records to predict who was likely to attempt suicide. It accurately predicted attempts nearly 80 percent of the time. By incorporating data of real-world interactions such as laughter and anger, an algorithm in a similar study was able to reach 93 percent accuracy.....
algorithms  artificial_intelligence  books  clinical_depression  David_Brooks  diagnostic  doctors  medical  mens'_health  mental_health  op-ed  pattern_recognition  predictive_analytics  tools  visual_cues 
june 2019 by jerryking
Informed Patient? Don’t Bet On It
MARCH 1, 2017 | The New York Times | By MIKKAEL A. SEKERES, M.D. and TIMOTHY D. GILLIGAN, M.D.

■ Ask us to use common words and terms. If your doctor says that you’ll end up with a “simple iliac ileal conduit” or a “urostomy,” feel free to say “I don’t understand those words. Can you explain what that means?”

■ Summarize back what you heard. “So I should split my birth control pills in half and take half myself and give the other half to my boyfriend?” That way, if you’ve misunderstood what we did a poor job of explaining, there will be a chance to straighten it out: “No, that’s not right. You should take the whole pill yourself.”

■ Request written materials, or even pictures or videos. We all learn in different ways and at different paces, and “hard copies” of information that you can take time to absorb at home may be more helpful than the few minutes in our offices.

■ Ask for best-case, worst-case, and most likely scenarios, along with the chance of each one occurring.

■ Ask if you can talk to someone who has undergone the surgery, or received the chemotherapy. That person will have a different kind of understanding of what the experience was like than we do.

■ Explore alternative treatment options, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. “If I saw 10 different experts in my condition, how many would recommend the same treatment you are recommending?”
■ Take notes, and bring someone else to your appointments to be your advocate, ask the questions you may be reluctant to, and be your “accessory brain,” to help process the information we are trying to convey.
Communicating_&_Connecting  clarity  doctor's_visits  questions  mens'_health  learning_journeys  medical  probabilities  plain_English  referrals  note_taking  appointments  advocacy  worst-case  best-case  medical_communication 
march 2017 by jerryking
Drones to the front line in race to save lives
Buffeted by the wind, a wooden vessel carrying 297 mostly Eritrean migrants, many of them young women, begins taking in water near an oilfield off the coast of Libya. Hundreds of migrants from Africa ...
drones  Mediterranean  migrants  humanitarian  medical 
march 2016 by jerryking
Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain? - The New York Times

For the first time, scientists compared head-to-head the neurological impacts of different types of exercise: running, weight training and high-intensity interval training. The surprising results suggest that going hard may not be the best option for long-term brain health......if you currently weight train or exclusively work out with intense intervals, continue. But perhaps also thread in an occasional run or bike ride for the sake of your hippocampal health.
exercise  fitness  health  medical  strength_training  intensity  high-intensity  interval_training  high-impact 
february 2016 by jerryking
Why doctors fail
2 December 2014 | The Guardian| Atul Gawande.
Atul_Gawande  health  medical  failure 
april 2015 by jerryking
On the Case at Mount Sinai, It’s Dr. Data -

“Data-ism: The Revolution Transforming Decision Making, Consumer Behavior, and Almost Everything Else,” by Steve Lohr,
Steve_Lohr  data  data_driven  data_scientists  Wall_Street  Facebook  hospitals  medical  books  Cloudera  consumer_behavior 
march 2015 by jerryking
Skip Your Annual Physical -
JAN. 8, 2015|NYT | Ezekiel J. Emanuel

My New Year’s resolution does not mean I won’t get my annual flu shot or a colonoscopy every 10 years — or eat a balanced diet and get regular exercise. These are proven to reduce morbidity and mortality. Those who preach the gospel of the routine physical have to produce the data to show why these physician visits are beneficial
mens'_health  medical  appointments  doctor's_visits 
january 2015 by jerryking
Cuban Doctors at the Forefront of Ebola Battle in Africa - WSJ
By DREW HINSHAW in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and BETSY MCKAY in Atlanta CONNECT
Updated Oct. 9, 2014
Ebola  Cuba  Sierra_Leone  Liberia  medical  Cold_War 
october 2014 by jerryking
Dr. Bevin Arvad Hamlet,
Recommend on December 12, 2013 by Dr. Carolyn Jarrett.
doctors  medical  Toronto 
december 2013 by jerryking
In search of genomic incentives - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Last updated Wednesday, Dec. 19 2012

how drug development is failing science. Medical innovation involves a peculiar mix of seemingly contradictory motivations. Scientists and sponsors are driven by the pursuit of knowledge and a desire to relieve human suffering. But they also seek fame and fortune. Medical journals want to foster progress as well, but they sell more subscriptions when they report breakthroughs.

With the right balance of incentives, these often parochial motivations can work together and propel the best science toward the clinic. But countless failures in drug development – and their burdens for patients and health-care systems – should prompt a hard look at whether we’re striking that balance properly.

Consider the tensions between: (a) truth and compassion; (b) Truth and fortune...Physicians, patients, payers and public health programs depend on the research enterprise to supply a steady stream of medical evidence. The process of creating this social good, however, is driven by a mix of parochial interests. Personalized medicine – and other ways policy-makers are trying to prime medical innovation – will only deliver on its full potential if policies bring these motives into alignment with the goal of generating reliable and relevant medical evidence.
genomics  innovation  medical  personalization  personalized_medicine  aligned_interests  drug_development  parochialism  perverse_incentives 
december 2012 by jerryking
Informed Patient -

Talking Points: Making the Most Of Doctor Visits

* What going on? What ails you? What else could it be?
* Could two things be going on at once?" and "Are there any findings (from the physical exam, blood tests, x rays, etc.) that don't add up?"
* Is that the root problem or is that a symptom?

* Probabilistic reasoning is especially important in medical decision-making. Imagine, for example, your doctor tells you that you need to take a cholesterol-lowering drug. Most people would likely assent based on their physician’s recommendation, he says. But if you were to weigh the odds of that drug having a positive effect against the odds of experiencing side effects, you might find it wiser to decide otherwise.

“What I advocate is a more active role in medical care where you would say to the doctor, ‘Well, what are the chances that I’ll benefit from it? How many people take this medication with no benefit?’” Levitin says. Although doctors tend to be trained to think in terms of diagnosing and treating illnesses, they are not typically trained to think probabilistically, he adds. This becomes problematic when faced with the latest treatment options with questionable odds of a cure. “The way medical care is going in this country and in other countries, I think we need to become more proactive about knowing which questions to ask and working through the answers.”

Questions when you're concerned that you're facing a misdiagnosis (cbc Dr. Danielle Martin)
* OK....then in your opinion, what should be the normal progression of the diseases from this point onwards?
* What signs should we look for that tell us that it's time to return to the emergency room?
* Q: when should we come back.....if the flu how should case typically progress ? What are the signs that something is wrong and you should come back to the emergency room?
* what is the most likely course, when should we come back if there is a deviation?
medical  physicians  appointments  visits  Communicating_&_Connecting  tips  advice  Laura_Landro  doctors  doctor's_visits  questions  root_cause  symptoms  probabilities  simultaneity  investigative_workups  multiple_stressors  dual-consciousness  medical_communication  misdiagnosis  warning_signs 
november 2011 by jerryking
The Rise of Backyard Biotech - Magazine - The Atlantic
The Rise of Backyard Biotech
Powered by social networking, file sharing, and e-mail, a new cottage industry is bringing niche drugs to market.

innovation  biotech  home_based  DIY  medical  pharmaceutical_industry  cottage_industries  drug_development 
may 2011 by jerryking
Solving Darwin's Medical Mystery -
MAY 10, 2011

Solving Darwin's Medical Mystery

Charles_Darwin  medical  mysteries  Melinda_Beck 
may 2011 by jerryking
News & Events | Ivey Business
Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, 2011
Ivey  event_marketing  medical  medical_devices 
may 2011 by jerryking
Hospice medical care for dying patients
August 2, 2010 | The New Yorker | Atul Gawande

In 2008, the national Coping with Cancer project published a study showing that terminally ill cancer patients who were put on a mechanical ventilator, given electrical defibrillation or chest compressions, or admitted, near death, to intensive care had a substantially worse quality of life in their last week than those who received no such interventions. ...And, six months after their death, their caregivers were three times as likely to suffer major depression. Spending one’s final days in an I.C.U. because of terminal illness is for most people a kind of failure. You lie on a ventilator, your every organ shutting down, your mind teetering on delirium and permanently beyond realizing that you will never leave this borrowed, fluorescent place. The end comes with no chance for you to have said goodbye or “It’s O.K.” or “I’m sorry” or “I love you.”

People have concerns besides simply prolonging their lives. Surveys of patients with terminal illness find that their top priorities include, in addition to avoiding suffering, being with family, having the touch of others, being mentally aware, and not becoming a burden to others.
Atul_Gawande  cancers  caregivers  dying  end-of-life  healthcare  hospice  medical  palliative_care  quality_of_life 
august 2010 by jerryking
Grove Backs an Engineer’s Approach to Medicine
May 17, 2010 | Bits Blog - | by ANDREW POLLACK.
Mr. Grove has pledged $1.5 million so that the University of California
campuses in San Francisco and Berkeley can start a joint master’s degree
program aimed at so-called translational medicine — the process of
turning biological discoveries into drugs and medical devices that can
help patients.

The idea is to expose students to both the engineering prowess of
Berkeley and the medical research of San Francisco to train a new breed
of medical innovator. “What we have learned from decades of rapid
development of information technology is that the key is relentless
focus on ‘better, faster, cheaper’ — in everything,’’ Mr. Grove said in a
statement. “The best results are achieved through the cooperative
efforts of different disciplines, all aimed at the same objective.”
Andy_Grove  medical  innovation  cheap_revolution  interdisciplinary  medicine  engineering  medical_devices 
may 2010 by jerryking
Jesse Dylan Experiments With Science -
APRIL 3, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by AMY DOCKSER MARCUS.
Dylan specializes in helping medical and research institutions use
videos to connect more closely to the general public. e.g. He's working
to assist a project called Harvard Catalyst, which aims at increasing
scientific innovation throughout the university.
research  innovation  dylan  science_&_technology  web_video  harvard  medical  Colleges_&_Universities 
may 2009 by jerryking

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